Monday, May 2, 2011

The Brownie of the Black Haggs

Victor1st Mornington reads a grim tale from his native Scotland by poet and novelist James Hogg. Hogg wrote in both Scots and English, and it is said that his grandfather was the last man to have spoken with fairies.

Babbagers know better than to expect a happy ending on their fairy tales. We like them told they way they were meant to be told.

Listening party at 7pm Pacific at The Bucket of Blood Public House.

First publication: Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, October 1828.

Reader: Victor1st Mornington
Music: Kevin MacLeod
Intro/Outro: Byron Wexhome
Production: Mosseveno Tenk
Runtime: 46:00
Radio Riel air date: May 1, 2011


The Bodysnatcher

In the early 19th century in Scotland, medical cadavers were in such high demand that a criminal element, known as body-snatchers, or resurrection men, gave rise to a particular public fear and revulsion. In the year 1827 a pair of Irish immigrants sold a body which had died of natural causes in a boarding house to an Edinburgh medical school. The money was so good, that for the next year, they set about procuring bodies without the trouble of digging in graveyards in the dead of the night. The Burke Hare serial murders were memorialized by Robert Louis Stevenson in his 1884 fictional story, The Bodysnatcher. Read for you by the sultry Scotsman of Brunel Hall, Victor1st Mornington.

Listening party  Sunday, April 3, at 12:30pm PDT at the Clarendon in New Babbage or  7:00pm PDT at the Gangplank in Clockhaven.

For more information on the background of this story, visit

First publication: Pall Mall Christmas "Extra" December 1884

reader: Victor1st Mornington
music: Kevin MacLeod
outro: Byron Wexhome
postproduction: Mosseveno Tenk
runtime 53:41
Radio Riel airdate: April 3, 2011


Bianca Namori reads King Winter. a childrens novelty shaped picture book, illustrated and published by Gustav W. Seitz, Hamburg, 1859.  Viewable online at Project Gutenburg.

Loki Eliot, the urchin king of the New Babbage, reads Billy's Santa Claus Experience, by Cornilia Redmond, from A Budget of Christmas Tales by Charles Dickens and others, 1895.

Amadeus Hammerer reads Knecht Ruprecht, a traditional German poem by Theodor Storm.

Victor1st Mornington reads The Goblins Cavern. From the Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens, 1836.

Tepic Harlequin reads Three of a Trade, or Little Red Kriss Kringle, by Fitz-James O'Brien, first published in the Saturday Press, December 25, 1858.

The music box selections were from homemade music boxes built, arranged, and recorded by Canolli Capalini, and are available only from Capalini's Fine Furnishings, located in Bow Street in the Canal district of New Babbage, and were used by permission.

Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht was sung by the Nebe Quartet on a 1907 Edison Records recording, now in  the public domain.

Additional music by Kevin MacLeod.
Outro: MichaelD Mannonen.
Production: Mosseveno Tenk.
Run time: 44 minutes
Radio Riel air date: 26 December, 2010

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Knecht Ruprecht
by Theodor Storm
translated by Ingeborg Apfelbaum

I come from deep within the forest!
And I must tell you Christmas is nigh
Everywhere the tree tops
Are sparkling with golden lights.
And high above from amongst the heavenly choir
The Christchild looks down with wide eyes.
And as I was wandering through the sinister forest
He addressed me with his clear voice
“Knecht Ruprecht”, he called, “old chap,
Lift your legs and hasten along
The candles are starting to burn,
The heavens gate has been opened
Old and young are now to
Rest from the burdens of life
And tomorrow I fly down to earth,
Because it will be Christmas once more!”
I said : “Oh my dear Master Christ,
My journey is almost ended,
I am to go to just this one city,
Where there are many good children”.
“Do you have your sack with you?”
I said: “My little sack is here.
Devout children love
Apples and nuts and almonds”.
“Do you have your cane also with you”
I said “The cane, I have with me,
But only for those children, the bad ones,
For them it will hit the right spot”.
The Christchild spoke: “then all is right,
So go with God, my faithful servant”.
I come from deep within the forest,
I must tell you that Christmas is nigh.
Now tell me, how will I find this place?
Are the children good? Are the children bad?

The Horror of the Heights

Do you believe in air kraken?

In this episode, Victor1st Mornington reads Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's short story The Horror On The Heights, in which a pioneering aviator investigates the mysterious death of a fellow pilot by following clues in a diary recovered from crash site wreckage. Turn out the lights and listen!

The story was first published in November, 1913, in Strand Magazine, Vol. 46, #275, and later collected in Tales of Terror and Mystery.

Run time: 47 minutes
Reader: Victor1st Mornington
Outro: Mavromichaeli Szondi
Music: Kevin MacLeod
Production: Mosseveno Tenk
Radio Riel air date: November 2010