Friday, December 27, 2013

Christmas 2013 - To the North!

Christmas in New Babbage - What could possibly go wrong? Mr. Mornington glories over the success of Brunel Hall Hotel during the holiday season, while across town at a rival bar, the Squire tries to balance the books after putting on a feast to match the Brunel's buffet. Junie Ginsburg reads a truly horrible children's story by Willa Cather, and Mr. Pearse himself tells an unusual arctic tale by the famed Madame Blavatsky. Original music by Babbage residents MacKnight Culdesac and Canolli Capalini. What a year it was!

Listening party today at noon PST at the Babbage Palisade tinker camp.

Stream host: Radio Riel Steampunk


Christmas at Brunel Hall
written and performed by Vic Mullins.
Music: Winter Bells and Winter Psalm by MacKnight Culdesac.

The Strategy of the Were-Wolf Dog by Willa Cather.
First published in Home Monthly, December 1896
Reader: Junie Ginsburg
Music provided by public domain classical music. 

From the Polar Lands, A Christmas Tale by Helena P. Blavatsky.
From the collected works of H.P. Blavatsky, Vol. 13.
Reader: Edward Pearse
Music: Fluidscape by Kevin MacLeod

Music Box pieces: JeTaime, Daisy, We Wish You a Merry Christmas, Silver Bells, Silent Night, Fugue in D, by Canolli Capalini.

Additional material written by Kevin Frost.
Runtime 47:30

Produced by  Mosseveno Tenk on December 26th of 2013.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

The Novel of the White Powder

What is in that white powder my brother is taking? 

Tonight, Junie Ginsburg tells a tale that HP Lovecraft said "approaches the absolute culmination of loathsome fright.” The White Powder by Arthur Machen is what we are listening to tonight on Tales from New Babbage! Gather around the hearth at The Gangplank in Clockhaven, or tune into Radio Riel Main or Steampunk to listen where ever you are, but you might not want to listen to this one alone.

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Mr. Machen was born in Wales and became enamored with mysticism and the occult at an early age. The Novel of the White Powder was part of The Three Impostors, a novel composed of a number of interwoven tales, in 1895. The novel and the stories within it were eventually to be regarded as among Machen's best works. However, following the indecency scandal surrounding Oscar Wilde later that year, Machen's association with works of decadent horror made it difficult for him to find a publisher for new works until later in his career. Publisher John Lane, wary of the atmosphere, asked Machen to censor his manuscript. Barring the omission of one word, Machen refused to comply.

First publication:1895
 Reader: Miss Junie Ginsburg
Intro: Mr Announcer & MacKnight Culdesac
Outro: Miss Penny Dreadful
Music: Earth Prelude, Decline, Ghostcalypse 3, Martian Cowboy, The Dread, Bent and Broken, and Arcane, by  Kevin Macleod 
Production: Mosseveno Tenk runtime: 47:55

Sunday, May 5, 2013

The Phantom Coach

Tonight, the sultry Scotsman of New Babbage, Victor Mornington, reads a ghostly tale of the northern moors. The Phantom Coach by Amelia B Edwards is what we're listening to tonight at 7pm PDT at the Muirsheen Durkin Pubic House!

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Miss Edwards was a journalist, novelist, egyptologist and suffragette. She traveled extensively with only a female companion in an era when  male chaperones were considered socially and physically essential. She was also an early advocate for the preservation of archeological sites from the ravages of development and tourism.     

First publication: Christmas 1864, in All the Year Round
Reader: Mr. Victor1st Mornington 
Intro: Mr. Osgoode Underby
Outro: Miss Garnet Psaltery
music: Kevin Macleod
production: Mosseveno Tenk
additional material written by Mosseveno Tenk and Kris Law
runtime: 45:45

Saturday, March 30, 2013

The New Accelerator

Yes indeed, these are pushful pushful days we live in. If only there was a way to find more time. Tonight, Emerson Lighthouse reads The New Accelerator by H. G. Wells, first published in The Strand magazine in 1901.

Come listen at the Red Dragon in Babbage Square at 12 noon or 8pm PDT (California time), or listen where ever you may be by tuning your media player to Radio Riel Steampunk.

Host: Osgoode "YoYo" Underby
Reader: Emerson Lighthouse
Outro: Reliable Barthelmess
Promo: Byron Wexhome
Music: Ishkari Lore, Opium, Ghostcalypse 6, Himalayan Atmoshpere, Gypsy Shoegazer, Fluffing a Duck, Myst, composed and performed by Kevin MacLeod and available at
Production Engineer: Mosseveno Tenk
run time: 38:59

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Sunday, March 10, 2013

The Red Haired Girl

Good help is so hard to find, but what do you do when your family is complaining about a maid that you don't remember hiring? Tonight, New Babbage's favorite red, Junie Ginsburg, reads The Red Haired Girl, by Sabine Baring-Gould (1834-1924).

Sabine was an eclectic scholar and folklorist whose best known work is the hymn Onward Christian Soldiers. Oddly, he is also noted for writing The Book of Were-Wolves, the 16 volume The Lives of the Saints, and the popular  Curious Myths of the Middle Ages, which was an overview of medieval superstition.

Join us at noon SLT (California time) at the Gangplank in Clockhaven or at 8pm at the Bucket of Blood Public House in New Babbage, where you can get a nice stiff drink to ward off the chill of the night. Show will be broadcast over Radio Riel Steampunk

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Host: YoYo Underby
Reader: Junie Ginsburg. 
Music: Music for Funeral Homes Part 11, Phantasm, Gagool, Investigations, by Kevin MacLeod
Outro: Bookworm Heinrichs
Music: New Babbage Shore by MacKnight Culdesac.
Production: Mosseveno Tenk
additional material written by Kris Law and Mosseveno Tenk
Runtime: 35:00

Sunday, January 6, 2013

The White Ship

Tonight on Radio Riel Steampunk, an early work from H. P. Lovecraft's Dream cycle stories. Sit back, relax, and have your squire bring a coal from the stove to spark the hookah.

This story was first published in the November 1919 issue of The United Amateur. We regret that we can only select stories of Lovecraft that were published before 1923, as later works are not clearly in the public domain in the United States.

 Listening party at 7pm SLT (California time) at Ahab's Tavern on the Iron Bay waterfront in New Babbage.

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Intro/Outro: Vic Mornington
Reader: Byron Wexhome
Music: Music from Cloud 9, by Valentine Wolfe
Outro Music: Merry Go by Kevin MacLeod
Post-production: Mosseveno Tenk
runtime 20:25