You might recall we’ve previously posted a Russian animated short film based on Ray Bradbury’s “There Will Come Soft Rains.” Now, though, we get Burgess Meredith giving a reading of the story from the Burgess Meredith Reads Ray Bradbury album from 1962. (The B-side was “Marionettes, Inc.”)
As previously announced, I’m doing a live show June 4th in my hometown. The details are here. The show is called An Evening of Morbid Whimsy, Live. And the question on everyone’s lips is “What is Morbid Whimsy?” I recorded the following to help explain.
Hope to see you there for the live show. Since I know our audience is scattered around the world, even if you’re far the hell away from there, just know you’re invited. I appreciate all of you very muchly.
You are cordially invited. I wanted to give you all, the million-plus of you being my closest and dearest friends, an invitation to the first official one-man live show I have ever done. I am performing under my stage name so that the entire title of the piece is John A. Robinson: An Evening of Morbid Whimsy, Live.
Granted, I must tell you that the show is set for Saturday, June 4th at 7pm Central Time. It is taking place not in Atlanta but my hometown of Huntsville, Alabama–the place that spawned many of the stories I will be reading for you that night. If it makes you feel any better, it will be at Amendment XXI: a bar. Granted, a bar with a posh upstairs that has a stage…but a bar all the same. The kind that serves alcohol. Yes, I know, even in Alabama.
Even if it weren’t in a bar, I would be compelled to tell you: this show is for mature audiences only. This due to language and subject matter.
For those of you who can make it, the evening’s fare will be some poetry, some spoken word and some prose, fixed together with odd and somewhat amusing bridging stories. All are welcome.
For those of you who are reading this on some other continent or even some other end of this continent, or simply cannot make it: just know you were thought of.
If the show is a success, this may be repeated and in other venues. We shall see.
Thought you’d like to know. Thanks for your indulgence.
Somebody asked for ghost stories. And last year, since we had one by Mark Twain, I figured the way to answer that was with one of the best from Saki. It’s “The Open Window.” Enjoy.
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Find it directly here. Or subscribe to the feed to get all the 32 Days audio. If you’re already subscribed to our Needcoffee.com general podcast feed, you already get them, so you’re good.
I’m pleased to report that Pseudopod, the horror fiction podcast, chose one of my short stories–“Benefits”–to start off their new year with their 175th episode. You can find that here. And for an alternate reading of the story, you can find my own interp of it here.
Big thanks to Pseudopod for the chance to appear in their podcast. Was a nice way of entering 2010. Thanks also to ScottC, who suggested I send them stuff in the first place.