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The unseen creature whose ravenous fangs dog your every step as your footfalls echo down the midnight alleyway. — A long, icy shadow looming over you, making the hairs on your neck rise and your breath turn to ragged puffs of mist. — Unearthly howls that pierce the night, pulling you from the comfort of sleep with feverish, heart-pounding dread. — Welcome to Tales to Terrify, a weekly horror fiction podcast that gets under your skin, lays eggs and hatches writhing baby horrors nursed on your ...
 
An immersive audio experience featuring an extraordinary cast of performers, multidimensional sound, cinematic-quality effects, and a spectacular orchestral score. * * * Narrated by Reid Scott (Venom) and Devin Kelley (Frequency). Performed by Eric Christian Olsen (NCIS: Los Angeles), Troian Bellisario (Pretty Little Liars), Chris Pine (Wonder Woman), Keegan Allen (Pretty Little Liars), Patrick J. Adams (Suits), Sarah Wright Olsen (American Made), Brett Dier (Jane the Virgin), Christa B. All ...
 
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Meryl Altman's new book Beauvoir in Time, published by Brill Rodopi Press (2020), situates Simone de Beauvoir's The Second Sex (1949) in its historical context and responds to criticism that muddles what she actually said about sex, race and class. She takes up three aspects of Beauvoir's work today’s feminists find problematic: the characterizatio…
 
Welcome to Episode 495. This week we hear the winners of our Spring Flash Fiction Contest, based on the painting “Boy’s Head” by Gustaw Gwozdecki. COMING UP Good Evening: 00:01:06 Runner-up: My Dead Girl by Amy Sampson-Cutler as read by Summer Brooks: 00:04:08 Runner-up: Viridian Green by Christi Nogle as read by Bryce Dahle: 00:08:12 Runner-up: Th…
 
Michel-Rolph Trouillot wrote that “the silencing of the Haitian Revolution is only a chapter within a narrative of global domination. It is part of the history of the West and it is likely to persist, even in attenuated form, as long as the history of the West is not retold in ways that bring forward the perspective of the world.” Alyssa Goldstein …
 
Welcome to Episode 494. We start with a chance to win a copy of A Quiet Place Part II. Then, we learn how far one family will go to love its blackest of sheep. COMING UP Good Evening: A Quiet Place Part II Giveaway, Podcast Awards: 00:01:06 Laura DeHaan’s When You Love Someone as read by Dan Gurzynski: 00:05:25 PERTINENT LINKS Support us on Patreon…
 
English has borrowed more words from French than from any other modern foreign language. French words and phrases—such as à la mode, ennui, naïveté and caprice—lend English a certain je-ne-sais-quoi that would otherwise elude the language. Richard Scholar examines the continuing history of untranslated French words in English and asks what these wo…
 
Nicholas Harrison's Our Civilizing Mission: The Lessons of Colonial Education (Liverpool UP, 2019) is a fascinating examination of colonial education not just as a facet of colonialism, but as an "example" of education in a broader sense, albeit an "extreme" one. At once a historical study, a series of close readings of texts, ideas, and authors, a…
 
Painting by Numbers: Data-Driven Histories of Nineteenth-Century Art (Princeton UP, 2021) presents a groundbreaking blend of art historical and social scientific methods to chart, for the first time, the sheer scale of nineteenth-century artistic production. With new quantitative evidence for more than five hundred thousand works of art, Diana Seav…
 
The Western Front evokes images of mud-spattered men in waterlogged trenches, shielded from artillery blasts and machine-gun fire by a few feet of dirt. This iconic setting was the most critical arena of the Great War, a 400-mile combat zone stretching from Belgium to Switzerland where more than three million Allied and German soldiers struggled du…
 
Welcome to Episode 493. We have two tales for you this week, about desperate times (and desperate measures), and a dog that must question his loyalty to the master. COMING UP Good Evening: Submissions, Thank-yous, Podcast Awards: 00:01:06 Robert A. Francis’ This Most Fertile Earth as read by Andrew Gibson: 00:06:02 [Trigger] Jeff Ronan’s Dog as rea…
 
Today on New Books in History, Rod Phillips, Professor of History at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, talks about his book, French Wine: A History, out in 2016 with the University of California Press, and published in paperback in 2020. For centuries, wine has been associated with France more than with any other country. France remains one of…
 
Welcome to Episode 492. Meet the winner of our design contest, Molly Reifler! Also, submissions are winding to an end. Better hurry! For fiction, we have two tales for you: about a young detective whose morals are put to the ultimate test, and a man whose addiction threatens the universe… and beyond. COMING UP Good Evening: Contest Winner, Submissi…
 
What makes us happy? What keeps us from being happy? Is restlessness the same thing as unhappiness? Is happiness something we should value or assume we can even find? These are some of the questions that Benjamin and Jenna Storey explore in their 2021 book, Why We Are Restless: On the Modern Quest for Contentment (Princeton UP, 2021). They lead us …
 
On this episode, J.J. Mull interviews scholar and historian Camille Robcis. In her most recent book, Disalienation: Politics, Philosophy, and Radical Psychiatry in Postwar France (University of Chicago Press, 2021), Robcis grapples with the historical, intellectual, psychiatric and psychoanalytic meaning of institutional psychotherapy as articulate…
 
Welcome to Episode 490. This week we dive right into our fiction. We have two tales for you: about the tender first moments of consciousness and the tattered remnants of an old friendship. COMING UP Good Evening: 00:01:06 Louis B. Rosenberg’s Conception as read by Seth Williams: 00:05:06 Grant Longstaff’s Dog (Does Not) Eat Dog as read by Anthony B…
 
During a pivotal few months in the middle of the First World War all sides-Germany, Britain, and America-believed the war could be concluded. Peace at the end of 1916 would have saved millions of lives and changed the course of history utterly. Two years into the most terrible conflict the world had ever known, the warring powers faced a crisis. Th…
 
Notre-Dame of Amiens is one of the great Gothic cathedrals. Its construction began in 1220, and artistic production in the Gothic mode lasted well into the sixteenth century. In Notre-Dame of Amiens: Life of the Gothic Cathedral (Columbia UP, 2020), Stephen Murray invites readers to see the cathedral as more than just a thing of the past: it is a l…
 
Welcome to Episode 490. This week we start off with a special sneak peek at a brand new novel. Then, a woman’s siblings cause her faith and loyalty to be put to the test. COMING UP Good Evening: Housekeeping: 00:01:06 Excerpt: Prologue from Fred Venturini’s To Dust You Shall Return as read by Drew Sebesteny: 00:04:06 Dan Micklethwaite’s A Runepraye…
 
Erin Duncan O’Neill (Assistant Professor, University of Oklahoma) speaks with Elizabeth Emery (Professor, Montclair State University) about Emery’s recent book, Reframing Japonisme: Women and the Asian Art Market in Nineteenth-Century France, 1853-1914 (Bloomsbury, 2020). Women figured prominently among the leading collectors and purveyors of Asian…
 
Emma Rothschild’s new book, An Infinite History: The Story of a Family in France over Three Centuries (Princeton University Press, 2021) (see the book’s accompanying website here: https://infinitehistory.org), is a beautiful work that, by following the lives of one obscure family over five generations, weaves together a history of France through th…
 
Welcome to Episode 489. This week we visit Quebec and a different kind of haunted house. For fiction, we have two tales for you: about the power of mourning and unleashing the monster within. COMING UP Good Evening: Design Contest, Night’s End Podcast: 00:01:06 Dark Travels: Frozen House, Southern Quebec: 00:02:19 Amal Singh’s Rudali as read by Jas…
 
Judith Surkis's Sex, Law, and Sovereignty in French Algeria, 1830-1930 (Cornell UP, 2019) traces the intersection of colonialism, law, land expropriation, sex, gender, and family during the century after the French conquest of Algeria in 1830. Seeking to assimilate Algerian land while differentiating Algerian Muslims from European settlers, colonia…
 
Welcome to Episode 488. Tales to Terrify is now on Discord! For fiction, we have two tales for you: about the sacrifice a man must make to save his family, and a mother who just can’t seem to let go of her children. COMING UP Good Evening: Pride, Discord and Design Contest: 00:01:06 Steven Roisum’s Slay It Forward as read by Drew Sebesteny: 00:06:3…
 
Today on New Books in History, Juergen Martschukat, professor of North American History at Universitat Erfurt, talks about his new book, The Age of Fitness: How the Body Became a Sign of Success and Performance (Polity Press, 2021), to celebrate its translation into and publication in English with Polity Press, this year, 2021. The book was origina…
 
Welcome to Episode 487. This week, we take a detour to northern Alberta to get up close and personal with one more Wendigo. For fiction, we have two tales for you: about a special gift passed down through generations, and a man whose dark secret catches up with him at last. COMING UP Good Evening: Contest and Submissions: 00:01:06 [Trigger] Dark Tr…
 
We know more about men who sought and had sex with men in eighteenth-century Paris than in any other city at the time. Police records provide information about thousands of sodomites who were arrested and thousands more who were not. Michel Rey explored the sodomitical culture of the capital in five articles, based on one set of sources, published …
 
Welcome to Episode 486. This week we make one last stop in Ontario to meet a legendary monster hunter. For fiction, we have one tale about the survivors on a stranded spaceship, surrounded by unspeakable terrors, who make one final push for survival. COMING UP Good Evening: StokerCon 2021, Design Contest, Patreon Merch: 00:01:06 Dark Travels: Jack …
 
Welcome to Episode 485. This week we travel to the end of the Roman Line road to meet a family with a nefarious reputation. For fiction, we have two tales for you: about why you shouldn’t drink the water and the price of preserving sisterly love. COMING UP Good Evening: Good Deeds, Thanks, Contest: 00:01:06 Dark Travels: The Black Donnellys: 00:06:…
 
Diana Souhami talks about her new book No Modernism Without Lesbians, out 2020 with Head of Zeus books. A Sunday Times Book of the Year 2020. This is the extraordinary story of how a singular group of women in a pivotal time and place – Paris, between the wars – fostered the birth of the Modernist movement. Sylvia Beach, Bryher, Natalie Barney, and…
 
Welcome to Episode 484. We're getting right to the fiction this week with three short tales: about the beauty (and brevity) of a new life, a cure for writer's block and a family whose efforts to stay together only tear them apart. COMING UP Good Evening: Thank-yous, Trigger Warnings: 00:01:06 [Trigger] Tony Logan’s It’s a Boy as read by Seth Willia…
 
In his new book Esoteric Islam in Modern French Thought: Massignon, Corbin, Jambet (Bloomsbury Academic Press, 2021) Ziad Elmarsafy maps the intellectual and personal genealogies of three French specialists of Islam, Louis Massignon, Henry Corbin, and Christian Jambet and the ways in which esoteric Islam, be it Sufism, Shi‘ism and/or Islamic philos…
 
Welcome to Episode 483. This week we travel to London, Ontario to meet a man who’s late for a party. For fiction, we have one tales for you about a man who returns to face a horror that drove him halfway around the world. COMING UP Good Evening: StokerCon 2021, Contest, Submissions: 00:01:06 Dark Travels: Eldon House, London, ON: 00:05:07 Sarah Han…
 
The Enlightenment: The Pursuit of Happiness, 1680-1790 (Harper, 2021) is a magisterial history that recasts the Enlightenment as a period not solely consumed with rationale and reason, but rather as a pursuit of practical means to achieve greater human happiness. One of the formative periods of European and world history, the Enlightenment is the f…
 
Fatima Shaik's book Economy Hall: The Hidden History of a Free Black Brotherhood (Historic New Orleans Collections, 2021) tells the story of the Sociâetâe d'Economie et d'Assistance Mutuelle, a New Orleans mutual aid society founded by free men of color in 1836. The group was one of the most important multiethnic, intellectual communities in the US…
 
Welcome to Episode 482. This week we head back down beneath Toronto and come face to face with a monster. For fiction, we have two tales for you: about lessons in effective body disposal and a bad case of rescuer's remorse. COMING UP Good Evening: Submissions, Reviews and Thank-yous: 00:01:06 Dark Travels: The Cabbagetown Monster: 00:04:20 Warren B…
 
Welcome to Episode 481. This week we travel to Toronto to explore the abandoned Lower Bay subway station. For fiction, we have two tales for you: about two soldiers who discover the true terrors of war and a greedy property developer that gets more than they bargained for. COMING UP Good Evening: Hugos, Submissions, Thank-yous, Reviews: 00:01:06 Da…
 
Welcome to Episode 480. This week we meet Canada’s occult Prime Minister. For fiction, we have three tales for you: about a secret fishing spot, an unusual inheritance and a therapeutic massage. COMING UP Good Evening: Submissions, #Reviews4Good: 00:01:06 Dark Travels: Canada’s Occult Prime Minister: 00:04:27 Libby Young’s The Catch as read by Mere…
 
Welcome to Episode 479. This week we explore one of the most famous haunting in Canadian history. For fiction, we have one tale for you, about a cure that may be worse than the disease. COMING UP Good Evening: Correction, Reviews and Submissions: 00:01:06 Dark Travels: The Baldoon Mystery: 00:05:25 Caitlin Marceau’s Infected as read by Josie Babin:…
 
Join us today for a roundtable conversation with three leading medieval scholars about the phenomenon of conspiracy theories in history. Michael T. Bailey, professor of history at Iowa State University is one of the world’s leading scholars on the development of the idea of the Witches’ Sabbath, the verifiable hysterical historical panic about a ga…
 
The middle decades of the 19th century witnessed the expansion of slavery and white settlement and dispossession of Indigenous lands west of the Mississippi River, the abolition of slavery in the British Empire followed by the importation of indentured laborers from India and China into the West Indies, the consolidation of British rule in India fo…
 
A new idea of the future emerged in eighteenth-century France. With the development of modern biological, economic, and social engineering, the future transformed from being predetermined and beyond significant human intervention into something that could be dramatically affected through actions in the present. In The Time of Enlightenment: Constru…
 
This one's personal. Tyler Sonnichsen's Capitals of Punk: DC, Paris, and Circulation in the Urban Underground (Palgrave, 2019) was an amazing book for me to read and speak with its author about. While I am always fascinated by the different approaches to and thematic areas covered by the books I explore for the podcast, this one took me back to my …
 
Welcome to Episode 478. This week we find out who the winners of our flash fiction contest are. Then, we unearth tragedy in Woodstock, Ontario. For fiction, we have three tales: about a woman in doubt, haunted land and an unprepared pet sitter. COMING UP Good Evening: Flash Contest Winner, Submissions, Thank-yous: 00:01:06 Dark Travels: Woodstock, …
 
Picking up where most historians conclude, Chelsea Stieber explores the critical internal challenge to Haiti’s post-independence sovereignty: a civil war between monarchy and republic. What transpired was a war of swords and of pens, waged in newspapers and periodicals, in literature, broadsheets, and fliers. In Haiti's Paper War: Post-Independence…
 
Todays’ guest is Mack P. Holt, Professor Emeritus of History at George Mason University in Virginia, talking about his recent book, The Politics of Wine in Early Modern France: Religion and Popular Culture in Burgundy, 1477-1630, out 2018 with Cambridge University Press. In the late fifteenth century, Burgundy was incorporated in the kingdom of Fra…
 
Today New Books in History features Karl Schlögel, Professor Emeritus at the Europa Universitat Viadrina, Frankfort to talk about his new book, The Scent of Empires: Chanel no. 5 and Red Moscow, out this year, 2021 with Polity Press. Can a drop of perfume tell the story of the twentieth century? Can a smell bear the traces of history? What can we l…
 
Welcome to Episode 477. This week we stick around Niagara to visit an old fort and the many ‘residents’ that call it home. For fiction, we have three tales, about a monster on the loose, a tense breakfast, and a delivery driver’s run-in with someone eager to buy his cargo. COMING UP Good Evening: Submissions, Thank-yous: 00:01:06 Dark Travels: Fort…
 
Joshua Cole's Lethal Provocation: The Constantine Murders and the Politics of French Algeria (Cornell University Press, 2019) appeals to a few of the different readers in my head: the one who admires a critical history interrogating archival evidence, narrative, and categories of identity; the one who enjoys a localized story that illuminates a muc…
 
Emmanuel Macron “has shown a genuine ability to strategize politically, determinedly and clear-sightedly [in] occupying the space of the bourgeois bloc. This is a space that France’s political crisis has left open for many years but that no one before him had been able to identify and represent effectively”. So say Bruno Amable and Stefano Palombar…
 
Welcome to Episode 476. This week we travel to Niagara Falls, Ontario with a handful of matches. Then, we have one longer tale, about a boy whose new home has the perfect treehouse. Now if only it wasn’t already occupied. COMING UP Good Evening: Submissions and Thank-yous: 00:01:06 Dark Travels: Niagara Falls, ON: 00:02:19 Philip Fracassi’s I Think…
 
Welcome to Episode 475. We’re in Nunavut again this week for a peek at the people that pass between worlds. For fiction, we have one longer tale… a coming of age story about spontaneous human combustion and the end of the world. COMING UP Good Evening: Flash Contest, Thank-yous: 00:01:06 Dark Travels: The Shadow People, Nunavut: 00:02:45 Eric J. Gu…
 
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