Our special Christmas treat concludes!

Good friend of the Good Friends, Mike Perceval-Maxwell, has organised a week of readings of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol on our Discord server. He is joined by guest readers Dom Allen and Rina Haenze, along with Paul Fricker and Scott Dorward. Together, we have voiced Dickens’ classic festive tale, presented here in a form abridged by Dickens himself.

You can find part 1, part 2 and part 3 of the reading on this very site.

So shake off the winter gloom, toss a half-crown down to that street urchin, and fill your heart with Christmas cheer as we reach the end of Ebeneezer Scrooge’s strange journey to redemption…

“Hark the Herald Angels Sing” performed by A-M Classical is used here under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence.

Our special Christmas treat continues!

Good friend of the Good Friends, Mike Perceval-Maxwell, has organised a week of readings of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol on our Discord server. He is joined by guest readers Dom Allen and Rina Haenze, along with Paul Fricker and Scott Dorward. Together, we have voiced Dickens’ classic festive tale, presented here in a form abridged by Dickens himself.

The readings will conclude tonight (Thursday the 17th of December) at 10 PM GMT on our Discord server. Please come and join us is you can!

You can find part 1 and part 2 of the reading on this very site.

So pull up a seat, carve yourself some goose, and join Tiny Tim’s heartfelt blessing as we enter the next stage of Ebeneezer Scrooge’s strange journey to redemption…

“Hark the Herald Angels Sing” performed by A-M Classical is used here under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence.

Our special Christmas treat continues!

Good friend of the Good Friends, Mike Perceval-Maxwell, has organised a week of readings of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol on our Discord server. He is joined by guest readers Dom Allen and Rina Haenze, along with Paul Fricker and Scott Dorward. Together, we have voiced Dickens’ classic festive tale, presented here in a form abridged by Dickens himself.

The readings will continue every night at 10 PM GMT on our Discord server until Thursday the 17th of December. Please come and join us is you can! Don’t worry if you can’t, however — we shall release recordings of the subsequent episodes as they continue.

You can find part 1 of the reading on this very site.

So help yourself to some cold roast, cold boiled and a slice of cake, and prepare for some dancing and forfeits as we enter the next stage of Ebeneezer Scrooge’s strange journey to redemption…

“Hark the Herald Angels Sing” performed by A-M Classical is used here under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence.

We have a special Christmas treat for all our listeners!

Good friend of the Good Friends, Mike Perceval-Maxwell, has organised a week of readings of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol on our Discord server. He is joined by guest readers Dom Allen and Rina Haenze, along with Paul Fricker and Scott Dorward. Together, we have voiced Dickens’ classic festive tale, presented here in a form abridged by Dickens himself.

The readings will continue every night at 10 PM GMT on our Discord server until Thursday the 17th of December. Please come and join us is you can! Don’t worry if you can’t, however — we shall release recordings of the subsequent episodes as they continue.

So take a seat by the fire, pour yourself a glass of Smoking Bishop and try not to pay attention to those clanking chains in the cellar as our story begins…

“Hark the Herald Angels Sing” performed by A-M Classical is used here under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence.

We’re back with another special interview episode. This time, however, we’re breaking away from cults and turning back to a topic we discussed in episode 127: that uneasy ground that lies between comedy and horror.

Matthew McLean is the writer, producer and one of the stars of A Scottish Podcast. While the name may not suggest it, A Scottish Podcast is steeped in Lovecraftian horror. It’s also pretty damn funny.

The basic premise is that Lee, a failed disc jockey, has decided to reboot his career by starting a paranormal investigation podcast. He ropes his long-suffering friend Doug into producing it and the two of them travel across Scotland, investigating weird cases they are increasingly forced to take seriously.

What stops A Scottish Podcast from being just another paranormal drama is its cast of wildly eccentric supporting characters. The stories swing wildly between comedy and horror, usually keeping the two elements discrete but sometimes mixing them to great effect (such as in the recent special, “Fish Supper Over Innsmouth”).

Be warned that A Scottish Podcast is even more sweary than the Good Friends and that the humour is very Scottish. As Matthew mentions in the interview, however, this has not proved a barrier to international listeners.

In our discussion, Matthew and I talk about the relationship between comedy and horror, where the humour lies in Lovecraft, and how he goes about writing and creating the podcast. This last part turned into a general discussion about producing audio drama which should prove informative to anyone thinking about doing so.

A Scottish Podcast

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