Storytime With Miss Vallene

Let me read to you.

The Lady of Shallot by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Tonight’s short story is not a short story at all; it’s a poem. Mind you, it’s a poem that reads like a story, which is why I love it so much. I am — dare I say it? — not a big fan of poetry. I am a simple soul; I like it when things make sense, and most of the poetry I’ve read just doesn’t make much sense to me. It could be that it’s way over my head.

But I love this poem. It’s beautiful. It’s mysterious. It rhymes in a lovely way and the words rise and fall and float and soar. It’s a magic poem, and it’s one of my favorites.

This poem is also a favorite of Anne Shirley, my childhood idol. I grew up watching the 1985 movie adaption of L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables. Megan Follows plays Anne in that version, and her narration of the Lady of Shallot has stuck with me over the years, so much so that while reading the poem for the podcast, I may have tried to channel Anne Shirley (in truth, I’ve been trying to channel her all my life).

That being said, the poem I’m reading is a little different from the one Anne reads aloud in the movie. I, not knowing there were two versions of the poem, sat down and read the first one I found: the 1833 version. I later learned that Tennyson wrote another version of the poem in 1842, which is the one that Anne reads. If you were wanting to hear the 1842 version, don’t fret. I have a feeling I’ll be revisiting the Lady of Shallot.

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The Story of the Late Mr. Elvesham by H.G. Wells

Tonight’s tale is a mix of science fiction and horror: “The Story of the Late Mr. Elvesham” by H.G. Wells. I remember reading Wells’s “The Time Machine” back in high school, and I’ve always wanted to delve deeper into his work. Something I discovered: he has a LOT short stories. So many, in fact, that it was very difficult to choose just one to read, so I will probably return to his stories later in the podcast.

Hope you enjoy tonight’s episode, and, as always, feel free to leave requests.

The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Finally! Here it is, at long last:  the fourth episode of my story podcast! I’m ashamed to say that it has been quite a few months since my last upload, and I beg you to forgive me. (Please, please forgive me). I promise that I will be more consistent from this moment forth. Cross my heart and hope to die.

Anyway, our story tonight is “The Yellow Wallpaper,” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, as requested by my dear friend Ellen. This is a favorite of mine — very creepy. This is also the longest story I’ve read on the podcast (which is one of the reasons why it took me so long to post it). But I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and I hope you enjoy listening. 

As always, feel free to leave me requests.

The Tell Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe

Tonight – a CREEPY story!

I’ve always loved this one by Edgar Allan Poe, classically scary. I remember reading it first back in junior high and watching a short film interpretation of it that really freaked me out.

I’ll admit that I had a few glasses of wine before recording and that, as a result, in trying to get sufficiently into character, I may have stepped into the realm of over-the-top and cheesy instead of staying in my intended place at a simple creepy. But you tell me.

For best results, listen to this story in a dark room, with a single candle flickering before you on whatever surface at hand, be it a table, counter-top, breakfast tray, or the floorboards under which you have deposited the remains of that neighbor who wouldn’t stop bothering you about mowing your lawn.

Enjoy and, as always, feel free to leave me requests of your own favorite stories.

The Kiss by Kate Chopin

Hello, dear listeners! I’m pleased to welcome you to my second storytime reading. Tonight’s will be rather short, but quality and quantity are two very different things, am I right?

My first introduction to Kate Chopin was in a college lit class a few years ago where I read three short stories of hers. Since then, she has held a place in my file-cabinet of good writers to be revisited. Reading tonight’s story inspired me to do some research, so here’s a one-sentence overview of what I found out about her: Chopin, an author of the late 1800s, wrote fiction that focused on the lives of women and, unlike many other works of that time in history, presented these women as strong and independent, which caused quite a controversy among “respectable” readers. If you aren’t familiar with her stories, I’m excited to be the first to introduce you! I will probably be reading more of her stories later on in the podcast, so get psyched!

Enjoy, and once again, feel free to make requests!

Dagon by H.P. Lovecraft

So here I am, starting a podcast! I’ve wanted to start one for a long time, and finally I’m on my way. Prepare yourself for all sorts of fascinating stories!

Today’s is one by H.P. Lovecraft. I humbly confess that I don’t know much about Lovecraft and I’ve only read three of his stories, but it’s my intention to get to know him and his work more intimately. Apparently a lot of his tales are based on dreams he had, and reading this one makes me want to start up the old dream journal again.

I hope you enjoy listening as much as I enjoyed recording!

A note: Although my listener base is almost certainly nonexistent at this point, let it be known that I will be taking requests! However, I am trying to play it safe and stick to works in the public domain, so do keep that in mind. Feel free to contact me at storytimepodcast@live.com. Looking forward to hearing from you!