Campfire Classics Podcast
Episode 31- Acetone High on the Yellow Brick Road

Episode 31- Acetone High on the Yellow Brick Road

January 19, 2021

Welcome to Campfire Classics, a Literary Comedy Podcast!!

It's been a long couple of ...weeks? ...months? ...centuries? We could all use some self-care.  Hopefully, this will provide you with some simple joy.  This week, Heather gets to read two stories by the great L. Frank Baum. Though neither of them have anything to do with magic slippers.

Discussion topics include TED Talk Tangents, fancy chickens, and moist beatboxing.

"The Box of Robbers" and "The Glass Dog" were both published in the 1901 collection American Fairy Tales.

So sit back, light a fire (or even a candle), grab a drink, and enjoy.

Episode 30- Musty Hussies!

Episode 30- Musty Hussies!

January 12, 2021

Welcome to Campfire Classics, a Literary Comedy Podcast!!

We're celebrating Public Domain Day!

On January first, a whole year worth of writing entered the public domain and became fair game for us to try to read.  Please join us in welcoming 1925 into the fold.  To celebrate, Heather has chosen to give Ken a short story from that year, "The Strange Case" by Edgar Wallace.  It will be a race to the finish as Ken tries to make it to the end before his sugar high runs out.

Today, your hosts struggle to remember what year it is, compare this week's author to a certain famous lifeguard, and definitely don't resort to making fart sounds.  Because that would be childish.

Oh!  And a thousand thank yous to our new patron, Stefan Brock.

"The Strange Case" was published in the 1925 collection The Mind of Mr. J.G. Reeder.

So sit back, light a fire (or even a candle), grab a drink, and enjoy.

True Crimes and a Lie, Vol.5

True Crimes and a Lie, Vol.5

January 7, 2021

So here's an important question.  Can you tell fact from fiction?  Do you know the difference between real and fake news?  Test your senses in this edition of True Crimes and a Lie! a gameshow within a podcast, where Heather tries to pick the true crimes from the lie.

This episode comes from Campfire Classics Episode 29- Eight Miles in My Rear.

Episode 29- Eight Miles in My Rear

Episode 29- Eight Miles in My Rear

January 5, 2021

Welcome to Campfire Classics, a Literary Comedy Podcast!!

Welcome to 2021!  So glad you made it!

This week sees the long anticipated return of True Crimes and a Lie, our gameshow within a podcast where Ken shares three crime stories and Heather tries to guess which ones are real and which is fiction.  Then we get a story from Scottish author Hume Nisbet, whose name Ken has trouble pronouncing correctly.  This week's story is The Vampire Maid.

During the episode, your hosts discuss beatbox mastery, the return of the guillotine, and Heather has a near fatal laughing fit over a sophomoric butt joke.  So, business as usual. 

The Vampire Maid was published in 1900, and has been reprinted many times since.

So sit back, light a fire (or even a candle), grab a drink, and enjoy.

Episode 28- See You Next Tuesday

Episode 28- See You Next Tuesday

December 29, 2020

Welcome to Campfire Classics, a Literary Comedy Podcast!!

This is our farewell to a long year.

And we're coming back to an author we loved last time.  Mr. H.H. Munro, better known as Saki.  Ken gets to read two stories, "Laura" and "Sredni Vashtar" (how would you pronounce that name?)  This week, conversations include New Year's Resolutions, ejaculations in the kitchen area, and...did you hear that cat?  Ah well, see you next Tuesday!

"Sredni Vashtar" can be found in the 1912 collection The Chronicles of Clovis, "Laura" in the 1914 Beasts and Super-Beasts.

So sit back, light a fire (or even a candle), grab a drink, and enjoy.

Episode 27- Crack is Whack: A Ghost Story

Episode 27- Crack is Whack: A Ghost Story

December 22, 2020

Welcome to Campfire Classics, a Literary Comedy Podcast!!

What is your favorite late December tradition?  Because this week, we've found a new one.

Taking up the torch of a centuries old British tradition, we're reading a ghost story for the holidays.  Spooky author M.R. James returns to give us some tips on writing, and Heather takes a pass at his short "Lost Hearts."  Ken tries not to roast his chestnuts, we learn a lot about architecture, and jokes are funnier when you explain them, right?

"Lost Hearts" was originally published in 1895. It was later collected in James' 1904 book Ghost Stories of an Antiquary.

Craig Kellberg once again contributes his musical talents. Listen for his sick Hurdy-Gurdy shredding.

So sit back, light a fire (or even a candle), grab a drink, and enjoy.

Episode 26- Teabag Your Sweetmeats

Episode 26- Teabag Your Sweetmeats

December 15, 2020

Welcome to Campfire Classics, a Literary Comedy Podcast!!

Only two more episodes in 2020 after this week!  The year that wouldn't end is drawing to a close.  It is moving into the past, as all things do.

This week, we're tapping into one of history's greatest storytellers, Hans Christian Andersen.  He is responsible for some of the most enduring tales of all time, not to mention a fair number of Disney's plot lines, and in today's episode, Ken gets to read "The Fir Tree".  True to form, our hosts keep it classy as they discuss stalkers, killing rats, and getting pooped on.

"The Fir Tree" was published in 1844 and is part of the collection New Fairy Tales.

And a special shoutout to "The Jury Room" and the show's host Kevin.  Looking for some true crime in your podcasting day?  Head over to juryroompodcast.com and give him a listen.

So sit back, light a fire (or even a candle), grab a drink, and enjoy.

Episode 25- Fairying Around: A Christmas Tale

Episode 25- Fairying Around: A Christmas Tale

December 8, 2020

Welcome to Campfire Classics, a Literary Comedy Podcast!!

25 episodes!  This feels like a quarter life crisis or something.

We have a new author this week.  Mary E. Wilkins Freeman!  Heather reads her short story entitled "The Christmas Masquerade".  And it is a wild ride.  A ride on loose horses, with drunk babies, and full of cherries.

And so many other strange twists and turns.  There is honestly too much to cover here, so just give it a listen.

"The Christmas Masquerade" can be found in the 1893 collection The Pot of Gold and Other Stories.

 

Oh!  And special thanks to Craig Kellberg, for his recordings of Away in a Manger and God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen. 

So sit back, light a fire (or even a candle), grab a drink, and enjoy.

Episode 24- Dreams, Feasts, and Fire Island

Episode 24- Dreams, Feasts, and Fire Island

December 1, 2020

Welcome to Campfire Classics, a Literary Comedy Podcast!!

December 2020 starts with some big life news from our hosts.  Back into our regular rotation, this week's story comes from an author named E.F. Benson, who, in addition to having a fabulous moustache, was the writer of many horror and satire shorts.  This story is called "The Room in the Tower".

Our hosts start by sharing the big news before going on to such important topics as recurring dreams, bad decision making in horror stories, and possibly have some disturbing premonitions

"The Room in the Tower" was published in a collection of the same name in 1912.

So sit back, light a fire (or even a candle), grab a drink, and enjoy.

Episode 23- Rather an Old Ass

Episode 23- Rather an Old Ass

November 24, 2020

Welcome to Campfire Classics, a Literary Comedy Podcast!!

Movember is coming to a close as we prepare for Thanksgiving.  Poirot returns for one more adventure, this one entitled "The Tragedy at Marsdon Manor." Ken's moustache listens in as Heather gets her second try at the great Belgian detective.

See the moustache at movember.com/m/kensandberg

This week, Heather shows off her dance moves, Ken finally comes clean about his medical training, and seriously...what is a turnip faced watch!?

"The Tragedy at Marsdon Manor" was published in the magazine The Sketch in 1923 and can be found in the short story collection Poirot Investigates.

So sit back, light a fire (or even a candle), grab a drink, and enjoy.

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