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Litro Lab is the podcast of Litro Magazine, a little lit mag with a big worldview whose mission is to discover new and emerging writers and publish them alongside stalwarts of the literary scene, in print and online. We also aim to build a friendly and supportive community of writers and readers, so please join us.

Latest Episodes

Sarah Waters loves W.W. Jacobs' 'The Monkey's Paw'

“At the foot of the stairs, the match went out, and he paused to strike another. And at the same moment, a knock, so quiet and stealthy as to be scarcely audible, sounded on the front door.” A life-long fan of tales of horror and the supernatural, Sarah Water’s novel The Little Stranger is a very modern ghost story in which war trauma, grief and class tensions fuel a very modern haunting. In this episode of the Litro Lab podcast, we talk to Sarah about her favorite classic ghost story, ‘The Monkey’s Paw’ by W.W. Jacobs. “How far could your attachment to your child go? Could you rejoin them across the gulf of death?” She spoke to us about her childhood obsession with the Pan Book of Horror Stories, writing The Little Stranger, haunted houses, and the lasting appeal of ghosts. Listen to the interview, and Greg Page’s chilling reading of the story, using the player below. ‘The Monkey’s Paw’ by W.W. Jacobs is used with the kind permission of The Society of Authors as the Lit...

41 MIN2012 NOV 6
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Sarah Waters loves W.W. Jacobs' 'The Monkey's Paw'

Halloween Special: Robert Lloyd Parry brings M. R. James' ghost stories to the stage

In the run-up to our Ghosts issue, which will go up online on Halloween, the 31st, Litro Lab celebrates with a spooky podcast.We talk to actor Robert Lloyd Parry about bringing the tales of the ghost story master, M. R. James, to the stage in his one-man show, and listen to his reading of the author's "A School Story". The music used in this podcast is "Unanswered Questions" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) and licensed underCreative Commons: By Attribution 3.0.

29 MIN2012 OCT 29
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Halloween Special: Robert Lloyd Parry brings M. R. James' ghost stories to the stage

Flash Fiction Special feat. Tania Hershman, Vanessa Gebbie, David Gaffney, Calum Kerr (and Kafka)

Flash fiction—also known asshortshort fiction, sudden fiction, or "a smoke long" fiction—has been around since Aesop's Fables, but it's never been more popular, with magazines and websites now dedicated solely to it. It even has its own national day. In this Litro Lab episode, I talk to flash fiction writers David Gaffney (Sawn-off Tales, Salt, 2006), Tania Hershman (The White Road and Other Stories, Salt, 2008;My Mother Was an Upright Piano, Tangent, 2012) and Calum Kerr, director of National Flash Fiction Day(NFFD),about what makes great micro-fiction. We also hear some of their ultra-short stories, among pieces by Franz Kafka and Vanessa Gebbie. Featured stories (in this order): "Vegetable Mineral" by Tania Hershman, from My Mother Was an Upright Piano, Tangent, 2012. Read by Tania Hershman "The Cares of a Family Man" by Franz Kafka, translatedby Willa and Edwin Muir, from A Country Doctor, 1919. Read by Greg Page "Flight" by Vanessa Gebbie, from Jawbreakers, NFFD, 2012. Read b...

26 MIN2012 SEP 20
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Flash Fiction Special feat. Tania Hershman, Vanessa Gebbie, David Gaffney, Calum Kerr (and Kafka)

Alison Moore loves Sherwood Anderson's "Adventure", read by Greg Page.

Today we kick off a new series on Litro Lab, where we invite a writer to choose a short story they love and talk to us about why they love it. Our first guest author isAlison Moore, whose debut novelThe Lighthouse—which I recentlyreviewedforLitro—has beenlonglisted for the 2012 Man Booker Prize. Alison's pick is "Adventure" bySherwood Anderson, from his 1919 story cycleWinesburg, Ohio:A Group of Tales of Ohio Small Town Life, read by actor Greg Page. Enjoy, and please leave comments and suggestions so we can improve as we go along. - Emily Cleaver See full post at http://litro.co.uk/?p=25485

24 MIN2012 AUG 20
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Alison Moore loves Sherwood Anderson's "Adventure", read by Greg Page.
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Latest Episodes

Sarah Waters loves W.W. Jacobs' 'The Monkey's Paw'

“At the foot of the stairs, the match went out, and he paused to strike another. And at the same moment, a knock, so quiet and stealthy as to be scarcely audible, sounded on the front door.” A life-long fan of tales of horror and the supernatural, Sarah Water’s novel The Little Stranger is a very modern ghost story in which war trauma, grief and class tensions fuel a very modern haunting. In this episode of the Litro Lab podcast, we talk to Sarah about her favorite classic ghost story, ‘The Monkey’s Paw’ by W.W. Jacobs. “How far could your attachment to your child go? Could you rejoin them across the gulf of death?” She spoke to us about her childhood obsession with the Pan Book of Horror Stories, writing The Little Stranger, haunted houses, and the lasting appeal of ghosts. Listen to the interview, and Greg Page’s chilling reading of the story, using the player below. ‘The Monkey’s Paw’ by W.W. Jacobs is used with the kind permission of The Society of Authors as the Lit...

41 MIN2012 NOV 6
Comments
Sarah Waters loves W.W. Jacobs' 'The Monkey's Paw'

Halloween Special: Robert Lloyd Parry brings M. R. James' ghost stories to the stage

In the run-up to our Ghosts issue, which will go up online on Halloween, the 31st, Litro Lab celebrates with a spooky podcast.We talk to actor Robert Lloyd Parry about bringing the tales of the ghost story master, M. R. James, to the stage in his one-man show, and listen to his reading of the author's "A School Story". The music used in this podcast is "Unanswered Questions" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) and licensed underCreative Commons: By Attribution 3.0.

29 MIN2012 OCT 29
Comments
Halloween Special: Robert Lloyd Parry brings M. R. James' ghost stories to the stage

Flash Fiction Special feat. Tania Hershman, Vanessa Gebbie, David Gaffney, Calum Kerr (and Kafka)

Flash fiction—also known asshortshort fiction, sudden fiction, or "a smoke long" fiction—has been around since Aesop's Fables, but it's never been more popular, with magazines and websites now dedicated solely to it. It even has its own national day. In this Litro Lab episode, I talk to flash fiction writers David Gaffney (Sawn-off Tales, Salt, 2006), Tania Hershman (The White Road and Other Stories, Salt, 2008;My Mother Was an Upright Piano, Tangent, 2012) and Calum Kerr, director of National Flash Fiction Day(NFFD),about what makes great micro-fiction. We also hear some of their ultra-short stories, among pieces by Franz Kafka and Vanessa Gebbie. Featured stories (in this order): "Vegetable Mineral" by Tania Hershman, from My Mother Was an Upright Piano, Tangent, 2012. Read by Tania Hershman "The Cares of a Family Man" by Franz Kafka, translatedby Willa and Edwin Muir, from A Country Doctor, 1919. Read by Greg Page "Flight" by Vanessa Gebbie, from Jawbreakers, NFFD, 2012. Read b...

26 MIN2012 SEP 20
Comments
Flash Fiction Special feat. Tania Hershman, Vanessa Gebbie, David Gaffney, Calum Kerr (and Kafka)

Alison Moore loves Sherwood Anderson's "Adventure", read by Greg Page.

Today we kick off a new series on Litro Lab, where we invite a writer to choose a short story they love and talk to us about why they love it. Our first guest author isAlison Moore, whose debut novelThe Lighthouse—which I recentlyreviewedforLitro—has beenlonglisted for the 2012 Man Booker Prize. Alison's pick is "Adventure" bySherwood Anderson, from his 1919 story cycleWinesburg, Ohio:A Group of Tales of Ohio Small Town Life, read by actor Greg Page. Enjoy, and please leave comments and suggestions so we can improve as we go along. - Emily Cleaver See full post at http://litro.co.uk/?p=25485

24 MIN2012 AUG 20
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Alison Moore loves Sherwood Anderson's "Adventure", read by Greg Page.
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