Tuesday 26 July 2011

The Trespassers

Dear listener,

Here is a cautionary tale that I have derived from a story that one of my school teachers used to tell. He used to tell it to people who wanted to drop one or another of their GCSE subjects. When you have listened to it you may wonder what relevance it could possibly have to education ... but I think the message is clear enough. Not to give too much away, but there is a certain way of dealing with problems that may not be the best in the long run.

Bringing an appropriately transylvanian atmosphere to the soundtrack, we have the Kyiv Chamber Choir's "Hymns of the All Night Vigil" and a bit of dark ambient wonderworking from Robert Rich's "Cowell Theater" album, both of which are available from the scrumptious Magnatune website.

Here is a link to the audio file; but - if you have not already - how about subscribing with iTunes or adding the feed into your podcatcher so you never miss another episode. Hopefully we will be kicking things up from fortnightly to weekly episodes in the not-too-distant future, so stay tuned.

Tim (sound engineer extraordinaire) worked really hard with me to bring this episode for your listening pleasure so we hope that you enjoy it. Thank you for listening, and if you did enjoy it, please let us know with a comment or something.

Sweet dreams,



  1. Hi Seyms - the audio link for this one doesn't seem to work.

    Samuel and I are listening to 'The Cat and the Mouse' as I type :)

  2. Duly corrected! Thank you :)

    Pesky little obscure UTF character code found it's way in there.

    For future reference, the title of every post is linked to the audio file, too. I'd be interested to know if the embedded quicktime widget works like it should and if it is worth keeping.

    Be warned, this episode is a little scary, I don't know if Samuel is old enough for it.


  3. The Quicktime widget does work but it looks a bit weird - all the controls are halfway off the top.

    Have you seen that you can embed Google Reader's player? You just put your audio URL at the appropriate place in this code:

    <embed type="application/x-shockwave-flash" flashvars="audioUrl=MP3_FILE_URL" src="http://www.google.com/reader/ui/3523697345-audio-player.swf" width="400" height="27" quality="best"></embed>

    The podcast just gets better and better, by the way!

  4. Thank you for the compliment and the nifty bit of code! Sounds like an elegant solution :-)

  5. This has to be one of the most elegant and craftily told stories I've ever heard Seymour. My mom and I listened to this story on a long journey home and we were both literally on the edge of our seats the entire ride. You helped erase hours of driving with your beautiful stories. Thank you so much. I'm telling everyone about your podcast.

  6. Hey, JP,

    Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a comment and I'm glad you have enjoyed the stories. I'm especially chuffed that you liked this one as it was my first attempt to write something a bit more chilling and suspenseful ...

    More coming soon ;-)

    Yours gratefully,


  7. Wow, these stories are incredible! Someone online suggested I listen to your podcast, and I’m so glad I did! They remind me of the stories I was obsessed with reading as a little kid, and they’re just so well-crafted. I’ve really enjoyed them. Thank you!

    1. Natalie!

      You got in touch - hurray! Thank you so much for letting me know that you have been enjoying the stories. It's such an encouragement for me to hear from a listener, especially as I'd love to be producing more stories but have to fight hard for the space in life to do it. Little contacts like this remind me how worthwhile it would be to push through and do some more writing and recording.

      Sorry it has taken me so long to reply. Thanks for listening!