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A monthly podcast of classic short fiction...

Welcome to the online home of Back of the Bookshelf, a monthly podcast of classic short fiction narrated by author, C.J. Carter-Stephenson. Our mission... to shine a light into the shadows of the past in search of neglected gems. There are no restrictions about setting, theme or genre; the only qualification here is quality, though as the name suggests, the emphasis is on books that tend to be pushed to the back of the shelf, rather than bestsellers.

Prepare to encounter lesser known works by literary giants like Mary Shelley and Guy de Maupassant, and be transported to the fantastical worlds of forgotten pioneers of genre fiction. Episodes go live on the first day of each month.

Our inaugral podcast, which was released on 1st May 2018, features a story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who is, of course, best known as the creator of Sherlock Holmes. It’s a thrilling adventure starring the brilliant, but hot-tempered Professor Challenger, vividly brought to life by immersive sound effects and a dramatic sensibility. Sound good? Then please check it out below. It's suitable for all ages, and the best part is, it's absolutely free.

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Episode 1 - The Disintegration Machine

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Episode 1 - The Disintegration Machine