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All Things Eerie

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Paul Smethers, a former high school English teacher, is an Associate with the Adult Services Team at Main. His special interests are poetry, ghost stories, and the French Bourbon dynasty.

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The tale you are about to hear is one of the most famous of vampire stories and predates Bram Stoker’s Dracula by over quarter century.  
 

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Welcome back to All Things Eerie and Part IV of Sheridan LeFanu’s Carmilla.
 

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Welcome back to All Things Eerie and Part II of Sheridan LeFanu’s Carmilla.

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Welcome back to All Things Eerie and the conclusion of Sheridan LeFanu’s Carmilla.

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Welcome back to All Things Eerie and Part III of Sheridan LeFanu’s Carmilla.

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We introduce our new podcast with a very special ghost story, this one by a Mr. Dickens, whom we all know as one of the most prolific and beloved authors of the 19th century.

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The Irish author Bram Stoker is perhaps best known to us for the story of Dracula, a vampire with a thirst for both blood and vengeance.

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We shall only spend a brief moment introducing the controversy over the attribution of tonight’s story to Daniel Defoe.  The reason for this question of attribution lies in two facts: Daniel Defoe was well known to publish many works anonymously, and many anonymously-published works were casually attributed to him.  Because of those two reasons, literary scholars have found endless ways to argue this matter, none of which matter much to us.  But there you have it.

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This evening’s author, Frederick George Loring, was an English naval officer and writer, and an early expert in wireless telegraphy.