Stories of Yore and Yours

Stories of Yore and Yours

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Stories of Yore and Yours is a weekly short story podcast. Host Shawn Ennis narrates classic short stories, using sound effects and music to bring them new life. The show also asks for listener submissions. Whether you’re an aspiring author or just write as a hobby, you can be a part of the show! Send your short story to [email protected] for consideration, and in the meantime, thanks for listening!


Mini Episode: “A Man with Two Lives,” by Ambrose Bierce
Aug 26 • 9 min
Season 3 is on the way, but for now, enjoy this quick story by Ambrose Bierce along with what’s been going on since you last heard from the show!
Patreon Bonus Episode: “The Turn of the Screw,” Part One
Jul 3 • 55 min
On this special bonus episode, visit the infamous Bly Manor in the first installment of the patron-only series, “The Turn of the Screw,” by Henry James!
“The Lady or the Tiger?” and “The Discourager of Hesitancy,” by Frank R. Stockton
May 29 • 45 min
This week on the season finale of Stories of Yore and Yours, join Shawn in looking back on the past season and the show’s run thus far, plus a look at what’s coming up, and of course you won’t want to miss Frank R. Stockton’s “The Lady or the Tiger?” and…
Two More Original Submissions: “The 10th of May” and “Stargazing”
May 22 • 33 min
This week, don’t miss the last season two installment of original stories submitted by listeners! Today we’ve got two tales that on the surface seem like love stories, but are they really? Listen to find out!
“A Piece of Steak,” by Jack London
May 15 • 53 min
You might look at the title and think, “What?” Then you see that Jack London wrote it and you think, “Maybe he’s feeding steak to a dog of some sort?” Then I tell you it’s a boxing story, and you might say, “Those are a thing?” Well, they are a thing. But…
Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories - “How the Whale Got His Throat,” “How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin,” “How the Camel Got His Hump,” & “The Elephant’s Child”
May 8 • 39 min
Remember “The Cat that Walked By Himself” back in the eighth episode of Season One? Well Rudyard Kipling is back with more Just So Stories! Listen and hear, O Best Beloved, as I relate to you the origins of the camel’s hump, the rhino’s skin,…
“The Signal Man,” by Charles Dickens, Plus Two Original Stories by K.S. Anglesey!
May 1 • 48 min
This week join Shawn in exploring three short stories that delve into the supernatural in very different ways, featuring two original works by K.S. Anglesey and “The Signal Man” by Charles Dickens!
“The Tower of the Elephant,” by Robert E. Howard
Apr 24 • 67 min
Conan the Cimmerian seeks the “Heart of the Elephant.” What is that, and will he succeed? Tune in this week to find out!!
“The Bet” and “A Defenseless Creature,” by Anton Chekhov
Apr 17 • 39 min
This week, join Shawn in experiencing two stories by Anton Chekhov, one of the most influential short story authors in literary history! Enjoy “The Bet” and “A Defenseless Creature!” Who will win the bet that lasts for 15 years? Just who is the…
Two More Original Tales, Through the Eyes of Children
Apr 10 • 31 min
This week, we feature two original stories from the perspective of children. How close are you to your inner child? Listen to this episode and you just might find out…
“The Inexperienced Ghost” and “The Magic Shop,” by H.G. Wells
Apr 3 • 63 min
H.G. Wells is mainly known for his science fiction work, and we’ll certainly feature his sci-fi in a future episode, but today join Shawn as he shines a light on two of Wells’s lesser-known stories – the tale of a ghost who isn’t sure what he’s doing, and…
Two Mysteries from Masters of the Genre - Agatha Christie and Arthur Conan Doyle
Mar 27 • 60 min
This week, experience two stories from two masters of the crime and mystery genre. First, Agatha Christie brings us her first published short story featuring detective extraordinare Hercule Poirot, then Arthur Conan Doyle leaves Sherlock Holmes on the…
Two Dark Original Stories by VP Morris and Splatter Saint
Mar 20 • 37 min
It’s time for this season’s first installment of original stories submitted by listeners! Don’t miss two stories from V.P. Morris and Splatter Saint, and let Shawn guide you into the dark places that these authors will take you. Trigger warning: the first…
Stories from the American Old West: “The Outcasts of Poker Flat” and “The Girl Who Got Rattled”
Mar 13 • 61 min
This week, Stories of Yore and Yours visits the American West for tales from the California Gold Rush. Visit a town looking to rid itself of moral ne’er-do-wells in “The Outcasts of Poker Flat,” and check in with an Easterner who doesn’t quite know what…
“The Pit & the Pendulum,” by Edgar Allan Poe
Mar 6 • 45 min
In the Season 2 premiere, join host Shawn Ennis in visiting the horrors of the Inquisition through the mind of Edgar Allan Poe in his tale of suspense, terror, and…hope? Don’t miss it!
One More Bonus Mini-Episode Before Season 2!
Feb 13 • 18 min
What’s going on in the land of Stories of Yore and Yours? It’s been almost two months since we’ve talked, so first of all…welcome back and thanks for downloading! Today you’ll hear two quick stories from Mark Twain and Ambrose Bierce, and there’s updates…
Christmas Special 2018: “The Gift of the Magi,” & “How Christmas Came to the Santa Maria Flats,” w/Special Guest Sharon Jewell
Dec 19, 2018 • 37 min
Merry Christmas! For the first annual Stories of Yore and Yours Christmas Special, Shawn Ennis narrates two Christmas stories sure to warm the heart of all who listen. First, join Shawn and special guest Sharon Jewell for the tale of a married couple…
Bonus Episode by Request - Irish Folklore
Nov 14, 2018 • 36 min
In this special between-seasons bonus episode, join Shawn Ennis and special guests Kayla (from Get Grimm) and The Narrator (from Mythical) for three pieces out of a volume called “Fairy and Folk Tales of the Irish Peasantry!” You’ll also hear about a…
A Very Special Episode of Stories of Yore and Yours
Nov 2, 2018 • 11 min
Tune in for a quick update on the present and future of Stories of Yore and Yours. The show isn’t going anywhere, but there’s big things on the horizon as we move to a season format!
Episode 27: “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” by Washington Irving
Oct 31, 2018 • 68 min
Happy Halloween! In this Halloween special episode, experience the classic story of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman – “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” by Washington Irving! You may have read this one in school, or you may not have…but you haven’t…
Episode 26: Four More Original Spooky Stories with Moxie Labouche, Augie Peterson, Iona Douglas, and John Bowie!
Oct 24, 2018 • 44 min
In the penultimate week of October, Stories of Yore and Yours brings you FOUR original spooky tales! This week, we’ll visit places as exotic as the deep sea, and as seemingly mundane as your own backyard. But make no mistake – wherever we go, the cares…
Episode 25: More October Spooks with “The Pale Man,” by Julius Long and “The Phantom Coach,” by Amelia B. Edwards
Oct 17, 2018 • 51 min
Week three of Stories of Yore and Yours’s first October is here! This week, we’ll hear yet another entry from the Weird Tales catalog with Julius Long’s “The Pale Man,” and Amelia B. Edwards brings us the story of a man who takes quite an unexpected…
Episode 24: Two Original Horror Tales by M. Grant Kellermeyer and Moxie Labouche
Oct 10, 2018 • 51 min
This week, October’s scary stories continue with two original pieces! First up is the story by M. Grant Kellermeyer of a man who finds a cool old watch while strolling on the beach and takes it home. What could be wrong with something like that? The…
Episode 23: Five Stories by the Innovator of Cosmic Horror, H.P. Lovecraft
Oct 3, 2018 • 63 min
It’s the first week of October, and that means it’s time for some horror. This week, Shawn tackles one of the more complex and controversial authors to be featured to this point on the show. Grab some headphones and settle in for FIVE pieces by H.P.…
Episode 22: The Executioner Beckons in Robert Barr’s “The Hour and the Man”
Sep 26, 2018 • 26 min
This week, join Shawn Ennis and hear Robert Barr’s tale of a prince and a robber, and how deception isn’t always a one-way street.
Episode 21: Kathleen Norris and the Long Road to Happiness in “Poor, Dear Margaret Kirby”
Sep 19, 2018 • 31 min
In two weeks, we’ll kick off a slate of October shows that promise to offer all kinds of creeps, spooks, and scares. So this week, let’s have a feel-good story, shall we? Join host Shawn Ennis for Kathleen Norris’s tale of an unexpected, and somewhat…
Episode 20: Ray Bradbury Gives a Glimpse Into the Abyss with “Asleep in Armageddon”
Sep 12, 2018 • 39 min
Ray Bradbury’s most well-known work is the novel Fahrenheit 451. But he wasn’t just a novelist. Ray Bradbury was an extremely prolific short story writer. The father of modern sci-fi/fantasy brings us a wild tale of a man who lands on what he thinks is a…
Episode 19: The Everyday People and Twist Endings of O. Henry
Sep 5, 2018 • 39 min
Artist, author, one-time shepherd, widower, convicted embezzler…O. Henry was a lot of things, and his stories are an illustration of how everyday people can get themselves into – and sometimes out of – extraordinary jams. Don’t miss the wit and…
Episode 18: “The Necklace” & “Found on a Drowned Man,” by Guy de Maupassant
Aug 29, 2018 • 40 min
This week, join host Shawn Ennis as he narrates two short stories by a master of the genre, Guy de Maupassant! As a side note, these are the first stories we’ve done on the show that were not originally published in English. How much French will you hear?…
Episode 17: Stories from Reddit
Aug 22, 2018 • 37 min
This week, join host Shawn Ennis in discovering three authors with original sci-fi stories from the r/shortstories subreddit on Reddit.com! Don’t miss “The Great Surface,” “#NotAllGhosts,” and “Subject C!”
Episode 16: “The Empty House,” by Algernon Blackwood
Aug 15, 2018 • 42 min
For as long as there have been bumps in the night, there have been haunted house stories. This week, we’ve got a great one for you. If you’re not familiar with Algernon Blackwood, you’re getting quite the introduction with his timeless story, “The Empty…
Episode 15: “Tobermory” and “The Lumber Room,” by Saki
Aug 8, 2018 • 34 min
Remember when you were a kid, and you thought the adults were unreasonable and out to get you? What if you were right? And what if you could outsmart them? H.H. Munro, otherwise known as Saki, has something to say about that. And he’s also here to take…
Episode 14: “The Adventure of the Speckled Band,” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Aug 1, 2018 • 58 min
Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are two of literature’s most beloved (and well-adapted) characters. But you don’t need Basil Rathbone or Benedict Cumberbatch to experience one of the original short stories that catapulted Holmes and Watson into popular…
Episode 13: “Far Below,” by Robert Barbour Johnson
Jul 25, 2018 • 34 min
This week, Stories of Yore and Yours gets…weird. Tune in this week to hear the story that was selected in 1953 as the best story ever to appear in early 20th century pulp magazine Weird Tales. You may never think of the subway the same way again…
Episode 12: “Rip Van Winkle,” by Washington Irving
Jul 18, 2018 • 40 min
Chances are, you’ve heard of Rip Van Winkle. In fact, I’d bet you’re familiar with the gist of the story. But you’ve never heard it like this! Don’t miss the classic tale of sleeping through the Revolution by one of America’s first short story authors,…
Episode 11: The Humor of Mark Twain
Jul 11, 2018 • 38 min
We’ve focused on a few dark stories over the course of this show, but this week, we’re going with some lighter content by one of the best-known humorists in American literature. Join host Shawn Ennis for THREE short stories by the incomparable Mark Twain,…
Episode 10: Edgar Allan Poe, Master of Gothic Horror; Plus an Original Story!
Jul 4, 2018 • 49 min
You know “The Raven,” and you know “The Tell-Tale Heart,” and you may even know “The Masque of the Red Death.” But you’ve never heard them like this. Don’t miss this week’s episode where host Shawn Ennis tackles all three of these classic tales, plus an…
Episode Nine: “The Yellow Wallpaper,” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman (w/Guest Narrator Moxie LaBouche)
Jun 27, 2018 • 41 min
This week, join host Shawn Ennis and Guest Narrator Moxie LaBouche in presenting the semi-autobiographical account of a woman’s descent into madness!
Episode Eight: “The Cat That Walked By Himself,” by Rudyard Kipling
Jun 20, 2018 • 27 min
Have you ever wondered why cats are…the way they are? Tune in this week and join host Shawn Ennis to hear Rudyard Kipling’s take on the origin story of cats as we know them today!
Episode Seven: Kurt Vonnegut’s Happy Time Fun Hour
Jun 13, 2018 • 35 min
It’s back to the dystopian future this week as host Shawn Ennis dives into a listener request and takes on two stories by Kurt Vonnegut. Don’t miss the future that we would all be happy to avoid in TWO classic short stories! For a full list of sound…
Episode Six: The Monkey’s Paw, by W.W. Jacobs
Jun 6, 2018 • 29 min
Be careful what you wish for… Join host Shawn Ennis in revisiting a classic horror story that has spawned countless adaptations and copycats, and hear it like you’ve never heard it before!
Episode Five: The Horror of Ambrose Bierce
May 30, 2018 • 45 min
Former Civil War soldier Ambrose Bierce is one of the more intriguing figures in American literary history, but he’s not as well-known in the mainstream as some of the authors he influenced, such as HP Lovecraft and Ray Bradbury. Join host Shawn Ennis in…
Episode Four: Beyond Philip K. Dick
May 23, 2018 • 38 min
This week, don’t miss TWO stories by Philip K. Dick! “Beyond the Door” is a tale reminding us that even a simple cuckoo clock can be more than it seems, Dick’s first published short story “Beyond Lies the Wub” may have you rethinking your next meal… Have…
Episode Three: To Build a Fire, by Jack London
May 16, 2018 • 37 min
This week join host Shawn Ennis as we revisit the most well-known short story by Jack London, a tale of man vs. nature. How will man fare as the Yukon Trail throws its harshest conditions in his way? Tune in to find out! Have you written a short story…
Episode Two: The Most Dangerous Game, by Richard Connell
May 9, 2018 • 47 min
You may have heard of the “most dangerous game”…you may even know what it refers to. But do you know the story behind the phrase? In the second episode of Stories of Yore and Yours, join host Shawn Ennis in visiting the remote island where a turn of…
Episode One: The Cask of Amontillado
May 2, 2018 • 18 min
In the first episode of Stories of Yore and Yours, revisit this tale of twisted revenge from Edgar Allen Poe. (Note: The audio in this episode has been updated, but is still not quite up to par with other episodes.) Have you written a short story that you…
Stories of Yore and Yours - Coming May 2nd, 2018!
Apr 18, 2018 • 1 min
Stories of Yore and Yours - coming May 2nd! Subscribe and hear classic short stories as you’ve never heard them before, and discover the next great short story authors! Email: [email protected] Facebook: facebook.com/syypodcast Twitter/Instagram:…