The Forgotten Library

The Forgotten Library

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Your intrepid librarian host delves into those dusty corners of the bookshelf to retrieve gems you probably have never heard of. Episodes usually run along one of the following themes: Back of the Stacks - public domain works of fiction or nonfiction Ridic Fic - how was THIS published? No, seriously. Cavalcade of Comics - Golden Age comics from lesser known franchises, usually genre-based Show suggestions and comments are always welcome at [email protected]


7 - Turmoil in the Toybox
Sep 8 • 68 min
If you were a child of the 80s, you likely played with He-Man, She-Ra, GI Joe, Smurfs, and so on. We had SO much fun, didn’t we? But did you know that those toys were actually full of Satanic influences, and that your adult mind is probably warped? Phil…
6 - Petals on the Wind
Aug 2 • 54 min
A new episode appears! On this installment, we’re looking at the sequel to Petals on the Wind, the best-selling sequel to Flowers in the Attic, and more ridiculous than its predecessor. Show suggestions are always welcome at [email protected] You…
5, Part 2 - All Romances comics
Jul 12 • 34 min
As promised earlier this week, this is the continuation of our look at All Romances from Ace Magazines. I also talk a bit about my sources. Sources: Nolan, M. (2008). Love on the Racks: a History of American Romance Comics. McFarland Books. Comics were…
5, Part 1 - All Romances comics
Jul 7 • 29 min
In this episode, we’re going back to 1949 once again to take a look at some more Golden Age comics. The series was called All Romances and ran for a year. I also provide more history of the romance comic genre. This episode ran long, so this is only part…
4 - Excessive Venery, Masturbation and Continence
Jun 18 • 56 min
On this episode, we’re gonna take a deep dive into an old medical treatise from 1844, which basically states that if fall into the patterns of pleasure, you are headed for an early grave! Transcript available here:…
3 - All Love comics
Jun 2 • 28 min
In this episode, we’re going to take a look at some genre comics from the 1940s - a series called All Love. These were ubiquitous during the post WWII era, and I’m dragging up a few gems for you. I also have a special guest! Transcript can be found here:…
2 - Flowers in the Attic
May 21 • 32 min
WARNING: this episode contains mentions of rape and incest. Listener discretion is advised. <br><br> On this episode, your librarian tour guide brings you on a nostalgia trip! If you’re a woman of a certain age, the very name V.C. Andrews in raised type…
1 - What a Young Girl Ought to Know
May 10 • 19 min
On this episode, we delve into What a Young Girl Ought to Know, by Dr. Mary Wood-Allen (1897), a “purity education” book that was purported to tell children about sex (but really didn’t). This podcast is marked explicit because I occasionally use…
0 - Promo
May 4 • 1 min
Transcript: Imagine, if you will, an old library. You’ve been here quite a few times before, but now you notice there’s a dark corner, in which you haven’t quite seen everything before. You go towards it and as you approach, you can hear the angry buzzing…