Fictional

By Jason Weiser, Carissa Weiser / Bardic

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Classic lit with a modern tone, every other week. From the creators of Myths and Legends, comes an altogether same-but-different podcast set in the world of classic lit. These are the stories of Dracula, The Time Machine, The Three Musketeers. They're stories written by Jane Austen, Shakespeare, and H.P. Lovecraft, but with a casual, modern tone. Listen as Jason and Carissa Weiser breathe new life into the classics and tell the stories of some of the greatest books ever written.

Episode Date
Sherlock Holmes: A Thousand Words
32:11

Irene Adler. She's in one story, but she left such a permanent, indellible mark on Sherlock Holmes that he will now and forever refer to her as THE woman. Sherlock receives two visits in one night. One is expected: royalty with a problem that could alter the history of Europe. The other is a surprise: Watson, who's well on his way to a dad bod.

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Music:

The Gall” by Podington Bear

“Elephants On Parade” by Podington Bear

“The Confrontation” by Podington Bear

“PC Plodder” by Ketsa

“Catharcism” by Ketsa

“Buzzy Minuet” by Chad Crouch

Aug 14, 2018
Philip K. Dick: New Features
51:20

In an alternate future, it's 1981 and the UN allies have been at war with the Soviet Union for six years. In that short amount of time, the world has been reduced to an irradiated husk of itself. Standing victorious over a fallen world, the Soviets unexpectedly find themselves overwhelmed by a new technology developed by the Allies. A technology that will turn the tide of the war. One that will harbor a deep secret.

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Music:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

“Holo” by Blue Dot Sessions

Aug 07, 2018
Frankenstein: Enough (Part 2 of 2)
54:48

On the season 2 finale, Victor Frankenstein's creation is responsible for two deaths, but Victor fears that the body count isn't close to being finished. The battle between creator and creation will stretch over multiple continents, destroying lives and bringing up questions of our responsibility toward our creations, arrogance, and what it means to live a good life.

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Music:

"Two Boys and a Girl" by Podington Bear

"Darklit Carpet" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Bare Shoulders" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Relay 7" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Our Fingers Cold" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Spot Peter" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Stillness" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Solemn Application" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Tessalit" by Blue Dot Sessions

"March on Gumdrop Field" by Blue Dot Sessions

Apr 10, 2018
Frankenstein: Prometheus (Part 1 of 2)
37:38

A lurching green monster that's afraid of fire with bolts in his neck. A hunchback assistant named Igor. A menacing, mustache twirling doctor. None of those things are in this episode.

Instead, we have an eight-foot-tall introspective giant, a thoughtful, if dangerously ambitious child who doesn't understand the enormity of the task he's undertaking, and a world that's not ready for the consequences of one young man's thoughtless genius.

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Music:

"Anxiety" by Kai Engel

"Plate Grayscale" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Delirium" by Kai Engel

"Morbid Imagination" by Kai Engel

"A Catalog of Seasons" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Tolls Folly" by Blue Dot Sessions

Apr 03, 2018
Kate Chopin: Promises
28:40

A couple in early 1800s Louisiana is headed home when they spot something unusual by a pillar, something that will change their lives, and the lives of the most powerful family in town, forever.

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Music:

"When in the West" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Bell Solo" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Bidous Transit" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Low Slopes" by Blue Dot Sessions

"February" by Kai Engel

"Crying Earth" by Kai Engel

As always, our theme song is by the fantastic Breakmaster Cylinder

Mar 27, 2018
O. Henry: Winter is Coming
32:57

Two stories by the U.S. writer O. Henry. In the first, a young woman is dying, pinning her hopes to a leaf dangling on a branch. In the second, ol' Soapy, a homeless man in New York City, is gearing up for a trip to his summer home: prison. A warm bed, three meals a day, and safety from harassment by people on the street. The only problem? He can't seem to get himself thrown in there.

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Music:

"Constellation" by Podington Bear

"3rd Chair" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Come as You Are" by Blue Dot Sessions

"The One Shot" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Valantis" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Valantis Vespers" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Faithless Constellation" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Demalion" by Blue Dot Sessions

Mar 20, 2018
Edgar Allen Poe: Madhouse
28:12

Our humble hero just wanted to swing by a remote mental institution in the south of France on his way back home to America. He was just going to spend one night in the self-described madhouse to sate his curiosity/gawk at the mentally ill. What could be wrong with spending one night in a rural private 1800s insane asylum without a means of escape? You know, besides every word in that sentence.

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Music:

"Grey Alley" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Lonely Stairwell" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Noe Noe" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Our Own Melody" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Strange Dog Walk" by Blue Dot Sessions

Mar 13, 2018
Count of Monte Cristo: Fourteen Years Gone (Part 3 of 3)
39:02

When we last left Edmond, he was about to hit the rock and start his escape from Chateau d'If when he heard a scream from his friend's cell.

This week, we'll see how he finally manages to get out of the inescapable prison...and what happened to his world after a decade and a half of his absence.

"Egregia" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Halflight" by Podington Bear

"Slough" by Podington Bear

"Topslides" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Tralaga" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Velejo" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Ballast" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Closing" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Rapids" by Blue Dot Sessions

Mar 06, 2018
Count of Monte Cristo: Prisoner 34 (Part 2 of 3)
38:59

Edmond is in prison and his enemies are celebrating, but something else is coming from Elba that will change their world yet again and make them fear the man they sent to Chateau d'If.

 

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"Vernouillet" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Petaluma" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Sopor" by Kai Engel

"Scenery" by Kai Engel

"Mknt" by Blue Dot Sessions

"The Confrontation" by Podington Bear

"Jat Poure" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Drifting Spade" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Pieces" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Uncertainty" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Vibrant Canopy" by Blue Dot Sessions

Feb 27, 2018
Count of Monte Cristo: Among Friends (Part 1 of 3)
40:27

Edmond Dantes returns to France as a captain. He has just received a promotion, and soon he will be marrying the love of his life: the beautiful Mercedes.

The only issue? He doesn't realize that he has enemies, and that the last request of his dying captain - simply delivering a letter - could change his life forever.

"The Count of Monte Cristo" is absolutely in the top 10 for all-time favorite books. It has everything, and it's so intricately woven together that you just get lost in it. It was absolutely a challenge for this show, but it's a story that I'm excited to tell.

Music:

"Brand New World" by Kai Engel

"Mercy" by Kai Engel

"KeoKeo" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Maisie Dreamer" by Blue Dot Sessions

"The Callow" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Vik Fence Drona" by Blue Dot Sessions

Feb 20, 2018
Sherlock Holmes: Undercover
34:52

Watson is happily married and hasn't spoken to Sherlock in months and hasn't been on a mystery in nearly a year. The craziest his life gets now is an abnormal patient or some sensational news story. That's all about to change when the distraught wife of a friend comes to his house late one Thursday night, leading to a late night trip to an opium den and a shocking discovery.

Music:

"An Opus in Bb" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Cab Ride" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Colrain" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Manele" by Blue Dot Sessions

Theme song by Breakmaster Cylinder

Feb 13, 2018
Philip K. Dick: Look Alive
33:09

In this story by acclaimed science fiction author Philip K. Dick, the author behind last season's "Therein Lies the Wub", a man in 1950s middle America emerges from working in his basement all day to find something horrifying in the center of town, but the strangest thing? No one seems to have a problem with it but him.

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Music:

"Cicle Deserrat" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Cicle DR Valga" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Cicle Vascule" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Headway" by Kai Engel

"Slum Canto" by Kai Engel

"Verdigris" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Willow Belle" by Blue Dot Sessions

Feb 06, 2018
Macbeth: Sound and Fury (Part 2 of 2)
37:42

Last week, Macbeth killed his king, his friend, and more. If only he could stop there.

Just a note, this is the season finale of Fictional. Stay subscribed, though, because we'll be back in six weeks with season two!

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Music:

"Entrance Shaft 11" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Kallaloe" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Chase and We Follow" by Blue Dot Sessions

"December" by Kai Engel

"February" by Kai Engel

"January" by Kai Engel

"Modum" by Kai Engel

"Thaw (Outro)" by Kai Engel

"Plague" by Kai Engel

Dec 27, 2017
Macbeth: Toil and Trouble (Part 1 of 2)
33:53

Macbeth is a story about ambition and violence. Given a prophecy that he will become king, Macbeth finds himself both drawn to and repulsed by the desire that grows within him. On one hand, he could do so much as king: his name would live on forever. On the other, he is a loyal, kind, and just man...and for him to become king, the current king, his cousin and the man he has fought for and killed for, would have to die.

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Music:

"Somnolence" by Kai Engel

"March" by Kai Engel

"Difference" by Kai Engel

"Hopes and Dreams" by Kai Engel

"Changing Reality" by Kai Engel

"Daemones" by Kai Engel

"Vik Fence Lardha" by Blue Dot Sessions

"Vik Fenceta" by Blue Dot Session

"Vik Fenceta Lan" by Blue Dot Sessions

Dec 12, 2017
Philip K. Dick: Therein Lies the Wub
34:37

A routine trip to Mars turns out to be anything but when a ship headed back to earth allows one last passenger aboard. That's...really all I can say about the story "Beyond lies the Wub" by Philip K. Dick.

Few authors can boast the sci-fi pedigree of Philip K. Dick. Even if you've never read one of his books, you've heard one of his stories. Blade Runner, Total Recall, The Man in the High Castle, Scanner Darkly, Minority Report, and The Adjustment Bureau make up just some of the stories that have been turned into major, and in many cases iconic, motion pictures and TV shows.

Today's story is one of his very early ones. It's a story of the distant future, when humanity makes regular trips to Mars and beyond, where we think we understand our solar system and our universe. We'll see that the universe is always one step beyond our imagination...and beyond our control.

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Music:

"Harbor" by Kai Engel

"Imminence" by Kai Engel

"Scenery" by Kai Engel

"Nocturne Op27 No1" by Podington Bear

Theme song and other music by Breakmaster Cylinder

Nov 28, 2017
Call of Cthulhu: Nightmares (Part 2 of 2)
45:22

Professor Angell is dead, but the story of Cthulhu is just beginning. As it turns out, Angell had an heir, and as the young man is sifting through his late uncle's possessions, he's about to find something that will change his world forever. Meanwhile, Captain Johansen returned to Sydney. The last we saw him, he was captain of a ship with seven friends. He'll return a sole survivor, forever changed by the horrors he witnessed.

Today's episode was adapted from "The Call of Cthulhu" by H.P. Lovecraft. Find the original in its entirety at https://fictional.fm

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Music:

"Books" by Jahzzar

"Drop Everything" by Jahzzar

"Lullaby" by Jahzzar

"Cavern" by Jahzzar

"Murmuration of Birds" by Jahzzar

"Owls" by Jahzzar

"Maresia" by Jahzzar

"Somnolence" by Kai Engel

"Delirium" by Kai Engel

"Oneiri" by Kai Engel

"Crying Earth" by Kai Engel

Nov 14, 2017
Call of Cthulhu: Dead Cthulhu Waits Dreaming (Part 1 of 2)
35:33

An adaptation of perhaps the most famous story from one of the most important horror writers of the 20th century. H.P. Lovecraft has inspired writers from Neil Gaiman to Stephen King, and this dark tale of chthonic monsters, fanatical cultists, and a secret that has stayed hidden since the dawn of humanity is equal parts mystery and horror.

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Music:

"Deserted City" by Kai Engel

"Small Pond" by Gurdonark

"Not Today, Once Again" by Jahzzar

"Will I Ever See Another Sunrise?" by Kai Engel

"At the End Everyone Dies" by Kai Engel

"Lullaby" by Jahzzar

"Seasong" by Jelsonic

"The Last Whale" by Jelsonic

Oct 31, 2017
The Time Machine: With a Whimper (Part 2 of 2)
39:25

Where we left our intrepid, overdressed traveller, he was taking a break from the heat in the ruins of humanity all around him, looking down into the cool darkness...when he saw red eyes open and stare back at him, hinting that there may be more lurking in the future of humanity than he thought.

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Music:

"Mknt"

"Emmit Sprak"

"Holo"

"In-Passage"

"Nervous Whisp"

"Purple Light"

"Relay 7"

"Stilt"

"Suzy Textile"

all by Blue Dot Sessions

Oct 17, 2017
The Time Machine: Inspector Spacetime (Part 1 of 2)
43:13

"The Time Machine" is a book written by the father of science fiction, H.G. Wells. This is a book so famous that it actually coined the phrase "time machine" to refer to a machine that travels through time. It is a short but sprawling book, flinging mankind into the farthest future where we see how the consequences of our actions today can affect the world for millennia. It still holds up, too. It's a little more plot- and concept-heavy than today's novels, but it's a fascinating story full of interesting twists.

The villain this time is neither fascinating nor full of twists. He's a one-note idiot obsessed with returning to a past that never was.

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Music:

“Cylinder Three” by Chris Zabriskie

Additional music by Breakmaster Cylinder

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Oct 03, 2017
Dante's Inferno: Race to the Bottom (Part 2)
39:44

If you were worried that we only have three circles left, well, don't worry. Dante must have felt the same way, because he sub-divides the last two circles into 12 circles, nearly double the number of circles that came before it.

Anyway, it's as weird and as wonderful/horrific as last time, so if you liked that episode, listen to how everything ends up!

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Theme and select other music by Breakmaster Cylinder

Other music:

“Rotisserie Graveyard” by Doctor Turtle 

 
Sep 19, 2017
Dante's Inferno: Burning Ring of Fire (Part 1)
33:12

Dante's Inferno is an epic poem written by Dante Alighieri in the 1300s as the first part in a much longer work called "The Divine Comedy". It's not a comedy in the "ha ha" sense of the word, but comedy because it starts bad and ends well. Dante travels down through Hell, then up into Purgatory and finally Paradise. Hell, in my opinion, is the most interesting area because it's full of weird characters and crazy punishments. This episode is probably too fun for one that has two characters touring a place of eternal torment.

Oh, and here are pictures of the Fisherman! https://twitter.com/fictionalpod/status/904907942264262656

Sep 05, 2017
Sherlock Holmes: The Devil went Down to Cornwall
40:22

Sherlock just wants to take a vacation and not be bothered by mysteries. Just kidding. Sherlock lives for mysteries. Lucky for him (and really only him), even when they get out London they can still manage to get in to a situation with a dead body or two. 

Want to really help out the show? Take a few minutes and leave a review in Apple Podcasts! Check it out at http://apple.fictional.fm

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Music:

Theme song and other music by Breakmaster Cylinder

 

Aug 22, 2017
Monkey's Paw: Give Him a Hand
29:24

The story of two old friends, one strange item that can grant your wildest dreams, and three wishes...but every desire has a cost.

Want to leave a review? It really helps the show. Check out http://apple.fictional.fm 

Music:

Theme song and other music by Breakmaster Cylinder

"Visim" by Kai Engle

"Scenery" by Kai Engle

"Periculum" by Kai Engle

"Daedalus" by Kai Engle

 

Aug 22, 2017
Fictional Intro
01:40

This is all about our new show, Fictional. Brought to you by the same two people that make Myths and Legends, Fictional is looking at all things classic lit, diving in to awesome stories like you've never heard them before.

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Theme song credit: the amazing Breakmaster Cylinder

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Aug 11, 2017