E035: The Angry House

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Now put down your ray guns, we’ve got a new sci-fi yarn for you! First, Alan and Rob discuss their third favorite topic, exotic fruits, and evaluate the “miraculous” powers of the “Miracle” “Berry”. Then we read this week’s Tale, The Angry House.

Straight from the summer, 1955 issue of Startling Stories comes the story of a (somewhat) smart house against a pair of (somewhat) bumbling thieves in the future! Yep, it’s like a robot Kevin McCallister taking on Joe Pesci and the guy from Bushwacked in the future. Laugh along at all the maiming and pain, just like we do each Christmas!

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E033: Summer Rewind!

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It’s gettin’ hot, folks, at least in Interrupted Tales country. And what better way to cool off than to listen back on a bunch of episodes from this winter and spring? Join Rob on a trip through the archives with clips from some of our most recent (and craziest) shows. There’s sci-fi, romance, fables, crime, and Alan’s touching story about an older man’s quinceanera. We thought that particular off our very abnormal live show, it would be good to highlight some of what we’ve done in recent months. A great introduction for new readers!

 

Plus we induct two new members into the IT Book Club. All it took was a 5 star review on iTunes/Apple Podcasts and, boom, they’ve ascended the ranks with all the perks privileges available to them. One is a very special review from our friends at the Rough Giraffe podcast. Please give them a listen in your pod app today, it’s a funny show about a Brit and her mum and their search to learn more about everything around them.

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E033: Interrupted Tales LIVE – The Failure

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Well, it finally happened. We had our first LIVE show recently as part of the Livestream for the Cure (you can still give at livestreamforthecure.com and tell them we sent you)! We raised over $300 for cancer research, which was matched and part of a tremendous event that raised over $10,000 in total donations! 

To celebrate, we present to you, the listener, an episode captured from the livestream. If you’ve wanted to hear the chaos that interrupting a tale live combined with a challenge or curse for each donation made can create, well then, we’ve got the episode for you! This week’s tale is from the August, 1922 issue of The Black Mask magazine and it’s a tale of crime, someone really nervous about committing a crime, and middle management. Mostly, though, it’s about making Rob and Alan do silly things to help us juice up our donations.

Fair warning, the sound is a little off at times. We were using a different streaming tool than usual so some sentences come in late and we edited off a single input so some of the levels will be off. Alas, there was only so much we could do, but here it is, warts and all! But as my father never said, warts make the toad. So we have that going for us! 

So join us for a little something different. Grab your favorite drink, curl up on your favorite office chair, and get ready for this week’s very different, very live tale!

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E032: Jupiter Napoleon

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First off we’d like to thank everyone who listened to our Live show on May 19th as part of Livestream for the Cure. We raised over $300 for cancer research and had loads of fun! We’ll be putting out a recording of the show as a future special episode, special thanks to the Epic Film Guys podcast for having us and raising over $5,000!

This week’s tale is from the December, 1950 issue of Out of This World Adventures magazine and, boy howdy, is it pulpy sci-fi fun! Jupiter Napoleon has rayguns (with an even dumber name), a femme fatale, evil alien warlords, just about everything you could ever want (unless you’re looking for story about Victorian-era coal miners, I guess it doesn’t have that). It’s a quick listen and if you like Flash Gordon, Buck Rogers, or basically life we think you’ll get a kick out of it. Plus you’ll get a free name for any commenting system for life! Jupiter Napoleon: Human of Action!

So join us in the Great Jovian War for some space opera laughs! Oh, and the cover. Please check out the cover on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, it’s worth following us just for the cover!

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E031: High Explosives

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We start with a quick reminder of our upcoming LIVE episode as part of the Livestream for the Cure online telethon on May 18-20. We will be doing a live interrupted tale reading with all kinds of games and your donations for cancer research during our time will actually dictate how we read our story! So join us at 4:30 EDT on Saturday, May 19th for our LIVE SHOW!

We then read a tale from a 1921 issue of Adventure magazine about two great things that go great together: Prohibiition and nitroglycerin. High Explosives will transport you to Colorado’s oil country and introduce you to the great character find of 1921, the Shooter! A superhero who fends of bootleggers with his- wait, I’m getting an update. Oh, okay: The Shooter is just the nickname for the guy who throws nitro down a rundown oil well in the hopes that a big explosion will result in more big oil. Still, he’s got a Batmobile of sorts (an old, beat-up wagon) and a sidekick (a mangy dog), and a costume (well, a lot of dust). But he does run into some bootleggers and joins up with coppers to fight crime! 

Come join us east bound and down for some old adventure with a car chase, shooting, and explosions! Plus hooch. Sweet, sweet hooch.

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E030: The Piper from Bhutan

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This week, Alan and Rob take a moment to thank the Brit Pod Scene show for having us guest on the second episode of their podcast. Special shout-out to the Theme Park Film and Rough Giraffe podcasts for making it happen and for both being our favo(u)rite Brits!

We also discuss our upcoming LIVE episode as part of the Livestream for the Cure online telethon on May 18-20. We will be doing a live interrupted tale reading with all kinds of games and your donations for cancer research during our time will actually dictate how we read our story! So join us at 4:30 EDT on Saturday, May 19th for our LIVE SHOW!

Now onto “The Piper from Bhutan”, a tale of murder, mystic pipes (the kind you play, not the fun kind), and really bad science! Straight from Weird Tales magazine, it dares to answer the question “what if you could kind of vaguely, sorta, maybe, barely cause the dead to come to life and how would this affect your university enrollment?” If you’re a fan of crime or supernatural stories this one has you covered and if you’re not you can just sit back and marvel at Alan’s Ghost Whisperer references and uncovering of the deadly secrets of Toastmasters International

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E029: The Man Who Could Work Miracles

Welcome to a special Super-Sized Sci-Fi Spectacular episode with a Tale from HG Wells!

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In this episode, Rob embarrasses himself at the airport (as usual) and we read a tale from a titan of science fiction, the inventor of the idea of time travel as we know it, the man who predicted Martians could be killed by the common cold (it’s actually HPV, but who wants to give them that?), the one and only HG Wells! The Man Who Could Work Miracles one is a story straight from the Twilight Zone, and we can only assume Wells actually invented a time machine, traveled forward 60-odd years, and came back so he could claim it as his own idea. Let’s see Jules Verne do that!

Anyhoo, to honor Mr. Wells, this episode is a bit longer than most, but you’ll not only receive a delightful parable of a man given the powers of a god, you’ll also get to hear us potentially alienate our British listenership (wih love!) and continue our random beef with places in Florida in the hopes of starting something (we’re willing to trade if anyone lives in Tucson, Detroit, or Binghamton, however). Plus the usual nonsense, jokes about walking sticks, and BIBO! Don’t know about Bibo? One doesn’t really know Bibo, one only experiences Bibo. Bring Bibo into your life, today. To gaze at Bibo is to gaze into the infinite.

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Chapter 28: Love in a Cottage

In this episode, we introduce you to the new IT Book Club (not a division of Reynholm Industries)! How do you become a member of the IT Book Club? It’s easy, just leave a 5-star review on iTunes, Right over here! Membership has its perks; not only will we induct you as a member on the air, we will read your review, too. So please leave your thoughts, poems about turtles, and guacamole recipes on Apple Podcasts/iTunes today and join the exclusive IT Book Club!

Then come right back here and listen to this week’s Tale, a doozy of a short story called “Love in a Cottage” by Francis A. Durivage all the way back from 1853! A story about a poor rich man who seeks to impress the lady of his dreams by becoming a rich (in spirit) poor man, it’s classic Shakespearian romance in the sense that it’s entirely built on lies but it’s all okay because… love? Anyway, the story is a breezy hoot and Alan and Rob get to work out their… tasteful Irish accents (love you, Ireland!). So grab a glass of cheap beer and pull up a dusty, worn chair while we read you this week’s tale.

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Chapter 27: The Clean Man and the Dirty Angels

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In this week’s chugging adventure: Rob and Alan discuss their brackets for Mundane Madness (always bet on binder clip!) and we read a story of a godly railroad man and the fallen women he believes are beyond saving. If you’re looking for puritanical thinking and old-timey deep voices saying “t’ain’t right” a lot, well, you’re looking for some strangely specific things, but we have got you covered!

This Tale is from Stories of the Railroad published in 1899 by John A. Hill (1899’s Slogan: “19-hundred-zero-zero, party over, wait, plenty of time”). John A. Hill was not only a railroad engineer, he became the “Hill” in McGraw-Hill publishing and a titan of our time! Just think of all the SAT prep books we owe to his writings in Locomotive Engineer magazine.

Get ready to ride the rails in this story of adventure and learn a lot about the economics of late 19th century dance halls! So grab your favorite bottle of hooch and curl up in your parlor car while we read you this week’s tale.

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Chapter 26: The Chameleon Man

This thrilling episode: Rob reveals the true heights of his manliness (spoiler alert: ankle deep at best) and we read a science fiction story about a man who can turn invisible and his attempt to help the war effort by starring on the Great White Way!

From the January 1943 issue of Amazing Stories, “The Chameleon Man” by William P. Mcgivern (writer of the film The Big Heat and at least 3 episodes of Kojak) features a man so forgettable that he actually becomes invisible and just wants to join the Army to help the war effort. So our protagonist, a shady talent agent (shocking!), decides the best way to aid him is by taking him straight to Broadway to make a few bucks. Forget sneaking into a bunker to get Hitler, this guy could be stage crew without even wearing black! That’s the perfect use of his abilities, genius! 

This story also includes a long paranthetical about the reality of invisible people from the editors so if you don’t listen to this for the humor, tune in because you might just learn something. It’s like how we watch Spinal Tap as a cautionary tale about the dangers of spontaneous combustion. So grab your favorite clear beverage and curl up in your favorite flesh-toned chair while we read you this week’s tale.

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