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Stories of Yore and Yours

85 EpisodesProduced by Shawn Ennis, Short Story MavenWebsite

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! S… read more

85 Episodes | 2018 - 2020

"The Diary of a Madman," by Guy de Maupassant (in One Take)

May 20th, 2020


Welcome to a special bonus mini-episode! On today's show I’ll be giving you all the latest updates on my upcoming appearance for the fourth annual Livestream for the Cure, and in preparation for that live show, I’m …

Lots of News, Some New Content, and a Poe Encore!

April 23rd, 2020


This week get a big update on free Patreon content, this year’s Livestream for the Cure, and how your reviews can help the fight against Covid-19! Oh…and there’s new content plus a classic Edgar Allan Poe episode!


Encore: The Humor of Mark Twain and a New Segment!

March 18th, 2020


This week, catch up on what's been going on and what's coming, and hear a new segment from the Searchlight Recipe Book, first published in 1931!

1:24-5:02 - Intro to Mark Twain and this week's stories

5:03-7:29 - Mark …

Encore: "Asleep in Armageddon," by Ray Bradbury

February 19th, 2020


Today on a special encore presentation of Stories of Yore and Yours, get an update on what's going on behind the scenes with this pesky hiatus, along with an encore presentation of one of my favorite stories, "Asleep in …

"A Kidnapped Santa Claus," by L. Frank Baum

January 2nd, 2020


What? A Christmas episode posting in early January? Well, yeah. I messed up. I’ll tell you about it here and then I’ll bring you a story from the annals of Santa Claus lore. You won’t want to miss that! And yeah, you’ll …

"An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge," by Ambrose Bierce

December 11th, 2019


Ambrose Bierce was an incredible wordsmith, and his most well-known story is a shining example of his use of language to take a reader on a journey. Sit down, relax, be brought to the edge of your seat, and enjoy this …

"Two Thanksgiving Day Gentlemen" & "The Last Leaf," by O. Henry

November 27th, 2019


This week we’ll hear two stories from our good friend O. Henry in a Thanksgiving-themed episode! “Two Thanksgiving Day Gentlemen” is obviously right in the Thanksgiving wheelhouse, and  “The Last Leaf” fits right in …

"Crooked Souls," by Dashiell Hammett

November 13th, 2019


This week, hear the pioneer of hard-boiled detective fiction with one of his first published short stories! It’s a story of a kidnapping that may have more going on under the surface than it seems…don’t miss “Crooked …

"The Body Snatcher," by Robert Louis Stevenson

October 30th, 2019


This week on the final show of October, hear a tale that is based on horrifying true events! Supply and demand drive the economy, but what happens when the demand for dead bodies is high, and the supply is limited? Find …

Two Original Tales and a Ghost Story

October 23rd, 2019


Today on Stories of Yore and Yours, hear two original tales, including the origin of a certain carved gourd, from a couple of familiar names! On top of that, we’ve got what might be the most interesting backstory for …

"The Repairer of Reputations," by Robert W. Chambers

October 16th, 2019


You may already be familiar with The King in Yellow without even realizing it – the collection of short stories published over 130 years ago remains …

"The Thing on the Doorstep," by H.P. Lovecraft

October 9th, 2019


HP Lovecraft was unwittingly one of the fathers of a whole subgenre of horror stories – this one doesn’t fit directly in with his most well-known …

"The Fall of the House of Usher," by Edgar Allan Poe

October 2nd, 2019


Welcome to Season Three of Stories of Yore and Yours! This week, as we’ve done for the first two season premieres, we’ll hear from Edgar Allan Poe with his classic story, “The Fall of the House of Usher!”


0:00 – What …

Mini Episode: "A Man with Two Lives," by Ambrose Bierce

August 26th, 2019


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!


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Have you written a …

Patreon Bonus Episode: "The Turn of the Screw," Part One

July 3rd, 2019


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!


0:00 – What is this, who am I, what are we doing here?

1:14 – …

"The Lady or the Tiger?" and "The Discourager of Hesitancy," by Frank R. Stockton

May 29th, 2019


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. …

Two More Original Submissions: "The 10th of May" and "Stargazing"

May 22nd, 2019


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 15th, 2019


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 …

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 8th, 2019


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 …

"The Signal Man," by Charles Dickens, Plus Two Original Stories by K.S. Anglesey!

May 1st, 2019


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!


0:00 – What is …

"The Tower of the Elephant," by Robert E. Howard

April 24th, 2019


Conan the Cimmerian seeks the "Heart of the Elephant." What is that, and will he succeed? Tune in this week to find out!!


0:00 – What is this, who am I, what are we doing here?

1:43 – Intro to Robert E. Howard by Rob …

"The Bet" and "A Defenseless Creature," by Anton Chekhov

April 17th, 2019


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 …

Two More Original Tales, Through the Eyes of Children

April 10th, 2019


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

April 3rd, 2019


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 …

Two Mysteries from Masters of the Genre - Agatha Christie and Arthur Conan Doyle

March 27th, 2019


This week, experience two stories from two masters of the crime and mystery genre. First, Agatha Christie brings us her first published short story …

Two Dark Original Stories by VP Morris and Splatter Saint

March 20th, 2019


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 …

Stories from the American Old West: "The Outcasts of Poker Flat" and "The Girl Who Got Rattled"

March 13th, 2019


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 …

"The Pit & the Pendulum," by Edgar Allan Poe

March 6th, 2019


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!


0:00 – What is this, who am I, …

One More Bonus Mini-Episode Before Season 2!

February 13th, 2019


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 …

Christmas Special 2018: "The Gift of the Magi," & "How Christmas Came to the Santa Maria Flats," w/Special Guest Sharon Jewell

December 19th, 2018


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 …

Bonus Episode by Request - Irish Folklore

November 14th, 2018


In this special between-seasons bonus episode, join Shawn Ennis and special guests Kayla (from Get Grimm) and The Narrator (from Mythical) for three …

A Very Special Episode of Stories of Yore and Yours

November 2nd, 2018


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

October 31st, 2018


Happy Halloween! In this Halloween special episode, experience the classic story of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman – “The Legend of Sleepy …

Episode 26: Four More Original Spooky Stories with Moxie Labouche, Augie Peterson, Iona Douglas, and John Bowie!

October 24th, 2018


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 …

Episode 25: More October Spooks with "The Pale Man," by Julius Long and "The Phantom Coach," by Amelia B. Edwards

October 17th, 2018


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 …

Episode 24: Two Original Horror Tales by M. Grant Kellermeyer and Moxie Labouche

October 10th, 2018


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 …

Episode 23: Five Stories by the Innovator of Cosmic Horror, H.P. Lovecraft

October 3rd, 2018


It’s the first week of October, and that means it’s time for some horror. We’re starting off with a doozy. This week, Shawn tackles one of the more complex and controversial authors to be featured to this point on the …

Episode 22: The Executioner Beckons in Robert Barr's "The Hour and the Man"

September 26th, 2018


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. 


0:00 – What is this, who am I, what are we doing here?

3:25 – Intro to Robert Barr …

Episode 21: Kathleen Norris and the Long Road to Happiness in "Poor, Dear Margaret Kirby"

September 19th, 2018


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 …

Episode 20: Ray Bradbury Gives a Glimpse Into the Abyss with "Asleep in Armageddon"

September 12th, 2018


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 …

Episode 19: The Everyday People and Twist Endings of O. Henry

September 5th, 2018


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 …

Episode 18: "The Necklace" & "Found on a Drowned Man," by Guy de Maupassant

August 29th, 2018


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 …

Episode 17: Stories from Reddit

August 22nd, 2018


This week, join host Shawn Ennis in discovering three authors with original sci-fi stories from the r/shortstories subreddit on! Don't miss "The Great Surface," "#NotAllGhosts," and "Subject C!" 


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Episode 16: "The Empty House," by Algernon Blackwood

August 15th, 2018


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 …

Episode 15: "Tobermory" and "The Lumber Room," by Saki

August 8th, 2018


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 …

Episode 14: "The Adventure of the Speckled Band," by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

August 1st, 2018


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 …

Episode 13: "Far Below," by Robert Barbour Johnson

July 25th, 2018


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 …

Episode 12: "Rip Van Winkle," by Washington Irving

July 18th, 2018


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 …

Episode 11: The Humor of Mark Twain

July 11th, 2018


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 …

Episode 10: Edgar Allan Poe, Master of Gothic Horror; Plus an Original Story!

July 4th, 2018


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 …

Episode Nine: "The Yellow Wallpaper," by Charlotte Perkins Gilman (w/Guest Narrator Moxie LaBouche)

June 27th, 2018


This week, join host Shawn Ennis and Guest Narrator Moxie LaBouche in presenting the semi-autobiographical account of a woman's descent into madness! 

Have you written a short story that you want to have read? Submit it …

Episode Eight: "The Cat That Walked By Himself," by Rudyard Kipling

June 20th, 2018


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!

Have you written a short story that …

Episode Seven: Kurt Vonnegut's Happy Time Fun Hour

June 13th, 2018


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 …

Episode Six: The Monkey's Paw, by W.W. Jacobs

June 6th, 2018


Be careful what you wish for...

Join host Shawn Ennis in revisiting a classic horror story that has spawned countless adaptations and copycats, and …

Episode Five: The Horror of Ambrose Bierce

May 30th, 2018


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 …

Episode Four: Beyond Philip K. Dick

May 23rd, 2018


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 …

Episode Three: To Build a Fire, by Jack London

May 16th, 2018


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!

Episode Two: The Most Dangerous Game, by Richard Connell

May 9th, 2018


You may have heard of the "most dangerous game" 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 …

Episode One: The Cask of Amontillado

May 2nd, 2018


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.)

Stories of Yore and Yours - Coming May 2nd, 2018!

April 18th, 2018


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!


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