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The Forgotten Library

31 EpisodesProduced by Nikki GeeWebsite

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… read more

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Episode 22 - Garden of Shadows

May 29th, 2023


The prequel to the Dollanganger family series by V.C. Andrews. We're back with another gothic-y, incest-laden tale. This WAS the final installment …

PSA - Help Fight Censorship

May 2nd, 2023


US libraries are facing more book bans and challenges than ever. Here are some ways you can help!


Https:// (ALA challenged book list)

Episode 21 - Baffling Mysteries

February 4th, 2023


In addition to romance, war, and superheroes, there were also a lot of horror, suspense, and mystery comics published in the 1940s/50s. On this episode, we're going to look at a few from Baffling Mysteries, a title …

Episode 20 - Holidays at Roselands

July 1st, 2022


That's right - back with another full episode finally! If you thought we were done with priggish Elsie Dinsmore in the last full epi, you're thought …

Bonus Mini Episode: The Woman Behind the Attic (the VC Andrews Story)

June 14th, 2022


Or, the biography no one asked for. A very quick update via mobile about the recent VC Andrews biography/trainwreck and why it isn't worth your time.

Episode 19 - Elsie Dinsmore

February 28th, 2022


Happy Belated New Year! It's been a long time, I know, so have a slightly longer episode - that's also part 1 of 2. We're discussing Elsie Dinsmore, a priggish, milquetoasty little gal who was the protagonist of a book …

Episode 18 - Fascinating Womanhood

September 17th, 2021


Women, are you having trouble with your partner? Perhaps this book from the 1960s showing you how you should act would help! (No, it won't. Please …

Episode 17 - Atomic War!

July 27th, 2021


On this episode, we're taking a look at Atomic War!, a four-issue comic set in a fictional World War III. Lots of nuclear warfare, planes, and tanks tanks tanks!

Transcripts and source lists are always available at:

Episode 16 - The Good Housekeeping Marriage Book

May 23rd, 2021


On this episode, we're taking a look at the Good Housekeeping Marriage Book, which was published in 1938. Come for the insane price list, stay for the sexism and eugenics! 

Transcripts and source lists are always …

Episode 15 - Magic Bullets

February 27th, 2021


What better way to celebrate the season of love with some misogyny? On this episode, we look at the world of pick-up artists, and one of their many manuals. Transcripts and source lists are always available at:

Episode 14 - Flaming Youth

January 31st, 2021


Happy New Year! Take a ride in my time-machine and let's travel back to 1923, where the flapper craze was running high and parents clucked their tongues at the promiscuous youth. In fact, this book was written by a …

Episode 13 - What a Young Boy Ought to Know

December 7th, 2020


For our final episode this year, let's uncover what sexual education might have looked like for a 19th century boy with a book by a Lutheran minister. 

I'd also like to extend a heartfelt thank you to YOU, dear …

Episode 12 - Halloween and Satanism

October 13th, 2020


It's spooky season, y'all, so how about this little gem that was published in the 1980s during the Satanic Panic by the same guy who said all your beloved toys are evil incarnate? That's right, Phil Phillips is back, …

Voting PSA

October 8th, 2020


Do your part, y'all. It's important!

Episode 11 - Seeds of Yesterday

August 30th, 2020


Hello, my lovely listeners, I am BACK with another installment. We're looking at Seeds of Yesterday by V.C. Andrews, or as I like to call it, Get ON with it already!

As always, transcripts and source materials reside on

Episode 10 - Andy and Ernie Comics

May 24th, 2020


On this episode, I'm taking you through a brief run of teen comics that are tangentially connected to the romance comics that were previously discussed. Andy and Ernie are the same character, but for some reason, the …

Biblio Bites 4 (Mini-sode) - Reading in the Time of COVID-19

March 15th, 2020


By now, you've been affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) in some way. Some libraries are closed and others probably will follow suit. What if you …

Episode 9 - If There Be Thorns

January 31st, 2020


Happy New Year, my lovely listeners! It's still January as I upload this, so let's start the new year off right by delving back into the V.C. Andrews …

Biblio Bites 3 (Mini-sode) - Free is Free, Unless You're In Prison

November 30th, 2019


In this episode of Biblio Bites, we take a look at prison libraries and their eclipse by predatory tech companies claiming to offer inmates a bunch …

Biblio Bites 2 (Mini-sode) - Of Fines and Fake News

November 7th, 2019


In this episode of Biblio Bites, we take a look at two major library stories that are blowing up social media and beyond. First, a Michigan woman is facing possible jail time from overdue library fines, and then the …

Minisode - The MacMillan Ebook Fracas

October 30th, 2019


This is a special news bulletin. If you check out ebooks from your public library, you might wanna take a few minutes and listen to this mini-sode. …

Episode 8 - Valley of the Dolls

October 20th, 2019


In this episode, we are looking at Valley of the Dolls, a fictionalized account of the glitz and glamour of Hollywood heydays, and the people broken …

Episode 7 - Turmoil in the Toybox

September 8th, 2019


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 …

Episode 6 - Petals on the Wind

August 2nd, 2019


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 …

Episode 5, Part 2 - All Romances comics

July 12th, 2019


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. 


Episode 5, Part 1 - All Romances comics

July 7th, 2019


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 …

Episode 4 - Excessive Venery, Masturbation and Continence

June 18th, 2019


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 …

Episode 3 - All Love comics

June 3rd, 2019


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 …

Episode 2 - Flowers in the Attic

May 21st, 2019


 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 …

Episode 1 - What a Young Girl Ought to Know

May 11th, 2019


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 …

Episode 0 - Promo

May 5th, 2019


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 …

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