M.R. James – (Audio)Books

I discovered this author and his work just in time for Halloween

The other day I was listening to the Q&A episode of The Magnus Archives and the writer of the show, Jonathan Sims, mentioned M.R. James as his major influence, an author I was absolutely not familiar with.

I thoroughly enjoy the writing and the style of The Magnus Archives, it has this classy style of horror-writing that I enjoy a lot, hence it was obvious that I had to have a look at the writing of M.R. James. I have to say, that I’m happy that I did.

Anyway, one search led to another and I quickly found audiobooks of his stories both on Spotify as well as some free Kindle books.

I have had only little time to do some reading 1, but I did listen to a few stories as audiobook, and am now looking forward to read/listen more as I enjoy these stories a lot.

  1. I want to finish my current book, The Historian first. 


The second backpack in less than a year died on me. While on the first one the main zipper broke, on my current one, one of the carrying straps broke in two. Guess I’m again looking for a new bag. This time it will be this one. I have good experiences with LowePro bags and hope this one will live longer than the 5 months either of the other did.

‘The Walking Dead’ audio-drama (German)

And I found another horror themed audio drama. This time an adaptation of the popular comic and TV show

With the next season of The Walking Dead starting tomorrow this find couldn’t have been more timely. A The Walking Dead audio drama (which is fancy for the german term Hörspiel) in German language.

I am currently in the middle of a book and am listening to another “Zombie” show, hence had no time to listen to this one yet, but will surely do so as soon as possible.

The Walking Dead in four parts on Spotify and Apple Music

AH-UM – The video

The video of the full concert from our Charles Mingus tribute concert.

This was quite a fun concert and thanks to Inga you can watch the whole concert1 now on Facebook and here.

The line-up:

  • Tapio Maunuvaara – trumpet
  • Me – tenor
  • Marja-Kaisa Villanen – baritone
  • Jukka Myllys – trombone/baritone horn
  • Sami Juntunen – piano
  • Harri Sarkkinen – bass
  • Olli Estola – drums

Thanks for watching.

  1. Including someone’s speaks between the tunes. 

For Your Daily Zombie Needs

I was looking for some more audio dramas but found some interesting audiobook podcasts instead.

I was looking for some more audio dramas but found some interesting audiobook podcasts instead.

The other day I managed, yet again, to fully catch up with current list of audio dramas and was browsing to find something new to listen to and found a couple of audiobook podcasts. Naturally we’re talking again horror-podcasts, like the Zombie kind.

Dead City

FIRST THERE WAS THE DISEASE. THEN THERE WAS THE DRUG. Today, those who take Necrophage become the functionally necrotic: an underclass equal in the eyes of the law … but unequal in reality. Those who aren’t so lucky go to the Federal Undead Preserve in Yosemite — where they slowly go feral and hunters take them for sport. Today, the undead are our equals and neighbours, but the balance is shifting. This is the world as we know it. THIS IS DEAD CITY.

I am currently binge-listen this one and it is still going on. From the website also available as an audiobook and eBook.

The Zombie Chronicles – Escape by James Melzer

When an asteroid passes by our planet and leaves a trail of death in its wake, a quarter of the population have become the living dead. Twenty-five years later the zombies are under the control of the government. Citizens are chosen to participate in Project Mirror, a cloning project in which their “mirrors” are used as food for the undead. When one man discovers that something in his blood is being used to create an army of super-zombies, he decides to help his mirror escape. In doing so he uncovers a secret so guarded that the powers that be will stop at nothing to eliminate him and all those that he loves.

This is an old one. Apparently the first book in a series and the podcast is finished already in 2009. It is though still entertaining.

And while I was just at it I did some more digging through the iTunes catalog and found another series of Zombie-themed audiobooks: Infected and Contagious by Scott Siegler. I haven’t had yet the time (still catching up with the aforementioned) but they seem to be interesting as well.