Classic Stories and Surreal Dispatches from the Flip-Side of Mike Bennett.

Mike Bennett reads classic stories and plays tasty music in an occasional podcast that fills the time between his own original fiction podcast adventures.
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The Bonus Track

Mike Bennet is like a bus stop; nothing happens for ages, then two or three posts come along all at once.

To support the release of Hall of Mirrors on Kindle, I've posted a special episode of Sometimes. Sometimes 16 features not only everything you need to know about the Hall of Mirrors series' publication, but also a story from Saki (one of my favourites 'The Lull') music from The Audreys, and even an exciting (?) listener phone-in. Get your ears on!


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Hall of Mirrors Volume One on

Hall of Mirrors Volume One on

Between Last Night and UsThe Audreys
"Oh Honey" (mp3)
from "Between Last Night and Us"
(The Audreys)

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Sometimes - Episode 15

Merry Christmas, Listeners!

Even if you don't celebrate Christmas, let me send you my best wishes for the holiday season in the shape of the Sometimes 15 Christmas Special. Featuring music from X, The Elves of Heaven, and John Serrie (download links below); also "Quiztimes" the exciting (er?) new Sometimes quiz that - especially for this holiday edition - pits characters from my podcast novels past and present against each other to see who knows the most about Christmas, or "Crimbo" as we call it on this side of the pond (and no, that's not in the questions).


There's also a story from Saki, "Bertie's Christmas Eve", and an unusual reading of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven" - though I won't say more about that here as it will spoil the surprise of the unusual.


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All in all, it's a big fat 45 minute bundle of festive nonsense that I'm sending to you all in place of the Christmas cards I can't send you because I don't have your addresses and I couldn't afford the stamps. Have a good one, listeners, and I look forward to filling your ears with more podcast delights in 2011.

... Oh, and comment for Pete's sake. What, am I talking to myself here??


This Christmas EP

The Elves of Heaven
"This Christmas" (mp3)
from "This Christmas EP"
(Seaport Music Records)

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"Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" (mp3)
from "MERRY XMAS From X"
(Anko Records)

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Christmas PrayersJonn Serrie
"The First Noel" (mp3)
from "Christmas Prayers"
(Valley Entertainment)

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The Christmas Quiz came from here: Christmas Quiz

Also, that alternative reading of The Raven can be found here: UnderwoodReadsTheRaven_Download_ListenLive


Sometimes - Episode 14. Halloween Special. Man-Size in Marble

Happy Halloween, Listeners!! A gigantic, 90 minute edition of Sometimes featuring my reading of E. Nesbit's, Man-Size in marble, is now live. The show also features Music from A Band Called Quinn, your Listener's Q&A with my wife asking your questions, a trip to the kitchen to see "What's in my Fridge?", plus various outbreaks of random Halloween weirdness.


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Music from A Band Called Quinn


Other Links: Philip Hinchcliffe at Doctor Who




Sometimes - Episode 13. H.P. Lovecraft's 'From Beyond'

Hello Listeners

Sometimes 13 is now live. It's one of the most labour-intensive podcasts I've ever done (it took five days to make). It's also - I think - one of the best.

The featured story is HP Lovecraft's, 'From Beyond', one of my favourites among HPL's shorts, and one I've wanted to read for a long time - not just because it's among my favourites from Lovecraft, but because it also gives me the chance to go into maximum ham overdrive on the acting (which I do with gusto).

The cover art was specially produced by Jon Cape, who made the recent U&F video and a number of other groovy 3-D art renders which you can also find here in the galleries at



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Music comes from The Dandy Warhols and Lene Lovich (you can swipe a free download of Lene's MP3 'Birdsong' below), and also Ambient Light, who made the weird and wonderful music used on the recording of From Beyond.

This is the last Sometimes before the re-commencement of Underwood and Flinch, and perhaps the last one ever, because it takes so damn long to produce an episode. I always start out thinking that each one will be simple, basic and straightforward, but it always becomes more and more fiddly and complex as new ideas occur to me during production - and before I know it, a whole day has gone by, then another, then another. Seriously, it's an insanely complicated podcast to make, and the whole thing just slips by in sixty minutes without touching the sides. Mind you, even though Sometimes drives me (and my wife) mental, I enjoy every minute of making it ... though I'm not sure if she does ;-)

I hope you enjoy it - and if you do, please leave a few kind words at

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The Dandy Warhols

Ambient Light

Jon Cape


Seth Harwood

And Lene Lovich

Lucky Number (The Best Of)Lene Lovich
"Bird Song" (mp3)
from "Lucky Number (The Best Of)"
(Oval Music)

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Sometimes - Episode 12. Sometimes 12: Gabriel-Ernest by Saki

Here's Sometimes 12, with its featured story, 'Gabriel-Ernest' by Saki. If you're a long-time Sometimes listener, you'll be familiar with Saki from Sometimes 1, 2, 5 and 6. As you might have guessed, he's one of my favourites, and it's always a pleasure for me to bring his brilliant tales to life.

 The podcast also features a poem from me, music from A Band Called Quinn, and a trip to the fridge to check on the Squid Brand Fish Sauce.


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A Band Called Quinn


Podcast Promo: Toothless by JP Moore



Sometimes - Episode 11. Sometimes 11: H.P. Lovecraft's 'Dagon'

In a Lovecraft-themed ... ish edition of Sometimes. Mike reads H.P. Lovecraft's classic horror short story, Dagon. There's also a reading of Mike's own poem, Seeking the Unwanted, which is nothing to do with Lovecraft, but, er ... Anyway, music comes from old favourites, Fruitcake Superbeing and A Band Called Quinn.

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Links to podcasts, books, games or artists mentioned in this podcast

Fruitcake Superbeing

The H.P. Lovecraft Literary Podcast

Mike Bennett Sometimes: H.P. Lovecraft's, The Music of Eric Zann

Jeff Remmer's Art at

Game: Call of Cthulhu

call of cthulhu

A Band Called Quinn

Podiobooks. Paraffin Winter by Peter Chowney

David Beard Music

Dr. Awkward

and finally




Sometimes - Episode 10. 'The Cannibalism in The Cars' by Mark Twain

Hello Listeners

It's that time of the month again - the time when something drops into your inbox from me. And this time it's me reading Mark Twain's story, 'The Cannibalism in The Cars'. It was, I don't mind telling you, a b****** of a task. It took innumerable takes and left about a million cuttings on the cutting room floor, but finally, it's done. I don't even know if it's any good or not at this stage - I listened through it this morning and I was almost speaking along with it - I know the words so well. Anyway, for better or worse, here it is. Bon apetit ...

Cannibalism in the Cars

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Also I play 'Ain't No Fool' from 'The Revellions', who play London later this month:



Other Links:

The Dreamers' Thread by Starla Huchton

Night's Knight's Vampire Podnovel

The Vertigo Media Network


'Ain't No Fool' by The Revellions.




Sometimes - Episode 9. Dec' 09

A special festive edition of Sometimes featuring the Q&A that didn't make it onto the end of U&F 21. In this searching interview, Mike answers listeners' questions on Underwood and Flinch, while dodging the deeper issues like politics, God and 'dryness'.

Guest starring Mike's wife and an old friend from an earlier 'Sometimes'.


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I shall be away from my 'desk' for the next week as I'm off to England for Christmas. So before I go, I'd like to wish all you lovely listeners a very peaceful and happy festive season and all the very best for a great 2010. As always, thanks for listening and being the best audience in the world.

Cheers for now



Sometimes - Episode 8. 'The Human Chair'


Nothing to get too excited about, just a news bulletin, a song, a classic creepy story and of course, a glimpse into my fridge. It's just my way of saying, "Hello, I'm not dead." I hope you like it.

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Music in this podcast:

Lucky Number (The Best Of)Lene Lovich
"Lucky Number" (mp3)
from "Lucky Number (The Best Of)"
(Oval Music)

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Buy at Rhapsody
Stream from Rhapsody
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Jeff Rosiana:' Spooky Piano'

Promos and Plugs:

Seth Harwood's 'Young Junius'




Sometimes - Episode 7

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Finally finished Sometimes 7. Features the poll-winning story, 'The Music of Erich Zann' by H.P. Lovecraft and music from
A Band Called Quinn 'The World is Upside Down'.
and Marco Esu: Violino.
I hope you enjoy it.

Sometimes - Episode 6. 'Tobermory'

Hello listeners, Sometimes 6 is now live and features the story 'Tobermory' by Saki. Music comes from the Charlatans. I have a cousin arriving tomorrow from NZ so I can't see me getting much writing done for a few days. I guess I'll have to just drink beer and have a laugh instead ;-)

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Do you like the picture? I took it today of a cat who hangs around our building getting fed by everyone but me because he makes me sneeze. I managed to get this pic in between sneezes.

You Cross My PathThe Charlatans
"You Cross My Path" (mp3)
from "You Cross My Path"
(Cooking Vinyl)

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Sometimes - Episode 5

This time on Sometimes, the featured story is 'The Penance' by Saki. One of my personal favourites.

PodShow Gallery:

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Sometimes - Episode 4. 'The Masque of the Red Death'

Sometimes 4 is now online featuring the story that you, the listeners, voted for the most: 'The Masque of the Red Death' by Edgar Allan Poe. I hope you enjoy it. You can get it in the Sometimes feed (of course) or by clicking the picture below:

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Sometimes - Episode 3. 'The Cold Embrace'

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Mike reads Miss Braddon's, 'The Cold Embrace' and talks about the forthcoming Hall of Mirrors story, 'Salvation'. Music, 'D.I.Y.', comes from A Band called Quinn Mike reads Miss Braddon's 'The Cold Embrace'

Mike Bennett on View from the Quad

Mike Bennett on Podcast 411


Hall of Mirrors

Onthepodcast with Pseudojoe

The Podcast Junky




Sometimes - Episode 2. 'The Open Window'

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Mike hunts silverfish and braves the horror of his sock drawer. He also reads the classic short story, 'The Open Window' by Saki. Music, 'The Last Night I Saw', comes from A Band called Quinn

Mike reads Saki's 'The Open Window'

Adhesion: 'Chopin is Dead'

Zero Pilot: 'Outta Sight'


The Longevity Thesis by Jennifer Rahn

One Among the Sleepless by Mike Bennett

Seth Harwood




Sometimes - Episode 1. 'Sredni Vashtar'

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Mike explores his fridge and reads the classic short story, 'Sredni Vastar' by Saki. Music, 'Astronauts', comes from A Band called Quinn

Mike reads
Saki's 'Sredni Vashtar'

Adhesion: 'Chopin is Dead'


'Night's Knights' by Emerian Rich

'Infected' by Scott Sigler

& much love and respect to
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