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Episode 57 – The White and the Black by Erckmann-Chatrian

December 21, 2016 | Episodes | Comments (2)

Émile Erckmann and Alexandre Chatrian

Émile Erckmann and Alexandre Chatrian

This episode Mike and Will pop across the channel for some booze-heavy French/German shinanigans in ‘The White and the Black’ by Erckmann-Chartrian.

M.R. James says this writing partnership “produced some quite first-class romances”, but this tale of murder and mayhem is no love story!

Show notes:

The following also get a mention in this episode:

  • Nunkie Theatre (
    Robert Lloyd Parry is releasing another of his excellent M.R. James performances as a pay-to-stream release before Christmas.
  • Haunted Advent Calendar (
    To entertain lovers of the strange and horrible over the festive season, authors Leah Moore and John Reppion have produced this highly enjoyable advent calendar, packed with weird and horrifying tit-bits.

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  1. Danny says:

    Just wanted to say I really appreciate what you guys have done and am really enjoying series 2 so far.

    This story was really fantastically weird and felt quite contemporary with well-drawn characters.

    Erckmann-Chatrian are definitely on my radar now so thanks for helping popularise this.

    Very impressed that you actually translated this story for the book. There are some other great stories in the book – many of them well-known classics – and am looking forward to the extra insights you bring to these.

  2. Mike says:

    Thanks Danny! We really enjoyed this one.

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