Dark Fiction Magazine are very proud to announce that our next episode is a very special one indeed: we are delving into the world of Charles Dickens with Pandemonium’s excellent Stories of the Smoke Anthology.
Pandemonium: Stories of the Smoke brings you London as you’ve never seen it before – science fiction and fantasy in the great tradition of Charles Dickens.
Charles Dickens lived and breathed London in a way few authors ever have, before or since. In his fiction, his non-fiction, and even his own life, Dickens cast an extraordinary shadow over the city he so loved – so much so, indeed, that his name has become synonymous with a certain image of London. A London of terrible social inequality and matchless belief in the human potential; a London filled with the comic and the repulsive, the industrious and the feckless, the faithful and the faithless, the selfish and the selfless.
This London is at once an historical artifact and a living, breathing creature: the steaming, heaving, weeping, stinking, everlasting Smoke.
We have four tales of Dickens’ London ready to caress your ears with their slightly sooty words, but this being Pandemonium they are uniquely strange stories; stories of the mysterious and eerie. Stories, in short, that could only have been nurtured by the deeply strange bosom of Mother London.
Inspector Bucket Investigates by Sarah Lotz (read by Jim Moon)
Cuckoo by David Moore (read by the author)
Uncle Smoke by Archie Black (read by Charles Hunt)
A Brief History of the Great Pubs of London by Lavie Tidhar (read by Emma Newman)
Arriving this weekend!
– Jen Williams