Rank #1: The Night of the Nipperquins
Writting for the wedding of a friend, this story recounts the strangest wedding night of all time.
Sep 01 2015
Rank #2: One Stormy Night
What are archaeologists really looking for? This one is digging up his own soul. This week's story is longer than the usual Borders of Sleep fare and certainly longer than I would normally podcast; but, I am still wanting to try out different things and see what people like. I did consider putting this into parts I and II but I thought you might find that annoying. That said, this story is long, but not as long as the time for which one of the characters has been absent from himself. When I wrote it, it seemed to get a life of its own and to run away with me, but hopefully not like the horse in the story. There is a lot crammed into it, but not quite as much as you will see crammed into a certain item of clothing that you will hear about. The airy and dark acoustic guitar soundtrack is from Glass Desert by Harlan Williams and it's available from Magnatune.
May 27 2011
Rank #3: Between Two Tides
Here is another story that is a retelling of a vivid and lengthy dream I had many years ago. A stranger is washed up on a beach, barely alive. Years later he tries to recover his memories of a very different time and place and the people he lived with before - a people whose entire civilisation rose and fell in a single life-time or even ... between two tides.
Sep 22 2011
Rank #4: Tree and Stream
If you were water, what sort of water would you be?
Would you be the water in a stream or the water in a tree?
Or would you be ice or vapour?
And what would it be like to be able to see the path of an ant or a star with the same clarity as we see the path to our own front door?
All of these are questions you may ponder as you listen to this story about a traveller, and a tree ... and a stream.
Apr 18 2011
Rank #5: Beth and the Emerantil
A story of a young girl who intends to become a princess by marrying a prince one day, yet in a single night she meets a strange shadow and an even stranger creature who shows her things no princess has ever seen.
Oct 22 2011
Rank #6: Thrice Buried
As in the King, so in the Kingdom. But how terrible, then, for the Kingdom if the King has lost the will to live...
Jul 07 2015
Rank #7: Iron and Wood
A woodcutter, a sailor, a lace maker, and a mysterious old woman ... sounds like a fairytale to me.
Apr 22 2012
Rank #8: The Ferryman
Turpin Whittington has a few problems: an unusual name, complete deafness in his left ear and an uncontrollable tendency to get lost in fairy-land but somehow he makes good.
Jan 28 2012
Rank #9: Wild Blue Yonder
Here is a deep dive into the ocean and beyond, to carry you far away in your imagination, to dream within dreams, or just to help you get to sleep ... enjoy!
Oct 28 2011
Rank #10: The Wisdom of Things Found
If you listen to anything, animal, vegetable or mineral, in time it will disclose some secret wisdom to you that you are obligated to share with others. Here is a story about a man who knew all that he knew because of what the sea brought to him.
Feb 20 2012
Rank #11: Kalakut's Gift
This is a story about a little girl and a volcano and it's also about a grandfather and a fish, and a village and a rock ... and many other things if you listen carefully.
Jul 01 2014
Rank #12: Two Handkerchiefs
The latest podcast from www.bordersofsleep.com. This one is a "fairy tale" ... well ... it does have fairies in it but it may not be "happily ever after" in the quite the same way as most fairy tales end. You will also hear about two letters, and two wars, and two sworn enemies, but most of all you'll hear about two handkerchiefs. The soundtrack contains music by Jami Sieber, available from magnatune.com. Story by Seymour Jacklin, artwork by Robyn Trainer and production by Tim Wiles.
Aug 04 2011
Rank #13: Subterranean
Stitched together from ideas that occurred to me while out walking the dog, my ponderings on the nature of fear, a dream from a long time ago, and a more recent journey in my own soul - it kind of emerged over the course of the last week. Is there something in you that needs to be unblocked?
Nov 15 2011
Rank #14: Moving in Mysterious Ways
What lies beyond the chess board? A few chess pieces get to find out ...
Dec 22 2011
Rank #15: Fighting Lions
Welcome to "Stories from the Borders of Sleep" Episode 24. Rome ... Romantic? Oppressive? You decide, but just be aware that strange things might happen if you are at a loose end in the vicinity of the Colisseum.
Feb 06 2012