This episode, Paul and I are delighted to welcome to the podcast Dr Stephen Carver, author, biographer and recipient of one of the ACD Society’s Inaugural Doylean Honours for his excellent Wordsworth Editions blog on the Professor Challenger stories.
We talk with Stephen about the appeal of Professor Challenger to readers and to Conan Doyle, The Land of Mist and Challenger’s spiritualist conversion, the perils and successes of the professional writer, plus gothic writing, dinosaurs and murdering evil-doers in scientific experiments.
You can listen to the episode below or on your podcaster of choice:
Biography of Stephen Carver
The Opium Eaters: High Literature & The Art of Addiction, (London: Morton Books, forthcoming 2023)
(Philadelphia: Pen & Sword, 2020)
The Nineteenth Century Underworld (Philadelphia: Pen & Sword, 2018)
Shark Alley: The Memoirs of a Penny-a-Liner (Norwich: Green Door, 2016)
The Life & Works of the Lancashire Novelist William Harrison Ainsworth, 1805 – 1882 (New York: EMP, 2003)
As Editor (with Ashley Stokes), Unveiled Anthology of New Writing (London: Unthank Books, 2019).
Works by Conan Doyle referenced in the podcast
The Lost World (1912)
The Poison Belt (1913)
The Land of Mist (1926)
When the World Screamed (1928)
The Disintegration Machine (1929)
Next time on Doings of Doyle
We travel to the early nineteenth-century for some diplomatic intrigue in ‘A Foreign Office Romance’ (1894). You can read the story here.
Image credits: Thanks to Alexis Barquin at The Arthur Conan Doyle Encyclopaedia for permission to reproduce these images. Please support the encyclopaedia at www.arthur-conan-doyle.com.
Music credit: Sneaky Snitch Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/