The Fantastic Worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs (blog entries)

Readings of some of the greatest imaginative fiction ever written. Edgar Rice Burroughs, best known for his creation of Tarzan of the Apes, was a prolific author of what would come to be known as "science fiction" or "swords and sorcery." Accomplished film and TV actor David Stifel is your narrator and host. Join us for the adventures of a lifetime!

Next up - TARZAN!!!!

As Pellucidar enters its final two episodes, it's time to announce the next book at The Fantastic Worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs .....

Tarzan of the Apes

Need I say more? Look for Episode 1 on July 18, 2012!

Category:Blog Entries -- posted at: 1:36am PDT

Up Next - Pellucidar!

Coming up immediately following the end of At the Earth's Core (very soon!) will be the next novel in the series - Pellucidar!  (Couldn't leave you hanging at the edge of a cliff, now could we?)

Watch for an announcement of what follows this book - the votes are in and I'm very excited about the next series to appear here at the Fantastic Worlds!

As always - many thanks to brother Ernest Stifel for the wonderful icon artwork that helps make the Fantastic Worlds even more fantastic!

Category:Blog Entries -- posted at: 10:28pm PDT

Pellucidar Now - Where Next?

As you can see, we are now in the Inner World, working on At the Earth's Core - to be followed immediately by Pellucidar. After that .... let me know what ERB novels written before 1923 you'd like to hear! Email me at I'm always happy to hear from you!

Category:Blog Entries -- posted at: 1:40pm PDT

Kaor, Chessmen!

This is a bittersweet milestone - the start of the fifth Mars book by ERB - and the last one in the public domain! Meaning, it's the final one that I can do - until I can find a way to get the rights to do more. Until then, stay tuned for an announcement of what will be coming next on the Fantastic Worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs.  And enjoy this one, which contains one of Ed's most fascinating creations, the two symbiotic races of bodies without heads, and heads without bodies!

Category:Blog Entries -- posted at: 3:55am PDT

Chessmen are a'comin'!

Yes, my friends, we've almost completed Thuvia, Maid of Mars - and immediately following will be the fifth book of the Mars series - The Chessmen of Mars!  This is a bittersweet milestone, for it is the last Mars novel in the public domain (at present) - which means that when it is completed, The Fantastic Worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs will shift to a new series!  Watch for the coming announcement of what that series will be! And again, as always, many thanks to brother Ernest Stifel for the original podcast icon artwork you see here.

Category:Blog Entries -- posted at: 5:11pm PDT

Thank you,!

A great and grand THANK YOU! to Jesse Willis and the folks at I had the pleasure to be asked to participate in a roundtable online discussion of Burroughs and A Princess of Mars. The 75 minute discussion was great fun to be in - and I was proud to trot out my copious ERB research and knowledge for these guys. Their receptivity to my work here is deeply appreciated.  The roundtable discussion can be found at . If you have trouble finding where to actually listen to the discussion, it's at the very bottom of the page, after all the illustrations. If you really can't find it, here's a direct link to the mp3 file itself

Category:Blog Entries -- posted at: 11:46pm PDT

Thuvia's on Her Way!

It's that time again! We're in the last few episodes of The Warlord of Mars and the podcast is going full steam ahead. Coming up immediately will be the fourth book in the Mars series, Thuvia Maid of Mars.  Again, a tip of the Hatlo Hat to brother Ernest Stifel for the original icon artwork that we use for The Fantastic Worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs.

Category:Blog Entries -- posted at: 1:00am PDT

Hail to the Warlord!

And here we go with the third volume of the extraordinary Mars series by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Although not published in book form until 1919, this work was written between June 7, 1913 to July 8, 1913. It was Ed's ninth work - he'd only been writing "professionally" since 1911.  Once Ed discovered that he could make writing pay, he plunged full steam ahead and maintained an amazing work flow. By the time of Warlord, Ed had already created three amazing franchises - Tarzan of the Apes, Mars and Pellucidar, the Inner World All this at a time when World War I had not yet broken out - and modern mechanized warfare was completely beyond anyone's imagining - except perhaps the imagination of Edgar Rice Burroughs.

Category:Blog Entries -- posted at: 10:49pm PDT

The Warlord is coming!

The final episode of The Gods of Mars will post Wednesday night - and then we're on to The Warlord of Mars starting Saturday night.  This podcast site is committed to bringing you the best possible readings of the ERB public domain canon. Accordingly, Mars 4 and 5 are fair game after I finish Warlord - then I will have to choose a different series - I'm thinking Pellucidar.

Again thanks to brother Ernest Stifel for this book's icon shown here.

Category:Blog Entries -- posted at: 10:40pm PDT

Princess Adieu! Gods Hello!

So if you've been paying attention, the first book of the Martian series, A Princess of Mars, is now complete and available here on this site!

And a rousing welcome to Book 2 - The Gods of Mars! (In all honesty, the first three books are really one continuous tale, separated by cliffhangers at the end of books 1 and 2.) Edgar Rice Burroughs was writing for his primary outlet at the time, monthly "pulp" magazines, in which cliff hanging endings of episodes were standard fare to keep bringing readers back for more.

The Gods of Mars was written in 1912, only several months after the completion of A Princess of Mars. In the intervening time, Ed had written two other books - The Outlaw of Torn, and a little gem entitled Tarzan of the Apes. Amazing to consider what can be accomplished in only a few months. So please visit often and enjoy The Gods of Mars as the story unfolds.

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