The Fantastic Worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs

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!

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Chapter X – Barbara Captured by Head-Hunters

The Halfmoon has wrecked on an island. Unknown to the survivors, it is inhabited by descendants of Japanese Samurai interbred with the indigenous head-hunters. The shipwrecked survivors have broken into two camps, one loyal to Skipper Simms, the other to Theriere. While moving to set up a separate camp, Barbara Harding and her two escorting men have disappeared!

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Chapter IX – Oda Yorimoto

The Halfmoon has shipwrecked in an inlet to an island somewhere in the Pacific.  Barbara Harding is almost drowned in the wreck, but is rescued and brought to shore by none other than Billy Byrne!

 

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Chapter VIII – The Wreck of the “Halfmoon”

The Halfmoon has been crippled by a tremendous typhoon. Drifting off shore of an uncharted island, Billy witnesses as Barbara and Theiere exchange confidences and affection. Enraged, Billy watches as Theriere goes below, and he approaches Barbara.

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Chapter VII – The Typhoon

Tensions are mounting aboard the Halfmoon. Theriere has won over Barbara Harding’s confidence. Billy Byrne has earned her fear and utter loathing. As Barbara and Theriere converse, he sees a disturbing cloud to the southeast – a bad blow is coming.

 

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Chapter VI – The Mucker at Bay

Theriere has begun to gain the trust of Barbara Harding by revealing Larry Divine’s part in the kidnap plot to her.  Now on the deck of the Halfmoon, Barbara and Billy have encountered each other.  Barbara calls him coward twice – and Billy is about to respond with his fist. Theriere intervenes.

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Chapter V – Larry Divine Unmasked

The bilge rats of the Halfmoon have attacked the yacht Lotus at sea, kidnapping Barbara Harding. The yacht is stripped of all her hardware and left adrift in the Pacific.  Barbara, a prisoner on the Halfmoon, sees the door to her cell open, and in walks someone she recognizes!

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Chapter IV – Piracy

Something is afoot on the Halfmoon – and second officer Theriere has brought Billy in on it. Theriere speaks cryptically about a big play coming down, and he wants Billy’s aid in double crossing some of the participants. Billy agrees.

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Chapter III – The Conspiracy

Billy Byrne has been shanghaied onto a vessel now traveling through the Pacific Ocean. Making port in Honolulu, they have moored next to a trim white yacht. No one can tell Billy the purpose of their voyage.

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Chapter II – Shanghaied

Billy Byrne is an unregenerate scoundrel raised on the West side of Chicago. Framed for a murder he did not commit, Billy has ridden the rails to San Francisco. In a saloon, he is offered free drinks by a friendly stranger.   That last one is a real grabber!

 

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Episode 01 - The Mucker

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