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!

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!

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Prologue and Chapter I – “Toward the Eternal Fires”

This is the third of Ed’s incredible series that he invented in that incredible burst of creativity between 1911 and 1913 – the burst that started in 1911 with the first book of the Mars series. It was followed by Tarzan of the Apes in 1912. Not satisfied, Ed went and created yet another long-lasting series in 1913 with his invention of the “Inner World” – the world inside the Earth – At the Earth’s Core.

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Prelude – “John Carter Comes to Earth” and Chapter 1 – “Tara in a Tantrum”

The Chessmen of Mars was written in 1921 , 90 years ago. It was Ed’s 39th book, after his first effort in 1911, A Princess of Mars. 39 books in 10 years – and Ed was barely getting started!

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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!

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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.

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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

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Chapter 1 – “Thuvia and Carthoris”

This is the first episode of the fourth book of the Mars series by Edgar Rice Burroughs. The Warlord of Mars, book 3, ended with the triumph of John Carter over all his foes, and his selection as supreme Jeddak of Jeddaks, Warlord of Barsoom. His son, Carthoris, and Thuvia of Ptarth now take center stage as we embark on yet another Barsoomian adventure!

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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.

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Chapter 1 “On the River Iss”

At the conclusion of The Gods of Mars, we left John Carter at the fiendish Temple of the Sun in which his beloved Dejah Thoris has been imprisoned for a long Martian year. Jailed with Thuvia and Phaidor, both in love with her husband, we last saw her with Phaidor about to plunge a dagger into her heart – and then the smoke of the burning Temple of Issus blotted out the sight of what transpired next. A Martian year must elapse before Carter can learn the fate of his beloved princess of Helium.

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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.

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