by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Joseph Conrad, F Scott Fitzgerald Anthony Hope, Rudyard Kipling, Jack London, Robert Louis Stevenson and H G Wells
The Mark Steyn Club was born twelve months ago in May 2017, which means we are now one, and moving full speed ahead with plans for our second year. As I always say, membership isn't for everyone, but it is a way of ensuring that all our content remains available for everyone - all my columns, audio interviews, video content, all our movie features and songs of the week. None of it's going behind a paywall, because I want it out there in the world, being read and being watched, and maybe changing an occasional mind.
That said, we have cooked up a few bonus items for members only. This one was introduced in the first weeks of the Club last May, and it very quickly became one of the most popular features among our members. I was a little bit startled by that, but also thrilled and delighted. Tales for Our Time is a monthly audio series in which I revisit some classic fiction I've mentioned in books and columns over the years - old stories that nevertheless speak to our own age. We usually post an episode a day, and you can either enjoy it as a book at bedtime twenty minutes before you lower your lamp - or pile up the chapters and listen to the whole thing on a long car journey. But to mark our first birthday I thought I'd put together a sampler of some of the nightly serials we've run over the last year, all prefaced by my introductions to the author and the book.
If you're a devoted follower of Tales for Our Time, I hope this will be a reminder of a rollicking first year. If you're a Mark Steyn Club member who's missed one or two or all of these, I hope it'll whet your appetite to take a prowl around the archive. And, if you're not a Mark Steyn Club member, I hope you'll enjoy this taste of one of the Club's favorite features. I start out where our series began a year ago - with Conan Doyle's tale of western hostages in the hands of the 19th century version of Isis, the followers of the Mahdi, in The Tragedy of the Korosko. Some of what follows will be very familiar - Robert Louis Stevenson's Jekyll and Hyde; some of it won't be - Scott Fitzgerald's long out-of-print tale of The Rubber Check. But we hope you enjoy this hour-and-a-quarter's worth of excerpts from some of our most popular serials, as a Steyn Club first-birthday gift from me to you.
If you want actual birthday cake that will have to wait until this autumn's inaugural Mark Steyn Club Cruise, on which we hope to see you.
To hear this Tales for Our Time sampler, simply click above. Our newest Tale for Our Time can be found here, and our second season starts next week.
The crucial element of The Mark Steyn Club is the members - and we're very appreciative of all those who signed up in that first month last May who have been so eager to re-subscribe this May. We thank you all, but we always like to have new members too, and we've been gratified by the number who've chosen to join in this anniversary season. For more information on the Steyn Club, see here. And, if you have a friend of literary bent who might enjoy our monthly audio adventures, don't forget our limited-time gift membership.
~For more Steyn Club first anniversary celebrations, please see:
Steyn's Song of the Week
Happy Birthday to You
A Clubman's Notes
Year Two Begins
On the Town
Non-Stop Number Ones
Franchise Man vs Burqa Girl
Tales for Our Time
A King in Kafiristan