S1 E08: The Comet

The Comet

By W.E.B. Du Bois

This week, we have another blast from the past, this time courtesy of Pseudopod, an Escape Artists podcast. W.E.B. Du Bois is best known for his essays; in particular The Souls of Black Folk, but he also wrote fiction—in this case speculative fiction.

His story, The Comet, first appeared in chapter 10 of his autobiography Dark Water: Voices From The Veil. He wrote the story when he was 50 years old, in 1908, during a time in which the KKK was especially active. In this dystopian tale, Du Bois explores the color line and its political implications after a catastrophic event. It is a work of fiction reminiscent of the Twilight Zone, almost 20 years before Rod Serling was born.

This story is narrated by Hollis Monroe, and the audio is used by permission of Escape Artists Inc. and Pseudopod, who have been active and vocal supporters of NIGHTLIGHT since day one.

Check out our show notes for links to Pseudopod and Escape Artist for more stories of the horrific in the fantastic. And now, The Comet by W.E.B. Du Bois.

Read The Comet on Project Gutenberg:
https://www.gutenberg.org/files/15210/15210-h/15210-h.htm#Chapter_X

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Show Notes:

In this dystopian tale, W.E.B. Du Bois explores the color line and its political implications after a catastrophic event. It is a work of fiction reminiscent of the Twilight Zone, almost 20 years before Rod Serling was born.

Read The Comet on Project Gutenberg:
https://www.gutenberg.org/files/15210/15210-h/15210-h.htm#Chapter_X

This story is narrated by Hollis Monroe, and the audio is used by permission of Escape Artists Inc. and Pseudopod, who have been active and vocal supporters of NIGHTLIGHT since day one.

As always, we appreciate your support. If you like this podcast, you can join us on Patreon at patreon.com/nightlightpod. Reviews on iTunes are immensely helpful, as are shares on social media and in real life with friends.