"A Tassel to the Purse of Merit" - on Lord Byron and literary failure
"What Exile from himself can Flee" - on Byron and exile
"The Poet, the Physician and the Birth of the Modern Vampire" - an introduction to Polidori's The Vampyre
"Why Clowns Keep Scaring Us" - as if that wasn't obvious...
"The Zombie Apocalypse of Daniel Defoe" - on A Journal of the Plague Year
Intro to The Memoirs of Joseph Grimaldi
"Almost Famous" - reflections on biography
"Boswell's Jubilee" - James Boswell celebrates Shakespeare while endeavoring to keep it in his pants
"Diets of the Romantic Poets" - Coleridge favored liquids, Shelley liked bark
"Split Personalities" - is it a condition of comic genius to always be wrestling with demons?
"Stage Light" - on set design, alchemy and occultism in the eighteenth century theater
"A Public Man" - on Byron and the corrosive effects of celebrity
"Clowns on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown" - Charles Dickens is to blame for this whole scary clown thing
BBC Radio 4, December 2009 - Kenneth Cranham reads Grimaldi