Metapost: More Audio Readings

Jeff Clement and the good folks over at AuralStimulation have just sent me the following video, an awesome reading of “Dust” with music, stunning, eerie imagery, multiple actors and sound effects. Here it is, with my commentary, which is simply “wow”.

I’m a big fan of modern and old radio theater, and I think Jeff and company really nailed the aesthetic. There’s a lively community of people reading creepypastas on the YouTubes, and I’ve shared a handful before, but here’s a list I’ve compiled of all the ones I’ve found read from my stories. Hit “View Full Article” to see the rest.

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Between the Walls

The Eastern Empire
Late July, Year of our Lord, 626

When Lecho saw the three walls of Constantinople, rising up like a storm on the horizon, each taller than the last, he knew he’d made his worst mistake. Around him marched the great host of the Avar Khaganate, dragging the skeletal fragments of siege towers. Ahead, he could pick out individual Roman watchmen lining the middle wall, leaning with relaxed arrogance on the crenelations.

Lecho summoned the vilest curses he could and spat them in a circle at his feet. Not for the first time, he damned the blind, hateful luck that had brought him to the foot of the greatest city in the East, ready to grind his flesh into the unbreachable walls until there was little but dust and blood.

As the sun sank in the west, and camps were staked, his motley detachment of Bulgar raiders, Carolingian fugitives, Slavic peasants, and mercenaries from across the continent gathered to hear the words of a minor Avar Khan. Lots were drawn, and they received the honor of being the first over the walls. Lecho watched the Khan palm the tile with the low number etched on it, and pretend to draw it from the ceremonial leather sack, made from some great enemy’s scrotum. He’d known they’d be first, one way or another, but he could do little more than spit in a circle and try not to catch the Khan’s eye.

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Tom Festo’s “The Algorithm”

It is my sincere pleasure to share with you Tom Festo’s film adaptation of “The Algorithm.”

My huge thanks to Tom, Luis Filgueira, Mike Randazzo, Zach Heyde, and everyone else involved for letting me share this with you all.

For me, one of the many wonderful surprises was Zach Heyde’s creepy score. It reminds me in the best way of the “Session 9” score. The original soundtrack is available on Zach’s bandcamp page, name your price. I’m listening to it, right now.

New Release Monday – “Shifters” and “Another 100 Horrors” now available.

The latest anthology from Hazardous press is now available on Kindle or in Paperback. “Shifters: A Charity Anthology”  includes a reworked version of my story “Collision”, which among other things, adresses the problem of conservation of mass among skinwalkers in the Arizona desert. Among other things. Shifters includes stories from  Chris Larsen, Doug MuranoRose BlackthornJay Wilburn, and D. Alexander Ward, as well as David Wellington, Aaron Gudmunson, Dane Hatchell, Mandy DeGeit, Kris Freestone, Adam Millard, Brent Nichols, Terry Alexander, Steve Voelker, Max Booth III, Matthew Wilson, Beryl Knight, Lisamarie Lamb, Chantal Boudreau, Dana Wright, Lori Michelle, Rie Sheridan Rose, Dawn Napier, Jen White, Cameron Johnston, E.L. Kemper, Amanda Pillar, Jonah Buck, Emma Whitehall, Christine Morgan, Susannah Carlson, Robin Deffendall, Tracie McBride, and Erzabet Bishop. Cover art by Glenn Chadbourne, back cover art by Diana Whiley, interior illustrations by Kris Freestone and Leia Napier.

All proceeds from the sales of this anthology will go to the American Humane Association’s Red Star Rescue Team, providing disaster response services for pets and domestic animals.
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Also newly released, “Another 100 Horrors” from Cruentus Libri Press. 100 stories from 100 writers, all exactly 100 words. My new (short) story “Shipwreck” is a part of this collection, and it’s available for both Kindle and paperback.

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In future news, I am completing work on a historical horror story about the Siege of Constantinople and have completed a first draft of a very odd “Fields of Ur”. It’s still very very rough, but if you’re interested in seeing a completely unrevised initial draft, and would like to offer feedback, please send me an email and I would be happy to share it with you.

This autumn should see at least two more exciting releases: “The Blues” will be featured on the Psuedopod Podcast, and a version of “Before” will appear in Nightfall Magazine’s inaugural issue.

As always, if you’re so inclined to share your feedback, positive or negative, all us contributors would greatly appreciate it, either on Amazon or Goodreads.

“Horrific History” available on Kindle and Paperback

Hello all

This is just to say that I have eaten the plums that were in the icebox and which you were probably saving for breakfast. Forgive me they were delicious so sweet and so cold.

Oh, and also, the latest collection from Hazardous Press, “Horrific History” is out on Kindle and on Paperback. It contains history themed tales of horror by such authors as Chris Larsen, Doug Murano, Rose Blackthorn, and Jay Wilburn. It also includes my dust bowl story, creatively titled “Dust”, as well as stories from Brent Abell, Pete Aldin, Jason Andrew, Monette Bebow-Reinhard, Rebecca L. Brown, Deborah Drake, T. Fox Dunham, Gwendolyn Edward, Aaron J. French, Tara Fox Hall, Ken MacGregor, Lynne MacLean, Adam Millard, Douglas J. Moore, Doug Murano, Christopher S. Nelson, Brent Nichols, Emerian Rich, Stephen D. Rogers, Julianne Snow, Jenny Twist, D. Alexander Ward, David Williamson and Lee Clark Zumpe.

Doug is doing a series of Q+A with the various contributors, and I’m sending him some rambling nonsense right now, stop by and take a look.

Have a look at the free sample, and if you’re so inclined to share your feedback, positive or negative, all us word-arrangers would greatly appreciate it, either on Amazon or Goodreads.

Stills from “The Algorithm”, a film by Tom Festo

In the past few years, about a half dozen people have emailed me, wanting to adapt a story I’ve written for film. My answer has always been yes, but so far, not much has come of it (with the exception of one really interesting script adaptation of “Roadwork”.) This weekend, Tom Festo (twitter:@bigleaguetom), director/writer of “The Algorithm  (based on my story of the same name), sent me these behind-the-scenes production pictures, and graciously let me share them here. I’m very excited to see the final product.


The Algorithm, by Tom Festo

I’m really taken by this image, the symmetrical framing, the small cooler (such a nice touch), and a very creepy looking house. Location scouts are unsung heroes. I’m not just saying that because I’m related to one.

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Metapost: Releases and Revision

I hope this update finds you all as well as I have been.

In the past few months, I’ve had two anthologies released from Cruentus Libri Press, and another story featured in the Mad Scientist Journal. If you’ll forgive the self promotion, here are the links to read “Zero” at Mad Scientist Journal, or to purchase either anthology from Amazon:

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