In the ever present spirit of Halloween and because i’m up to my eyeballs in Nanowrimo & Movember prep i’m going to take a little short cut on the blog this week.
Some of my favourite things in this world are story Podcasts. Listening allows me to read at times when I can't read. It helps to keep my brain ticking over during other work which is well, lets just say not quite as mentally stimulating.
Audio fiction when done right is amazing and as with anything, there are good ones and bad ones
- so don't knock it till you try it.
Here is a short list of some of my favourites to get you into a creeptastic mood.
So I present to you in no particular order my list:
A short story about the life cycle of clowns in the wild.
Drabblecast 335 – To Whatever by Shaenon Garrity
A man discovers the thing that is living in the walls of his apartment building.
Drabblecast 337 – The Only Game in Town by Desmond Warzel
After the world ends, life goes on.
Drabblecast 300 – Bloodchild by Octavia Butler
A great sci-fi tale about the bond between a boy and the alien his family is bonded with.
Drabblecast 54 – Unholy Fruit by Kurt Kirchmeier
This was a surprise because I was lucky enough not to see the episode artwork before I heard it.
Pseudopod 382: Her Face All Sharp by Sara Larner
A beautiful old styled folk tale, that is worth more than one listen.
There are many many layers in this one.
Moonlight Audio Theatre - The Demon part 1 by The Icebox Radio Theatre
Moonlight Audio Theatre - The Demon part 2 by The Icebox Radio Theatre
One of the first hororcasts I found, four people stuck in a church basement during a storm,
while unnatural something is prowls the halls.
Very, very hairy indeed!
From Beyond & The Picture in the House by HP Lovecraft in 3D
The three tracks take a little setting up to get it the timing right but trust me,
light a few candles and flick off the lights and let the reading surround you.
I've never experienced anything like it before or since.
It's has become something of a Halloween tradition over the last few years.
From beyond is probably one of my favourite Lovecraft tales too which helps.
If you’re into that kind of thing.
There are so many great shows & episodes I just wish I had more time,
maybe we'ill revisit this again another time.
Both the Drabblecast & Pseudopod are funded on a donations model so if you like what you hear, you can fling a few bucks there way it will go a long way to keeping these incredible shows running.
Myself, i've listened to nothing but archived Drabblecast episodes for nearly two months now
- they're more-ish.
Good luck with your prep if you're nano-ing next month,
if you're not you can keep the luck.
Use it for something else, buy a lotto ticket, ask out that girl you've been staring at from the other side of the cafe maybe even take a chance betting you car on a coin-flip.
Call it an early xmas gift!
That said i'm off to bed - ill be back at this desk in a few hours.