Major props to Mike Davis and his team for a fun and engaging conversation at the Lovecraft eZine Podcast. You can catch the episode here. Despite a minor (and temporary) connectivity glitch on my end, we were able to discuss a number elements which comprise The Skeleton Melodies, as well as some of the formative drivers of my fiction. Among the mentions: the influential novel Summer of Night, the effect of creature-feature host, Sammy Terry, and little name-dropping (among others) on my colleagues Adam Golaski and C.M. Muller.
So here’s a first for me: one of my (early-published) short stories, “Don’t Let the Bedbugs Bite” (originally appearing in the summer, 2011 installment of the British Fantasy Society Journal), has been refashioned in the form of an audible episode at Max Ablitzer‘s engrossing endeavor, Horror Tales.
Horror Tales has produced a series of top-notch episodes from writers Caleb Stephens (“The Wallpaperman”), G.D. Watry (“The Mosaic”), Timothy G. Huguenin (“The Unknown Thing”), and T.E. Grau (“Transmission”).
Each episode is expressly created by Ablitzer, who invests calculating care into the crafting of each story’s transition. All tales are accompanied by the ambient underscore of music, and textured with the swaying draperies of eerie sound effects.
According to Ablitzer, seven episodes have been planned, with an eighth under consideration. As of early November, 2018, Horror Tales continued to chart around the world, entering Great Britain’s “top fifty” in iTunes; and the podcast also recently attained the following impressive international iTunes standings:
- Paraguay: #1 (Arts)
- Singapore: #2 (Literature)
- Costa Rica: #4 (Literature)
- United States: #30 (Literature)
The Horror Tales Podcast submission guidelines are found here.