Listen Up: “Don’t Let The Bedbugs Bite” Receives Otic Makeover

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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.

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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.

Denizens of Darkness

“Whistle for demons, boys, whistle for fiends, give a great tootling blow for beasties and ferocious fanged loomers of the dark.”

Ray Bradbury, The Halloween Tree (1972)

Friends, family, rogues, and ramblers:  Just in case you require another distractive update from yours truly, here’s some news on a title that was recently released:  Denizens of Darkness.

Cover art, “One of Memling’s Lost,” by James R. Powell

Edited by Herika R. Raymer, this paperback anthology is available directly through Sam’s Dot Publishing, ebook format at Smashwords, or Kindle edition at  Here’s the table of contents:

C. M. Saunders: “Treat Night”
Glynn Barrass: “Mythical Beings”
D. N. Calkins: “Paper Lanterns”
Christian Riley: “The Bones Of Hyrum Hill”
Paul Anderson: “Fences”
Sarah Gunn: “The Longest Night”
Kai Raine: “The Mirror Affair”
Bruce Memblatt: “Waitstaff”
Thomas Canfield: “Brethren Of The Epiphany”
Trevor Donaldson: “From Within”
Nicholas Conley: “The Augmenters”
Kristene Perron: “Lucky Me”
Edward Ahern: “Damned If You Do”
Clint Smith: “Like Father, Like . . . ”
Uel McClary: “The Girl In The Mist”
Glynn Barrass: “FleshWorld”

Echoing the sentiments of Dr. Steve Brule:  “Check it out.”


And while you have some free time on your hands, check out the guidelines for All Hallow’s Read, “a Hallowe’en tradition,” explains the website’s author.  “It’s simply that in the week of Hallowe’en, or on the night itself, you give someone a scary book.”

You can go out and buy a new book, or just slide a scary novel off your shelves at home.  The FAQ page has some humorously loose rules.  This year, Jessica received a copy of The Turn of the Screw, Jack picked up a hefty, dinosaur field guide, and Evie got her tiny hands on an adorable little tome called Where’s My Mummy?

Yes:  The internet is rife with similar postings by more notable and influential writers than the one scribbling this particular messa

ge.  Still, I’d like to share some favorite creepy reads (no repeats from previous postings, save for

Summer of Night) in honor of this season’s All Hallows Read.


Summer of Night (1991) by Dan Simmons.  Anyone who is acquainted with or related to me is certainly sick of me

returning to this old chestnut, but it is quite simply one of the best books for boys ever written.

Heart-Shaped Box (2007) by Joe Hill.  Does it matter that Hill is the son of Stephen King?  Nope—Hill writes in a distinct voice and style.  It’s a ghost story that’s satisfying on a supernatural level, and a serious tale that examines some absorbingly unsavory issues.

Horns (2009) by Joe Hill.

Dark Harvest (2006) by Norman Partridge.  Think Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” cross-bred with Frankenstein and the movie Pumpkinhead.

Hell House (1971) by Richard Matheson.  (Side note:  Not for the kids.)

The Keep (1981) by F. Paul Wilson.

The List of 7 (1993) by Mark Frost

The Traveling Vampire Show (2000) by Richard Layman.

Short Stories and Collections

“Young Goodman Brown” and “The Birthmark” by Nathaniel Hawthorne.

The Shapes of Midnight by Joseph Payne Brennan.

Tales From Nightside by Charles L. Grant.

Poe’s Children:  The New Horror:  An Anthology by Peter Straub.

That’s it.  Happy Halloween, folks!