Today’s presented an opportune confluence: Not only is it release day of The Skeleton Melodies (Hippocampus Press), but the insanely eclectic Curtis M. Lawson has released an hour-long bonus episode for his Wyrd Transmissions podcast. “The Skeleton Melodies and Writing Lessons From the Kitchen” is now available. “In honor of his new collection which comes out today,” writes Lawson, “I have uploaded a bonus episode of Wyrd Transmissions with author Clint Smith. Clint and I talk about The Skeleton Melodies, cooking, thrash metal, and a whole lot more!”
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.