I love audio books.
There’s something unique and powerful about hearing a good story told aloud. The best stories tend to make the best audio books, and I’ve always thought the true test of a writer’s skill is not the written page but the spoken word. The best stories flow from the tongue like a river, building up speed until they sweep you up and wash you away in a torrent of emotion. Not to mention, they’re a great alternative if you have a day job and can’t spend all day hunched over a traditional book.
A little while ago, I discovered Manor House. They’re a fantastic new podcast dedicated specifically to reading horror stories. They present stories from new authors as well as tried and true favorites such as Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart. They have a creepy Tales from the Crypt sort of vibe, and the readings are a lot of fun. I especially like A Story to Scare My Son, which manages to be both amusing and disturbing at the same time.
So of course I submitted a story myself, and lo and behold, they accepted. A few weeks from now, my latest tale of the macabre will be up and read live. How cool is that? I’ll post back with the air date soon.