Archive for Horror Audio
Tales From Beyond, a new paranormal Audio Drama Series is coming to audio CD from producers Jim O’Rear and Kevin Herren. Hosted/narrated (in “The Twilight Zone” style) by beloved actor Daniel Roebuck (Matlock, ABC’s Lost, Glee, The Walking Dead) and featuring an All-Star cast including John de Lancie (Star Trek, Days of our Lives, Charmed, Torchwood), Robert Picardo (China Beach, The Howling, Star Trek, Stargate), Reggie Bannister (Phantasm, Bubba Ho-Tep), Cerina Vincent (Cabin Feaver, Two & ½ Men, Mike & Molly), Jim O’Rear (The Dead Matter, Star Trek 4, Nashville), Kyle Hebert (Dragon Ball Z, Wreck it Ralph, Naruto, Resident Evil) and Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (Blade, X-Men, Spiderman, Cowboy Bebop, Naruto)
Tales From Beyond: Volume 1 is the first in a series of creepy audio drama CDs featuring 3 true stories on each volume relating to hauntings, cryptozoology, UFOs, and other paranormal activity (such as premonition of death, astral projection, and wildly improbable coincidence). Each volume of stories is professionally performed in the style of the classic radio dramas from yesteryear.
A fundraising campaign for this upcoming production just kicked off and here’s your chance to help out and receive some fantastic perks including: A pre-release copy of the finished retail CD before it hits stores; A behind the scenes “making of” DVD with cast interviews, bloopers, outtakes and more; A copy of the finished audio CD autographed by members of the cast; Experience the recording session firsthand with a visit to the recording studio to watch the session and have your photo taken with the cast! So get in on this fundraiser. There are a limited number of these fantastic offering so act soon!
You can check it out here: Tales From Beyond at Indiegogo
Simon & Schuster reports that though they were originally published on audio in the 2000s, Stephen King and Peter Straub’s bestselling collaborations, The Talisman and Black House are now available at a new low price on both MP3 CD and audio download.
With over 50 hours of listening between them, these Frank Muller narrated classics are not to be missed.
Listen to an excerpt of these two classics here: The Talisman Excerpt / The Black House Excerpt
You can order the MP3 Audio, Unabridged from Amazon for only $13.59 here: The Talisman
You can order the MP3 Audio, Unabridged from Amazon for only $13.59 here: Black House
Hear Music/Concord Music Group is gearing up to release the all-star recording of Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, a southern gothic supernatural musical from co-conspirators Stephen King, John Mellencamp and T Bone Burnett. This extraordinary collaboration features original music and lyrics plus key dialog excerpts performed by a stellar cast of guest artists including Elvis Costello, Rosanne Cash, Sheryl Crow, Neko Case, Taj Mahal, Ryan Bingham and Kris Kristofferson, along with actors Matthew McConaughey, Samantha Mathis and Meg Ryan. This special release also includes the musical’s complete libretto, penned by Stephen King. A haunting tale of fraternal love, lust, jealousy and revenge 13 years in the making, Ghost Brothers of Darkland County will be released on March 19th, 2013.
The Ghost Brothers of Darkland County saga began when Mellencamp told King about a cabin on his land in Indiana where two brothers had gotten in a fight over a girl; one brother accidentally killing the other, only to die along with the girl in a car crash a short time later. King came up with an outline for a play in a matter of days. And then off and on, back and forth, they began to develop it into a full-length musical.
The superb blues ‘n’ roots music of Ghost Brothers reflects the wide range of styles and influences needed for a work that jumps back and forth across decades. Rather than use the songs to propel the play’s narrative, as in a conventional musical, Mellencamp chose to make them a way to reveal the emotions and inner workings of the characters — like Neko Case’s exquisite, unapologetic delivery of “That’s Who I Am;” the intense passion of Kristofferson’s “How Many Days;” or Costello’s cunning “That’s Me,” which establishes the persona of “The Shape,” the Puck-like devil figure at the heart of Ghost Brothers who floats between the worlds of the living and the spirits. Numerous other highlights include the thunderous, dramatic ensemble piece “Tear This Cabin Down” and “Jukin,’” a grease-laden delta-rocker performed by Sheryl Crow. Mellencamp himself delivers the closing “Truth,” a sublime meditation on the moral issues underpinning the action.
Ghost Brothers of Darkland County will be available across a variety of formats. The (enhanced CD) Standard Edition features the complete soundtrack, dialog excerpts and digital libretto. The (2CD/1DVD) Deluxe Edition contains the complete soundtrack (with and without dialog), deluxe art work, handwritten lyrics, specially printed libretto and the “Making of Ghost Brothers” mini-documentary DVD featuring in-depth interviews with King, Mellencamp and Burnett along with other bonus material. Ghost Brothers of Darkland County digital editions for tablets, smartphones and e-readers will allow users to interact in unprecedented ways with the complete soundtrack + digital libretto, as well as exclusive video and graphic materials.
Set in the tiny town of Lake Belle Reve, Mississippi, the Ghost Brothers’ story centers on two sets of brothers: the ghosts of Jack and Andy, dead in an apparent murder/suicide, and their nephews, the living Frank and Drake, who seem to be headed toward the same downward spiral as their uncles. Joe, younger brother of Jack and Andy, father of Frank and Drake, has decided it’s time to reveal his own terrible secret at the site of the tragedy, before it’s too late.
Though some of the songs were written without knowing where they would fit in the script, most were the result of specific assignments. “Steve would call me up and go, ‘We need a song like this to fill this place,’” Mellencamp says. “To be able to go, ‘OK, now you’re a 10-year-old boy, what would he say? Now you’re a 19-year-old girl trying to attract the attention of a barroom of fellas’ … that was just fun to do.”
Once a working show had been assembled, producer Burnett — acclaimed for his work on such albums as Raising Sand by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss and the O Brother Where Art Thou? soundtrack — was brought in to help unify the flow and feel of the music on stage. Burnett would also prove crucial when it came time to cast and record the Ghost Brothers album.
He started with the voice of “The Shape” — “immediately, Elvis Costello came up,” says Burnett, “who could be better playing the devil?” Rosanne Cash struck the producer as a match for Monique, Joe’s troubled wife, as did Kris Kristofferson’s unmistakable scratchy baritone to play the patriarch himself.
As the story emerged, it became clear to the collaborators that Ghost Brothers had taken them into unfamiliar territory — and they liked it that way. “John can make rock & roll records and I can write books for the rest of our lives,” says King, “but that’s the safe way to do it, and that’s no way to live if you want to stay creative. We were willing to be educated, and at our age, that’s an accomplishment.”
The highly successful original production of Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, staged by Atlanta’s well-regarded Alliance Theatre, premiered in the spring of 2012. Additional productions of the musical will be mounted in the coming year
6FtPlus a horror podcast with spooky music and more, has a very special treat for your Halloween listening. A mammoth sized episode, involving various members of other podcasts, including Strange Jason, Tomb Dragomir (Tomb TV/Rue Morgue Radio), Miguel Rodriguez and the gang from A Monster Island Resort, Dr.Gangrene, Psychobilly Gardner, The Insideout podcast, Monstermatt Patterson and more!
This episode is part audio play that centers around mysterious notes left around the party hall, that bear the warning: “It Is Coming!” Is it a Halloween Phantom? Is it a Trick or a Treat? There are many questions that wind up getting answered in the climax of the episode. What is the mystery? Find out!
Taking place in the town of Leathbridge, this episode of 6?+ centers around the GdL16 crew as they prepare for the festivities of the Gravedigger’s Local 16 Halloween Party at Union Hall. The Intern is determined to generate a local Halloween legend, since there isn’t one specific to Leathbridge. Strange Jason just wants the party to go without a hitch, which doesn’t seem likely when foreboding notes reading IT IS COMING start to pop up everywhere. What do they mean and will everyone get out alive to see another Halloween?
Catch it online for free here: 6FtPlus Halloween Special
Brian James Freeman’s acclaimed novella, The Painted Darkness, is now available as an unabridged audiobook for just $6.95! Read by Alexander MacDonald, this is a great opportunity to experience this chilling story for the first time or revisit it in an all new way!
The Painted Darkness by Brian James Freeman, which Publishers Weekly called “a compelling read thanks to skillfully composed prose that builds tension and evokes emotional response,” is now available on audiobook for just $6.95.
Description: When Henry was a child, something terrible happened in the woods behind his home, something so shocking he could only express his terror by drawing pictures of what he had witnessed. Eventually, Henry’s mind blocked out the bad memories, but he continued to draw, often at night by the light of the moon.
Twenty years later, Henry makes his living by painting his disturbing works of art. He loves his wife and his son, and life couldn’t be better … except there’s something not quite right about the old stone farmhouse his family now calls home. There’s something strange living in the cramped cellar, in the maze of pipes that feed the ancient steam boiler.
A winter storm is brewing, and soon Henry will learn the true nature of the monster waiting for him down in the darkness. He will battle this demon and, in the process, he may discover what really happened when he was a child – and why, in times of trouble, he thinks: I paint against the darkness.
But will Henry learn the truth in time to avoid the terrible fate awaiting him … or will the thing in the cellar get him and his family first?
Written as both a meditation on the art of creation and as an examination of the secret fears we all share, The Painted Darkness is a terrifying look at the true cost we pay when we run from our grief – and what happens when we’re finally forced to confront the monsters we know all too well.
Try it out for only $6.95: The Painted Darkness Audiobook
Macabre Mansion® Presents “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” – an original Audio Drama adaptation of the classic story by Washington Irving. Starring Country Music star Mandy Barnett, Kyle Hebert (Dragonball Z, Naruto, Bleach, Gurren Lagann), Virginia Hey (Farscape, Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, The Living Daylights), Tiffany LaBarbera (Macabre Mansion Presents … A Christmas Carol), Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (Naruto, Bleach, Resident Evil: Degeneration), Jim O’Rear (ABC’s Nashville, Stephen King’s The Boogeyman, The Dead Matter) and Daniel Roebuck (Matlock, ABC’s Lost, Glee, Rob Zombie’s Halloween and Halloween II)
Description: In the Dutch settlement of Tarry Town, in the secluded glen called Sleepy Hollow we hear the tale of Ichabod Crane – a lean, lanky, and extremely superstitious schoolmaster from Connecticut, who competes with Abraham “Brom Bones” Van Brunt, for the affections of Katrina Van Tassel, the daughter of a wealthy farmer, Baltus Van Tassel. As Crane leaves a dance he attended at the Van Tassel home one autumn night, he is pursued by the Headless Horseman, the ghost of a Hessian trooper who’s head was shot off by a stray cannonball during “some nameless battle” of the American Revolutionary War, and who “rides forth to the scene of battle in nightly quest of his head”
This audio adaptation stays true to Irving’s original vision with only minor changes in dialogue. The Audio Drama has the same feel and style of the classic Old Time Radio shows. Script adaptation by Jim O’Rear. Directed and produced by Kevin Herren. Recorded in part at In Fidelity Recordings, Los Angeles California.
A portion of the proceeds from “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” are being donated to Thursday’s Child, The National Helpline for Endangered Youth.
You can pick up a copy of the CD here: Macabre Mansion® Presents “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”
For more information, visit: Macabre Mansion® Presents “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”
The second episode of the Last Short Story podcast has been posted and is available for listenting. This month Ian Mond and Jonathan Strahan are joined by co-founder Tansy Rayner Roberts to discuss Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling’s After: Nineteen Stories of Apocalypse and Dystopia.
As part of the pre-season for the podcast, they continue to refine the format. This time they accept that they’re not going to get through nineteen stories, however fine they may be, in an hour podcast, so they restrict themselves to discussing these six stories, all of which rank amongst the year’s better stories, and several of which are clearly amongst the best:
- “The Segment,” Genevieve Valentine
- “Valedictorian,” N.K. Jemisin
- “Blood Drive,” Jeffrey Ford
- “The Easthound,” Nalo Hopkinson
- “Fake Plastic Trees,” Caitlin R. Kiernan
- “The Marker,” Cecil Castellucci
These aren’t the only good stories in the book, by any means, but in the collective opinion of the podcast panel they easily justify the time spent reading the book.
You can listen to the podcase online for free here: Last Short Story, Episode 2