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Tales To Terrify No 10 Bram Stoker Awards Special Part 1

March 16, 2012 by Tony C. Smith

Coming Up

This week is the start of a two week special dedicated to Bram Stoker Awards™. We are over the next two weeks going to play all six of the short stories nominated in the SUPERIOR ACHIEVEMENT IN SHORT FICTION category. This week sees us play the following…

Fiction: Graffiti Sonata by Gene O’Neill 05:25 (Dark Discoveries #18)

Fiction: Her Husbands Hands by Adam Troy Castro 26:40 (Lightspeed Magazine, October 2011)

Fiction: All You Can Do Is Breath by Kaarron Warren 01:05:00 (Blood and Other Cravings)

Narrators: Nathan Lowell, Dan Rabarts, Kathe Mazur

Copyright image: Mike Oliveri


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  2. A nnice opening selection for the awards.

    I think I enjoyed “Her Husband’s Hands” more on the read than listening to it, perhaps because reading allowed for a more in-depth consideration of what the story had to say.

    “”All You Can Do Is Breathe” was by far my favorite of this set, although I don’t know how it will hold up to the stories next week.

    As always, well done!

  3. First, thanks for the feedback, Sandra. I don’t know…some stories work best when read by oneself, others work better when heard. I quite liked the reading of HANDS… and, to be honest, haven’t actually read the story on the page. So, I’m glad to have heard it. It worked its magic on me… Now. How’d you like the second of the Stoker readings?

  4. Over the years I have become an avid Adam Troy Castro Fan. He is by turns funny, fascinating, and in this case chilling. Thanks for running the Stoker Stories Larry, and all the bst on this new endeavor.

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  6. A fine trio of stories. As much as I enjoyed ‘Graffiti Sonata’ and ‘Her Husband’s Hands’, I thought ‘All You Can Do Is Breathe’ was the superior tale. Wow. Grim. Cruel. I suppose this was an exploration of the Slender Man trope, which is a new and therefore interesting development of the genre. If I may be allowed to pick away at a (very) minor nit: I’m not sure that any Australian, straight to the point as they are culturally, would be so indelicate as to flat out ask Stuart why he believed he should survive and not Barry. The scene in the school, however, was a tour de force.

    (It did amuse me that a Kiwi was given a story set in the U.S. to read while an American narrated a story set in Australia, whereas the opposite would seem the more logical choice. It’s a credit to both readers, Nathan and Dan, that ultimately this didn’t matter.)

  7. “All You Can Do Is Breathe” was powerful. Very interesting move, starting from the trapped story, then shifting to a “recovery” narrative.

    Agreeing with Greg about Slenderman. Time to watch some Marble Hornets.

  8. Aloha Terror Tribe!
    Larry, thanks so much for pod casting the Stoker Award stories… I hardly ever get to read these, what a treat to have them on Tales to Terrify! All quality writing.
    My favorites were: “All You Can Do Is Breath” by Kaarron Warren – the long man is a creepy element. I did crave a little more about what he is, and why, at the end though.
    The Best Tale, I think, is “Her Husbands Hands” by Adam Troy Castro. A really strange story. Bordering on genius. Dipping into a love story. How odd! – one of the most horrific aspects of the tale is this weird futuristic warfare. What kind of terrible weapons were being used that left human beings in little animated pieces? And what additional horrors did her husband see and remember? Thinking of that stuff freaked me out!
    And, I’m a fan of the story “The Beast With Five Fingers” by William Harvey. That old story, and the 1946 movie with Peter Lorre, scared me as a kid.
    Thanks TOT!

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