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Tales To Terrify No 11 Bram Stoker Awards Special Part 2

March 23, 2012 by Tony C. Smith

Last week we presented the first three stories to be nominated for the Bram Stoker Awards™ in the category SUPERIOR ACHIEVEMENT IN SHORT FICTION. Today we wrap the special with the second half of the nominees. Enjoy!

Coming Up

Fiction: Home by George Saunders 01:30 (The New Yorker, June 13, 2011)

Fiction: Hypergraphia by Ken Lillie-Paetz 48:22 (The Uninvited Issue #1)

Fiction: Herman Wouk Is Still Alive by Stephen King 01:10:09 (The Atlantic Magazine, May 2011)

Narrators: Dave Robison, Simon Hildebrandt, Lawrence Santoro



  1. Thanks to Larry, Tony, the Authors and the Narrators for all these stories in one place. What a fine, terrifying idea. I was able to sit back, in a dark room, and just listen and enjoy. And how can I say which was Best? Just that they were all Superior.

  2. ‘Hypergraphia’ was quite challenging to narrate, because some of the tone and rhythm of the story are embodied in the formatting of the text, and is somewhat open to interpretation. I hope people enjoy the finished product, and would love to hear everyone’s feelings about how it came out.

    I’d also recommend taking a look at the print version if you get a chance – it’s a real work of art, with Ken Lillie-Paetz’s text embroidered with illustrations by the talented Fiona Staples.

    The only place I found it is in issue #1 of The Univited – which isn’t terribly helpful if, like me, you don’t have an iPad. Luckily Steven G. Saunders mentions in his blog that an Android version is coming – and even included these two images from the story.

  3. Thank you, Marty. Glad you enjoyed.

  4. Just finished listening to “Home” and it reminds me very much of “Chair” in that I kept telling myself I didn’t like the story, I’d stop listening, fast forward, I didn’t like it, why am I still listening?

    What an incredible piece! And the narration only added to the depth of the tale, teh raw gritty tone, the loneliness and occasional confusion. What engaged me all the more is that here is a tale of real life horror. There are no supernatural elements, no “monsters” per se, only families, dysfunctional or otherwise, and a man chained to a past he didn’t want and can’t escape.

    Thank you for your service, TALES TO TERRIFY.


  5. Tales to Terrify has an item in the News section of Stephen King’s website. The notice says:

    “Herman Wouk is Still Alive on Tales To Terrify

    March 26th, 2012 1:19:36 pm

    TalesToTerrify.com has posted a podcast that features readings of several nominees for the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Short Fiction. Lawrence Santoro provides a fantastic reading of Stephen’s Herman Wouk is Still Alive at the 1 hour and 10 minute mark. Enjoy!


    In actual fact we played ALL of the Bram Stoker nominees in the Superior Achievement in Short Fiction category but there we have it.

  6. I have to confess that after last week’s episode I believed that Kaarron Warren’s ‘All You Can Do Is Breathe’ would be a shoe-in for my favourite of Stoker nominees. A few days after listening to this episode, I’m not sure. In fact, added to the last three entries I find it near to impossible to position any of the four above the others. They all have their charms and the readings did full justice to the material. I think I liked the middle tale, Hypergraphia, a notch less than I did the others, yet I fully expect it will rise in my estimation on a second listen given its nature. Trying to decide on the ‘best’ one has been a knot of a problem to untangle and its made me appreciate the work of people who have to this professionally. There’s so much to take into consideration. I really responded to the humour of ‘Home’ with its repetition of the vapid, knee-jerk nicety of “Thank you for your service”. It articulated so much of feelings toward a certain strain of contemporary U.S. culture, or at least how I view it, admittedly imperfectly, as an outsider, and the tone of the satire just connected to my funny bone at exactly the right angle, which is a rare thing. That said, for all its anger and brilliance it probably fell short of the requirements of a ‘horror’ story – that wasn’t the direction it was ultimately aiming for, IMO. ‘Herman Wouk Is Still Alive’, which I’d class as swimming in similar waters to ‘Home’, was written just as masterfully (and what else would you expect from Stephen King?) and so in conclusion I suppose it would be my personal pick of the bunch – if only by a nose.

  7. I’ve told Dave, but I’ll say here too: Dave did a fantastic job narrating for “Home.” I laughed out loud numerous times. Simon and Lawrence did well too, but Dave… great job, man!

  8. Tim:

    On Dave’s narration of “Home” I cannot agree more.

  9. Aloha Terror Tribe!
    Oh my…. Larry, was this a “horror” pod cast? These are the best of the new horror stories? These are fine writing examples of character studies… but horror stories? Sure?
    Where are the hoards of rats? The vampires? The cosmic nameless terrors?
    Sorry, I don’t get it…. (Stephen King… the king of droning on and on and on and on… )
    I’m gonna go back and listen to Vincent Price in 3 Skeleton Key!

    • Terror Tribe – I apologize for my rude critic. I was harsh. These writers are all very talented. Extremely talented. The stories are all very well written. It’s just that I’m not a big fan of psychological horror, and, when I read horror tend to I want a supernatural element. I like Weird Fiction. I like Pulp. I like Bradbury and Lovecraft, and Howard and Poe. I crave an escape into a nightmare with real monsters.

      Goodness knows, the world is filled with real monsters, but all of them are human.

      I just want to read about the pretend ones.

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