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Tales To Terrify No 12 Bev Vincent

March 30, 2012 by Tony C. Smith

Coming Up

Slices of Flesh

Flash Fiction: Into The Death Zone by Tim Lebbon 03:50

Henry Blake Fuller: An Evening to Honor Gene Wolfe 15:00

Fact: Tour of The Abattoir by Mike Allen with guest Shalon Hurlbert 36:40

Main Fiction Silvery Moon by Bev Vincent 56:23

Narrator: Jonathan Danz

Comments

  1. Thank you so much for the audio from “An Evening to Honor Gene Wolfe”! I’ll add link to your page from the WolfeWiki.

  2. In old business, here are the winners of this year’s Bram Stoker Awards. Apropos of TtT listeners, Stephen King won the award for Superior Achievement in Short Fiction for “Herman Wouk Is Still Alive.”

    Superior Achievement in a NOVEL
    Flesh Eaters by Joe McKinney (Pinnacle Books)

    Superior Achievement in a FIRST NOVEL
    Isis Unbound by Allyson Bird (Dark Regions Press)

    Superior Achievement in a YOUNG ADULT NOVEL (tie)
    > The Screaming Season by Nancy Holder (Razorbill)
    > Dust and Decay by Jonathan Maberry (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)

    Superior Achievement in a GRAPHIC NOVEL
    Neonomicon by Alan Moore (Avatar Press)

    Superior Achievement in LONG FICTION
    “The Ballad of Ballard and Sandrine” by Peter Straub (Conjunctions: 56)

    Superior Achievement in SHORT FICTION
    “Herman Wouk Is Still Alive” by Stephen King (The Atlantic Magazine, May 2011)

    Superior Achievement in a SCREENPLAY
    American Horror Story, episode #12: “Afterbirth” by Jessica Sharzer (20th Century Fox Television)

    Superior Achievement in a FICTION COLLECTION
    The Corn Maiden and Other Nightmares by Joyce Carol Oates (Mysterious Press)

    Superior Achievement in an ANTHOLOGY
    Demons: Encounters with the Devil and his Minions, Fallen Angels and the Possessed edited by John Skipp (Black Dog and Leventhal)

    Superior Achievement in NON-FICTION
    Stephen King: A Literary Companion by Rocky Wood (McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers)

    Superior Achievement in a POETRY COLLECTION
    How to Recognize a Demon Has Become Your Friend by Linda Addison (Necon Ebooks)

    IN ADDITION:
    HWA, in conjunction with the Bram Stoker Family Estate and the Rosenbach Museum & Library, also presented the special one-time only Vampire Novel of the Century Award to: Richard Matheson for his modern classic I Am Legend

    This award was voted on by a jury chaired by Dracula expert Leslie S. Klinger and was sponsored by Jeremy Wagner.

    In addition, HWA presented its annual Lifetime Achievement Awards and its Specialty Press Awards. Rick Hautala and Joe R. Lansdale were both on hand to accept their Lifetime Achievement Awards.

    The Specialty Press Awards went to Derrick Hussey of Hippocampus Press and Roy Robbins of Bad Moon Books.

    The Silver Hammer Award, for outstanding service to HWA, was voted by the organization’s board of trustees to Guy Anthony DeMarco.

    The President’s Richard Laymon Service Award was given to HWA co-founder Karen Lansdale.

  3. Any thoughts? Specific thoughts about the winner in Short Fiction? Which was your favorite among the six?

  4. ‘An Evening to Honor Gene Wolfe’ was fun. It’s wonderful to think that nowadays such addresses are recorded not only for posterity, but for the benefit of those of us outside of the immediate audience.

    I enjoyed ‘Tour Of The Abattoir’ but did listen with one finger in my ear as I’ve a copy of the film under review that is yet to be watched.

    Both of this episode’s stories were strong. I’d say ‘Into The Death Zone’ appealed to me just a touch more than ‘Silvery Moon’ did – and here I’m not just being diplomatic when I say that the edge one had over the other was slight: the quality of this podcast is amazingly high – as I’ve a soft spot for horror set in inhospitable, Arctic-like conditions. Exposure to John Carpenter’s ‘The Thing’ at an early age probably has a lot to answer for in this regard. Also, the fact that Larry’s voice is not that of a young man, if you’ll excuse the observation, complemented the material. I pictured in my head this Richard-fellow arriving at the Everest camp full of enthusiasm and good intentions only to discover that it falls to him to be the most mature member of the group – and then realizing that finally experience is no longer trumping age. Am I alone in supposing there might be a bit of an ambiguous attitude to death on the mountain in Richard?

    Much as I do like werewolf stories, there are aspects to the traditional lore that are harder to tweak, to smooth out than, say, the lore surrounding vampires. I very much liked Bev’s presentation of the type in ‘Silvery Moon’ (and what a great title she has there!), especially the questions raised concerning how much of Ed’s approach to life – his rivalry and desires – was influenced by his lycanthropy versus how much of it was innate. I appreciated how the total lack of a backstory, an explanation of his condition was employed as a narrative strength. Is he a bastard because he’s a werewolf? Or is he a werewolf precisely because he’s a bastard? Is he even a werewolf, a ‘real’ one, at all? But getting back to the inherent properties of werewolves, even if the condition’s solely in their heads how the effected are able to get away with leading a double-life is always prone to stretch credulity, as is the situation presented here, and it’s much to Bev’s credit that she’s able to banish these doubts from our minds. (Then again, it’s true that certain sociopathic characters are capable of exerting immense charisma and bending the thoughts of others, so perhaps on reflection it’s not too difficult to accept that the camping party fails to suspect Ed of mischief?) I especially liked the ending, which left me thinking “So what happens next?” which is obviously a great note for any piece of fiction to end on. I honestly can’t make up my mind about the answer.

    Damn! As with the Stoker nominees, I again find it all but in possible to determine which of the stories presented I liked best. You’re spoiling us here Larry.

  5. Aloha Terror Tribe!
    Great Show Larry. Lots of different material. I feel nicely connected to horror pop culture through this pod cast.
    Tour of The Abattoir by Mike Allen with guest Shalon Hurlbert –

    Main Fiction Silvery Moon by Bev Vincent
    So, when I was little, I knew what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wanted to be a were wolf. I thought about it very hard. Every night. I visualized myself transforming into an animal. Round about 18 years old, and it still had not happened, I figured it wasn’t going to be my career so I better focus on doing the other thing I wanted to do… making art.
    The great thing about were wolf movies or tales that I like is 2 fold. 1 – there is a scary monster to be afraid of. And 2, you get to imagine yourself as the scary monster; Strong, fast, almost invulnerable. This story had a “creature of the night” that had wants and needs, and seemed like a fine thing to be to me.

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  1. […] This was a good year for reprints. ”Therapy,” my award-winning story from 2006 was reprinted in Danse Macabre: Close Encounters with the Reaper. “In a Country Churchyard” (2008) was reprinted in Tales to Terrify, Volume 1 and “Silvery Moon “(2010) was recorded for the Tales to Terrify podcast. […]

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