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Tales To Terrify No 32 Steven Savile

August 17, 2012 by Tony C. Smith

Coming Up:

Good Evening 0:00:00

Poetry: Egg Horror Poem by Laurel Winter 0:00:45

Main Fiction: The Horned Man by Steven Savile 0:07:23

Narrator: Tycelia Santoro Jack Calverley

Pleasant Dreams 0:49:25

Comments

  1. The Egg Horror was delicious, both in execution and narration.

    The Horned Man — what an experience! To this Finn with thousands of kilometers of winter driving and forest hiking, the story tasted authentically of snow and cold. A few nuances did have a slightly foreign feel, but given that the narrator was not meant to be a Nordic person, this is probably right. I wish to point out, however, that to the best of my knowledge Cerenunnos the Green Man / Horned Man of Celtic mythos is not part of the Nordic folklore.

    Nevertheless, a thoroughly tasty experience. Thank you, the writers and the crew.

  2. Glad you liked it. Steven Savile, the author of “The Horned Man,” is a Brit who has been living in Sweden for as long as I’ve known him. I guess that accounts for the authenticity mingling with that somewhat foreign flavor.

    By the way, Pirvonen, what are your thoughts on the film “Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale”?

  3. Pirvonen, thank you so much for the kind words. Indeed, as Larry pointed out, I emigrated to Stockholm back in 1997, and as you say the ‘horned man’ is basically me mixing my heritage as a Brit with my adopted heritage, but very much from the eyes of the stranger in a very cold land. I seem to remember it being somewhere around -18 when I wrote it 😉

  4. Aloha Terror Tribe!
    Larry, before living on this active volcanic tropical island, I spent a year of collage in Minnesota. One night it was 100 below with the wind chill factor. There is an ancient dark myth-like horror about a winter night so cold you know it will kill you if you stay out in it for any length of time. Death in a ragged hooded blizzard white cloak. Hike through the drifting flurries. Fall down. Go to sleep. You’ll die.
    I like these winter terror tales, they remind me of my collage days, and the many snowy nights that promised death.

  5. Aloha Terror Tribe!
    Love to be invited back to the nook, Larry. Always enjoy your intro, you set a great mood.
    Egg Horror Poem by Laurel Winter – “that destroyer of dozens… the angle food cake!” Very funny.
    The Horned Man by Steven Savile – I liked it. This is a obvious “dark fantasy” rather than a “Horror” story.
    Another favorite “Dark Fantasy” Tale of mine would be Lovecraft’s “The Cat’s of Ulthar”.
    ftp://carcosa.barrucadu.co.uk/hppodcraft/TheCatsofUlthar.mp3

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