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Tales to Terrify No 40 Laird Barron

October 12, 2012 by Tony C. Smith

Coming Up:

Good evening 0:00:40

Some words about “Tales to Terrify, Volume One” 0:03:29

Nightmare Magazine, John Joseph Adams 0:11:05

Fiction: Frontier Death Song by Laird Barron 0:14:26

Pleasant dreams 1:24:02

Narrator: David Robison


  1. The “Volume One” site is up but the buttons to BUY THE BOOK are not quite active. You can, however, stop by, have a look at the cover, see the full list of contributors, and practice pressing the BUY…button.

    So, how’d you like the show?

    • A superb story by a superb author and it has to be said, the narrator is superb too. I would love Laird to expand upon this tale in someway purely because I didnt want it to end. I wish it could of been a novel !

  2. Absolutlely brilliant! I haven’t had so much in longtime! Thank you sharing! Killer naration!

  3. Aloha Terror Tribe!
    Laird Barron? U RAWK! Now THIS is the sh!t that makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up! Great show! I’m off to hunt for more Laird Barron right now!

  4. Aloha Terror Tribe!
    Laird Barron is amazing! I really dig his mix of hard boiled noir & Horror. Tough guys in gritty tales where the Lovecraftian sh!t hits the Fan-tasy.

    However, I gotta warn you, I bought the “Audible” version of Barron’s creepy novel “The Croning”… and they have picked the totally wrong voice to read his style of 40’s detective pulp horror. Before you buy the “Audible” version you might want to read my review. Check it out here: http://www.audible.com/pd/ref=pr_rev_1_1?asin=B008TIUNLG

    I suggest, no I beg, Mr. Barron (please) stick with readers like David Robins.Laird is a dark genius, and I want his amazing work presented with all the blood letting – steal toed kicking – and brass knuckle smack it so deserves. Buy the text version of “The Croning” is my advise.

  5. A well done piece! I heard it first on LIGHTSPEED, and listened to it again on ToT to pick out the nuances of language and tone. Laird’s writing and subject matter speak to his experiences in Alaska and create a fine base for the story. I had a fair idea how the story would end, but liked it well enough that listening to it a second time only cemented my opinion.

    The main character had all the grit of a man who’d lived a hard life and expected to go down fighting, and the choice and attention given to Minerva as a character helped round out those sensibilities.

    Well done!

  6. Love the show, Larry.

  7. Excellent reading for that Barron story.

  8. I seem to be way behind on my listening, because I just heard this today. This story was incredible. A wonderful mixture of the hard-boiled and the lyrical, the human drama and spiritual horror. And what a narration! I can’t speak highly enough of David Robinson’s performance – brilliant. And I loved the sound effects, too; all the more effective for being used so sparingly. One of my favourite episodes.

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