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Tales To Terrify No 85 Mike Allen

August 23, 2013 by Tony C. Smith

Coming up:

Good evening 0:00:40

Artist, Marc Simonetti 0:01:25

Introduction to “The Red Empress” 0:03:34

Fiction: “The Red Empress” part one of “The Black Fire Concerto” by Mike Allen, narrated by C.S.E. Cooney 0:06:39

Pleasant dreams 1:07:26


  1. Thanks for fixing promptly Al.
    Been listening since Episode 1. Prefer this to Pseudopod, but Nightmare Magazine gives you a good run for your money. Hope you get a Parsec soon. It would be well deserved.

  2. Thank you, Andrew. Greatly appreciated. The Parsecs do make you jump through quite a few hoops. I wish the HWA were to create a slot in which horror podcasts could be made eligible for a Stoker Award.

  3. I loved The Red Empress and do hope you will add other parts of the Black Fire Concerto. The tension was maintained throughout and the details so nicely done that I easily visualized everything.

  4. “Red Empress” was an exciting tale, but I especially appreciated the world oozing from its paragraphs. It felt like a dying Earth type of story, where a far-future humanity declines upon a decaying planet.

  5. There was so much imagination behind this story. Incredible! I just discovered this podcast, so I’m a little behind but SO addicted. I also love the intro music.

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  2. […] Red Empress” by Mike Allen Tales to Terrify Ep. 85 ~1 hr mins – A boarded-up riverboat, ghoulish banquets, and cannibalism are the major motifs […]

  3. […] C.S.E. Cooney’s reading of the first part of my novel, “The Red Empress,” at Tales to Terrify.   The narrator, C.S.E. Cooney stuck the perfect tone. Her voice a perfect fit for the story […]

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