Tales To Terrify No 9 David Thomas Lord

March 9, 2012 by Drew S

Coming Up

Short Fiction: Flash Frame by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. 02:20

Poetery: Music Smooth As Fog by Marge Simon 24:20

Fact: Mundt Speaks by Martin Mundt 26:50

Main Fiction: In My House of Crafted Cards by David Thomas Lord 37:50

Narrators: Amy H Sturgis, Tycelia Santoro Simon Hildebrandt


  1. I never saw “Dylan Dog: Dead of Night.” So, on a whim, Tycelia and I watched it tonight. As Marty says, not a bad film. As much as I laughed at his not-quite-a-review of the film I thought his comments were on the money and rather insightful. Dead on, one might say. I’ve certainly read less pertinent reviews–real reviews, by real reviewers–in the Chicago Reader, not to mention the New Yorker.

    And, yes, Sam Huntington? Best zombie sidekick ever!

  2. Beginning Friday, March 16, Tales to Terrify will ‘cast all six stories nominated for the 2011 Bram Stoker award in Short Fiction. We’ll have three this Friday, three the next. The nominees are Adam-Troy Castro, Stephen King, Ken Lillie-Paetz, Gene O’Neill, George Saunders, and Kaaron Warren.

    Yep. We’ve got them all. Hope you’ll join us in the nook…

  3. Thank you, Tycelia! That was a great job you did reading “Music Smooth As Fog”! I hope we can meet in person someday.

    And thank you, Larry, for all your comments!


    • Thank you, Marge, for the appreciative note! I enjoyed reading the poem and would like to do more of them. Also hope to meet up some day–

  4. I just wanted to say how much I loved “Flash Frame.” I thought it was a truly superior horror tale. It had Lovecraft-like elements without being explicitly Lovecraftian (always scarier that way), and the setting was really unique. The concept of evil haunting an old film reminded me of Ramsey Campbell’s The Grin of the Dark, but “Flash Frame” was more concise and therefore probably a little better. There’s something inherently scary about sitting down to watch a film—even one that isn’t supernaturally possessed—because you have no real idea what you’re about to experience. If the film turns out to have been made by someone evil, you may see and hear things you never would have wanted to.

  5. I must add to Jesse’s plaudits, ‘Flash Frame’ was a supremely well crafted piece. It did have that Lovecraftian aspect of a man confronting something that lies beyond the ability of our sensory organs to perceive and explain. I always like this type of tale, and I thoroughly enjoyed Ms Moreno-Garcia’s choice of language to provide us with hints at what can never be adequately explained. ‘Flash Frame’ clearly draws on the mythos created by Robert W. Chamber’s in his book of interlinking short stories ‘The King in Yellow’. This concerns a play that renders anyone to read it insane. It is a witty idea to update this conceit and alter the play into a film. I was also reminded of Ramsey Campbell’s ‘The Grin of the Dark’ together with a further novel about a conspiracy involving cinema and an occult group, Theodore Roszak’s ‘Flicker’. The closest thing I’ve ever seen to the hypothetical movie itself is a 1991 horror film, shot in blurry, low-respolution black & white and without sound, called ‘Begotten’. Its pace is deliberately glacial and begins with a extended sequence in which a masked figure in a squalid hovel disembowels himself. It’s my understanding the film-maker that intends this character to represent God. ‘Begotten’ is disturbing in a very unconventional way as you can imagine.

  6. Aloha Terror Tribe!
    Great show.
    Love the Lovecraftian short horror.
    In My House of Crafted Cards – very fresh and surprising. Didn’t see it coming… well I thought, maybe…, will they go THERE?… naw… then… wow there it is!
    When I was a wee lad growing up in the midwest. You could list “Werewolfs, Vampires and Homosexuals” all in the same group, and be totally serious about it. Really. No joke. You could say we were backwards, trailer trash I guess.
    So, for me to hear this story… and have this great, dashing, Bela Lugosi Dracula go after, not poor “Lucy” like in every other Dracula story, but, instead he goes after the young man (!) Wow, I was surprised! A little shocked, I might have even blushed, I was maybe a little turned on I guess… I got what I hardly ever, really never, get in a classic vampire story – a surprise!
    Keep fresh stories like this coming!

  7. Dear Old Man Parker,

    Please forgive me for not writing sooner, but I only just now discovered your review.
    I want to tell you how much I appreciate your kind words regarding my story, “In My House of Crafted Cards.” I believe it’s the first time anyone has commented on that story. Thank you very much.

    If you ever get the chance to read any of my other work, I’d be very happy to hear your comments.

    David Thomas Lord

  8. Have the courage to explore and define what success means to you.
    Cruden’s Complete Concordance says “This word comes from the Hebrew verb, pasach, which signifies to pass, to leap, or skip over. What does hmu meam

    In my opinion that I am sure is not shared with many, I have to agree with the convict. What sets Tablet PC’s apart from standard notebook computers is that they have a touchscreen, meaning you can interact with the PC by touching the screen.

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