Blogger and fantasy writer Barry Northern recently asked me to lend my voice to a poem at Cast Macabre, the meticulous online project and podcast he curates. And what a production it is...
It's official description: "New horror audio fiction. At Cast Macabre we showcase new talent in the horror, whilst revering the classics. Look out for new works of short fiction, flash fiction, and maybe even the odd classic public domain reading. Old meets new at Cast Macabre."
Barry asked me to read a piece called "California Noir" by Bruce Boston. In fact, the whole podcast is dedicated to Boston. His work has appeared in hundreds of publications, including Asimov's SF, Amazing Stories, Realms of Fantasy, Strange Horizons, Weird Tales, The Pedestal Magazine, Year's Best Fantasy & Horror, and the Nebula Awards Showcase, and received a number of awards, most notably the Pushcart Prize, the Asimov's Readers' Award, the Bram Stoker Award, the Rhysling Award,
and the Grandmaster Award of the Science Fiction Poetry Association. He holds the distinctions of having appeared in more issues of Asimov's SF than any other author.
His work stretches from broad humor to literary surrealism, with many stops along the way for science fiction, fantasy, horror, and noir. He's published forty-five books and chapbooks, including the novels The Guardener's Tale and Stained Glass Rain.
Check it out HERE. The poem I read comes in roughly at 12:35.
It's a stupendously professional production with many many creepy pieces just in time for Halloween. Grab a drink and settle in by the fire...