Saturday, April 15, 2017

None So Deaf: Pete Mesling's Online Horror Fiction Collection

Dear Knuckleheads, it is with tremendous pleasure that we alert you to the fact that your woe-inspiring narrator, Pete Mesling, is now posting the best of his fiction and poetry on his None So Deaf blog. This means that many of the stories you have heard him read right here on The Bare Knuckle Podcast can now be enjoyed in the silence of your head.

Please take a moment to poke around the blog. It's loaded with horrors.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

New Play by Pete Mesling Available for Purchase and Licensing!

That's right, your woe-inspiring narrator, Pete Mesling, has sold a one-act play to Off The Wall Plays out of London and Johannesburg, making it available the world over for review, purchase, and licensing for production.

Check out a description and excerpt from "Lovely, Dark and Deep" by clicking on Pete's picture below.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Episode 30: Mesling—"Lovely, Dark and Deep," a One-Act Play

Hoist your glasses, ladies and gentlemen. We proudly give you the 30th episode of The Bare Knuckle Podcast! It's a good one, too. Pete Mesling has sold a one-act play, and we are pleased to give you this opportunity to listen to him read it in its entirety.

Beware: there is some politics included in this episode. Mesling strongly believes that the current political situation is such that it cannot be shied away from, even in an artistic context. The play itself is not overtly political, but the preamble leading up to it is. We make no apologies for that. Scanning past Mesling's introductory remarks or disregarding this episode entirely are always options, but of course we hope you choose to buckle in for the full ride. We all want to make sure we're standing on the right side of history, after all.

And Mesling's play might just scare the pants off of you.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Episode 29: Selections from HWA's Poetry Showcase Volume III

It is an honor and a pleasure to present the latest episode of our humble podcast, which is guaranteed to entertain, even as it terrifies and provokes. The usual bill of fare for The Bare Knuckle Podcast, you say? Well, yes and no. If you're a regular visitor, you know that your host, Pete Mesling, does his level best to keep you on the edge of your seat by reading the scariest fiction he can drum up, both his own and that of other writers. This time around, the goals are the same, but the fodder is verse instead of fiction.

In fact, all selections for episode 29 have been culled from the Horror Writers Association's Poetry Showcase Volume III, which is edited by David E. Cowen and available now as an ebook and as a paperback from

But far be it for us to stand between you and the enjoyment that awaits you for a single moment more than is necessary, so behold the following list of poems read in this episode, given in the order in which they are narrated ...

“Another Match," by Rob E. Boley
“Death Waits", by Angela Yuriko Smith
"The Trappings of Poetry," by Michael A. Arnzen
“Alice After," by Lisa Lepovetsky
"The Straw Man," by Lisa Morton
"The Lady in White," by K. A. Opperman
"Enough," by Bruce Boston
“Self-Portrait as Bad 1950’s Science Fiction Movie,” by Jeannine Hall Gailey
“Wolf Waltz," by Lucy A. Snyder
“Night among the Dead: 1867," by Marge Simon
“The Shed," by Annie Neugebauer
“The Ghost Subway,” by Alessandro Manzetti
“Xiana’s Skull,” by Nancy Etchemendy
“Vigil,” by Rose Blackthorn
“Gratitude," by Pete Mesling

We hope you enjoy this unique foray into the realm of dark poetry, fellow passengers to the grave, and may it tide you over until our paths cross again.

Pleasant journeys.

UPDATE: You can now read Mesling's "Gratitude" for free at his None So Deaf blog!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

New Work from Our Very Own Pete Mesling!

Bare Knuckle narrator Pete Mesling has back-to-back poems out this month. Click on the images below for purchasing options. And stay tuned for a special poetry episode of the podcast. Coming soon!