Saturday, May 10, 2014

Episode 7: Pete Mesling Reads - A Radio Gothic Experience

Whether or not you're familiar with the fiction of Pete Mesling, you're in for a treat, because this is your chance to hear him read his short story, "Crossing Lake Serene on a Dare." Originally published in Black Ink Horror #6, "Lake Serene" is the story of a young boy tasked with stealing into the house of area eccentric, Farley Clarris, and returning with proof that he's actually been inside. Well, this being the product of Mesling's deranged imagination, things don't go according to plan, and nothing ends well.

As an added bonus, your gracious host also reads an unpublished tale that will have you clutching at the nearest blankie for reassurances that will not come. "The Ingrate" tells the story of one Sid Barlow, small-time hood who's gotten in over his head. Lucky for him, the seemingly useless footlocker that he begrudgingly accepted from his uncle before he died in a car fire is about to come in handy. But maybe not quite as handy as he at first believes. This one lives in the long, dense shadow of the original Twilight Zone television series.

So, enjoy The Bare Knuckle's first Radio Gothic episode, and learn why Rue Morgue has called Mesling's work "claustrophobic and terrifying." We think you'll find it worth your time.

UPDATE: You can now read Mesling's "Crossing Lake Serene on a Dare" and "The Ingrate" for free at his None So Deaf blog!

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