Saturday, January 24, 2015
Greetings, loyal fans of The Bare Knuckle. Episode 18 consists of an interview that Pete Mesling conducted before vanishing into thin air. How odd it is to actually type that out, but it's true. It was a difficult decision to publish the interview without Mesling's guidance or approval, but given the apparent authenticity of the subject's identity, we think you'll agree that there is some urgency in making this public, even if only for its value as a cautionary tale.
We will, of course, post updates here as we learn more about Mesling's whereabouts and condition. With any luck, he'll be back in the saddle with another rousing episode of the podcast in the near future. If so, maybe he'll be able to tell us how he managed to secure the interview of a lifetime, and how he became so convinced that he was talking to the real McCoy ...
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Be sure to get your hot-off-the-press copy of this dreadful little volume, and learn why Pete Mesling's story, "On the Strangest Sea," might just do for the ocean what Jaws did for the beach. Beware!
Stephen King fans, this is your episode. It's also a great opportunity to hear your host, Pete Mesling, read several of his own short stories. And if that weren't enough to tickle the most unflappable fancy, all the music in episode 17 is also the original work of your host. This is a good one, friends, without a doubt.
The Stephen King content is brief but poignant. Mesling reads what amounts to a short essay regarding King's novel 11/22/63. It's not a review, and it certainly isn't literary criticism, but it's fun and born of obvious admiration for King's work.
One quick note about the second story that Mesling reads, and then we'll cut you loose to enjoy the episode. "Second Sight," as the story is called, was written for a contest of sorts, hosted by none other than legendary writer/artist/filmmaker Clive Barker. The task of contestants was to compose a story under 2,000 words based on one of Barker's original paintings, Men of the City. Barker himself judged all entries, promising to select what he found to be the finest tale. Your woe-inspiring host did not, alas, win the contest, but he's pleased with the story he wrote for it and wanted to share it with listeners of The Bare Knuckle.
As for the winner of the contest, as well as two runners up, you can learn a little about them and read their stories (not to mention feast your eyes on Barker's curious painting) here. In brief, the top prize went to T. J. Brown, with nods of enthusiastic support to Mark Gunnells and Cornelius Morse.
You might not see (or hear) a new short story from Pete Mesling for a while. He's knee-deep in the process of writing a novel, but he does tend to emerge from time to time to tackle the shorter form. In other words, you never know, but don't miss this opportunity to hear him read some fresh work, as well as the road-tested tale of terror that kicks things off. (If you like "The Worst Is Yet To Come," incidentally, you can own the e-book in which it appears for free—as of this writing.)
Catch you next time ... and Happy New Year!