Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Episode 17: Stephen King (and Pete Mesling) - A Radio Gothic Experience

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!

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