Sunday, October 18, 2015

Episode 25: Feeney, Barron, Mesling - Ill-Considered Expeditions

We've managed to bring you one last episode before Halloween descends, good followers of The Bare Knuckle, and it's a whopper. It is, of course, a Radio Gothic special. In fact, this format has become so consistent around here that it's almost not worth mentioning anymore. In episode 25 you will hear three tales of terror and adventure, all appearing in the recent April Moon Books anthology, Ill-Considered Expeditions.

First we give you Paul M. Feeney's "The Room at the Top of the House." The less you know going in, the better. Just let it catch you off guard, and see if you detect a whiff of Brian Lumley in the air. Feeney lives in the North East of England. His first published short story, "The Weight Of The Ocean," was released by Phrenic Press in 2015 as a Kindle only. To date he has had a few more short stories accepted by small publishers for anthologies both forthcoming and currently available, and has recently released his first novella, The Last Bus, through Crowded Quarantine Publications in a limited signed and numbered paperback run. He has also recently completed his second novella, Kids, which is in consideration at a handful of small presses. He continues to turn out short stories at a snail's pace, while planning more novellas and contemplating the dreaded first novel. You can find him on Facebook where he constantly uploads pictures of book purchases he promises he'll get around to soon, and videos of himself murdering metal classics.

Next up: "Hell Island," by Matthew Barron. This one lives up to its name, folks, so don't expect a lot of lifting of the spirit. Character driven, fast paced, and bone chilling, "Hell Island" is sure to keep you glued in place from beginning to end. To give you an idea of what kind of mind is behind this fictional concoction, Matthew spends his days mixing and analyzing human blood as a medical technologist in Indianapolis, Indiana. His diverse fiction has appeared in House of Horror, Roboterotica, and Welcome to Indiana. He recently released an urban fantasy graphic novel called Temple of Secrets and produced his first play. His sword-and-sorcery book, Valora; dystopian novella, Secular City Limits; and kids book, The Lonely Princess, are also available. For more information, visit

Finally, if the blood hasn't drained from your body by the time Mr. Feeney and Mr. Barron have had their way with you, narrator Pete Mesling has his own terrifying tale of misadventure to impart. "In the Chillest Land" whisks you away to the towering Alaska Range, where a pair of mountaineers comes face to face with nature at its most brutal ... and most perplexing. On a side note, Pete has contributed a post to the annual Halloween Haunts blog series sponsored by the Horror Writers Association. Have a look at his post here.

Now climb aboard, one and all, and hang on to your hope. You're going to need it before we're through with you.

UPDATE: You can now read Mesling's "In the Chillest Land" for free at his None So Deaf blog!

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