Sunday, January 24, 2016

Episode 26: French, Mesling, Rapino - Black Ink Horror 7



Welcome back, everyone. This is a special episode of The Bare Knuckle Podcast in some ways. It's not for everyone. The three stories presented here originally appeared in Black Ink Horror #7. If you're familiar with the Black Ink series of fiction digests from Sideshow Press, you know that they were marked by some pretty extreme subject matter as well a generous number of detailed pen-and-ink illustrations. Episode 26 celebrates the spirit of those volumes and editor Tom Moran's oversight of the whole shebang.

This is also the first episode since the release of your woe-inspiring narrator's debut short story collection, None So Deaf. It's the first of two volumes from Books of the Dead Press and is currently available as an ebook, with print editions to follow soon. Please visit www.petemesling.com for more about this first installment of terrifying tales, and be on the lookout for the follow-up volume, None So Blind. Coming soon, as they say!

Now, back to the business at hand. First up in episode 26 is Aaron J. French's delightfully disturbing tale, "The Painting." The story speaks for itself, but here's some background on the author, for the uninitiated among you ...

Aaron J. French is a book editor for JournalStone Publishing and the Editor-in-Chief for Dark Discoveries magazine. He has edited several anthologies, including Songs of the Satyrs, Monk Punk & Shadow of the Unknown Omnibus, and The Gods of H.P. Lovecraft from JournalStone Publishing which includes new Mythos work from the biggest names in horror fiction, including Adam Nevill, Laird Barron, Bentley Little, Christopher Golden, Jonathan Maberry, Joe Lansdale, and Seanan McGuire. 2014 saw the publication of The Chapman Books, a supernatural thriller collection from Uncanny Books featuring Aaron's novella The Stain. His single-author collection, Aberrations of Reality, was published by Crowded Quarantine Publications and it is the first book to collect Aaron's fiction focusing on the occult, metaphysics, and the weird. His zombie collection Up From Soil Fresh was published by Hazardous Press in 2013; also in 2013 The Order, an occult thriller novella about a Lovecraftian secret society, was published in the Dreaming in Darkness collection. Look for Aaron's brand new hard-boiled Lovecraftian novella The Dream Beings from Samhain Publishing!

After French's "The Painting," you will hear narrator Pete Mesling's own story from Black Ink Horror #7, "Voices in the Crawlspace." Again, these stories are meant to shock and surprise, so we don't want to get into spoiler territory here, but we hope you enjoy this product of Mesling's deranged mind.

We end with what is probably the most appalling tale of the program: "Loosely Enforced Rules," by Anthony J. Rapino. I'm not sure that I'd know how to preface this one even if I was inclined to do so. It's just as well that you delve into it unarmed, as long as you're not squeamish about your sex and violence.

Anthony, by the way, is a horror writer and sculptor who resides in Northeastern Pennsylvania, somewhere between the concrete of the city and the trees of the forest. On occasion, you'll find him moderating the feverish battles between the creatures of these two arenas. Whose side he's on is anyone's guess. His first novel, Soundtrack to the End of the World, is currently available, as are a number of audio books, ebooks, and sculptures. Be sure to check out his Candy Corn Apocalypse shop, and brave his YouTube channel ... if you dare.

And that's it, folks. What are you waiting for? Dive into another alarming episode of The Bare Knuckle Podcast, and good luck clawing your way back out. You'll need it, for there is no one to take your hand at the lip of this abyss, and no one to hear you scream when you fall.
UPDATE: You can now read Mesling's "Voices in the Crawlspace" for free at his None So Deaf blog!

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