Monday, October 25, 2010

Halloween Audio

"Almost anything is possible in the cold, dark and lonely hours following midnight on Halloween."

That's the opening teaser line for a recently recorded episode of the Prelude to a Scream podcast.

Given the time of year, I thought it would be good to record one of my Halloween stories.  Episode 16 features the tale "But Once A Year."

"But Once A Year" is a Halloween story and one of my ventures into the realm of dark humour. It's the tale of what happens when an old man working the graveyard shift at a gas station/convenience store is visited by his recently departed best friend.

While writing the tale I couldn't help but toy with the humour of the situation. I mean, how WOULD Harry react when his old pal Ted stumbled into the convenience store from the cemetary across the street and try to casually bum a smoke off him? It's not terrifying so much as obsurd. So I had a good time with the tale.

The story, which was originally published in 1995 in Crossroads magazine, was reprinted in my book One Hand Screaming.

And now, in time to get you in the mood for Halloween, the audio version is available to be enjoyed for free.

Download the MP3 by right-clicking here, or play it in the built-in audio controller below.


steph said...


How do you do these voice recordings?

I've listened to and tweeted your story! Awesome!!

Mark Leslie said...

Thanks, Steph - glad you enjoyed it.

To record, I use a $30 Logitech headset with phones/mic and Audacity ( which is a free, open/source recording software. It's pretty simple to use and has a multitude of built-in effects.

For the music I contacted the composer after finding samples of his music online and requesting his permission to use the clip.