I’m thrilled to finally announce that in Spring 2007, Raw Dog Screaming Press will be releasing an audio companion to my book, 100 Jolts, called AUDIOVILE. Above I’ve posted a mock-up of the fantastic cover art by painter Matt Sesow. And I think it’s safe to say: it sounds just like it looks.
Audiovile is more than just storytelling. It will be an entertaining compact disc featuring 16 audio performances of horror stories from 100 Jolts and elsewhere. I’m narrating all the tracks, setting them to my own music (with a little help here and there), and mixing in all sorts of bizarre sound elements to generate a disquieting mood. While a few of the pieces will involve straightforward storytelling, most of the tracks on Audiovile are arranged in ways that revise the original texts into unique song-like structures. Heavy metal bass lines, hip-hop drum beats, Spanish guitar rhythms, funky vocal echoes…the range of musical styles, just like the stories, is eclectic. My motive has been to try to create an audio book that’s genuinely worth listening to more than once, and I think it’s turning out extremely well.
In fact, it sounds like no other audiobook I’ve ever heard. And I’m having a blast creating it.
You can now catch a sneak preview of Audiovile — a short story (called “Take Out”) — appearing in episode #28 of my favorite horror podcast, The Pod of Horror! Also included on the disc is the poem, “Why Zombies Lumber” (from my book, Rigormarole) which — for now — is still available as a downloadable .mp3 file at sfpoetry.com.
Preorder pricing for this CD is currently in development…keep watching this site for more news as Audiovile approaches its release date late Spring.