Short Stories 366:352 — “Eight Winter Nights,” by Liz Maverick

"Eight Winter Nights" opens with a Hannukah party and a near-perfect meet-cute: wonderful, good-with-words Rachel ends up locked out on a balcony with handsome, new-to-the-city Oz, Liz Maverick's audio novella had me pretty much from the get-go. Rachel's voice is that brilliant mix of self-deprecating, smart, and just-a-bit oddball that I adore, and when she … Continue reading Short Stories 366:352 — “Eight Winter Nights,” by Liz Maverick

Short Stories 366:300 — “The Fixation,” by Mark Morris

The second story in Hammer Chillers from Bafflegab, "The Fixation," had exactly the right level of creep-factor for me. Mark Morris brings us a typical insular British family in a part of the city where things are maybe going a bit to pot, and especially a father who is just Fed Up with the trash … Continue reading Short Stories 366:300 — “The Fixation,” by Mark Morris

Short Stories 366:298 — “A View from a Hill,” in the style of M.R. James

The last of the quartet of The Conception of Terror, in which audio dramatizations were created in the style of M.R. James, "A View from the Hill" is probably the one with the most traditional horror story vibe of the bunch, in the sense of what I expect from the genre (especially in short fiction). … Continue reading Short Stories 366:298 — “A View from a Hill,” in the style of M.R. James

Short Stories 366:293 — “The Box,” by Stephen Gallagher

Hammer Chillers, an audio collection from Bafflegab, of six short audio horror performances, was recommended to me by a friend who knows my scaredy-cat level of enjoyment of horror, and it's off to a really strong start with "The Box." We meet a former military man who teaches safety courses to future workers on offshore … Continue reading Short Stories 366:293 — “The Box,” by Stephen Gallagher

Short Stories 366:291 — “The Treasure of Abbot-Thomas,” in the style of M.R. James

Having listened to the first two stories in this quartet of horror story productions, I found the first to be the kind of horror story I enjoy the most: the sort where the protagonist(s) may be damaged, but they're not completely defeated, and as such, there's a sense of survival or hope—or an outright turning … Continue reading Short Stories 366:291 — “The Treasure of Abbot-Thomas,” in the style of M.R. James