"Allow me to introduce myself; my name is Hamilton James McCauley, and I am a murderer.The man I killed was unimportant, a nobody; a simple shopkeeper, who won’t be missed. But the reason I decided to commit murder…now that’s a different matter entirely - and one that I don’t fully understand myself..."
As I write this Thirteen the audio horror anthology I've been working on with producer/director Neil Gardner is undergoing a few final bits of twiddly post-production before being released to buy as an MP3 download on the SpokenWorld Audio website (and hopefully a few other places too...more news later).
Both Neil and I are enormously proud of this anthology, and we have managed to bring together some amazingly talented people on this project, both in a writing and vocal capacity. Authors such as Stephen Gallagher, Kim Newman and Dan Abnett have written brand new pieces for this audio anthology, with actors such as Frances Barber, Arthur Darvill and Lalla Ward bringing them brilliantly to life.
In an old bric-a-brac shop, in the winding backstreets of 1920s Scarborough, a man comes across a collection of 13 old gramophone records, each containing a mysterious 'hidden track': eerie, macabre stories narrated by hypnotic, unknown voices, each telling of strange future places, of impossible gadgets, and dark, disturbing deeds...
Designed as a portmanteau anthology, Thirteen can either be enjoyed as one loose over-arching story, or dipped in and out of as is usual with a selection of stories such as these.
Here's the full ToC for the anthology, including narrators:
Hidden Track(Part I) by Scott Harrison [read by Barnaby Edwards]
One - Dead Space by George Mann [read by Gregg Wise]
Two - A Girl Sitting by Mark Morris [read by Jilly Bond]
Three – Finding The Path by Kaaron Warren [read by Trevor White]
Four – The Hairstyle Of The Devil by Martin Day [read by Arthur Darvill]
Five - Down by Gary McMahon [read by Stephen Rashbrook]
Six – Tabula Rasa by Alasdair Stuart [read by Lalla Ward]
Seven – Half Life by Dan Abnett [read by John Banks]
Hidden Track(Part II) by Scott Harrison [read by Barnaby Edwards]
Eight – With Her In Spirit by Stephen Gallagher [read by Frances Barber]
Nine – Visions by Cavan Scott [read by Michael Maloney]
Ten – One Hit Wanda by Kim Newman [read by Samuel West]
Eleven – A Glass Of Water by Mark Wright [read by Gemma Arterton]
Twelve – Ghost Pit by Simon Clark [read by Jeff Harding]
Thirteen – I Wish by Johnny Mains [read by Steven Cree]
Hidden Track (Part III) by Scott Harrison [read by Barnaby Edwards]
I've recently been sent a rough mock up of the front cover artwork, which is looking quite marvellous, and I hope to have the finished piece up on this blog very soon along with a short trailer to whet your appetites.