Ah, our time has returned to us… the week’s cruel taskmasters and calling-mistress-vices hushed for a short while. Yes? But as the night comes near, there is yet one last thing that must be done. Draw the blinds, lock the doors! Before the last rays of daylight are spent! Saturday Night Slice is upon us!
And stick around after tonight’s Guts of It for news on next Saturday night’s blog!
The oldest Craft: The Storyteller
Before there was a local dance club to jive at, a London Globe Theatre to attend, even before there was the Sistine Chapel’s ceiling to stare up to or an Iliad scroll to unroll there were the storytellers. And though we only see small glimpses of its craft used today, great masters of this art still walk among us to haunt our ears.
If you have not heard for yourself a book on audio you are missing out on more than a unique experience, but a testament to the secret-fire that is… words. And if you haven’t heard a scary story told in this medium, holy sh*t man! You don’t even know fright till you heard Wayne June do Mountains of Madness!
First, let me say, it’s not about having a voice like Vincent Price or Christopher Lee that makes a book (short-story) scary. It helps, no doubt, by all means it helps! But to say that’s all it takes would be like saying, dousing a horror flick in a bucket-of-blood makes it an instant classic?!
I remember the first audio book I ever listened to. It wasn’t even a book it was a short-story: Stephen King’s The Mist.
I was just a kid, and this was years before they would make the movie. I still remember being so scared at the end of the story I had to sleep with the lights on, in the living room, and I still thought something was gonna burst out from the shadows to get me! But I also remember the intimacy of a single voice telling the tale.
I have my opinions on how audible storytelling is different than writing or a movie and I’d love to hear yours.
Share your comments below. Have a great weekend! And we’ll see you back here next week at 8 pm (EST) for another Saturday Night Slice!