Saturday Night Slice #6 The Guts of It: The Oldest Craft

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!

8 thoughts on “Saturday Night Slice #6 The Guts of It: The Oldest Craft

  1. i guess for me the big difference is audible storytelling ike reading requires you to commit more of yourself, to let your mind immerse itself and let your creativity and imagination run free, tv/film half the work is not only done for you but also imposed on you it leaves far less room for interpretation

    • Very true. At the heart of performing arts and books, one of these is geared more towards interpretation. With books you have to work for your meals (what imagination does with the story) causing one’s imagination to become more invested in the story, while in performing arts it is served to you. While on the other hand I believe theatre/film is about an experience, making one more emotionally invested.Haha, and that’s just a couple of my opinions on their differences

      • I agree in part but I think sometimes it depends how familiar you are with the work. I have shakespeare which has captivated me and the same play has left be bored by a different directors interpretation. i do look forward to getting my hands on the audio book for Alan Cummings one man version of Macbeth he is currently working on that should be an interesting one

  2. I suppose the main thing about audible storytelling for me is that you’re in the hands of the storyteller – a good storyteller can bring a story to life, a bad one can ruin it. With a written story, you have a degree of control. You can skip bits, go back a few pages and so on, and so you retain some independence and approach the story in your own way.

    I love sitting back and listening to master storytellers, but sadly there seem to be very few of them around these days…

    • Yes. I totally agree and have done what you said (going over previous parts in a book again). I feel that for sure one of the unique things about storytelling is it is a constant reminder that this is how one person (the storyteller) sees the story and that unique perspective is something we unknowingly are also adding to the story as well. Perspective is lost in film b/c there are far too many to keep track of and books are so dependent on our perspective/experience. Haha i’m not saying one is better than another (by no means!) I just think its fun to see what we get from all this story/artsy/stuff 🙂

  3. Got to say, I’ve never actually listened to an audiobook. Sounds like I might be missing out. On a slightly different note, I read The Mist a few years back and loved it. I watched the film a couple of months ago, and hated it. Especially THAT ending.

    • Hahaha! ooh “the ending.” Now that’s a conversation. Actually, using that example (The Mist) is a good one for comparing the mediums, in that it has been both a short-story, an audio and a movie. Come to think of it, the only one its missing is Broad Way, but don’t expect them to do anything in that vein after the (second) failed attempt that was the musical Carrie! I would totally recommend checking an audio out if you haven’t! And let me know which one if you do! Btw, I was curious to know if you heard the conversation Stephen King and Frank had about their alternate ending?

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