Sunday, March 7, 2010

Tactical Highlighter #22

Sorry for the lateness.

This week and next week’s Highlighter focus on horror. This week’s episode focuses on milder forms of horror. Some are classics, others are new. Most are not appropriate for children.

  • Learning to Fly by Garth Upshaw. This is definitely the scariest story on this week’s list. It crosses into urban and dark fantasy. It’s about a young girl who is learning to fly … using dark magic and torturing rats. The question of her sanity turns out to be tangential.
  • Necessary Fictions by John Mierau. A writer receives an incredible gift from a fan. But is it a gift or a curse?
  • The Monkey’s Paw by W.W. Jacobs. This is a classic horror story and has been frequently done in audio drama. However, the Dunesteef folks did a really great job of adapting it. This is the version you want to listen to.
  • The Pennbennies by Sherwin Sleeves (Atoms, Motion & the Void). I’d classify this one as surrealist horror, but it’s probably more accurate to call it a story about finding your place. Even if it is a kind of creepy place. Sherwin’s narration is haunting.

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