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Horror Stories: Bizarre Reports of the World’s Craziest True Ghost Stories and Hauntings

Horror Stories: Bizarre Reports of the World's Craziest True Ghost Stories and HauntingsMy first official audiobook narration for Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX) has hit the Amazon store and I’m excited to see how it goes. The book is called Horror Stories: Bizarre Reports of the World’s Craziest True Ghost Stories and Hauntings.

I don’t want to comment on the content of the book itself. As the narrator I have no control over the content other than the ability to refuse the option to produce it. But as far as the narration and production go, I’m pretty proud of this first effort and I can honestly say I learned some new things while working on it, which is not something you say often when you’ve been dabbling in audio projects of various kinds for over a decade. Or two.

Regardless, the thing about these kinds of projects (and most things in our world) is that ambition trumps quality. It doesn’t matter if you have the best product in the world, if you’re not motivated to promote it, it’ll never sell. In this case, I get the distinct impression that the author is motivated, and that he’s in a niche that is notoriously hungry for input. So, I’m hoping that we can get some sales out if it. The long-term idea is to get enough active audiobooks that even scattered sales from a lot of sources can add up to some kind of income. We’ll see how it goes. I’ve talked with other ACX Narrator/Producers that have enough irons in the fire to make a steady, livable income from the earnings. I’m not sure I’ll ever get to that stage, but having some play money to put into the kids’ college funds and such would be nice. Cross your fingers!

Flash Forward 18

FLASH FORWARD EP 18: REVENGE OF THE RETWEET

FLASH FORWARD EP 18: REVENGE OF THE RETWEET

It’s risky to let me be on a show about politics, but I got to be a guest voice on Flash Forward again, and it was fully scripted, so you can listen with confidence.

In case you still haven’t given Rose Eveleth a try, her show poses a question about the future, attempts to act out a bit of what that future would be like, and then uses the thoughts of relevant thinkers to debate the proposed situation. Rose does a great job of keeping it interesting and fun, and I recommend giving it a try.

http://www.flashforwardpod.com/2016/07/26/episode-18-revenge-of-the-retweet/

In case you’re curious, I’ve been trying to maintain a Pinterest board of the shows I’m subscribed to or was at some point. Check it out if you’re looking for something else for commute, work, and dog-walk listening.

https://www.pinterest.com/mrmatweller/podcasts/

Flash Forward, again

Flash Forward Season 2, Episode 17: THE ALTERED STATE

Flash Forward Season 2, Episode 17: THE ALTERED STATE

I had the privilege of being a guest voice on Flash Forward again.

In case you didn’t immediately run out to catch me on there before, I’ll remind you it’s a show that weekly poses a question about the future, attempts to act out a bit of what that future would be like, and then uses the thoughts of relevant thinkers to debate the proposed situation. Rose Eveleth does a great job of keeping it interesting and fun, and I recommend giving it a try.

http://www.flashforwardpod.com/2016/07/12/episode-17-the-altered-state/

In case you’re curious, I’ve been trying to maintain a Pinterest board of the shows I’m subscribed to or was at some point. Check it out if you’re looking for something else for commute, work, and dog-walk listening.

https://www.pinterest.com/mrmatweller/podcasts/

“A Real Stand-Up Guy” on Cast of Wonders

Cast of Wonders: A Real Stand Up Guy

Cast of Wonders: A Real Stand Up Guy

Most everything I narrate is safe for all ages, but this is the first time I’ve ever gotten to narrate for a podcast targeted at a YA audience. If you’ve got a tween or teen that likes fun stories, Cast of Wonders is worth a look.

It’s a cute story about an anthropomorphic dog comedian with a secret. It may be the cutest (if a bit on-the-[wet]nose) way I’ve ever seen racial issues addressed.

I don’t personally subscribe to Cast of Wonders, so I can’t recommend any specific episodes, but I know most of the people involved in the show pretty well and I’m comfortable saying that it’s  a quality show, worth a look.

Escape Pod 526: The Hunter Captain

Escape PodThis week’s EscapePod was a pretty cool story that could have (may have) been an episode of Star Trek where a human is taken captive by aliens in space and gets judged on whether or not she is actually sentient. It’s a great episode and I’m very happy to have cast myself as narrator for it. :D

http://escapepod.org/2016/03/29/ep526-the-hunter-captain/

Flash Forward

Flash Forward s2e9

Flash Forward season 2, episode 9

I had the privilege of being a guest voice in a skit on a podcast I’ve listened to since its beginning — Flash Forward. It’s a show that weekly poses a question about the future, attempts to act out a bit of what that future would be like, and then uses the thoughts of relevant thinkers to debate the proposed situation. Rose Eveleth does a great job of keeping it interesting and fun, and I recommend giving it a try.

http://www.flashforwardpod.com/2016/03/29/episode-09-tree-free/

In case you’re curious, I’ve been trying to maintain a Pinterest board of the shows I’m subscribed to or was at some point. Check it out if you’re looking for something else for commute, work, and dog-walk listening.

https://www.pinterest.com/mrmatweller/podcasts/

RELEASED: Mr. Hill’s Death on Pseudopod

Man, it seems like forever since I’ve done a narration for Pseudopod, and it’s always such a pleasure.

If you’ve got 20ish minutes and can stomach a modern tale that would make Bradbury smile, this is a good one to check out. And if you do, be sure to join and visit their Facebook group and give it a LIKE or pop into the forum and express your thoughts to other audience members.

PseudoPod 474: Mr. Hill’s Death

RELEASED: Escape Pod 509

EP509: Broken by Jason Kimble

EP509: Broken by Jason Kimble

I had the privilege to narrate a short but very cool story for Escape Pod this week about someone with mental issues and computer skills. Think Hackers crossed with Firestarter. If you can spare some commute time for a fun tale, put this on on your phone and give it a listen. http://escapepod.org/2015/11/03/ep509-broken/

RELEASED: Victoria season finale

I have a habit of taking parts that are either the stars of the show or die in one episode. That’s why playing Lt. Booth on Victoria: Empress of the Universe has been a treat. He doesn’t take days to record, but he gets to appear regularly, and I get to pretend I  can believably portray a British accent. It’s a fun ride, and a very Burroughs-esque story. So if you’re into old-timey radio sci-fi, give Victoria a try.

Victoria! Empress of the Universe: Episode Six

“VICTORIA! EMPRESS OF THE UNIVERSE”
Episode Six – The Season One Finale – And Death Shall Be Triumphant!
LEFT CLICK the picture to play the episode, RIGHT CLICK to download it

LEFT CLICK the picture to play the episode, RIGHT CLICK to download it

Story Synopsis
This is the Season Finale! All the events so far have led to this huge 40 minute climactic conclusion!

RELEASED: Elixir

If this wasn’t a Jeff Niles/Viktor Aurelius production, this would sound strange. But…well..it is…

It’s the late 19th century in America and Utah seems to be experiencing a bit of a vampire problem. My character is a frontier-era Bible salesman with a foot fetish and dim prospects for making it into a sequel.

I’ll leave it at that. You can get more information and listen to the audio drama here:

http://the4077th.blogspot.com/2015/03/jeff-niles-presents-elixir.html

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