When I toss and turn at night in the throes of life’s mundane worries, I need someone to speak directly into my ear and spin me a tale so engrossing and terrifying that all my daily anxieties scuttle away in fear. I reach for my iphone and headphones and search for “horror stories” and attempt to find something other than Knifepoint Horror, as I have heard them all so many times, but I usually come back because I need the good shit, and The Collected Works of H.P. Lovecraft on Librivox.org just won’t cut it. While I can drift off to the softly disturbed selections at Pseudopod (delightful podcast–do check it out) when life has been keeping its foot out of my ass, it too lacks the brain-curling intrigue I need when things are dark and fucked; when I just need to hear something even darker and more fucked up than I’m feeling inside.
Here is the description from itunes:
These tales of supernatural suspense adhere to the most primal element of storytelling: a single human voice describing events exactly as it experienced them without adding the stylish techniques which dilute, stretch, and burden horror fiction with unnecessary detail. Here you will find no entry into the thoughts of any characters other than the narrator’s, no standard passages of dialogue, no humor, no romance, no profanity, no extraneous gore. The stories, stripped of even proper titles, spill forward as taut, uninterrupted confessions. Knifepoint Horror leaves nothing but the story’s riveting spine to compel and chill you to the core. ‘The Complete Knifepoint Horror’, a book containing the entire text of this podcast, is available through Amazon as an inexpensive print or e-book edition. Copyright 2007, 2010, 2012 by Soren Narnia. Music by Kevin MacLeod. Twitter: @SorenNarnia
Yep. I’d say that about sums it up. One important note: Listen to it with headphones. Preferably alone, in the dark, and not doing anything else. Except maybe smoking or drinking warm beer. I tried to share it with my husband on a long car trip and it just didn’t work. The sound was all muddy, the world was speeding by, and it was very difficult to follow the story. They are all pretty great, but a few of my favorites are Town and Trail. Oh, and School!
So listen to it tonight, in bed, and feel your worries wash away. Of course, those worries may be replaced by an overwhelming feeling of dread and fear but hey–at least you won’t be fretting about your hefty electric bill!
Check out www.soren-narnia.com for info on this fabulous writer and his many other delicious words.