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10 FREE Halloween downloads: A fright fest from Scott Brick

Celebrating Neil Gaiman’s All Hallow’s Read?

Hurry to claim your freebie! This just in from Scott Brick:

Just in time for Halloween! Announcing the newest installment in my First Editions line of audiobooks: Scott Brick Presents GOTHIC HORROR: BLOODCURDLING TALES FROM THE WORLD’S GREATEST AUTHORS.

I’ve long been a fan of the horror genre. True horror, that is. Not the bloodletting that Hollywood tends to think of as horror, but rather fiction that horrifies us through that all-powerful condition: dread…

So to celebrate not only Halloween, but the Gothic horror genre as a whole, I’ve decided to start a new yearly tradition. I’ve recorded a collection of my favorite scary tales for release this year in this first GOTHIC HORROR collection, and every year hence I will add a new story, a new author. (Recommendations are welcome! You can email me your favorites at The great part about all this is that, after you buy the collection, you can just buy each year’s new story individually without having to repurchase the collection. This will also allow me to constantly provide new material in this cherished genre, and give you an ever more complete collection of classic horror on audio.

* Edgar Allan Poe’s classic poem, an aching story of personal loss, in “The Raven”

* Washington Irving’s famous tale of Ichabod Crane, a headless horseman, and their fateful ride in “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”

* A rare fragment of a ghost story by Charlotte Brontë, saved by her widower, in which Napoleon is haunted by a man he killed, in “Napoleon and the Spectre”

* One of H.P. Lovecraft’s first published stories, in which a thinly-disguised version of himself witnesses one man’s descent into madness, in “The Statement of Randolph Carter”

But wait, there’s more! (Sorry, always wanted to say that.) I’ve thrown in a couple bonuses for this collection. The first is the Jacob Marley sequence from Charles Dickens’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL that I released a couple years ago. It is, after all, a ghost story, and for anyone who thinks of A CHRISTMAS CAROL only in terms of a watered-down, Disney-fied homily, you should take another listen to Scrooge’s chain-dragging visitor in Stave One. You’ll never think of ghosts in quite the same way again.

And then there are two sequences from our original First Editions title, Mary Shelley’s FRANKENSTEIN. Born of a fateful night of storytelling at Lord Byron’s house, a dark and stormy night that also produced the very first vampire story, this tale of the Modern Prometheus is a must in any collection of the scariest stories of all time.

As with all First Editions releases, GOTHIC HORROR will have bonus materials: a plethora of frightening images — as well as a few humorous ones — from horror stories throughout the ages. I hope you enjoy them.

And to celebrate our initial release, I’ve decided to play trick or treat. When you purchase GOTHIC HORROR, look for the Coupon Code box and type in “trickortreat1” (no quotation marks), all lower case, all one word (see the very end of this article for the full list of coupon codes). If the store says the coupon has expired, move to “trickortreat2”, then upward in order through “trickortreat10”. If you’re among the lucky winners, your purchase is free!
Ichabod in a race for his very life.

Ride, Ichabod, ride!

And because I’m in such a giving mood, and love scaring listeners as much as I do, you can do the same if you’d like to try your hand at a free copy of our rendition of FRANKENSTEIN. Just type in “frankenstein1”, “frankenstein2”, on up through “frankenstein10”. Good luck!

And don’t forget Tantor’s free download of Frankenstein featuring Simon Vance!



About the Author:

Mary Burkey is an independent library consultant in Columbus (OH). An enthusiastic audiophile, she has served on all four of ALA's audiobook award committees as well as the Audies. In addition to writing the "Voices in My Head" column for Booklist, she is the author of Audiobooks for Youth: A Practical Guide to Sound Literature (ALA, 2013). Follow her on Twitter at @mburkey.

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