Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The Statement of Randolph Carter at Patreon

I've just posted my reading of H.P. Lovecraft's classic horror short story, The Statement of Randolph Carter at Patreon. 

You already have access to this for free in the December 2014 Sometimes Christmas podcast, but this is another little extra for the fab-mungous men and women who have rallied to the cause at Patreon for $1 and above - a bumper-chat free audiobook-type MP3. You can just load it up onto your phone and listen, with no need to listen to me talking about last Christmas :-)

Click here to go to the post at Patreon and listen / download

Sunday, March 29, 2015

The Voyage Resumes! Blood and Smoke 7 at Patreon!

That's right - change of plan. On my last Sometimes podcast, I said I was going to wait until I 300 patrons at Patreon until I resumed the Blood and Smoke podcast. Well, I got impatient. So I had a think about it and realised I was putting the cart before the horse somewhat. Surely the smart thing to do is put the content people want at the site, and then encourage them to sign up to go and get it, right? Right; that's what I thought.

So, I recorded an episode. To make the writing and recording more manageable for me, the story content of the podcast isn't as long as the first 6 (which are now also archived at Patreon), but it's quality, not quantity that counts, right? Right; that's what I thought.

The first six episodes are still free, but to get your ears on Episode 7, you have to sign up to become a $1 a month or more patron. In UK Sterling, that's 67p. That's less than a Mars bar a month!!

So go on, do the right thing and help fund me into self-employment. My work is flourishing since I started this Patreon thing, and if we want it to continue, then this Patreon thing must continue to grow. 

And it will, right? Right; that's what I thought :-)

I salute you! 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Man / Woman

Spent hours writing - or rather re-writing - a scene in U&F 4. I had to change a character from a man to a woman. I thought it would be a fairly quick process, but oh no, none of the man's actions or dialogue worked anymore, nor did his partner's reactions to him / her, and so I had to re-do the whole thing - or the whole thing so far, anyway. But it's all good news as the scene is more to my liking now ... which is nice.

Oh yes, and as you may have noticed, I said "his partner". I'm writing police procedure ... which is also nice - and enlightening too.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

After the Plague 2

Altogether now, "Urrrrrrr!" "Urrrgghhhhhhhh!" "Urrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!" The undead continue their shamblings in After the Plague Part 2, a second scene from a zombie apocalypse. Now at Patreon for $3+ a month.

Zombie image by Jon Cape.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Herbert West: Reanimator. Part 3 Now at Patreon

Part three of H.P. Lovecraft's, Herbert West: Reanimator - Six Shots by Moonlight - is now available as an audio MP3 from my Patreon page for $1 and over patrons.

"It is uncommon to fire all six shots of a revolver with great suddenness when one would probably be sufficient, but many things in the life of Herbert West were uncommon. It is, for instance, not often that a young physician leaving college is obliged to conceal the principles which guide his selection of a home and office, yet that was the case with Herbert West. When he and I obtained our degrees at the medical school of Miskatonic University, and sought to relieve our poverty by setting up as general practitioners, we took great care not to say that we chose our house because it was fairly well isolated, and as near as possible to the potter’s field..."

If you're not a patron, fear not, the story will appear on the next Sometimes podcast  :-)

New Sometimes!

The latest Sometimes podcast is out now, featuring Part 2 of Herbert West: Reanimator, by H.P. Lovecraft. Get it from iTunes or for Android users, hit the android icon in my links in the right hand panel.

"I shall never forget that hideous summer sixteen years ago, when like a noxious affright from the halls of Eblis typhoid stalked leeringly through Arkham. It is by that satanic scourge that most recall the year, for truly terror brooded with bat-wings over the piles of coffins in the tombs of Christchurch Cemetery; yet for me there is a greater horror in that time - a horror known to me alone now that Herbert West has disappeared..."

Thursday, March 12, 2015

After the Plague @ Patreon

Call me suddenly prolific in my posting, but I need to get some patrons over to Patreon and I had an idea how to do it. Remember some years ago I was talking about writing a zombie story? Well I got 6.5k words in before stopping work on it. Why? Basically I realised it was going to be quite a big story, and I saw the zombie fiction market as one saturated to the gills. It would have been a lot of work for no reward, so I shelved it indefinitely.

But then today I thought, what the flip? Why not just post half of what you've written just as it is - first draft - no frills, no fretting; just get the first three pages or so recorded and see what the patrons think of it. And that's what I've done. A Patreon exclusive at $3 and over. Get in there! Click here to meet my undead.

Monday, March 9, 2015

PatreonCast 1 Now Live at Patreon

All good things come first to Patreon, and today that means the exclusive PatreonCast for everyone in for $1 or more! 

PatreonCast One contains news about the Patreon campaign and how cool things are coming over there, my big thanks to all the patrons, and advance audio for Reanimator Part 2: The Plague Demon. This version is exclusive as it doesn't have the soft echo that will feature on the final Sometimes version. Get over to Patreon today and sign up, chums!

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Patreon Page Now Live

As referenced on my last podcast, I've now started a Patreon page. So if you want to give me a dollar a month, you now can (think of the dollar you lose down the back of the couch and the difference it makes to your weekly finances). 

This one's for genuine altruists rather than people who want big things fast: don't expect me to pull a novel out of my hat as soon as 3 people sign up to give me a buck a month wink emoticon However, you will get access to podcasts earlier than my main feed, exclusive audio bits and bobs (like outtakes and bloopers), and a Patreon content feed to which I'll add stuff that I won't share elsewhere. It's there if you want it, chums. Get on board and I'll love you forever. 

Link: www.patreon.com/mikebennett