AUDIO BOOK: State of Horror: Illinois
RELEASE: February 2015
TODAY’S AUTHOR FEATURE: Eli Constant
STORY: Drowning in the Hazel
Charon Coin Press: What do you think about your story being translated into an audio format?
Eli Constant: I’m a huge fan of the written word being translated into audio format for several reasons. Firstly, it gives the storyline a new dimension, fresh feelings, and a particular resonance that even the author may not have considered when originally penning the characters and plot twists. Secondly, it reaches a different demographic of ‘reader’. It reaches those who may not have the time each day to dig into a physical book (or eBook), but does have an hour+ commute and a CD/MP3 player. It’s an audience that otherwise may go untapped. When I worked nights in a pathology lab, I spent every night listening to audio books. I’d go through 6 or 7 books per week. It helped the empty lab feel alive.
CCP: What aspect of your story do you feel is enhanced by being heard as opposed to read?
EC: When I’m writing, I tend to add a soundtrack. The pregnant pauses, punctuated with a trill of piano keys; the breathiness of a character’s speech after she’s been afraid, sprinted from an unexpected noise in the near distance; the Jaws principle at work in my head: ‘da-dum da-dum da-dum.’ “Drowning in the Hazel,” is a sort of modern day Creature from the Black Lagoon. Hearing it rather than reading it makes me see it, see Julie Adams floating in the water, the creature circling beneath.
CCP: What books have most influenced your life?
EC: There are too many influential books to list. To keep it short, I’ll say everything by Orson Scott Card, everything by Madeleine L’Engle, & everything by Jules Verne.
CCP: Do you have a favorite monster/horror character?
EC: I’ve always found the antagonists of Beowulf particularly fascinating.
CCP: What do you see as the perfect setting for listening to State of Horror: Illinois?
EC: If you’re going to listen to a horror anthology, do the thing right. Listen at night, listen during a thunderstorm, and listen with a glass of red wine on a white silk duvet. Keep it in the darkness, so the shivers and shakes feel as real as they should.
Do you want to hear more? Pick up your copy of State of Horror: Illinois today on audio book at Audibles, Amazon, and iTunes. Our thanks go out to today’s feature author, Eli Constant taking some time to discuss the stories with us. Join us tomorrow as we get a behind the scenes view from another State of Horror: Illinois author.