New release! Yog-Sothoth’s Box by S. Lawrence Parrish

April 24th, 2014 by Evo

Up for a Lovcraftian novella? That’s what S. Lawrence Parrish has cooked up with Yog-Sothoth’s Box:

Heed not the limits of time and space,
for the Ageless Ones know no such place.
And man, that slave to light and life,
should free himself with edge of knife.

Dread C’thulhu longs to embrace,
those strong enough to face the face
and spill their blood, a fountain red,
to satiate the timeless dread.

The darkness spreads in search of those
whose righteous meddlings did impose
upon the Masters a prison cell.
Hear these words and mark them well.

Mankind’s apparent supremacy
over all the creatures of land and sea,
is but a myth that stifles truth.
Yog-Sothoth’s Box is all the proof
that fools need press to heart and vein
to understand this last refrain:

Heed not the limits of time and space,
for the Ageless Ones know no such place.

A warning from an ancient manuscript. An artefact. A scientist, a librarian, and a scholar. Mythos from the imagination of H.P. Lovecraft given a modern twist.

Yog-Sothoth’s Box: the darkness must be fed. . . .


13-point checklist to a smooth first file submission

April 23rd, 2014 by Evo

This short checklist is exactly the process I go through when reviewing your first submission. If you have not read the Submission Guidelines, please do so now. Because a lot of this won’t make sense until you have. Ready? Go.

  1. Is the filename correct? PB-TheTitleofMyBook-01.mp3 is what I’m looking for. No spaces. No punctuation. Yes, it must start with “PB-”. And no, it can’t end with the extension doubled, like “.mp3.mp3″. That happens a lot.
  2. Is the channel Joint Stereo? Because if it just says “stereo” or says “mono”, that’s not Joint Stereo. And it must be.
  3. Is the bit rate 128kbps? Not 192. Not “VBR”. Not anything that isn’t the number 128.
  4. Is there an image embedded? I should see the cover of your book, hopefully at 300×300 and 72 dpi resolution.
  5. Is the Artist tag set to the author’s name?
  6. Is the Album tag set to the title of the book?
  7. Is the Grouping tag set to “Podiobooks.com”?
  8. Is the Track tag set to “1″?
  9. Is the Year tag set to whatever year it is right now?
  10. Is the Genre tag set to “Podcast”? 
  11. Is the audio maximized? I’ll open the file in Audacity and check out your wave form. It should be pushing the upper limits, but not peaking.
  12. Did you include a short intro? I’ll listen to the first part to check.
  13. Did you include an outro that can be slightly longer? I’ll skip to the end of the file and check.

If you read any of those and think “What the heck does that mean?” then you did not read the Submission Guide or the 11 Commandments. And you should. Right now. Because you’ve probably missed other things about this process. It’s not hard to do right, but without understanding the process, it’s very easy to do incorrectly.

If you are having trouble setting any of those with whatever software you are using, ask a specific question in the Mentorship Program to get help. Be sure to tell them what software you’re using, and what problem you are having. Lots of helpful people in there willing to assist.

If you’ve checked all 13 items and it looks golden, then it’s time to submit your first file to the Mentorship Program.  They’ll give it a listen and give you feedback on the quality of the contents of the file itself. If you decide to make changes based on their feedback (often a good idea, but always your choice,) do so and then re-run through this checklist before submitting your file via DropItToMe. (That’s covered in the Submission Guidelines.)


New release! From the Flames by Trisha M. Wilson

April 13th, 2014 by Evo

Trisha and Colbytrax are on a tear. Her latest, a fantasy work called From the Flames, clocks in at 94 episodes. Talk about epic. Here’s what you’re in for:

The people of the Fire, the Blesa, led by their Queens, have ruled the Island of Alfeyju and oppressed the Driva, the people of the Ice, for more than sixteen generations.

With the Drivian King in hiding, and little hope on the horizon, the Driva look to one person to save them from the vile Blesa: the Diviana.

According to legend, the divinely gifted Diviana will one day overthrow the Blesa and restore the Drivian King to his rightful throne.

But with the search having lasted for more than four hundred years, will the Diviana ever come to light?

Willow is the slave of the Raskpil family. Bought at the age of four, twenty years have passed since her life irrevocably changed. Her existence is no worse than any other slave, but within, Willow wonders if there isn’t something more she should be doing with her life other than serving the ungrateful.

Ordered to travel with her master’s family to Sondertoft so her master’s adult children can take part in an ancient rite of passage, Willow is shocked when she learns that she too must participate.

Will she fail as all before her have?

Will she rise to the challenge and become stronger after passing through the flames?

First Serialized on Colbyjack.net.


Hall of Mirrors – The Collected Stories by Mike Bennett

March 30th, 2014 by Evo

Over the years, Mike Bennett has done various things with his Hall of Mirrors stories. Now, he’s consolidated everything in audio, releasing Hall of Mirrors – The Collected Stories on our site today. Enjoy the horror from one of our master producers!

From award-winning author, Mike Bennett, comes Hall of Mirrors: Tales of Horror and the Grotesque. Here you will find stories of Hell and damnation, ghosts, madness, murder, vampires, bizarre hair restoration disasters, and … pigeons, among other things.
Hall of Mirrors is a collection of modern gothic tales with a nail of dark humour hammered through its heart; horrible, grotesque and hilarious. So roll up, ladies and gentlemen, and enter the Hall of Mirrors – if you dare.

A modern master of horror, dark comedy, and creepy psychological thrillers. I won’t compare him to anyone else because quite frankly, in my humble opinion, he’s head and shoulders above them all.
Daniel Shaurette. Out of the Coffin Podcast.

Hall of Mirrors – The Collected Stories, is a combination of the two previously available Podiobooks podcasts, Hall of Mirrors Volumes One and Two.


New release! The Mystery Of Faith – What Jesus Saw by Rick Hoover

March 25th, 2014 by Evo

Is mystery blended with spirituality your thing? Check out The Mystery Of Faith – What Jesus Saw by Rick Hoover:

Jesus made some startling snap judgements. “You have great faith!” or “Your faith has healed you!” or “Why is your faith so weak?” What did he see? Was it a supernatural gift he had? Or was there something dirt simple that anyone could see even today? Rick Hoover treats it all like a mystery story and he cracks the case wide open. Grab this book and find out if you can start to recognize the clues for yourself!


New release! The Secret Beneath the Ice by Andrew M. Crusoe

March 8th, 2014 by Evo

Andrew M. Crusoe lives in Hawaii and offers up his short story, The Secret Beneath the Ice, as a serialized audiobook. Check it out!

When a thoughtship and its pilot finally reach Avani, the shimmering gem of the western spiral arm, they barely have a chance to marvel at its sapphire forests before they are ambushed by a mysterious enemy far beyond their understanding.

In the midst of the attack, a fragment is sliced off of the ship causing them to tumble out of control, down to the planet’s surface. An ice-covered continent to the south is the only viable landing site, and what hides beneath may give them the chance to escape before isolation drives them mad.

This short story is a prequel to the THE TRUTH BEYOND THE SKY, available now.

 


New release! Dead Beautiful by Melanie Dugan

January 26th, 2014 by Evo

It’s new fiction time! Here’s Dead Beautiful by Melanie Dugan:

What if the man you love is the God of the Dead?

That’s the problem facing Persephone. Her mother, Demeter, is a Level-1 goddess who wants Persephone to marry Darryl, demi-god of home repairs, and stay close to home. Her father, Zeus, the top god on Mount Olympus, is a bit grumpy these days, fed-up with all the demands being made on him. And Hades, well, now that she’s getting to know him, Hades isn’t what Persephone expected at all — he’s handsome, smart, sensitive and witty — in a word, hot.

Beautiful, intelligent and strong-willed, Persephone’s in line to be a Level-1 goddess herself someday. The problem is … she’s dissatisfied and restless.

This new take on the classic myth is a smart, sexy, fast-moving read. Dead Beautiful explores the many faces of love, explains why there are four seasons, and reveals what really happens after death.


New release! Infinity Machine by Paul J. Joseph

January 21st, 2014 by Evo

Paul J. Joseph is closing in on the end of his Through The Fold series. Infinity Machine is book 5:

Sally’s job as UN Space Commissioner gets quite interesting when a ship full of time-displaced people is discovered in the Atlantic.  This also enables Sally to lead an all important peace mission to Baltan.  The cold war with Baltan is finally showing signs of ending with the return of Mercy Collins, and Sally spends a year on the city trying to forge a new relationship with Earth.  But now her associate commissioner arrives with a new problem.  New Ontario, a planet Sally has visited before, is suddenly becoming important again.  The cruel “masters” who rule the planet have apparently been displaced by a band of rebels with mysterious powers.  Growing on the surface of this world is a massive structure that is generating enormous power.  Earth wants answers, and Sally is being asked to help.  But she won’t do it alone.  No human is immune to the Masters’ influence, but perhaps non-humans would be.  Sally accelerates another project she has been quietly overseeing.  She contacts Ian, who has been tasked to make first contact with the Szzzyyyxx, a peaceful, if unusual species on the other side of a fold beyond the asteroid belt.  Sally must put a strain on this new friendship to ask for help in what could easily deteriorate into a war.  Because more is happening on New Ontario than just an insurrection.  A band of former slaves now have the aid of a mysterious benefactor who is using them to build a machine that bends time.  But who is this benefactor and what does he want?  The answer is more terrifying than the question.  Now Sally must work to prevent a disaster that could have implications throughout all of human history.


New release! Fat Vampire by Johnny B. Truant

January 16th, 2014 by Evo

If you like your scary mixed with funny, check out Fat Vampire by Johnny B. Truant:

When overweight treadmill salesman Reginald Baskin finally meets a co-worker who doesn’t make fun of him, it’s just his own bad luck that tech guy Maurice turns out to be a two thousand-year-old vampire.

And when Maurice turns Reginald to save his life, it’s just Reginald’s own further bad luck that he wakes up to discover he’s become the slowest, weakest, most out-of-shape vampire ever born, doomed to “heal” to his corpulent self for all of eternity.

As Reginald struggles with the downsides of being a fat vampire — too slow to catch people to feed on, mocked by those he tries to glamour, assaulted by his intended prey and left for undead — he discovers in himself rare powers that few vampires have… and just in time too, because the Vampire Council might just want his head for being an inferior representative of their race.

Fat Vampire is the story of an unlikely hero who, after having an imperfect eternity shoved into his grease-stained hands, must learn to turn the afterlife’s lemons into tasty lemon danishes.


New release! Firmware: Proxy by Colbytrax

January 15th, 2014 by Evo

The second book is out! Please enjoy Firmware: Proxy by Colbytrax:

Isaac Sarason is a skilled hacker formerly employed by British Telecom-Sprint.

With his health failing, Isaac did the only thing he could think of: He ran.

He found a haven in a working class district of the City known as Little Russia.

There Isaac took on a new name: Ishmael.

Within hours of his arrival, he was embroiled in the affairs of a brutal member of the Lomidze organized crime family known as Leo.

Convinced by a longtime friend, Frankie, to flee from his commitments to the Lomidze family, Isaac found himself hunted by the ruthless Leo.

On a rooftop, far from witnesses, Leo murdered Frankie.

Only through the use of his skills as a hacker was Isaac able to drive Leo off.

Now wounded, alone, and far from help, Isaac depends of the kindness of strangers.

What do you do when the only way to save those you love is through the use of Proxies?

First Serialized by Colbyjack.net.