Listen to Jack and the Bad Man at Pseudopod

Hi everyone,

I’m super excited to share the audio recording (podcast) of my Halloween short story “Jack and the Bad Man” at Pseudopod! The story just went up. You can listen to it for free right from the Pseudopod website by pushing the play button at the bottom of the post there.

Art by Ken Lamug. Click to enlarge.

Custom art by the talented Ken Lamug. Click to enlarge.

This was the first short story I ever had published, and I’m still really proud of it. Rikki LaCoste did a superb job narrating this tale. (He also happens to be a very nice guy who worked with me to pronounce my last name right, so if you’ve ever wondered, now’s your chance.) There are sound effects and everything – just the right amount. All together it makes for a pretty special podcast. I’m absolutely thrilled with how it turned out.

Back when “Jack and the Bad Man” appeared in Underneath the Juniper Tree, artist Ken Lamug illustrated the tale. I’ve put one image above, but you can visit the October Issue to see all four of his exquisite illustrations. (I recommend listening first, since some of Ken’s art contains spoilers.) Art and audio? Boy am I one lucky writer.

The podcast is only ten minutes long, and it’s bound to get you into the Halloween spirit. I really hope you’ll go listen to it, and if you enjoy it, please share!

Because Pseudopod doesn’t have comments – and my All Hallow’s Read book giveaway is still going on – feel free to come back here to comment. You can be entered to win once per blog post up through the 30th, including this one. (This will be the last post before the giveaway results are announced on Halloween.)

I hope you enjoy listening to “Jack and the Bad Man” as much as I have. (Have I mentioned that I’m excited? I’m excited.) Happy, happy October to you all,

Annie

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  • Regina Richards

    Listened to “Jack and the Bad Man”. Awesome! Awesome! Awesome!

  • Peggy

    Even though I’ve read this story several times, I was blown away by how incredible it sounds read aloud!!! I love the line, “And who can blame little Jack for feeling frisky
    when the leaves skittered around his ankles like playful mice?” This would be a really fun Halloween activity for older kids:)

    • Thank you so much! I was blown away by hearing it out loud too. I feel very lucky. 🙂

  • A. B. Davis

    It was awesome hearing that aloud. Rikki LaCoste’s voice was perfect for it!

    • Thanks. 🙂 I thought so too! I can’t tell you how fun that was for me!

  • Ian McMillan

    That’s a great story! Listened to it in the kitchen with the family just
    before starting our pumpkin carving party. Set the mood nicely.

    • Wow, that’s awesome! Thank you so much for including my story during such a fun time for your family. I’m really honored. 🙂

  • Melissa Crytzer Fry

    LOVED the audio version!

  • Diann (books+body)

    Annie, that was so wonderful. I listened last night while cooking, and it just brought me back so powerfully to being a kid and the absolute pleasure of hearing stories read aloud (esp. Halloween ones!). And what a wonderful imagination you have!

  • Carie Juettner

    This is so cool! I had read the story before, but it was so much fun listening to it. And the line… “When those September winds took a deep dip in the cool well and came back up October”… delicious! It gets me every time.

  • Help my tech-challenged self find the correct link on the Pseudopod page. Is it at the bottom under the music attribution note? I just see this tiny button marked “Audio MP3” and I thought it was just the music…

    • Never mind. I’m such a dummy. It was easy to download and listen to. Great story for Halloween! I’ll feature it on my Freebies page on Friday the 31st! 🙂

    • I’m sorry I couldn’t answer this sooner. I’m glad you figured it out, but I’m going to answer here anyway just in case anyone else is having trouble. I took a screen shot and circled the button I pushed; for me it played right from the website and I didn’t have to download anything. Sorry for the trouble, and thanks for listening! how to play Jack

    • I’m sorry I couldn’t answer this sooner. I’m glad you figured it out, but I’m going to answer here anyway just in case anyone else is having trouble. I took a screen shot and circled the button I pushed: http://annieneugebauer.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/play-Jack.jpg. For me it played right from the website and I didn’t have to download anything. Sorry for the trouble, and thanks for listening!

  • Cynthia Robertson

    Annie, your story is fabulous, and the recording completely enchanted! Loved the tale, the voice, the great sound effects, just all of it.

  • Cynthia Robertson

    Annie, your story is fabulous, and the recording completely enchanted! Loved the tale, the voice, the great sound effects, just all of it.

  • I listened to the spooky story and love it. It just brings the story to life, especially with the sound effects!

    • Thank you! I loved the sound effects too; that was such a pleasant surprise for me. (And I don’t think they overdid them, either, which is even better!)

  • TrudieMarie

    I’m excited, too! – and loved it!