Episode 10: Into Silence, Like A Shout by Pete Tzinski

Behold, it came to pass that the world was coming to an end. Can the Great King Aaronath save his realm, or is there no hope whatsoever? Find out in this week’s story, Into Silence, Like A Shout by Pete Tzinski.
Also, Rish Outfield and Big Anklevich talk about the end of the Summer Issue, and the coming Fall Issue of the Dunesteef Audio Fiction Magazine. They also announce The October Scary Story Event, a contest that all listeners are invited to participate in.

Special thanks to Melissa Hills for the episode art.


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7 Responses to “Episode 10: Into Silence, Like A Shout by Pete Tzinski”

  1. Rish Outfield Says:

    Rish here. Sorry to anyone who downloaded the podcast with the screw-up in it. Big A. and I absolutely hate it when we listen to someone else’s podcast (or even an audiobook), and there’s a stutter or a mistake or a redo, and they just leave it in. Then we go and do the same thing in ours.

    Guess there’s no doubt if we’ll get a hate letter next week, huh?

  2. Pete,

    I enjoyed the story! Throughout the story, I kept thinking that somehow they were going to solve the problem. Cool ending.

    It was a pleasure to listen to.


  3. Hiyo

    I quite liked it, even with the screwup. It was a split-second thing, and then the story got rolling. I’m always happier when a story works in a different form than it was intended. It means I made it durable; it means I made it work right.

    And Doug:

    I’m glad you liked it. And even more glad that it feels like the problem will be solved. I really didn’t want it to be. In certain genres, a solution is demanded, like a knee-jerk. Murder mysteries, and high fantasies, are two of ’em. Comedy and slice-of-life fiction can be left wide open at the end, and everyone goes away fine. I don’t think it’s a bad idea to find a smart (I hope) way to apply that TO high fantasy, or a murder mystery.

    (And may I cheerily say that the voice tone and accent applied to Derringer, the evil Wizard, I thought were just spot-on. And so were the tones in the rest. There were places that could have sounded like bravado, instead of just…resigned. And they came off proper.)

    And off I go to write some more. I look forward to the next Dunesteef installment. It was enjoyment of previous ones that caused me to send ’em a story, after all. Smart guys, these two, with sharp opinions.

    (Why am I plugging them in their own comments section? Talk about preaching to the choir)

    No really, off I go to write now.

  4. Rish Outfield Says:

    Pete, excellent work with this one. I wish we had been able to talk about your story on the podcast, but we recorded the conversation separately due to microphone problems, and had to wait a week. I like the Fantasy elements of “Into Silence” just fine, but what really grabbed me was the somehow-coexisting fatalism and optimism of the story.

    It seems to me that too long in Fiction–especially Science Fiction–is the idea hammered into our heads that man is inherently evil, that we’ll only get worse, and that human beings are so immoral and soulless that we’d continue to fight while the world fell down around us, leaving a pair of skeletons with their hands around their throats for future explorers to discover.

    I’d almost expect, in today’s climate, to have the characters in a story like yours stay alive if only to fire their weapons (or throw their excrement) at the moon as it came down on them, a testament to how rage drives us. But your story went the other way: when faced with death, old enemies put aside their hatred and differences and remembered what was good inside themselves, and the conversation between Aronath and Derringer was lovely and bittersweet. Despite the political and social climate of the world today, I’d like to think that there’s still good in people, there’s still decency and integrity and a desire for peace that exists deep down . . . perhaps waiting for Pale Mother to drop from the sky and bring it out of them.

    Nice work.


  5. Well said Rish! This story has really had me thinking, for days after I listened to it. It was a good piece, one that I think will be around for a while.


  6. For what its worth, I often only listen to the morning show type part at the end. (Apologies to the authors).
    I enjoy hearing the hosts discussing the stories, or whatever topic happens to have struck their fancy at the momen.
    I do like listening to the stories when I get to them, but I really only listen to this podcast because Rish is paying me to. Speaking of which, I thought you said that check was in the mail?

  7. Pete Tzinski Says:

    A properly egotistical author would say that the end show is charged and brought to life by the sheer power of the magnificant story, bleeding over into it. So instead of (apologies to the authors) you could instead say (and thanks to the authors for allowing your genius to trickle over).

    You know. Or something. :-)

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