Episode 81: Forests Of The Night by Abigail Hilton

Adel arrived at a hospice, and seemed to be like any ordinary patient, but she endlessly tried to flee, and constantly muttered in German about needing to “verwandeln.” What could she mean?

Also, Big talks a bit about Dean Wesley Smith’s “Killing The Sacred Cows Of Publishing,” and Rish argues with him about them. Then, they play a round of “Two Truths & A Lie,” with a book by Kevin David Anderson hanging in the balance.

Warning: Some of Rish Outfield’s statements in this episode are even more (deliberately?) incendiary than usual. Listen with a grain of salt handy.

Special thanks to Lizanne Herd for producing and narrating today’s story, and to Julie Hoverson for lending her voice. outtakes

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Related Links:
Abigail Hilton’s Cowry Catchers
Lizanne Herd’s Site
Dean Wesley Smith’s Killing The Sacred Cows Of Publishing
Tobias Buckell’s Just A Draft
Julie Hoverson’s 19 Nocturne Boulevard
Kevin David Anderson’s Night Of The Living Trekkies on Amazon.com
Cast Macabre
Photo by Diego Lopez
Some sound effects were provided by freesound.org.
Music was Przez te naszą wieś by Kapela na Dobry Dzień.
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5 Responses to “Episode 81: Forests Of The Night by Abigail Hilton”

  1. STORY: I kind of felt like the story was too short. It was a complete story, no question, but I wanted more. Like, this was the first act, but where’s the rest?


    COMMENTARY: I rewrite my stories usually twice. Once in a series of red pen edits, where I go through the text and find things that don’t work or are incorrect grammatically, etc, and a second time when I usually rewrite the whole thing, start to finish, changing 20-50% of it. That’s about it.

    That said, I’m not a huge fan of DW Smith. I haven’t liked anything of his that I’ve read. Clearly he’s successful, because he and his wife make a living writing and editing, but IMO she’s the better writer. Of course, I also don’t like 99% of the Cat Rambo stories I read and she’s having success… maybe if I write more like people I don’t like the writing of, I’ll have more success.

    If you guys talk more about writing, that’s fine… but change it up. Don’t JUST talk about writing. I like the other chats.

    And, 080t, I like you the way you are. No need to upgrade.

  2. Nice job, Liz and Julie! Great voices and nice work on the production. :)

    This is the first reprint I’ve sold, and the guys sort of forgot to mention it. For the record – this story first appeared in The Greatest Uncommon Denominator, Issue #4. http://www.gudmagazine.com/

    Discussions of writing and publishing are interesting to me. I think they’re particularly interesting when you have some sort of reference point for the discussion, such as the Dean Wesley article.

    Congrats again on being a Parsec finalist! We squealed loudly for you at the awards ceremony (OK, I squealed; Norm and company did something on a lower octave). Honestly, that badge is almost as good as the award. Glad to see it on your website. :)

  3. I’ve always wanted to write a werewolf story with a beauty and the beast type premise. But somehow I bet that’s been done. I don’t think I’d ever write a vampire story.

  4. Bryan, you will write whatever I tell you to. Furthermore, you will like it.

    Now back to work editing, soldier!

  5. I really liked this story. It was exceedingly good. Biggest complaint was that it was a little too blatant. (The meat thing was a bit much for me.) Still, it never said the word “werewolf,” which earns back those points. Mostly.

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