I’m thrilled to have had the opportunity to narrate a story for Tony C. Smith’s District of Wonders array of fiction podcasts. The current edition of Protecting Project Pulp features my reading of E. Hoffman Price’s 1934 pulp story “Live Bait.” Reading for the podcast was a lot of fun, and I hope to do more narrating in the future.
What surprised me was how much work narration can be. It seems I can’t get five words from my lips to the microphone without slurring, spitting, or stammering. Aside from my own speaking challenges, noises from the environment constantly intruded. Passing traffic, lawnmowers, and even sweet little tweety-birds caused me to have to re-do many parts of the reading. Getting it right was incredibly time consuming, but worth the effort.
I tried at first to record using my Mac’s internal microphone, but instantly learned that wasn’t going to cut it, so I went shopping for something better. (‘One that’s nice, but not too expensive.’) I eventually settled on a Blue Snowball mic, and I think it worked out fairly well.
If you love genre fiction and haven’t checked out the District of Wonders podcasts, you’re missing out. I’ve been listening to Starship Sofa for years, and I’m ‘chuffed to bits’ to see that ‘cast not only thriving, but spinning off sister podcasts that show a lot of promise.
I realize I should stop screwing around with side projects if I ever expect to have some of my writing published, but I think the narration thing has me hooked. It’s just too much fun. I’ll be looking for more opportunities to narrate fiction.
So give it a listen. I hope you enjoy the story.
If you’re into vintage audio fiction,I’ll be narrating a couple of stories for Protecting Project Pulp in the next two weeks. (So the editor tells me). These stories are the kind of thing you might have heard on the radio in the ’30s and ’40s. Let me know if you think I have a future as a voice actor…or not. (Be kind.) The stories I narrate are “Live Bait” and “The Game of Rat and Dragon.” One is noir. The other is science-fiction. Both are pulpy as can be.
Also, check out District of Wonders. “A story for everyone.”