Prelude To A Scream - Episode 12
Northern Haunts is a collection of 100 short terrifying tales meant to be read around the campfire. "The Shadow Men" was written specifically as a tale that could be told around the campfire as if it was a personal experience of the narrator, and draws on using the sights, sounds and smells likely to surround the listener's experience.
This podcast contains the full story as well as Mark discussing the inspiration for the tale, which include working at Fox Lake Lodge in Northern Ontario as a teenager and listening to stories around the campfire from the lodge owner who was a masterful storyteller. Mark also talks about J. P. Couvrette, a buddy he worked with at the lodge who told funny stories as well as some great creepy ghost stories, one of which, involving the haunting call of a loon. J.P.'s loon tale kept Mark up all night, still haunts him more than 20 years later and inspired both this story as well as a short scene from "Erratic Cycles" another of his tales.
- Kevin MacLeod - the brilliant composer behind the mood music used in this podcast.
- Mark Leslie's Website
- Mark Leslie's Blog
- Northern Haunts (Edited by Tim Deal - Hardcover)
- Northern Haunts (Edited by Tim Deal - Trade Paperback)
- One Hand Screaming (A site for Mark's book with online samples, including "Erratic Cycles") (Chapters/Indigo) (Amazon)
- Environment Canada/Canadian Wildlife Service - loon images & sounds
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