Tomorrow (Sunday, May 20) at 2:00 on the Society of the Inner Ear at KZME Radio 107.1 FM, you can catch another one of my audio theater pieces. It's entitled CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? and was written as part of A MURDER OF CROWS, the award-winning Willamette Radio Workshop's first compilation of original pieces. The MURDER OF CROWS project later morphed into the Writers On-the-air Workshop. When Writers On-the-air drew out-of-state participants, our web-guru created an online forum that eventually evolved into THIS BLOG! A selection of pieces from MURDER OF CROWS, including CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? and SWEETHEARTS, an early piece by Hugo Award-winner and Nebula nominee Mary Robinette Kowal, went on to win WRW's first Ogle Award.
CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? was my personal take on horror in the age of cell-phones and the demons that possess them. The concept has cropped up elsewhere since then, because it's a pretty irresistible step in the world of 21st century horror what-ifs. Still, the piece has a special place in my heart, a sort of DILBERT-meets-POLTERGEIST.
The companion piece tomorrow is called STATE EXECUTIONER. From the old LIGHTS OUT series, it's set in the days of King George III and tells the tale of a man who becomes obsessed with his profession as the state executioner.