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Welcome to Dreadtime Stories!

Back in 1981 a book came out by some young upstart horror author named Jack Ketchum. To say it took the literary world by storm may sound like hyperbole, but in fact that is almost exactly what happened. It was violent, controversial, unapologetic, and went on to inspire countless authors and filmmakers. It was called The Off Season (review).

Today you really can’t talk about horror fiction, really good horror fiction, without mentioning the name Jack Ketchum, so it’s appropriate that we start off our brand-new series of podcasts with him, don’t you think? Me, too.

Dreadtime Stories: Jack Ketchum's Olivia

Dreadtime Stories will be a regular update to our podcast in which we’ll have famous, soon-to-be-famous, and brand-spanking-new horror authors reading a short story or novel excerpt exclusively for Dread Central readers. Dark Delicacies, the most badass horror store on the West Coast, is behind the series as our official sponsor, so be sure you give them some love by hitting their official site or, if you’re in or near Burbank, checking out the store. You’ll be glad you did!

So kick back and enjoy our first Dreadtime Story, Jack Ketchum’s “Olivia: A Monologue”. Hit Jack’s official site to learn more about his works, and for a very impressive list of fiction and non-fiction, be sure to take a peek at his complete bibliography here!

And a HUGE thanks to Glenn Chadbourne for designing those freaky faces you see on the corners of the Dreadtime logo; the man is a truly horrific artist in all the right ways!

  • Click here to download the MP3 of “Olivia” directly
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  • And of course, if you have any thoughts as to how we could do the series better or suggestions on whom you’d like to hear doing a Dreadtime Story, drop us a line right here!

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