A book on tape with a bit of an adventure. The Sound of Fear is a themed collection of speculative horror stories with sci-fi, fantasy and noir elements by one of the most talented new writers of dark fiction, Victor H. Rodriguez. It plunges the reader into lean, mean page-turners with twist endings that pit the living against the soundscapes of the beyond. Each episode Victor reads a story from his anthology, following up show creator and host Josh Ellis interviews Victor, discussing the inspiration and process behind each story. Often the interviews go beyond the stories told in Victor's book and dive deep into their friendship, the entertainment industry, music, film and tequila.
Inside The Sound of Fear: Echoes
A young woman pursues a curious resonance that may be a key to her mysterious lineage. Josh and Victor discuss writing a novelette in two weeks (because something can be done doesn’t mean it should be done), getting what you want, and re-imagining Beowulf for modern readers.
Inside The Sound of Fear: Love's Hard Edge
A man locked in the trunk of a car must puzzle out his location to solve the motive behind his own kidnapping. Josh and Victor discuss mid-life crisis, writing a story around an image or scene, and the tech-noir genre.
Inside The Sound of Fear: Farewell Concert
A musical genius discovers that the noise generated by modern civilization—The Hum—conceals other realities. A special guest joins Victor and Josh on this episode. They talk about The Hum, writing a narrative with only dialog, and the literary inspirations for the story.
Inside The Sound of Fear: Loki's Daughter
A team of explorers descend to the ocean floor to investigate an impossibly loud, inscrutable sound known only as The Bloop. Josh and Victor discuss The Bloop, Ragnarök, and the difficulties of being a horror writer when you want to write comedy!
Inside The Sound of Fear: Perros Fieles
Two Cuban agents use an infrasonic weapon to neutralize their opponents. Josh and Victor discuss the science article that inspired the story: Were US Diplomats in Cuba Victims of a Sonic Attack—or Something Else?, first appearing in Wired magazine, 2017.
Inside The Sound of Fear: Scripto Inferior
A Roman Noble and his Greek slave go to Thebes to search for an ancient artifact. Josh and Victor discuss the Vocal Memnon at Thebes, and the fantasy/adventure stories of Robert E. Howard.
Great podcast. Fun and well made!
Great Readings of a Great Book
I have read and enjoyed Victor Rodriguez’s short story collection The Sound of Fear, so I was excited to hear Victor read the stories in his own voice. Kind of like an audiobook, but free! And his discussions with Josh afterward about the themes and influences give me a deeper appreciation for the stories.