When I was about nine years old, I ordered a cassette tape of Halloween sound effects out of the back of a catalog,
But here’s how big of a sound-effects nerd I am:
It wasn’t even October. Seriously.
Today, enhanced ebooks from Booktrack.com combine two of my favorite things: sound effects, and reading.
So here are four free reads perfect for the Halloween season:
Okay, first, here’s a brand new trailer from the ever-spectacular folks over at Booktrack.com:
Can’t watch the video? Click here to see it on YouTube.
Now, back to the mysteries of Jazzy St. Clare:
Did you know that there actually was a real-life Saint Clare? Me either, until recently. Some other things you didn’t know about this story:
1) The original title was “The Case of the Missing Mummy”. Accurate, but not as catchy.
2) The sound effect of the lioness’s hiss is actually a recording of an air leak. Listen closely and you’ll hear it.
3) I used the same swing music from The Case of the Green-Eyed Werewolf to give Jazzy a theme song. Because every good detective needs a theme song.
4) My ever-creative wife came up with Jazzy St. Clare’s name — and she names most of my characters. Which is good, because I tend to come up with names like Agatha Whistlethorpe. And “Jazzy” is just so much cooler.
5) The Case of Mummy’s Secret is a 2013 Litquake winner. Yay! Okay, so, you’ve probably heard me crowing about that before. But I’m just tickled pink whenever I win an actual hard American cash prize for one of my stories. I dunno, maybe I got one too many “certificates of participation” as a kid.
Now, back to you.
What are you curious to see next from Jazzy St. Clare? Want to see her solve a vampire case … explore the Black Lagoon … go heel-to-heel against Spring-Heeled Jack? Now’s your chance to chime in. Leave me a comment or email me.
For years, it seems like publishers have been promising ebooks with audio tracks — books with the added dimension of sound. Is the world ready for them? Heck, yeah!
My new short story — “The Case of the Green-Eyed Werewolf” — is pretty much overflowing with snarling werewolves, gunshots, running footsteps, even music from the club where Jazzy used to sing before she became a private detective. It’s one of the most-read new stories on Booktrack right now.
And you can experience it right in your Chrome browser — for free. How cool is that?
Just go to Booktrack.com.
By the way, I also recommend checking out “Dagon” by H.P. Lovecraft — it’s SUPER creepy with sound effects.