Saturday, June 15, 2013

Synthetic Voices's Review of Tales to Terrify and "Little Girl Down the Way"


From: James Rogers
Date: June 14, 2013, 9:51:14 AM CDT
Subject: Synthetic Voices Feature - May 2013

Dear Intrepid Editors over at Tales to Terrify,

I wanted to let you know that "Little Girl Down the Way" was featured on the May 2013 episode of Synthetic Voices ( The Bram Stoker nominees you had recorded were also featured on the show. Just thought you'd like to know!

What is Synthetic Voices? Why, it's a speculative audio fiction podcast, of the aggregation/news variety. For over a year, I have been listening to almost ALL of the podcasted fiction produced on the web and narrowing down a few stories to share each month with my readers and listeners. Here in Maryland, we also conduct a monthly discussion a few weeks after the podcast has gone out.

If you'd like to know more about Synthetic Voices, you can visit or drop me a line at

Keep up the good work!

-Jimmy Rogers
Synthetic Voices, Writer and Producer

Jimmy sent me a note about Synthetic Voices's take on "Little Girl Down the Way." You can listen at: or read Jimmy Rogers's comments, below.

*A Dark, Powerful Story*
This story needs its own feature section. Reader beware.

“Little Girl Down the Way” by Lawrence Santoro
Tales to Terrify Ep. 70
~30 mins

– Rather than “sum up” this story as I do with so many others, I’d like to share how this one made me feel. It is dark and frightening, and it is read expertly by the author, Lawrence Santoro. His reading sent shivers down my spine, but also made me feel an intense feeling of discomfort and vulnerability. A strong warning, the text essentially describes an unfathomable level of child abuse. Normally I toss out such stories as fast as I can, especially in the horror genre, where they are far too plentiful, but this one drew me in and earned, I think, the discomfort it caused. I won’t say I even LIKE this story, but I definitely recommend it to people who can stomach the subject matter.

Also, I strongly recommend listening to Santoro’s own thoughts on the story, which frankly provide about half of the reasons to listen at all. For those who think about horror, this one will set your mind working.

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