Narrator: Joe Hempel
on 30 April 2015
Length: 3 hours 41 minutes
Source: Author, Submitted
As beautiful as the night can be, it often plays a role in something more foreboding, supplying the catalyst for things both terrifying and imaginative. Utilizing this hallowed time of the day, author Chad Lutzke has written and compiled 18 stories, with creature features, sleep deprivation, hiding the undead, revenge, cannibalism, morbid habits, and executions of karma being just a handful of the themes covered in this book. Listen on and discover what the mind produces when using the night as a catalyst.
©2014, 2015 Chad Lutzke (P)2015 Chad Lutzke
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Night as a Catalyst is a horror anthology by writer Chad Lutzke.
It includes 18 short stories, and after each story, Chad gives a brief description of his inspiration for that particular piece of work.
I thought it would be the perfect book for me to use to write my first review for audiobook reviewer because it includes a lot of key words I enjoy: short stories, fantasy / science fiction, and horror.
Most of the stories were incredibly short. Little bursts of great ideas for stories with not much follow up.
Chad shows us he has some fantastic ideas for stories, that he has a talent with words and imagery, but the stories end almost before they begin.
The descriptions included after each story was an interesting idea, but I would have personally preferred it be left to the end of the book for the who were interested .
To be fair, I know other writers have included assides about where their inspiration came from, including Stephen King and Orson Scott Card, two of my favorite writers. However I think it’s better suited as a bonus at the end for readers, like those who are writers themselves, who may want to know where the inspiration came from. Others (like myself) would rather just hear the stories.
Unfortunately, because I listen to audiobooks on the go, I was not able to write down the names of all Chad’s stories, but there were a few I really enjoyed. I tried finding a table of contents online but was unsuccessful, so a description of two of my favorites will have to do.
One was about stray cats who kept turning up on a mans porch with missing limbs. Another was about two boys spending the night in a tree house , and they witness something horrific. I thoroughly enjoyed both stories and would love to hear an expanded version of them!
I’ll have to leave it at that, no spoilers here!
Joe Hempel was the narrator of this anthology, and he did a good job. I didn’t notice any subtle changes of voice for different characters, which is something I think an excellent narrator does, but there also weren’t many opportunities for that . He had a clear and pleasant voice, and great fluidity. I can see why 4 authors have quite recently trusted him to narrate their books.
Overall, I give this anthology 3.5 stars. It was enjoyable and had some great ideas. A bit of twilight zone for the imagination!
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