Narrator: Adam Gold
Published by Self Published / Indie on 7 September 2017
Length: 47 minutes
Genres: Horror, Noir
Source: Author, Submitted
It was Easter Monday, 1952. It was a day like any other. The slat truck rolled into camp with half a dozen new convicts. I counted a couple of vagrants, one drunk, one assaulter and one assaultee.
All of that and Olan Walker.
Olan Walker was first out of the slat truck and he could have slid through one of the slats. That man was nothing but lank. He was as lean as a dog in Lent. He was as lean as hunger poured thinner than a spoon full of prison soup. He looked like he ate nothing but wind and shadow all his life. If there was a king and queen of skinny; a duke of raw bone, an earl of gaunt, and a prince of scrawny - well Olan Walker was the lord high ruler of them all.
It didn't take too long before we all found out what Olan Walker really was.
Olan Walker was a conjure man.
Fans of haunting southern gothic horror stories will want to give this one a listen.
©2014 Steve Vernon (P)2017 Steve Vernon
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The Forever Long Road of Olan Walker written by Steve Vernon and narrated by Adam Gold is a unique and fun short story. This story has a specific audience in mind, primarily fans of southern gothic horror. This has a very short running time of 47 minutes but in that time it does tell a story set in the south of 1952 in Alabama on a Chain Gang. It is very hard not to compare this to the Green Mile. It has that feel to it without the kindness.
On this Chain Gang the guards remind the prisoners that they are disposable anytime they get the chance to and bully them for fun. Olan Walker arrives with a new load of prisoners and is described as being lean as a dog in lent. These analogies, metaphors, and similes are common descriptors used in this story. Olan Walker is a conjure man. He can heal you, he can kill you, and he doesn’t seem to care which. He takes no crap from no one. Treat him with respect and he gives the same.
I was hooked into this story right away. I mentioned the use of analogies, metaphors, and similes being common descriptors in the authors writing style. The story moved quickly and was highly enjoyable with characters that were interesting and defined enough to get the listener invested and leave them wanting more. The story had and conclusive ending. The author could also easily pick the story and characters up again and create a full-length novel in this world he has created
The narration Adam Gold was very well done. I enjoyed his performance. This was a short performance and my first time hearing any of his work I did enjoy his characterizations of the guards and Olan specifically. The audiobook was produced and published by Stark Raven Press. The production was crisp and clear during the entire production. This was a solid well-made audiobook.
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