Podcast: Stories By Scott William Foley – Mother’s Day

Thunder roars, lightning flashes, the rain plummets. Ursula Buckley’s dog, Lady, is in her nook beneath the trailer, but it’s quickly filling with water. Ursula can’t figure out why the dog isn’t getting to safety. Does the old woman dare brave the storm to find out?

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The Haunting Of Hill House by Shirley Jackson – A Book Review

I picked up this thin book after enjoying the Netflix series. As I’m prone to do, I wanted to experience the source material.

For those of you craving a more detailed version of the show, prepare to be disappointed. However, if you’re willing to accept The Haunting Of Hill House on its own merits, I think you’ll have a nice read.

Shirley Jackson published The Haunting Of Hill House in 1959. This, of course, predates Stephen King and the brand of horror that we now come to expect. Interestingly, though, I think you’ll find that The Haunting Of Hill House has its own unsettling moments–they are simply just far more subtle, nuanced, and psychological.

To briefly summarize the book, Dr. Montague has gathered a few people together to study Hill House. One of them is Eleanor. She is a young woman isolated from society due to a sickly mother, but very much hoping to rejoin the world now that her mom has passed. Another woman Theodora, is something of a medium, and she bonds with Eleanor immediately. Luke Sanderson is in line to one day take ownership of the home, and he is there to make sure the doctor doesn’t take any liberties with the estate. The four of them immediately hit it off. They experience some disturbing sounds, and doors have a tendency to close without aid, but the real terror of the house emanates from the home itself. To the adventurers, the house simply feels evil. Much of the book establishes the characters and their interpersonal relationships, but then, finally, near the end of the book, the home’s influence rears its true power.

I have to admit that the first three-fourths of the book perplexed me. Not much occurred in regards to a haunting; in fact, Jackson seemed most interested in depicting her four main characters as quick-witted, jovial, and entertaining people with whom to study ghosts.

When the understated horror begins, though, it is all the more potent due to the characterization. We care about these characters, as well as their ultimate fates.

If you enjoyed the Netflix show, this read is worth your time. You’ll obviously recognize some names and scenes, but the show definitely deviated into something far more intricate. Even with that being said, I found this book’s brand of horror refreshing. It didn’t try too hard to scare me, which served the story very well. There’s an old saying that less is more–The Haunting of Hill House proved this to certainly be the case.

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Podcast: Stories By Scott William Foley – The Miscarried

For some, the miscarried are always remembered … and always loved.

This very short story is only five minutes long, but it will remain in your mind far longer than that.  Click HERE or on the image to listen to “The Miscarried.”

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Podcast: Stories By Scott William Foley – The Easter Egg Escapade

This short story features an Easter egg hunt unlike any other thanks to the grown man running from child to child, stealing their eggs. Rest easy, he has a valid reason for doing so. The only question is whether or not the parents at the event will let him live long enough to explain!

At just over five minutes long, this funny, heartwarming podcast is perfect for your wait at the car wash, that quick trip for bread, or your relaxing cup of coffee.  Give it a listen by clicking HERE.

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Podcast: Stories By Scott William Foley – Healthy Balls

In this short story, a family with two young children discuss the merits of “healthy balls.” It’s not what you think. Or maybe it is. Either way, prepare to laugh!

At just over five minutes long, this funny, slightly inappropriate podcast is perfect for your wait at the dentist, that quick trip for gas, or your morning cup of coffee.  Give it a listen by clicking HERE.

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Podcast: Stories By Scott William Foley – The One True

Stories By Scott William Foley is a new podcast series in which I will read my short works on a weekly basis.  The first episode features “The One True.”

In these troubled times, would we even recognize a hero if one walked among us? Such is the premise of “The One True.” Part social commentary, part magical realism, this is a story that will resonate deeply.

At just over ten minutes long, this podcast is perfect for your wait at the doctor’s office, that quick trip to the grocery store, or your morning cup of coffee.  Give it a listen by clicking HERE.

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Looking Forward To the Oscars? I’ve Got a Short Story For You!

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Mateo Sandoval has waited since 1946 to win Best Actor. At his age, it’s now or never. We all know crazy things can happen at the Oscars, but no one expected this! Click on the above links to read this short story on your Kindle or Nook for only ninety-nine cents!