Serial Box recently announced an exciting and horrifying literary event (Friday, October 19 from 11am ET to 8 pm ET) with a new take on this old school parlour game. Serial Box’s Exquisite Corpse features some of today’s brightest horror stars, including Christopher Golden (Snowblind); Cassandra Khaw (Hammers on Bone); Paul Cornell (Witches of Litchford); Brian Keene (The Rising Series); Alyssa Wong (Hungry Daughter of Starving Mothers), and many more. You can see the full roster here.
Everyone from Agatha Christie to Rick and Morty to Slender Man has played exquisite corpse, a game in which a story is collectively assembled by multiple players who each continue the tale by picking up where the previous author left off.
Rather than a simple pub date, this will be a multimedia storytelling event celebrating Halloween, horror, and the talents of nearly a dozen amazing authors. Taking place on Friday, October 19 between 11 am EST and 8 pm EST, we’ll release one episode every hour (approx 1,000 words, or 6-12 minutes to read), all completely free in ebook and audio, which will be recorded in binaural sound — a 2 microphone set up that allows for spooky soundscapes in 3D — on the Serial Box website and iOS app. Readers can subscribe to this email list, which will provide exclusive goodies and promotions (think signed books, stickers, promo codes) every hour on the hour throughout release day.
The prompt for Exquisite Corpse was provided by Dread Central, one of the largest, most well-respected horror news sites on the Web. “With only a few days left until the big gallery opening, you’re struggling to finish your final pieces. However, it’s not lack of inspiration but rather dwindling supplies that’s holding you back. The problem is that your art uses rather…unorthodox materials.”
Please let me know if you have any interest in speaking with the team behind Exquisite Corpse or any of the writers involved, or covering this one of a kind event on October 19.
About Serial Box
Serial Box, which NPR called “the HBO of reading,” produces original series that are released in ebook and audio episodes through their app(s), website, and third party retailers (iTunes, Amazon, etc). Readers/listeners pay week by week or in advance for a whole season (10-13 episodes). Serial Box brings the power of appointment-based consumption to reading for the first time since Charles Dickens & Little Nell. Visit serialbox.com for more information.
About the Authors
Cassandra Khaw (Clarkesworld, Fireside Fiction, Uncanny, Shimmer, Bearly A Lady, video game writer); Paul Cornell (Doctor Who, Saucer State, This Damned Band); Brian Keene (The Horror Show with Brian Keene, The Rising Series); Sisters of Slaughter Michelle Garza and Melissa Lason (Mayan Blue); Paul Tremblay (The Cabin at the End of the World, A Head Full of Ghosts, Disappearance at Devil’s Rock); Richard Chizmar (Gwendy’s Button Box, founder/publisher of Cemetery Dance magazine); Christopher Golden (Ararat, Snowblind, Of Saints and Shadows, Cemetery Girl); Stephen Kozeniewski (Whispers of the APOC); Nick Mamatas (The Last Weekend, Hexen Sabbath); Alyssa Wong (Nebula Award for Best Short Story, the World Fantasy Award for Short Fiction, and the Locus Award for Best Novelette).