Monday, December 1, 2014

Listen for Cash

So a few months back, Erik Arneson approached me and asked if I had a story he could use for his topmost Word Crimes Podcast. I was just completing Further Adventures of Cash Laramie and Gideon Miles and thought “Merciless” would be a perfect fit, and thanks to Erik and the vocal talents of Scott Detrow it turns out to be something special indeed. This is a first for me, hearing my characters come alive, so to speak, in another medium.

“Merciless” features former lawman Cash Laramie—The Outlaw Marshal—at seventy-nine-years-old. His glory days far behind him, he’s traded his horse in for a car and sits most evenings in a Cheyenne bar conversing with the bartender. Another patron, a young loudmouth named Roberts, sets in motion a series of events that leads to a poignant, tragic ending.

I feel this one turned out pretty darn good, with special thanks going to my buddy Chuck Tyrell who had considerable input (and to whom I dedicate my latest collection). “Merciless” originally appeared in Pulp Modern Issue #4, edited by Alec Cizak.

And, of course, big thanks to Erik and Scott. What a nice, early Christmas present. Guaranteed I'll listen another two dozen times at least.


Charles Gramlich said...

Excellent! I'll check it out. I have had one podcast of my stuff done. Plus the Talera books were published in audible form.

erikarneson said...

Thanks, David! So glad you enjoyed the story. Scott's absolutely terrific.

Scott Parker said...

Awesome! I love audiobooks and, sometimes, prefer it over the real thing.

Prashant C. Trikannad said...

David, thanks for sharing the link. I'll listen to it at home later tonight. It'd be my first audio book or story too.

David Cranmer said...

I would very much enjoy listening to the entire Talera series on one of my trips, Charles.

Thanks for inviting me, Erik. And I noticed a sizable bump in my sales which I'm only assuming can be a direct result of your podcast. So, once again, many thanks to you and Mr. Detrow. Its been an honor and I hope you invite me back one day.

Scott Parker, I thought you would enjoy this one. Btw did you ever listen to some of the Spenser books read by Burt Reynolds? A particular favorite of mine that I think you would enjoy.

Prashant, There's a whole new world in audio waiting for you if you are interested. I've been working my way through old Gunsmoke radio shows from the 1950's. Nothing short of brilliant.

Ron Scheer said...

I can imagine the thrill. I once had a couple of one-act plays performed by some talented actors. Amazing to hear your words coming from live people on a stage before an audience.