The 5th Word Count Podcast Halloween Special

Welcome to Episode 51 of “The Word Count” podcast!

The Halloween special is always my favorite show. With nearly 300 original stories logged for the last five years I know I shouldn’t play favorites—but I’ve always loved this time of year!

Well. That will make dinner dates awkward.

Probably why I lean toward the dark fantasy and horror genres in my own writing. Ah well—what’s a good story without a bit of dark magic and blood then?

Well…this time around we have 5 wonderfully dark tales (and one from me—bringing the total to six) for the season. Ghost stories—in one form or another for your listening pleasure.

But before we introduce our cadre of writers, a bit about the show:

What is The Word Count Podcast?

It is a free broadcast by writers for writers. Simply put, a theme for each show is announced via this site, Twitter and Facebook and writers are given a week or two to write AND RECORD their stories based on said theme.


Why not, says I. It’s a great way to practice writing and public speaking. It’s another way for writers to get their work “out there.” And I love to meet fellow authors and have a blast putting the show together. It’s just that simple.

Okay. Where can I find it?

You can listen to the latest podcast below, subscribe via iTunes or listen at the show’s site.




iTunes (and remember, iTunes takes their sweet time in posting.  If you don’t see it yet, keep trying!):


Our guests this week:


BillkBill Kirton “Shadow”

Before taking early retirement to become a full-time writer, Bill Kirton was a lecturer in French at the University of Aberdeen. He’s written stage and radio plays, short stories, novels, skits and songs for revues, and five non-fiction books aimed at helping students with their writing and study skills. His five modern crime novels, Material Evidence, Rough Justice, The Darkness, Shadow Selves and Unsafe Acts are set in north east Scotland and his historical crime/romance novel, The Figurehead, is set in Aberdeen in 1840. The Darkness won the silver award in the mystery category of the 2011 Forward National Literature Awards and his spoof mystery, The Sparrow Conundrum, was the winner in the humor category.

He’s published a novel for children called The Loch Ewe Mystery, and his latest publication is a satirical novella about online gaming and the real and virtual worlds.

He’s had radio plays broadcast by the BBC and the Australian BC.  His short stories have appeared in many anthologies, including three of the CWA’s annual collections, and one was chosen by Maxim Jakubowski for his 2010 anthology of Best British Crime Stories. It’s also been optioned by a film company in Los Angeles.

He’s been a Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow at universities in Aberdeen, Dundee and St Andrews.

Twitter: @carver22

Website & Blog:


CameronCameron Garriepy “The October Garden

An Aries, a self-described shenaniganist, and an unabashed romantic, Cameron writes romantic fiction and genre-crossing short stories from the metro-Boston area, where she lives with her husband, son, and a poorly behaved pug.

In the eighth grade, she wrote her first romance novel on an antique typewriter, using a stack of pink paper. Detours between that draft and publishing her first novel included a BA in Music from Middlebury College, a professional culinary education, and twelve years in the child-wrangling industry.

Cameron’s adventures (in flash fiction and real life) can be found on her blog. Formerly, she was an editor at Write on Edge, and she is the founder of and senior editor at Bannerwing Books.

Twitter: @camerongarriepy



CTSC. Thomas Smith ”Close”

Chris Smith is a semi rational being who lives with some humans and a demented cat in a town named after an ancient Irish chess piece in Ireland where the men are men and woodland creatures live in eternal fear of those men. There’s also something about a beard and maybe cake but we’re getting into the weeds here. The important thing to remember is the, em, the, oh blasted I’ve forgotten.

Ah whatever. Is it time for the Christmas decorations yet? I mean, it’s been ages since October started and Christmas comes but once a year, for like two months but who’s counting?

Anyway, Chris enjoys long walks, caffeine, the smell of petrol and taking pictures of people when they aren’t looking. He also collects hair of course.

If you would like to see him wearing people’s hair in some low res selfies taken behind peoples back when they aren’t looking, then just fill out the form below and send your submission into R.B. Wood, care of all that’s holy and pure at, (Host’s note: Don’t. Please. I beg you)



Your Best Email Address:

Telephone Number:

What’s Your Favourite Colour?:

Is “Too Much” Too Much?:

What Was Up With The Bee Gees?”

Do They Know It’s Christmas?:

Who Wears Short Shorts?:

Do You Consent To Having Your Kidneys Removed With A Spoon?:

I look forward to hearing from you all.

By the way, I like what you’ve done with your hair. Mmmmmmm.


Twitter = @KRSTVR

Web =

Email =


TaraTara TineMinorie’s Detour”

Tara Tine hails from the artsy-craftsy, thought-inducing hills and mires of Ireland’s borderlands. She’s not quite sure how she got there, but she’s there now, and that’s all that matters. She has dealt in magick, music and much mulled wine, and there may have been a blog, a poem or a song or two along the way. Now, at the manifestation of a YA fantasy book series, she finds herself humbled and curious about this newly-opened doorway and the processes it has unleashed….

Stay tuned for her next adventure.




RBWR. B. Wood “The Ghost of the Loch”

R. B. Wood is a technology consultant and a writer of Urban Fantasy, Science Fiction and quite frankly anything else that strikes his fancy.  His first novel, The Prodigal’s Foole, was released to critical acclaim in 2012.  Mr. Wood is currently working on the second book of his Arcana Chronicles series, multiple short stories, a graphic novel and a science fiction trilogy that he dusts off every few years.

Along with his writing passion, R. B.  is host of The Word Count Podcast – a show that features talent from all around the globe reading original flash-fiction stories.

R. B. currently lives in Boston with his partner, Tina, five cats and various other critters that visit from time to time.

Around the web:


Twitter: @rbwood



eden at benmcnallyEden Baylee Grandfather Knows Best”

Eden left a twenty-year banking career to become a full-time writer. She incorporates many of her favorite things into her writing such as: travel; humor; music; poetry; art; and much more.

Stranger at Sunset is her first mystery novel, on the heels of several books of erotic anthologies and short stories. She writes in multiple genres.

An introvert by nature and an extrovert by design, Eden is most comfortable at home with her laptop surrounded by books. She is an online Scrabble junkie and a social media enthusiast, but she really needs to get out more often!

To stay apprised of Eden’s book-related news, please add your name to her mailing list.

Connect with her via her website | blog | twitter @edenbaylee | facebook





The Word Count Episode 51 – The 5th Halloween Special **OPEN for SUBMISSIONS**

Still riding high after the most-excellent 50th episode of the #wordcountpodcast!

real-ghost-story-new-place-new-ghostsWhat a wonderful five years of themes, interviews, friendships and brilliant stories.  And next up is one of my favorite shows to host–the Halloween Special!

Ghouls and ghosties and all sorts of beasties have been written and sung about in past shows.  This time around, I’m looking for a simple ghost story.

That’s right.  No three word theme.  No twist. Just a tale that could be told around the campfire. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a horror story–some of the best ghost stories have been fantasy, comedy or romance.

                  This NOT a good example.         

In the meantime, for those unfamiliar with the show…

The Word Count Podcast is truly one of my joys. I direct, produce, write and host the show—and also come up with the various themes our writers—The “Word Count Irregulars”—use to create unique and brilliant stories.

All for the listener and lovers of great storytelling.

There are no endorsements…no paid stories.  It’s all done for the love of the written word.  And downloads are always free.  Always.

The only thing I ask is a little help via social media to point folks at the show.

To start listening go to either my Libsyn Page or to iTunes:



There are Fifty shows available right now!


THE WORD COUNT EPISODE 51 – 5th Halloween Special

Submission Guidelines (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY)


DEADLINE: I must receive your submission by FRIDAY 23 OCTOBER 2015 by MIDNIGHT Eastern time.

THE DETAILS: The work must be an original ghost story

Do NOT exceed SEVEN minutes.

As this is a podcast, I need to receive a file of YOU, a friend or multiple friends reading (singing or otherwise performing) your work. MP3 FORMAT ONLY, and please attach your MP3 file to an e-mail or contact me for a Dropbox link.

Your submission MUST also contain the following:

  • Your pen name
  • Your latest bio
  • Links to your website(s) – Include your personal site, Facebook Fanpage etc.
  • Your Twitter handle (if you have one)
  • A photo of you I can use for the show notes
  • At the end of your recording, please add “This is <state your name> author of <state your work(s)> and you’re listening to The Word Count Podcast
  • Permission to use your recording in the podcast.

Send your file to (or via the dropbox link I can provide) by 23 October 2015. You can also e-mail me with questions beforehand. I do reserve the right NOT to post your submission, but will communicate that to you should it be the case. I add the ‘Explicit’ tag to the ‘cast, so if your story uses adult themes or language that’s ok—but it should be necessary for the story.