The Sixth HALLOWEEN Special #WordCountPodcast

unnamed-file-3288Boys, hang on to your significant other, because it’s time for four fighting tales of twisted All Hallow’s Eve fun.

Girls, you’re fine. Take care of the boys. You know how fragile they can be.

I SO love this time of year! The wife and I are binge-watching American Horror Story to get into the mood. We are up to Season five (and although I miss Jessica Lange, there is a possibility I’m infatuated with Lady Gaga as the Countess. But I digress).

Lady Gaga. Picture Copyright American Horror Story, FX “Yummy”

Six years, six Halloween specials. This years show is far more intimate and disturbing. I like it. No fanfare, no special effects. Just four tales for your listening pleasure.

Welcome, dear sinners, to episode 61 the #WordCountPodcast – the most creepy Halloween special!

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.


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

Our guests this week:

CTSC. Thomas Smith “Trick”

C. Thomas Smith is the author of hundreds of short stories (99% have never left his hard drive) and half a dozen unpublished novels (50% cowardice / 50% self-doubt). He is a fan of common sense, free speech, noticing the truth in the absurd and caffeine. He sort of likes cats. He lives in Ireland with his partner, two children, a mortgage and a cat he doesn’t trust.

At present, Chris is writing a series of novels (adult dark comedy set in medieval Ireland that may include a token Leprechaun) and editing a second series (Dark Fantasy). Along the way he hopes not to starve to death or be mauled in his sleep by a shifty eyed cat.

Twitter = @KRSTVR

Web =

MariaHaskinsMaria Haskins “The Demon

Maria Haskins is a Swedish-Canadian writer and translator with a passion for science fiction and fantasy. She was born and grew up in Sweden, but moved to Canada in the early 1990s and now lives just outside Vancouver with a husband, two kids, and a large black dog. Maria debuted as a writer in Sweden, and has had several books published there. Her English language debut Odin’s Eye – a collection of science fiction short-stories – was published in March, 2015. Cuts & Collected Poems 1989 – 2015 – a collection of poetry – was released in November, 2015.




13925275_10154245021905170_2194058733915037883_nMatthew Munson “Dreaming”

Matthew is a writer, a geek, disability advocate, a trustee, a marathon walker and a photographer. He’s written two contemporary fantasy novels published through Inspired Quill, is currently finishing off a serial crime novella for an online audience, is writing the first in a series of non-fiction books on disabilities, and has been appointed to the diversity panel of a new UK-based publisher. Life is good, although there could be more chocolate.

Twitter: @mnwjm1981

Websites: or

Rob EdwardsRob Edwards “A Lesson in Feldok

Rob Edwards is a British born writer and podcaster, currently living in Finland. His podcast, StorycastRob, features readings from his short stories and excerpts from longer work. His work can also be found in the anthologies *Tales from the Universe* and the forthcoming *Tales from Alternate Earths*, published in Kindle format by Inklings Press.

His greatest geek pride is his entry on wookieepedia, the a result of
writing several Star Wars RPG scenarios back in the day.

Rob is currently working on a YA novel featuring superheroes in space.

Twitter: @storycastrob





The Word Count Podcast SIXTH Halloween Special is Open for Submissions!

Me, trying and failing to shut off the alarm: “Hngh. What day is it?”
Very Patient Wife: “Sunday.”
Me: “Whew. I can relax! And it’s still only September!”
VPW: It’s October.”
Me “What?”
Me: “HOLY CRAP!! I have to post the Halloween Theme for the Word Count Podcast!”


It is my FAVORITE time of year, kids!

Fall in New England is stunningly beautiful.

Fall in New England with a holiday that celebrates ghoulies, ghosties, beasties, death and candy is priceless!

And what is Fall and Halloween without a #WordCountPodcast Halloween Special?

This time around, the theme is “TWISTED.

What do I mean? I mean I want a brilliant story with a surprise, twisted and dark ending that makes you go WOW. Think Twilight Zone. But without the censor limitations of the Television board.

And better special effects.

I can almost see the #WordCountIrregulars scrambling for their keyboards, pens and microphones!

Anyone can become a #WordCountIrregular! Just write and record a story for the show based on the prompt and follow the guidelines below. The Halloween Special is a great time to hop on board as these shows tend to get the most downloads!

It’s my distinct honor to run the #WordCountPodcast and I want to send a heartfelt “Cheers!” to the fans that have followed us for so many years.

Without you, there would be no podcast.

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



There are Sixty shows available right now!



Submission Guidelines (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY)

GENRE: Any, but make it dark. If you write about sparkly Vampires, I love you, but go away.

DEADLINE: I must receive your submission by FRIDAY 21 OCTOBER 2016 at MIDNIGHT Eastern time.

THE DETAILS: The work must be an original work with a twisted ending.


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
  • 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 sixth Halloween Special.”
  • Permission to use your recording in the podcast.

Send your file to (or via the dropbox link I can provide) by 21 OCTOBER 2016. 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.

Get writing and recording!