The Fourth Annual HALLOWEEN SPECIAL Word Count Podcast is now LIVE!



evil_pumpkin_by_newcomix-d4h5kdsWelcome to Episode 43 of “The Word Count” podcast!

It’s HALLOWEEN, people!  And this is the Fourth Annual Halloween special.  Ten stories of Ghosties, murder and Goolies for your listening pleasure.

Ten graveyard stories stories this week based on three little words. The three words?


“Knife. Cloak. Blood.”


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:

Bill_KBill Kirton “Game Over”

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




rebweeksRebecca Weeks “The Other Me”

Rebecca currently lives in Leicester, UK but grew up in Devon which is where she got most of her inspiration. Devon is riddled with folklore and legends, and it inspired her to research more into these legends. Now her writing mostly incorporates folklore in them.

Her first novel Elizabeth’s Betrayal was  published on the 27th August 2014 by W&B Publishers.

She wants to make a difference in peoples lives, and tries to everyday.

Vampire diaries, The Originals and Harry Potter are her three biggest fandoms.

As well as writing, she loves blogging about anything mysterious and magical.

She loves reading and received a letter from JK Rowling at age 8. Growing up books were her best friends.

She loves quaint scenic places and plans on travelling the world. The first place she plans to visit is New Orleans, USA. She is also a Graveyard writer, check out the page at

Visit for any more information.

Personal site:

Twitter: @rebeccalucy1993



me3R. B. Wood “The Poem”

R. B. Wood is a 30-year technology veteran 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 calledThe Young Practitioner, 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, three cats and various other critters that visit from time to time. Around the web:


Twitter: @rbwood




emmettEmmett Spain “Heart of the Mountain”

Sydney-sider and hard-working professional stiff, Emmett writes novels in the young adult and dark fantasy genres when he’s not blogging and being domestic. He loves books, he loves writing, and you can find him on twitter @oldhauntsauthor and on the graveyard writers






JessicaDelgadoJessica Delgado “Mary, Mary” (Read by her brother)

Jessica is a shape shifter who takes on the form of full-time student, costume designer, and death enthusiast. She has lived in Southern California all of her life and is aspired to be an English Professor with emphasis in film, theater, and Chicano Studies. When she is not lingering amongst the graveyards, she spends her time articulating skeletons, with her sweet and sinister boyfriend, or thinking about animals. She will be published in a local magazine and is also working on various personal writing projects. You can haunt her in all social medias under her alias albastraluna



Julia_StaleyJulia Mae Staley “Knife, Cloak, Blood”

Julia Mae Staley is a rock harpist, singer/songwriter, and a writer of fiction from Bucks County, PA.  She will shortly become a published author, but her contract doesn’t allow her to tell you more than that, yet!  Stay tuned to her website to find out more, but know the first installment should be out in the next few months.

She also does copywriting, as well as occasional editing at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and writes all her own song lyrics, which have been described as “haunting.”  She hopes to reach people through her words, especially YOU.  For more, go to http:///


Krstvr_White_IC. Thomas Smith “Right in the Goolies

I’m cutting and pasting this bio to make sure I’ve captured it correctly (He’s barking. That’s why I like him):

“As many of you already know, Hedge-pigs were invented inYorkshire in the mid thirteen hundreds to exterminate Irishmen. Thoughthe endeavour failed with disastrous consequences for the local turnip population, by 1420, every household claimed at least one hedge-pig per room. By 1421 and the new fad of having more than one room in a house having caught on, hedge-pig to room ratios decreased sharply all over the world. By 1422 it was said that only the very rich and the very inbred (technically one and the same) could boast to having had slept with a hedge-pig. By 1424 it was all over. Hedge-pigs, feeling icky and hard done by formed unions and began marching on the palaces of Europe. At first the elite were shocked, then aroused, then shocked some more. Until a knight by the name of Sir Larry Bip, known as Bip the bopper to his friend Dandy McGee appeared before the King of

Tyrone with a cunning plan. The plan was simple. Ignore the Hedge-pigs until they got bored and wandered off. And it worked. By 1425 only insane people talked about hedge-pigs. By 1426 even the insane were too busy pretending to be Pope to remember to be pretending to be hedge-pigs. Sir Larry bathed in the congratulations of well-wishers right up until February seventeenth 1427 when he was locked up as a madman by the King of Tyrone for prattling on about how he defeated some imaginary monster known as a hedge-pig or something. Later that same year the King of Tyrone was viciously bitten on the toe by his invisible pet.”

Twitter = @KRSTVR

Web =

MMunson2Matthew Munson
“The Crypt Keeper” 

Matthew has never been a Crypt Keeper before .. well, there was one occasion, but he never talks about it. The Official Secrets Act and all that …   His work covers a multitude of sins; he has had two contemporary fantasy novels published by Inspired Quill – Fall From Grace and Leap of Faith – as well as been featured in two American horror anthologies and various fiction magazines.   Matthew blogs about disability, writing and marathons (which he has been known to participate in) over at, and he is also co-founder of The Two Dyspraxics (T2D). There’s another one, obviously, otherwise the name would just be absurd. T2D raises awareness of a condition called dyspraxia, which he has and waxes lyrical at the drop of a hat.   Lastly, Matthew is an Englishman. Yes, there’s a Gilbert & Sullivan song there, but he won’t be singing it. Even he isn’t that cruel.   Well, maybe he is; keep the earplugs ready and enjoy reading. 

Twitter: @mnwjm1981

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JDR2J. D. Robinson Awaken the Dead

J.D. is a current resident of Durham, North Carolina with her husband, son, and beta fish named Ghost. She’s a foodie, a recovering coffee addict, and a rabid fan of the dark and deadly. When she’s not out traveling the world, you can usually find her hunched over a keyboard late at night, typing away into the wee hours of the morning about demons, wars, and all the poor humans that get stuck in the middle. You can find out more about J.D. and her passions by following the link to her lair:


Twitter: @Sachula


eden_at_benmcnallyEden Baylee “Clowning Around”

Eden Baylee 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!

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