Little Evil Things, Volume III: Audio Horror Stories with Music Accompaniment

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9781891007057: Little Evil Things, Volume III: Audio Horror Stories with Music Accompaniment

How do you top an award-winning debut CD and an equally popular second release? Frank Macchia and Tracy London, creators of the audio horror stories known as Little Evil Things, traveled to Russia to record one of their stories for Little Evil Things, Volume III with one of the finest and most respected symphonies in the world - The Moscow Symphony Orchestra. Because orchestral music works so well with the horror genre, Macchia wanted to compose a piece for narrator and orchestra. He chose the first story, "Buried Alive", to be recorded by the 92 piece group led by Russian conductor Konstantin Krimets. The sound of 92 musicians playing with such commitment and emotion is truly spectacular, not to mention incredibly intense. More than just a story being read, more than just scary music, Little Evil Things is a unique listening experience where the music has actually been written to the actors' performances. "Buried Alive" is a perfect example of this technique in action. The story was narrated and recorded in Burbank, California, then a click track was created to the narrator's performance (much like the music for a Hollywood movie) and the Russian orchestra played to the precision timing. It is this process that makes Little Evil Things unique. No other audiobook product has its music written to the specific performances of the actors. So, if you love a good scare and great music, don't miss the latest release for Halloween from Little Evil Things. In this, the third volume of Little Evil Things, we present five tales of terror, featuring a talented cast and starring narrator Jim McDonnell. Buried Alive - Experience the horror of awakening in a crypt six feet under. It's a Boy - A couple's desire to have a child backfires. Freaked Out - Step right up and behold Zemo's Big Top Freak Show. The Dolls - A doll collection exacts its revenge on a nasty nephew. The Potion - A witch concocts a creepy brew. Sit back but don't relax as Little Evil Things unfolds, spinning tales of fear and terror to chill your bones and let your imagination run wild!

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These self-described Bites Size Tales of Terror rediscover audio horror (both narrated and dramatized) with the benefit of a lavish, full orchestral score. There's quite a range of stories here: from demonic kids (The Quiet Child) and freaks (Freaked Out) to vampires (Buried Alive) and witches (The Potion). A progressive emphasis on camp horror and realized characters give Little Evil Things an increasingly polished style, not unlike Goosebumps. Nevertheless, writers Frank Macchia and Tracy London hardly skimp on the gore with some delicious bits. Yum. All the same, the series is more family-oriented than you might think, with an emphasis on tales that are short, jolting and fun. We declare Little Evil Things a perfect fit for camping trips, long drives or simply as a smart alternative to television. --Rue Morgue - October 1999

Watch out, Goosebumps! Little Evil Things, III continues the award-winning series of original horror stories set to contemporary music (performed by the Moscow Symphony Orchestra) and sound FX. Combining chills and humor, all the volumes (available on CD or cassette) are written and produced by Frank Macchia and Tracy London. --Fangoria - 1999

Grade 9 Up-Five grisly horror tales are contained in this collection. In "Buried Alive," a newly made vampire unwittingly blunders from his coffin into the early morning sunlight only to disintegrate into a putrefying mass. An unhappy couple's obsession with having a baby results in a dangerous bargain with a doctor whose ministrations result in a horrifying birth and a creepy mother-child bond in "It's a Boy." "Freaked Out" features an unscrupulous circus owner whose plan to save his nearly defunct freak show spurs him to develop new "attractions." Inventive surgical techniques practiced on drunken derelicts are successful until one of the unfortunate subjects exacts a cruel if deserved revenge on his tormenter. In "The Dolls," an elderly woman's murder at the hands of her selfish gambler-nephew is avenged by her beloved and loyal doll collection. The tone of "The Potion" is lighter, as a witch strives to follow her best recipe as exactly as possible. The macabre drama of these stories is heightened by expressive reading which suggests just the right amount of suspense. Background music heightens the brooding mood, and the overall sound quality is excellent. This is especially true in "Buried Alive" where the story's musical accompaniment is provided by the Moscow Symphony Orchestra. Not for young listeners or those with queasy stomachs, these stories focus on humankind's worst failings: greed, obsession, cruelty, and ignorance. School and public libraries whose older listeners enjoy the horror genre will find this a popular selection. Nancy L. Chu, Western Illinois University, Macomb Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --Library Journal 1999

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Grade 9 Up-Five grisly horror tales are contained in this collection. In "Buried Alive," a newly made vampire unwittingly blunders from his coffin into the early morning sunlight only to disintegrate into a putrefying mass. An unhappy couple's obsession with having a baby results in a dangerous bargain with a doctor whose ministrations result in a horrifying birth and a creepy mother-child bond in "It's a Boy." "Freaked Out" features an unscrupulous circus owner whose plan to save his nearly defunct freak show spurs him to develop new "attractions." Inventive surgical techniques practiced on drunken derelicts are successful until one of the unfortunate subjects exacts a cruel if deserved revenge on his tormenter. In "The Dolls," an elderly woman's murder at the hands of her selfish gambler-nephew is avenged by her beloved and loyal doll collection. The tone of "The Potion" is lighter, as a witch strives to follow her best recipe as exactly as possible. The macabre drama of these stories is heightened by expressive reading which suggests just the right amount of suspense. Background music heightens the brooding mood, and the overall sound quality is excellent. This is especially true in "Buried Alive" where the story's musical accompaniment is provided by the Moscow Symphony Orchestra. Not for young listeners or those with queasy stomachs, these stories focus on humankind's worst failings: greed, obsession, cruelty, and ignorance. School and public libraries whose older listeners enjoy the horror genre will find this a popular selection.
Nancy L. Chu, Western Illinois University, Macomb
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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