Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Coming to you live from Radio Mangel

The cats at Serpent's Tail asked me to record myself doing a reading of KING OF THE ROAD, so they can put together a CD of new releases and send it out to sales reps. The idea is to give the reps a better idea of the books, so they can do a better job of trying to sell them. This is something I've done for the previous two books as well. And it doesn't get much easier. I'm still sat alone in a room, reading the words off the screen, trying to sound dramatic (and Mangelese). I tried to get Vincent Price to do it but he wasn't available.

Anyway, if you have a spare ten minutes of your life you would like to get rid of, you might want to check out the reading for yourself, which I have put up here as an MP3. I blather briefly about the book, then mumble the first couple of pages.

(Update: No one seems able to get that to work. If you're finding the same, simply right-click the file, save to disk, relax with a bottle of whisky, drink whisky, place empty bottle on floor beside you, play mp3 file at leisure.)

Just make sure you REALLY don't need those ten minutes.

11 comments:

Russel said...

Good to know there's more Mangel on the way. And interesting idea with the reading thing - except my browser (yes, its fuckin' AOL) says the site won't respond and allow it to open the file.

This is good - we need more Mangel. Or at least I do.

Ray said...

Same here, and I'm using Mozilla. Will try tonight with Internet Explorer (hack-pfft-bleeeeeaaaaugh). Can't wait for a Mangel fix.

Charlie Williams said...

What's wrong with you all? Why can none of you play the MP3, while I can no problem? Fix your PCs now!

(OK OK, I'll try and fix it...)

Cheers for the Mangel comments. Guys, KING OF THE ROAD is the best one yet! (I would say that....)

Charlie Williams said...

Mystery to me. But I've found a workaround, and put it up on the post.

Ray said...

AHA! I did think of that. Alas, I am at work and do not have speakers. Pissflaps.

Ray said...

Okay, I have to ask... Parkham Asylum? Was Batbloke there?

Nice work, Williams. But from the snippet, does this mean that Blakey's grown up, accepted his responsibilities, like?

Charlie Williams said...

Banks - it's Parpham, not Arkham. Well spotted though. Personally I've never noticed the similarity. Could well be something subliminal going on there.

As for Blake, I can't expand on the snippet. I really couldn't. There's a bit of info about it on the amazon page though:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/1852429062/qid%3D1121789033/sr%3D1-1/ref%3Dsr%5F1%5F10%5F1/026-4050513-0290811

Thank you for your kind words, Banks.

Charlie said...

Chaloots, I'm saving this listen for later tonight (i'm at work) ... i'm trying to guess the voice (in my head) ... I might smoke a joint first ... then maybe eat a pizza (all 8 slices) ... I'll get back to ya'...

- Charlie

Charlie Williams said...

Charlie - you've got me wanting pizza tonight too. And dope. And Stella Artois!

Don't go expecting some urbane english voice, though. Hey - you should try doing this yourself with your books. The way I imagine you, you sound Mickey Rourke in Sin City. Am I right?

Nancy: What about you Marv, you leaving town?

Marv: Hell no! I like it here.

Anonymous said...

Charlie S makes the guy from Sin City sound like someone who would normally be involved in hair dressing or interiour design work. Charlie has to be heard to be believed.

Pat Lambe

Anonymous said...

Charlie S makes the guy from Sin City sound like someone who would normally be involved in hair dressing or interiour design work. Charlie has to be heard to be believed.

Pat Lambe