Back In The Gutter— “Airplane Mode”

rsz_screen_shot_2015-08-08_at_125013_pm_2The Flash Fiction Offensive (at Out of the Gutter Online) was one of the first places to ever publish a short story of mine. That piece of flash was called “Dead Beats”. It features a murderous rock band on the road to a major label record deal—until the rhythm section kills a drug dealer.

After “Dead Beats” was accepted, my good friend and roving rock star Marko DeSantis (Sugarcult, Bad Astronaut,  Nerf Herder, Swingin’ Utters, et al) agreed to do a dramatic reading of it. That became the first in an audio flash series that I have been producing for TFFO/Out of the Gutter. Other installments have included “Daddy’s Girl” by Nicky Murphy, and “How I Got Into The Navy” by Travis Richardson. Today, my latest short story “Airplane Mode” went up.

The audio that accompanies “Airplane Mode” was read by LA-based mystery writer, Andrew Jetarski. Jetarski’s fiction has appeared in anthologies published by the L.A. chapter of Sisters in Crime (“Ladies Night” and “Last Exit to Murder“—Down & Out Books), and his story “The Sunset Premium” was featured as part of Akashic Books’ “Mondays Are Murder” series. His story “Dance Man” was a Derringer Finalist in 2014. You can find Andrew Jetarski on his website, Facebook or Twitter.

S.W. Lauden’s short fiction has been accepted for publication by Out of the Gutter, Criminal Element, Dark Corners, Dead Guns Magazine, Akashic Books, WeirdBook, Spelk Fiction, Shotgun Honey and Crimespree Magazine. His debut novel, BAD CITIZEN CORPORATION, will be published by Rare Bird Books in October 2015. His novella, CROSSWISE, will be published by Down & Out Books in 2016. 

The Power Of Audio Fiction

TFFO logoI’m a big podcast listener, so I spend a lot of time thinking about ways to use audio to distribute and promote fiction. There are some really great examples of fiction podcasts out there including Selected Shorts, Crime City Central , CrimewaveThe Truth and Title 18: Word Crimes—to name a few.

I was lucky enough to interview Erik Arneson and Scott Detrow from the Title 18: Word Crimes podcast in December, and this is an excerpt from what they had to say about audio fiction:

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[Erik Arneson and Scott Detrow interview excerpt]  What place do you think podcasting has in the current short story market? Where will it be in a year? Five years?

Erik Arneson: Podcasting and short stories are a perfect match. In the U.S., the average commute time is 25 minutes – basically, the ideal length to listen to a short story. Podcasts are exploding in popularity right now, with Serial being Exhibit A. I think that growth will continue over the next five years.

Scott Detrow: It’s been interesting to watch podcasts come back into style. I did a news podcast with a couple other political reporters several years ago, and at the time we all joked that it was a retro, throwback medium. (Actually, come to think of it, Erik was one of that podcast’s biggest fans, so maybe he disagrees!) But suddenly, they’re massively popular again. I think you have to credit apps that made it easier to deliver new episodes right to listeners.

Read the whole interview HERE.

Dead Beats PostcardInspired by my email exchange with Erik and Scott, I decided to create an audio version of my story DEAD BEATS that was published by The Flash Fiction Offensive over at Out of the Gutter Online. Tom and Joe from the editorial team liked the additional content so much that they asked me to start contributing more audio on a semi-regular basis. The first offering is a dark, twisted and mind-blowing short story called DADDY’S GIRL by Nicky Kennington.

It’s pretty time-consuming, but a lot of fun. So, you can expect more audio from me—for my own work, and from the vaults over at The Flash Fiction Offensive—in the near future.

S.W. Lauden is a writer and drummer living in Los Angeles. His short fiction has been accepted for publication by Out of the Gutter, Criminal Element, Akashic Books, QuarterReads and Crimespree Magazine. His novella, CROSSWISE, will be published in 2015. He is currently putting the finishing touches on his debut novel, BAD CITIZEN CORPORATION. You can read one of his recent short stories right HERE.