Tuesday, July 29, 2008

The Unearthed, by Brian O'Rourke

Dear Listener,

We're pretty good about not doing this usually, but it's time for us to give in and perform some shameless self-promotion. Alright, it's just me (Brian O'Rourke) doing this; Nick is not responsible in any way.

I've written a story. Well, three of them actually. The first one is terrible. The second has its moments. The third story, The Unearthed, is a paranormal thriller, with elements of mystery and horror. I've inundated agents and publishers with queries over the last five months, trying to get it picked up.

The story is starting to generate some interest: several agents are looking at "partials" and one e-publisher has offered me a contract for it. So needless to say, I'm very excited.

Of course, I'm here to plug my story, but I'm also telling you this for another very important reason. Nick and I (I can speak for Nick here) never wanted to be seen as just "two guys talking about other artists' works. " We're also both creators; in fact, we think of ourselves as creators first.

Here's a teaser for The Unearthed:

The Rosselli family has fallen victim to some bizarre, unsettling occurrences in their home. A stain that looks like blood continues to reappear on the carpet in the dining room. Talia Rosselli, wife and mother, has seen what she thinks is a ghost and has grown too scared to be in the house alone. Her husband, Jackie, has heard strange noises. And their son, Billy, is talking to an "someone," who has urged Billy to do violent things.

Tim and Eddie McCloskey are paranormal investigators. When Jackie Rosselli calls Tim for help, Tim jumps at the offer to ghost hunt. Because Tim knows about the history of the Rosselli house, and this could be his biggest case to date. For, three years ago, three members of the Moriarty family murdered each other in that house.

Eamon Moriarty is the boy that survived the “Moriarty Massacre.” He now lives with his aunt and uncle a town away. He is trying to get on with his life, but strange dreams keep waking him. He is unable to recall most of what happened on the night of the massacre. And for some reason, he feels compelled to draw pictures of his old house continuously. He fears there is something terribly wrong with him, but he does not know what it is.

This will prove to be no ordinary investigation for Tim and Eddie, as they soon discover they face the most terrifying foe of all: the unknown. They must figure out what type of haunting they are dealing with—residual, intelligent, poltergeist, or something else entirely—before it is too late. Because as the investigation moves forward, Tim and Eddie discover some shocking similarities between the Moriarties and the Rossellis. And Tim begins to wonder if the Moriarty Massacre is destined to repeat itself, and if he has the power to keep that from happening.

If you are interested in reading the first few chapters of The Unearthed, send me an email at montecristo42@hotmail.com. I would offer to post the story electronically or put up excerpts, but in light of potential contractual obligations, I don't want to set myself up for any future legal entanglements.

Thanks for all your continued support of Four Stories!

Brian, The Guy With the Jersey Accent on Four Stories

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Important Announcement

Now that I've grabbed you with the title of this Blog post, let's get some administrative things out of the way:

First, we wanted to say thanks for all your support. Because of some wickedly cool (and wickedly scary) Big Brother-like software, we can track the number of downloads, per day, of our Podcasts. And that number has grown steadily and increased greatly over these few months. So thank you for that.

Second, we're working hard on the editing of Episode Four. We ran into some technical issues, the details of which I won't bore you with, but we're fighting our way through them and plan to release the next episode shortly. We're NOT going anywhere. We promise not to be like some other Podcasters, who quit after airing three or four episodes, just when you've gotten hooked on their show.

Third, Episode Five is in pre-production right now...and we're excited to say that we've got a very special guest appearing. Perhaps we'll lay bare one of our several inside jokes for you.

So, as always, we encourage you to keep writing us. Do you have a story (or Four Stories) you'd like to hear us talk about? Send them our way.


We would like to thank all of you that voted for Nate Green's short story, "Prison Darkness," at www.niteblade.com. As it turns out, Nate received the most votes, and his story will be published in a print journal. This is very exciting for us (and for Nate, obviously) because Nate is a good friend to us and the show, and he is a very gifted writer. Thanks for your support!