From the press release:
“Everyone from Agatha Christie to Rick and Morty to Slender Man has played exquisite corpse, a game in which a story is collectively assembled by multiple players who each continue the tale by picking up where the previous author left off.
Today, Serial Box is thrilled to announce an exciting and horrifying literary event with a new take on this old school parlour game. Serial Box’s Exquisite Corpse features some of today’s brightest horror stars, including Christopher Golden (Snowblind); Cassandra Khaw (Hammers on Bone); Paul Cornell (Witches of Litchford); Brian Keene (The Rising Series); Alyssa Wong (Hungry Daughter of Starving Mothers), and many more. You can see the full roster here.
Rather than a simple pub date, this will be a multimedia storytelling event celebrating Halloween, horror, and the talents of nearly a dozen amazing authors. Taking place on Friday, October 19 between 11 am EST and 8 pm EST, we’ll release one episode every hour (approx 1,000 words, or 6-12 minutes to read), all completely free in ebook and audio, which will be recorded in binaural sound — a 2 microphone set up that allows for spooky soundscapes in 3D — on the Serial Box website and iOS app. Readers can subscribe to this email list, which will provide exclusive goodies and promotions (think signed books, stickers, promo codes) every hour on the hour throughout release day.
Our series usually run over the course of ten weeks, but with this project we’re taking all that’s great about the Serial Box mission of serialization and collaboration and making it shorter, quicker, and more playful. We’ve encouraged the authors to take the story in weird and wonderful directions without constraint and leave their fellow players plenty of opportunities to be creative, or back them into a story cul-de-sac and laugh maniacally as they try to escape.
The prompt for Exquisite Corpse was provided by Dread Central, one of the largest, most well-respected horror news sites on the Web. “With only a few days left until the big gallery opening, you’re struggling to finish your final pieces. However, it’s not lack of inspiration but rather dwindling supplies that’s holding you back. The problem is that your art uses rather…unorthodox materials.”