Salute Your Shorts: All Hallows Read with Click Clack the Rattlebag by Neil Gaiman


October 27, 2012 by Heidi

Salute Your Shorts

Salute Your Shorts is a weekly (ish) feature here at Bunbury in the Stacks highlighting and reviewing short stories and novellas.

Click Clack the Rattlebag by Neil Gaiman audio book coverTitle: Click Clack the Rattlebag [Audible|Audible UK|Goodreads]
Author: Neil Gaiman [Website|Twitter]
Standing: Stand alone short story.
Genre: Horror
Published: September 25th, 2012 by Audible, Inc.
Format: Audiobook; 12 min.
Source:  FREE Audible download at the links above.

Today’s Salute Your Shorts isn’t a story I’m going to review for you, in fact, I haven’t even listened to it yet.  I’m saving it for a dark car ride home from Salem, Massachusetts (oooh, look at me all in the Halloween spirit this year!)  In fact, I’m also not talking about the story because the author asks us not to–not until after everyone’s had their own chance to experience it that is.

Many of you have probably seen or heard of this already, but for those of you who don’t follow Neil Gaiman’s blog or Twitter feed, now’s the perfect time to check out his awesomeness.  Go to Gaiman’s website and read this post.

For the TLDR crowd: Basically, Neil Gaiman and Audible got together to do something awesome for this All Hallows Read.  Don’t know what All Hallows Read is?  Well–that’s another awesome thing Neil Gaiman does:

As an All Hallows Read gift to readers, Neil Gaiman has partnered with Audible to create a FREE audio short story.  Neil Gaiman reads one of his own spooky stories, and for every download BEFORE HALLOWEEN, Audible will donate to a charity of Gaiman’s choice.

Click Clack the Rattlebag is only 12 minutes long, and read by the author himself.  I think that’s worth a listen even for you non-audiobook fans.  Again, the download is FREE.  You do not have to be an Audible member, but they will ask for an e-mail address in order to download.  This story is available via Audible and Audible UK FREE until Halloween.  The donation will go to a good cause (again, see Gaiman’s post for details), so go over and snag it up!


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  1. Loved this :] I hope that you listened to it on the way home last night!!!

  2. Ooo, I love Salem around Halloween! I hope it is suitably windy and chilly like it usually is around now:) I went a few years ago and we did some of the haunted houses. The weekends there are a real kick in October. Graveyards, music, and everything else. Jealous! Have fun!

    • Heidi says:

      Salem was AWESOME!! So much fun, especially on their busiest weekend of the year. I’d like to go sometime when I’m able to stay for some of the night stuff–we were driving all of the way back home so we couldn’t stay too late. Loved the graveyard, all of the witchy goodness, and some magnificent people watching.

  3. I got to hear him read this live yesterday evening and it was an absolute treat! Perfect for Halloween.

    • Heidi says:

      OMG I am SO jealous!! I would love to see Neil Gaiman live sometime, he’s at the top of my author bucket list for sure. I may have tried to use his living in Minneapolis as leverage to try to get the boyfriend to move there (alas, he said no).

  4. LOVED THIS. On that day I was writing on my hand while driving? Remember that? I listened to this three times in a row before I listened to Chaos Walking. I absolutely love when Gaiman reads. It’s an experience.

    • Heidi says:

      This makes me all sorts of happy. Of course I remember the hand writing day! I’ve totally done similar things/desperately written audiobook notes on napkins while at red lights.

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