Oct. 16, 2012
-- Halloween is the traditional time for scary stories, and author Noreen Braman has released the first episode of her free podcast in time for Halloween listening. “Shivers and Giggles from Noreen Braman” is available in the iTunes store, and is also playable and downloadable from www.noreensdigitaldreams.com. The first episode, “Pull Cord for Nurse” is a ghost story inspired by a now-gone building in North Brunswick where Braman used to work. Future episodes will include what Braman calls “a Shirley Jackson mix” of horror and humor.
“Most people remember Shirley Jackson for ‘The Lottery’ and ‘The Haunting of Hill House,’” said Braman, “but wfavv she was also a magazine columnist writing about the day to day adventures of family life. So I feel very connected to her, in that sense.”
Braman was the 1996 winner of the first Scary Story contest held by WCTC radio, and that story was performed as a radio play on Halloween of that year. She placed third in a short story contest sponsored by the Garden State Horror Writers in 1999 and has had several stories published in their anthologies, “A Fearful State” and “Tales From a Darker State.”
A longtime resident of Middlesex County, Braman was the editor of the book “Images of America, Milltown” and has published several books, including “Treading Water” and “A Bouquet of Roses.” Her short stories, nonfiction articles and humor columns have been published in numerous anthologies and online.