[Photo by Candice Nobles-Sanford]

This is a recording of a live reading I did on Halloween at The Hemlock in San Francisco. I'm using the timeless Halloween tradition, which I just invented, of introducing a band via story. Said band is one of favorites, Hangtown. Musical accompaniment to my reading was done by the night's DJ, Ted Petsas.

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Here's a scary story for all you Halloween enthusiasts. I also have a hair-raising tale up at www.defiantscribe.com, which is a really great online periodical. They always have good Halloween stories and I'm honored to be a part of their selection.

Happy Halloween, I hope this story helps you get in the spirit (pun intended).

-Sean Sanford

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Recorded live at Cooper's in Nevada City, CA on August 12, 2017. I had the incredible guitar accompaniment of Hangtown's Nick Polous. 

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Here's a compilation of sorts. I call it With a Shadow's Refleciton. Track listing as follows:

A Story Carved into Skin

Veins Running Through Home

Hidden in Song

A Warmth from the Dead

At Rest in the Lake

Ebah's Cabin

The Rooftop

One More Song

I have only myself to blame for the background music. 

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Ghosts

Guess what this story's about.

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Our Man Daniel

Here's a story of a man's own familial struggle. It has the impecable guest-voice of my dear friend Robb Grimes, playing the role of Dwayne.

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Here's a story I imagined upon, like a jigsaw puzzle of my life and those around me, reconfigured to create a new picture. It's all fiction though, so don't get too excited.

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Sometimes the story's about what didn't happen.

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Here's a short short/prose poem that I wrote about when one of my best friends, Robb Grimes and I went sailing with his dad off the coast of Mexico. It was memorable both for the awe of where we were, and the tyranny of our sailboat's captain. Either way, when we talk about it now, all we can do is laugh. With all the curmudgeon demeanor we both aquired at sea, we wouldn't trade that trip for anything.

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My prose poem that helps imagine a world that doesn't exist yet, but still remembers the dreams that created it.

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