The Thirteenth Hour Podcast #54: Falling Leaves Don’t Weep

Episode #54: Reading of The Thirteenth Hour Epilogue Short Story, “Falling leaves Don’t Weep”

This week, I’m reading the short story “Falling Leaves Don’t Weep,” the stand-alone short story epilogue to The Thirteenth Hour.  It’s a short tale about how one night of insomnia leads to a surprising amount of insight for an elderly monarch (actually King Darian IV from the novel as a much older and wiser man who is looking back on his younger days with a mixture of regret and embarrassment).  I figured Darian needed an epilogue since we never really found out what happened to him in the story.

I can’t say for sure, but when I rereading this story, I was reminded of the story The Fall of Freddie the Leaf, a book my mother used to read to me as a child, and am guessing it was an influencing factor in the creation of this story.

As an aside, I’m in the process of trying to transition old episodes of this podcast (episode #53 and prior) to a new host.  This is the first one on the new host.  There should be no change for you, the listener, either accessing new episodes directly here or via iTunes.  But after 8/31, there may be some issues accessing old episodes of I’m not done updating the old links.  But in that case, it should be resolved in a few weeks.

As always, thanks for listening!


“Broken” – New Psychological Thriller Promo

Many years ago, when I was still in high school, we watched a little film about a girl named Genie, who basically grew up with virtually no human contact.  I think we were studying how humans learn language, and the premise of the film (and Genie’s story) was that since she had little to no human contact, she had little to no opportunities to develop any kind of comprehensible language.  She also had a number of other odd behaviors likely owing to her time spent trapped alone in a house, and although you can read about her, it’s not a particularly uplifting story, as she basically spent time after her discovery being studied, then the rest of her life institutionalized.  It really does hammer home how when certain critical windows in human development close, sometimes they close for good.

Angela B Chrysler, who wrote a guest post here not long ago about the psychology behind character creation, recently wrote a new book, Broken, that reminded me of Genie’s story, at least when I read the back cover blurb she sent me.  I mean, check out for yourself:

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000039_00003] ” … entire life without love, comfort, family, physical contact, affection … spiraling into the worlds of her psyche all while toggling the lines of insanity.”  Wow.  H.P. Lovecraft would be proud =)

Speaking of which, check out this cover:

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Doesn’t that look like an image right out of an Edgar Allen Poe story?

According to the author, Broken can appeal easily to readers of genres such as memoirs, psychology, thriller, and romance, though, in her words, it is best described as a “macabre memoir and psychology/trauma” tale.

You can find out more @

And, if you enjoy what you’ve seen so far, the book can be purchased at Amazon for the Kindle here or any of the pics above.

Author Bio:

Angela B. Chrysler is a writer, logician, and die-hard nerd who studies philosophy, theology, historical linguistics, music composition, and medieval European history in New York with a dry sense of humor and an unusual sense of sarcasm. She lives in a garden with her family and cats.

You can read more of Ms. Chrysler’s writing and accomplishments at

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