Summary

Where is the real Leeds? How does one get there? Is it floating on the air—words and music you can almost reach out and grab like wriggling worms of sound and ether? Is it in the carnival that seethes under the corrupted church, drawing the lost along shadowy corridors and through the strangely angled funhouse doors to the place where the city fathers perform secret rites with the goat-headed masters of the dark? 
Do you seek the Real Leeds? Venture out to a secluded spot, turn on your radio, and spin that dial down to the murky low numbers, somewhere just around 87.9. That music, that voice calling on the edge of static and distortion—it might lead you to that blasted and damned path toward the Real and Truest heart of Leeds, Massachusetts. 
This is WXXT. It's the witching hour, when shadows take wing and nightmares stalk. Turn your radio up. Point your antennas to the infinite sky. And stay tuned for Weather on the Sixes. WXXT. The bubbling blisters on the tongue of the Pioneer Valley.
©2016 Matthew M. Bartlett (P)2018 Matthew M. Bartlett
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5 out of 5 stars
By Yves Tourigny on 07-03-18

The perfect accompaniment for a nighttime drive on unfamiliar rural roads

Surely you can’t be far now. The directions on the invitation looked simple enough, but your confidence has evaporated in step with the other cars as you venture further from the highway. Let the grotesque stories of devil-haunted Leeds, Massachusetts keep you in a state of vigilance as you navigate unfamiliar, poorly lit roads. Let the gallows humour distract you from your growing unease, as you realize that you’re not only lost, but that this entire trip can be read as an uncomfortable metaphor for your life. Let WXXT, the murmur in the heart of Leeds, talk you through what comes next.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jon Padgett on 22-03-18

Destined to be a timeless classic

I enjoyed listening to this book more than any other audio book I've heard. I didn't believe that the sophomore effort from Bartlett could be better than his brilliant debut collection. I was wrong.

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