TalkCast 347 – John P Murphy Returns


John P Murphy joins us to talk about a bunch of stuff. John has been on the show before and imprudently decided to return, this time to talk about his Nebula Awards nomination for his novella, “The Liar” (The only nominee in this category to appear in a magazine and what it’s going to be like for him at the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America conference this year.. During the course and discourse he also touched on awards in general, how he found out about the awards and what else is going on in his writing life. It’s an interesting interview touching on his past, his current projects and those upcoming that “he cannot talk about”.

In This Weeks News:

Enjoy the mayhem.


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Note #1: As there is not a single picture of John P Murphy online to be found, we have decided to use the graphic above instead.

Note #2: If you google “this is not John P Murphy”, THIS is the image you get.

This is NOT John P Murphy

TalkCast 346 – Vivek Tiwary, Our Own Renaissance Man

Our guest in this episode is truly a renaissance man, Vivek Tiwary. Join us as we talk about all his current projects in various stages of development in The Tiwary Entertainment Group and  his plans for the future.

Asha Ascending


We talk about his ongoing YA Graphic novel , Asha Ascending adroitly illustrated by Sara Richard which is being serially published online on the Asha website as well as on Wattpad.


The Fifth Beatle

Current news on The Fifth Beatle front is quite amazing. They are in talks with Sonar Entertainment to produce a multi-part television series and have as of this time acquired music rights to use original Beatles music for it. They will shortly be announcing a Director and Lead Actor for their part of Brian Epstein.


Astronaut Academy


It look as if The Dave Roman Astronaut Academy project is also on its way to television but there isn’t much that can be talked about…yet.



He is actually here to talk about IDW’s Star Trek Waypoint and specifically issue #4 and specifically his contribution to it, “The Fragile Beauty of Loyalty” a comic story set in the Star Trek Enterprise universe. Vivek talked about why this universe, why a comic and why he wants to do more. During the conversation he kinda dropped the bombshell about what his next project will be:

“A Mess of Blues. Colonel Parker and the Unmaking of Elvis Presley”
Enjoy a lovely conversation with an amazing “renaissance man”. 

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The Writer’s Block: So You’re About to Meet an Author

I do a lot of events. Conventions, fairs, craft shows . . . you never know when my smiling face is going to pop up from behind a table. (Next Saturday, you’ll find me at SuperMegaFest with Rob Watts: stop on by!) Over the years, I’ve found that some fans are wonderful, and some of them are maybe not so much. Want to know the “dos and don’ts” for meeting an author? Here they are:

  • DO feel free to talk about your favorite books. Writers love to read. Some of my favorite conversations have started with “So, what are you reading right now?”
  • DON’T feel free to trash famous authors on the sole premise that they’re successful. If you don’t like James Patterson’s writing, that’s fine, and a valid opinion (though I’d encourage you to read Kiss the Girls). If you don’t like James Patterson because he’s one of the world’s best-selling authors yet hires writing partners because he really doesn’t need to work hard anymore, okay, you don’t like James Patterson, the man. But please don’t go off on a diatribe about how Patterson’s writing sucks because he hires writing partners. Learn to hate correctly, I always say.
  • DO tell an author that you liked their book. That’s always wonderful to hear. I also encourage you to leave a review on Amazon or Goodreads.
  • DON’T tell an author that you like their boobs. That’s inappropriate.
  • DO feel free to ask for a signature, a hug, or a photo with your favorite author. That’s quite flattering, and many of us are happy to do it.
  • DON’T go in for a hug:
  1. without asking;
  2. when you’re sweating like a runner wearing a parka who just did the Boston Marathon in August while carrying a rotting whale carcass;
  3. and do the reach-around to cop a feel.
  • DO ask the author what their book is about and the intended audience. If you’re looking for a book for your pre-teen, I don’t want to sell you a copy of Ordinary Boy. You’ll be angry that the content is too old for them and inappropriate, and I’ll lose a potential returning reader. But beware: there are some unscrupulous writers out there who will lie to you just to get the sale. If they’re coming across as a snake-oil salesman, don’t trust them.
  • DON’T tell an author what they should’ve written or done with the plot/characters instead. A lot of blood, sweat, tears, editing, and revisions happened before you read the final book. Telling us how you would’ve done it instead is insulting and demoralizing.
  • DO stop and chat for a few minutes . . . if there isn’t a line. My favorite things to talk about are writing, editing, and reading. I have a few (okay, two) close friends that I originally met when they stopped to talk at an event.
  • DON’T ask for a phone number, home address, or what our blood type is when you meet us. Too personal, folks.

There you have it. Feel free to print out this list and carry it around with you so you’ll be fully prepared for your next author encounter.

TalkCast 345 – Curtis M. Lawson

Curtis Lawson

Once there was a man. This man lived in a wyrd town, Salem Ma. This man loved wyrd music. From a very young age he like wyrd stories, wryd books and knew one day he would write such wyrd tales. In this episode we meet Curtis Lawson; comic creator, writer of dark fiction and the force behind ‘Wyrd Horrror Reading Events’, held in a sushi bar in Salem, Ma. This was such a fun interview.


Enjoy The Chaos.


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TalkCast 344 – MediSin

Medisin coverA teacher and a doctor walk into a bar. A set up to a joke, no. In this podcast we talk with Jeff Dyer and Dr. Mark McKeon, co-creators of MediSin an new series from Action Lab. The series also features David Brame (penciling), Joaquin Pereyra (coloring) and Adam Wollet (Lettering)The first story arc is titled “ First, Do No Harm” and the arc and series centers in the question, after such vicious majestic comic book battles, where do the Super Villains go for medical treatment. What are the affects on the medical staff, the villains and society? Jeff and Mark discuss the inception of their collaboration, how this volume came to be and where they hope to have it go and what possessed them to team up. We get a glimpse of some of the behind the scenes work that occurred from the beginning to first publication. Throughout the interview there was always a sense of passion about this project in them both. Ask your local comic shop to get it in!!

This Weeks News:

Enjoy the bedlam.


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TalkCast 343 – Comic Author Johnny C

Johnny CHow does one start as a comic book writer? What is their process, their drive, their motivation? For Johnny C, he walks into san Diego Comic Con and walked out with an artist invested in his vision. Basted on that meeting Johnny began the arduous process of putting together Sartana, his homage to spaghetti westerns. Why that? Why then? What now and what’s next? Join us for an hour of fun and discussion including his new book, ‘Surrounded By Death‘.


These weeks NES NEWS:

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TalkCast 342 – More Adventures with Capt. Mike

Mitchell Comics

Mitchell Comics

What do the following things have in common?

Capt. Michael Mitchell of Mitchell Comics brings us tales of his families exploits and the comics they have created because of them, including the new “USS Albacore”. Join us for an hour or so of High Seas Hijinks.


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Bonus Feature: Hey Kids, Its Zombie Sub 920!

TalkCast 341 – A Triple Threat Event

Stacey LongoStacey Longo, Rob Smales and Tony Trembley, a a veritable “murder” of horror authors, join us to discuss their new anthology of novella’s, Triplicity, Book 1 of The Terror Project.

You might remember Stacey Longo from her many appearances on this podcast as well as the wonderful writer of Secret Things, Ordinary Boy and her many memorable short stories in anthologies including Insanity Tales, Insanity Tales II, Wicked Seasons and My Peculiar Family, to name just a few. Lets not forget her column here on SFSN.

Rob SmalesRob Smales has also spent more than one occasion on the microphone on Sci fi Saturday Night to talk about his many works including Echoes of Darkness and his work in anthologies, including Demonic Visions and Deathleham Revisited.



Tony TremblayTony Tremblay is a newcomer to the podcast. He is the writer of numerous short stories under his pen name, T T Zuma and is the host of TACO Society Presents, a cable T. V. show that features discussions on horror as well as guest interviews with horror authors.



The three of them are here to discuss Triplicity, the newest novella from Books and Boos Press. This book is the first in a series from Books and Boos Press that features 3 authors in a single volume. They talk about their individual contributions to Volume 1 and how it came about.






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Bonus Content: At a point in the show, the discussion turned to Curtis Lawson and his Wyrd Horror Reading events at the Koto Grill in Salem, Ma. We hope to have Curtis on soon.

The Writer’s Block: Friends of Mine

In honor of this week’s Sci-Fi Saturday Night, I want to tell you about my friends.

Back in 2011, I was at a writer’s conference. My husband and I were walking along a short patch of beach when we ran into a stranger wearing a suit jacket and a big smile. (Also other clothes. He wasn’t some weird beach flasher.) Now, I try to be a friendly person most days, so I said hello. He returned the greeting. We stopped to chat for a minute, and it turned out this guy was attending his very first gathering of writers, and had just had a story accepted in Epitaphs: The Journal of the New England Horror Writers. As coincidence would have it, I was working on the line edits for that very book, and knew his story well. It was quite good. I mentioned this. A friendship was born.

I would eventually learn that the suit jacket was standard attire for Tony Tremblay, along with the camera he always has hanging around his neck. Over the years, I’ve been able to hang out with Tony at other writerly gatherings, and we’ve had some great conversations. He’s one of the kindest, most optimistic and genuine people I’ve ever met, and sometimes, when I’m on the fence about going somewhere, learning that Tony will be there is often enough to persuade me to go.

In October 2012, I was at an event in Billerica, MA, one of a handful of writers reading that day at a karate school. As we were setting up a table of books, a guy rushed in: shaved head, glasses, talking so fast and bouncing so much it wore me out just watching him. This was Rob Smales’s first event, and he was clearly excited/nervous/bouncy to be there.

Now, astute readers know who Rob is—he has since become my editing partner and my best writing friend, but at that first event, we didn’t have much time to converse. It took a few more meetings to discover we shared a similar sense of humor, a mutual concern that we’d be locked up some day for the rather twisted turns our minds often took, and a passion for proper grammar.

Fast-forward four years. An opportunity arose for Books & Boos Press to publish a novella collection . . . except, over time, it grew into a series. And the first installment found me paired up with two of my favorite people in the whole world. Triplicity: The Terror Project, Volume 1 features three novellas: “Steel” by Tony Tremblay, “The Christmas Spirit” by Rob Smales, and “Brando and Bad Choices” by yours truly.

Triplicity is available now on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and in select retail outlets. “Brando and Bad Choices” is about a woman trying to find redemption for her sins, though it’s not easy, because she’s already in hell—literally. “Steel” tells the tale of a group of survivors in a dystopian world trying to figure out how things went so wrong. Tony’s story cleverly combines elements of both H.P. Lovecraft and Mad Max. And “The Christmas Spirit” features a woman trying to explain to her daughters-in-law how one family holiday tradition got its decidedly spiritual start. They’re three very different tales, and a lot of blood, sweat, tears, and editing went into the collection. But when you’re working with two people you love and admire, it hardly feels like work. Honestly, the best way to describe Triplicity is this: my friends and I were playing together with words, and now it’s a book. And this week, the three of us will be on Sci-Fi Saturday Night to talk about what a long, strange trip it’s been.

Enjoy. I did.


TalkCast 340 – Jeremy Whitley, The Three-peat

Our guest for this edition is the amazing and talented Jeremy Whitley. Jeremy is here to talk about his new Marvel series, “The Unstoppable Wasp”. While no stranger to the Marvel Universe, we also talk about the process that brought him to this point as well as his wonderful character depth. I pushed to find out what the future has in store for us in all his various universes including Princeless, Raven: The Pirate Princess and My Little Pony. No need to do anything put point at the links as we talk.

Enjoy the Chaos.


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