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My Peculiar Family 2

My Peculiar Family 2

 

What horrors lurk in the hidden tombs of the heart? It’s 1876, and a crippled man trapped in an unhappy marriage is about to find out … #Read New York Times best-selling author @THOMAS E. SNIEGOSKI’s#short #story “Longings from a Dusty Shelf,” available ONLY in the thrilling new collection, MY PECULIAR FAMILY II!Learn more and/or support this peculiar publication at Kickstarter.

 

 

My Peculiar Family II – The Return of The Peculiar




My Peculiar Family 2

My Peculiar Family 2

 

August is going to be darn peculiar because one of the most peculiar books to ever hit the bookstores is coming … and that’s peculiar.

Learn more about the most peculiar family history ever written!

 Want to #read the first story in My Peculiar Family IIby Bram Stoker Award winner @John Palisanofor FREE?

Go to the Kickstarter!

TalkCast 387 – David Dewane from Mouse Book Club




David Dewane

David Dewane

 

In a wide-ranging conversation we spoke with David Dewane. He is an architect, entrepreneur, publisher, journalist, and educator. He is also the co-founder and president of Mouse Books. We talked about the concept of publishing in an electronic world, what Mouse Books has to offer  and the scope Mouse Books has. From theory to Kickstarter, to establishing a presence, the story of what Mouse Books is and is becoming is a compelling story. Join us for an interesting hour

 

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TalkCast 386 – Skies Over Superior




Skies Over Superior

Skies Over Superior

A few months back, friend of SFSN Josh Dahl and I spoke at Plastic City Comic Con and he was super psyched to show me his newest comic collaboration, “Skies Over Superior”, a story about Merilee Fite, a young girl facing ghosts and monsters on the icy shores of Lake Superior. At the time I found the art and story both quite a departure from Josh’s previous work and commented on the stunning visuals. We decided he should come on and talk about it and the Kickstarter.

Well. joining the ‘cast tonight were supposed to be Josh Dahl writer  and Laura Bearl artist but as time drew near for the interview to begin we all became acutely aware that Josh was going to be unable to make the show and has in essence thrown Laura to the wolves. Laura, but being a trooper, she decided to carry on and we had a lovely conversation about her input into Skies Over Superior, how she and Josh met up to do this project, what her background is and the way her work is evolving since she moved to New England from Florida.

Harlan Ellison

Harlan Ellison

In our second segment we hit the wayback machine, to talk about Harlan Ellison. Harlan passed away a few weeks back and we took some time to look back at the interview we did with him over 8 years ago. As provocative and evocative an individual in death as he was in life, Harlan always created and provoked controversy. His is a voice that will be missed

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TalkCast 385 – The Dystopian Worlds of Mike French




Fictional Alignment

Fictional Alignment

On this episode, we are joined by multi faceted human Mike French who comes by to talk with us about book two in his series dealing with the coming devaluation of humans ‘Fictional Alignment’. While this is the second book in the series, it does function quite well as a stand-alone (I know this only because I read book 1 well afterwards). We got a rare glimpse into the very “interesting mind of Mike and got the opportunity to talk on a multitude of subjects including:

  • His other works
  • His beginnings
  • His musses, both dark and otherwise
  • How he finds the time to write
  • What he both wrote and illustrated this current book
  • Why this series is a hybrid graphic novel
  • Why banking didn’t suit him.
  • What’s his favourite colour. (He’s British)(Actually never asked him that)(Probably should have)

Join in the lively conversation, or maybe just listen.

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I Chose Not To Die

I Chose Not To Die

TalkCast 384 – The Wide Ranging Worlds Of Cameron J. Quinn




Beamed Up

Beamed Up

In this edition, we get a chance to talk again with Cameron J. Quinn, Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur from Amphibian Press. Ostensibly, Cameron is here to talk about her story In Amphibians’ newest anthology, Beamed Up (faithful listeners of the podcast will remember Ariele Sielings recent appearance to discuss her story in the book, ‘The Stalk’). Cameron’s story for the anthology, “How To Abduct An Alien”, is parts of her ongoing “Starsboro Chronicles” series, but is, in fact, a prequel to her previously published books in this series and is a unique role reversal tale of every alien abduction story you may have read. Other authors in this anthology are V.S. Holmes and Cullen McHael.

We also got the opportunity to chat about what else is new at Amphibian Press, new anthologies and plans for the coming convention season as well as a multitude of author services, so check out what they have to offer

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Cameron J Quinn

Cameron J Quinn

TalkCast 383 – The Return of Ariele Sieling




Tentacles and Teeth

Tentacles and Teeth

This TalkCast is a case study in what happens when one of our favorite writers asks to come on the show to talk about her newest stuff and you’re expecting really nice fantasy with inventive quirky universes and instead get a review copy for a post apocalyptic dystopia with poisonous monsters and icky gooey deaths. Ariel Sieling certainly shocked us all with a stunningly stark realization of a dark future in her newest project The Land of Szornyek: Tentacles and Teeth.  This project is coming out on a “Chapter A Month” basis via Patreon and when completed will become a novel. We got a long look at this new world and the new direction her writing is taking from the days of Rutherford the Unicorn Sheep and The Sagittan Chronicles.  The Land of Szornyek offers a new different exciting adventure, 40 years in the future.

Ariele Sieling

Ariele Sieling

We also got the chance to talk about a short story she has in the upcoming Amphibian Press anthology, “Beamed Up“.  Her story is “Stalk” a  Sci Fi  a retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk mythos.

Another project Airiele currently developing is a memoir of the relationship between her and her grandmother growing up in New Hampshire.

It is always interesting to watch as authors develop and redefine their voices and seek new platforms and genres to communicate. It was fun to explore with her.

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Ariele Sieling

TalkCast 382 – The DeRaville Sisters




Ayesha DeRaville & Sonise Lumbaca

Ayesha DeRaville & Sonise Lumbaca

In this episode we talk with the Ayesha DeRaville and her twin sister and collaborator Sonise Lumbaca about their  most recent re-collaboration, Space Aliens, Bad Mothers and Guns: Volume 2. These sisters are articulate, intelligent talented writers and artists an have come up with a refreshing twist on the idea of a novel. In fact, SABM&G vol. 1 and 2  are not really novels at all but instead a series of not necessarily connected short stories interspersed with fantastical artwork.  What’s even more intriguing is that when asked which one writes and which one creates the artwork, the answer is …  yes. Both women have very specific and expressive writing styles and artistic styles, so the “novel” becomes instead a pastiche of diverse concepts and styles and keeps the reader both intrigued and riveted. As for any sense of continuity between the volumes, again, yes and no. One story in volume 2, Adipose, is a continuation of the story themeology of The Enemy in volume 1, although both are competent stand alone reads.

In a time when the long form novel is the standard, these imaginative ladies have altered the presentation in such a way as to entice the reader into their pocket universe and it’s a fun ride. As an interesting side note, during the interview we all had an argument as to whether Iceland is in Europe or Scandinavia. This factoid is important because the sisters have been invited to the Midgard Convention in Reykjavik, Iceland. In order to help defray the expense they have set up a gofundme page. If you’re interested in helping them out there are some pretty nice reward tiers.

Great thanks to Ayesha and Sonise for a wonderful time. Enjoy the chaos.

 

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Space Aliens, Bad Mothers and Guns! vol. 2

Space Aliens, Bad Mothers and Guns! vol. 2

Space Aliens, Bad Mothers and Guns! vol.1

Space Aliens, Bad Mothers and Guns! vol.1

 

TalkCast 381 – The HSPPA




James Azrael

James Azrael

This episode is all about how a hobby becomes an obsession and morphs into, of all things, a museum. Our guest for this episode is James Azrael of The HSPPA (Horror & Science Fiction Prop Preservation Association). Musician/producer/actor James leads the HSPPA as Head Curator at all events and is accompanied by an incredible team of Event Curators to discuss everything on exhibit, answer questions and educate fans with histories, stories, behind the scenes facts.

The HSPPA started out with James’ personal collection, spanning over 30-years and has grown into a traveling extravaganza, based primarily in the Midwest, for now.

 

James talks about the current incarnation of the HSPPA and his hopes and dreams for its immediate and long-term future. We also got to talk about the two books currently available from the HSPPA:

If you get a chance to see their show at a convention or event, do so; it’s well worth it.

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Also James Azrael

Also James Azrael

The Writer’s Block Presents: Writer’s Block




Many, many writers have had those moments where they’re staring at a blank page and thinking, I can’t think of a single thing to write. I may never have another creative idea again in my lifetime. Maybe it’s followed by, Boy, I sure could go for a chocolate chip muffin (as I am thinking as I type this). I can’t tell you these moments are easily fixed. I can tell you you’re not alone.

When faced with such a crisis, the best advice I’ve ever received is to do something else. Anything else. Push your chair away from that screen and find a different activity, preferably something creative or physical, to give your mind a break. If you like to paint, paint. If you’ve been meaning to plant a small vegetable garden, now’s the time. Is your wrist sore because you don’t have the proper carpal support for your computer mouse? Break out that sewing kit and get to stitching a small wrist pillow. Bake a dozen chocolate chip muffins from scratch, then send me some. Do anything . . . other than write.

You’ll likely find your mind will wander during these activities. For example, I hate sewing, but my wrist was shooting stabby “I need some support here” pains up my arm, which really just added insult to the injury of feeling like I’d never have a creative idea again as long as I lived. I cut up an old pillowcase and filled it with dry rice. I sewed it by hand, on purpose, just so it would take longer, and give my mind time to wander. Right around the time I was stuffing the rice in, grain by grain, my husband asked what I’d be making for dinner. Within five minutes, I had the germ of a story idea, about a disgruntled housewife who stabs her husband in the eye with a large sewing needle. She then dismembers the corpse, stuffs the pieces into a roasting pan, and sets the oven to “self-cleaning.” Had I not forced myself to take a break from the computer, this never would’ve happened.

Don’t force the words to come. Take a break. You’ll be pleased to find inspiration can grow from the most ordinary things.

See? A wrist support can also work as creative therapy.

See? A wrist support can also work as creative therapy.

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