TalkCast 377 – (Insert Snappy Title Here)




It’s another two-guest episode.

Nicole Dubuc

Nicole Dubuc

An actress, a show runner, a voice actor and a comic book writer all walk into a podcast.

Well tonight that’s one person, the multi talented writer of Darby Pop Publishing’s Bruce Lee comic, Nicole Dubuc. We get a chance to talk about all of her past and current roles and the many things she is doing now. Nicole talks about why the Bruce Lee – The Walk of the Dragon comic is so special to her and her working with Shannon Lee in putting this project together. We barely scratched the surface of who she is and what she does.

 

Griffin Ess

Griffin Ess

Then Griffin Ess joined us. Griffin was ostensibly here to talk about Nuclear Physics and the Rise of Neo-Colonialism in Global Diversity. At the last minute he decided to change his agenda and instead we talked about his unique contribution to My Peculiar Family 2 (currently at a Kickstarter near you) both in written form as well his very interesting reward. He also revealed a bit about his upcoming Kickstarter with his co-conspirator George O’Connor, his current projects on Shaded Areas and the affects of chocolate on the human nervous system (a pet project of his).

 

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TalkCast 376 – How Things Work in My Peculiar Family




My Peculiar Family II

My Peculiar Family II

In this episode we have a discussion with three people with unique responsibilities in the production of My Peculiar Family II:

Each talks about their introduction to the project and what, in their mind, makes this volume unique. Enjoy the conversations and follow the Kickstarter.

 

 

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My Peculiar Family Returns – Volume II Celebrations




My Peculiar Family II

My Peculiar Family II

We are pleased to announce that the story of Chyna Dales’ odd family now continues on Kickstarter. The newest book in this series contains 16 all new stories and features the work of:

Some of the amazing rewards include, original paintings and artwork, signed books and even Glow In The Dark Keychains! Over the next few shows we will feature many of the contributors to this newest volume. Please check it out if you have a chance.

Original Cover Art by Karen Gosselin

Original Cover Art by Karen Gosselin

TalkCast 375 – Vampire Accountancy




Drew Hayes

Drew Hayes

Have you ever read a book and said to yourself, “Self, I would love to talk to the guy who wrote this stuff.” Well, in this episode I get that chance. I first found a copy of The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant in a books store a few years back. It was so different and amusing and so unlike anything currently available in urban paranormal vampire stuff that I finished the book in one day. Having devoured it, I immediately found whatever else I could written by Drew Hayes and each was better than the previous.

Drew Hayes, it turns out has written a bunch of stuff and its all slightly off kilter and interesting as hell. Drew and I spent this episode talking about some of his ongoing series, The “Fred” Series, Super Powered, NPCs and a bunch more you can find here. One of the more interesting things we spoke about was what its like being an independent author and how it affects his interaction with readers and fans.

I’m really glad I stumbled onto his work. I hope you will be to.

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TalkCast 374 – Keith Gleason in Plastic City




Plastic City Comic Con

Plastic City Comic Con

In this episode we are joined by Keith Gleason to talk about Plastic City Comic Con 2018. It’s being held at the Wallace Civic Center in Fitchburg Ma. again this year on Saturday April 21st from10am to 6pm. One of the best of the new breed of Micro-Cons, Plastic City is now 3 years old and because of its size and place has some wonderfully unique features:

  • Entrance fee: $ 5.00
  • Kids 12 and under free
  • Free parking

Keith talked about many new things happening this year including special guests Corin Nemec and J.M. Dematteis and his Kickstarter to help bring more awareness to the convention and his work, a comic called The Mighty Mascots.

One of the most important aspects about Plastic City Comic Con is that they have no intention of moving to a multi-day format or new location for the foreseeable future. The thinking behind that is to keep costs low for the participants as well as attendees. In this respect, Keith is working very hard to commit to the Micro-Con concept and the fact that this is their third year is proof that the Micro-Con is a very viable option for all and tons of fun. Join Sci Fi Saturday Night there and say hi.

In This Weeks News Conversation:

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TalkCast 373 – The Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival 2018




PKD HEADER - 18

Dan Abella

Dan Abella

It all started with a book. For our guest, in 2012, the book was Valis. The author of the book was Philip Kindred Dick. Our guest on this episode is the mind behind The Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival in New York City, Dan Abella. We got to talk with Dan on a wide range of subject that touched upon the origin of his fascination with PKD. What started him reading his works, why he started the festival, how the festival is curated, why they choose the works they do and so much more. Dan spoke about many of the works showing this year and mentioned some of his hidden gems. Among then are the feature ‘Ayla’ and the short ‘Methane Momma’ starring Melvin Van Peebles. He also talked about the stars that are involved in many of the films over the years including Margot Kidder and Keir Dullea in HENRi (from their very first festival).

It was an interview filled with information and great fun. Please, enjoy the chaos.

 

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TalkCast 372 – Rick and Julia and Mad Max




MMM LogoOur guests for this episode are Rick and Julia Ingham creators of the Mad Max Minute Podcast.  This is a podcast dedicated to watching every Mad Max movie one minute at a time and dissecting it in excruciating detail. We get some history on this genre, from its beginnings, as a podcast about an examination of “The Big Lebowski” to what is now podcasts covering almost 60 different movie franchises. Rick and Julia show a passion for their chosen work, putting out 2 or 3 podcasts a week for the run of the first two movies in the Mad Max series and discuss it with the audience on Facebook. They MMM alternate logoare about to begin work on Beyond Thunderdome. As skeptical as I was when first talking with them, their podcast is both fun and interesting, and that is in no small part due to their effervesce and enjoyment of the subject.

NEWS:

Star Trek Discovery  (Isn’t that enough?)

Enjoy The Chaos!

 

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TalkCast 371 – A Valentines Day Extravaganza With H.P. Mallory




H.P.Mallory

H.P.Mallory

It’s always delightful to catch up with an old friend. As our Queen of Paranormal Romance, every Valentines Day H.P. Mallory has had a standing invitation to join us. This year she accepted and we couldn’t have been more pleased. It seems that as the years have gone on, she has become more prolific than ever. Author of:

H.P. is one of the most amazing and creative writers we have had the pleasure to know. We talked about all her current series, where they started and where they are going and, just because, we also discussed how she writes and how her process has changed as her success has accelerated.

Enjoy the hour. We sure did. Happy Valentines Day.

 

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TalkCast 370 – George O’Connor Abroad




George O'Connor

A funny story about this weeks show. George O”Connor joins me to talk all about his beautiful obsession with Japanese Professional Wresting and in particular Jyushin Thunder Liger. It is all chronicled in his recent whirlwind trip to Japan to see him the G1 Climax. This is an amazing and entertaining story. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did listening to it.

 

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Note: This weeks special end theme is Stormur from The Traffic Lights (Rob Watts) album Huldufolk.

Jushin Thunder Liger

Jushin Thunder Liger

5 timers club FINAL

 

The Writer’s Block Presents: Plinkety-Plink




This month, a bit of wistful fiction to whet your appetite for the new year.

Plinkety-Plink

by Rob Smales

“I can’t believe she’s gone.”

“Hon, I … look, I don’t mean to sound insensitive here, but she was nearly eighty. And living in a home.”

“I know.”

“It’s not like it came from left field or anything. I’m sad—you know I am. I loved her, too. But it’s not like it’s a surprise.”

“I know.”

Angie looked about the good-sized room. The units at Greenlawn Elder Care were designed like hospital rooms, making things easier for both the residents and the staff, but each resident put in their own little touches. Pictures, knickknacks, furniture … every person living in the facility had done what they could to make their rooms their own. Her mother included.

So here Angie was, come to clean out all the personal things she might want before the room was prepared for its next tenant. She set the box on the foot of the bed, and continued to look about the room, helpless confusion settling on her. This should’ve been simple—just pick her way along, taking anything she wanted, anything that had been her mother’s—but she couldn’t figure out where to start. Pictures hung on all the walls: grandkids, her dad, even Angie herself. Her parents’ wedding photo hung over the bed, where some might have expected a crucifix; that wasn’t Mom’s way. There were pictures on nearly every surface, even the vanity she’d been allowed to bring from home. The dresser had drawers, as did the night table, and then there was the closet … Angie just counted herself lucky there was only the room, and not a whole house.

“You might want to try the vanity,” suggested a voice. The nurse who’d accompanied them from the front entrance still stood in the doorway, sorrow in her eyes. “Everything in there is hers, so you don’t have to worry about taking the wrong thing, and it’ll give you a place to start.”

Angie nodded. “Thank you.”

“Marilyn was a great woman.” The nurse shook her head. “So full of life. We’re all sorry to see her go.”

Angie sat wordless as the woman nodded once, respectfully, before backing out of the room.

“I hope I didn’t hurt your feelings, hon,” said Don as soon as they were alone. “I didn’t mean to. I just wanted to … to point out the realities of the situation.”

“It’s fine,” Angie said, but they both knew it wasn’t. She scooped up the box, trying not to snatch it angrily but not quite succeeding, and sat before her mother’s old vanity. She watched in the mirror as Don came up behind her, his hands on her shoulders as he looked into her reflected eyes.

“I’m sorry. I’ll tell you what: you get started here. No hurry. I’ll head down to the kitchen area, see if I can scrounge us a couple cups of coffee. When I get back I’ll help you, if you like. Okay?”

music boxShe nodded. His hands slipped from her shoulders, and she was alone. She looked around the room again, seeing all her mother’s old things, and the room began to blur around her as tears rolled, unchecked, down her cheeks, spotting her blouse-front as they fell.

“It’s not fair,” she whispered. “That nurse was right, Mom—you were so full of life. I don’t care what Don says—this took me by surprise. If you’d been sick, or frail, maybe I would’ve been prepared. But this? I never got to say goodbye. I didn’t think I had to.”

She sat in the chair, avoiding eye contact with her reflection as she wept.

Eventually, she pulled the box to her, yanked it hard, angered that the cleaning of the room needed to be done, and that she was the only one to do it. She pulled open one of the vanity’s side drawers and stopped with a gasp, fingertips covering her mouth. Reaching into the drawer with both hands, she lifted something out.

Mom’s jewelry box, she thought, breath hitching in her chest. Oh, she loved this thing! I wonder if it still …

She caught the edge of the lid with finger, lifting it easily, exposing her mother’s collection of rings, earrings, bracelets and necklaces. Immediately the room filled with the plinkity-plink sound of music box music, and her breath caught again. Angie didn’t know the name of the tune, though she’d heard it all her life. It had always been “Mom’s jewelry box song” to her, and it always, always brought back happy memories.

Young Angie watching her mother dressing to go out, music playing as Mom held up earrings, checking herself in the mirror …

Angie smiled at the thought. Mom had always been such a beautiful woman. Then—

Angie, seventeen and dressed for her prom, sitting at Mom’s vanity, Mom now holding earrings up to Angie’s ears as the jewelry box plinked away. “Don’t tell your father I told you this,” Mom smiles over Angie’s shoulder, into the mirror. “But if you really want to get a boy’s attention, try …”

Angie laughed out loud at the thought.

“I’d forgotten about that,” she whispered. “And she was right: Dad would have—”

Angie, twenty-seven, sitting at the vanity again, listening to the little tune as Mom fastens a necklace for her, the one she’d chosen as her “something borrowed” for the way it lay across the neckline of her wedding dress. “Don’s a good man,” Mom whispers in her ear. “He’ll make you very—”

“What did you do?”

Angie jumped, snapping the lid shut, cutting off the song mid-plink.

“I didn’t do anything,” she said, turning toward the nurse who was standing once more in the doorway.

“You did something,” the woman said, striding forward. “That old jewelry box was one of Marilyn’s favorites, but it’s been broken for months. She couldn’t find anyone to fix it. How did you get it to play?”

“I just—” Angie began, but the woman reached out to flip back the box lid.

Nothing but silence.

“You see here?”

The nurse turned the winding key that stuck out of the side of the box, but there was no clicking, not a sound of winding, the key spinning freely in its socket.

“See there? The mainspring is broken—this thing won’t make a sound. What did you do?”

“I just opened it,” Angie whispered, eyes starting to flow once more.

“What’s going on?” Don was in the doorway, hands full of coffee cups.

“It was just Mom,” said Angie, smiling through her tears, “saying goodbye.”

***

Rob Smales is the author of Dead of Winter, winner of the Superior Achievement in Dark Fiction Award from Firbolg Publishing’s Gothic Library in 2014. His short stories have been published in over two dozen anthologies and magazines. His latest book, Echoes of Darkness, was released in 2016 by Books & Boos Press.

For more about Rob, including links to his published works, upcoming events, and a series of very short—but free—stories, please visit him at www.RobSmales.com. This piece originally appeared on his website.

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