TalkCast 390 – V.S. Holmes and Nel Bently




V.S. Holmes

V.S. Holmes

Our guest in this episode is returning author V.S. Holmes here to talk about some new interconnected projects of hers at Amphibian Press.

First is her inclusion in a Science fiction short story anthology ‘Beamed Up.’ Joining with fellow “Amphibian” writers Cameron J. Quinn, Ariele Sieling and Cullen McHael, V.S.’ contribution is a story called “Disciples”, written in the Nel Bently universe.

Her other project is the soon to be released Book 3 in the Nel Bently series “Strangers”. For those unfamiliar with the series, you can read the first book for free here. V.S. talked about Nel, where she came from how she developed and the parallels between Nel and herself.

After that, we talked about the unique perspective that “Disciples” brings to the Nel Bently universe, allowing the reader the rare ability to see this from the opposite perspective, from the eyes of the “alien”, Lin Nalawangsa (but is Lin actually an alien?). This is an extremely enjoyable well-written series and we had a lot of fun talking about it with V.S., aside from not  having to do so in a truck stop with negligible internet access.

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Strangers

Strangers

Beamed Up

Beamed Up

Another Peculiar August Update – Ryanne Strong




My Peculiar Family 2

My Peculiar Family 2

Fortune—and misfortune—can be found in the most unlikely places … including on a lonely train speeding through the night. Whether Chauncy Thomas’ fortunes have deteriorated or improved is a matter of perspective …

#Read @Ryanne Strong’s peculiar tale ONLY in the exciting #new #short #story collection, MY PECULIAR FAMILY II.

@Ryanne Strong talks about her peculiar publication:

 

“Creating the character of Chauncy Thomas for, “Fortune’s Opportunity” was a fun challenge for me. But once I’d worked out his backstory, I knew exactly how I could fit him into Chyna Dale’s universe.”

Ryanne Strong

Ryanne Strong

 

Learn more and/or support this peculiar publication on Kickstarter.

#MPF2

 

Another Peculiar August Update – Vlad Vaslyn




My Peculiar Family 2

My Peculiar Family 2

What if you could steal someone’s imagination? #Read @Vladvaslyn’s creepy gothic tale ONLY in the exciting #new #short #story collection, MY PECULIAR FAMILY II.

@Vlad Vaslyn recalls his peculiar experience writing “The Final Tale!”

Creativity is a blessing and a curse peculiar to humankind. Is there any other creature that displays such ability to wield the lightning of imagination? When an artist—painter, writer, sculptor, and so on—is blessed with the throes of creativity, it’s often a blissful and exhilarating experience. It can feel almost holy, and for most, the sacrifice of time, energy and emotion is well worth ceding a bit of one’s soul.

But there’s a dark side to creativity, too, as all adepts know. Consider the episodes of gloom and

crisis that can all too easily overwhelm, those moments when an artist feels that no matter his skill, his work is mediocre, and is therefore doomed. What happens when an artist just isn’t good

Vlad Vaslyn

Vlad Vaslyn

enough, when he fails, despite how badly he yearns, despite how he puts his craft above all else? What happens when the curse peculiar needles its way into his soul, and the ecstasy of creation is overwhelmed by the agony of mediocrity? It can lead to uncomfortable questions, soul-shaking questions, and the blessing of creativity can all too easily become a curse.

In “The Final Tale,” Andrew Lahr is a lonely young man yearning to become a writer of renown, but despite his love of storytelling, he consistently falls short of fulfilling his life-long dream. Destitute and on the verge of suicide, Andrew is at crossroads … until his mysterious uncle—a man known to dabble in strange magic—bequeaths Andrew with a gift that can unlock the power of not just his own imagination, but all imaginations. Andrew begins to grow into the writer he’s always desired to become, but his uncle’s gift exacts a price, and soon Andrew starts to wonder: has he been blessed, or has he been cursed?

Learn more and/or support this peculiar publication on Kickstarter.

TalkCast 389 – Yet Another Peculiar August Show




My Peculiar Family 2

My Peculiar Family 2

In this episode we are joined by author Vlad Vaslyn and artist, writer and coloratura soprano Karen Gosselin to talk about their contributions to My Peculiar Family 2, currently on Kickstarter.

Karen gets the chance to talk about how she has been with this project since the beginning and why she felt it was important to continue to Book Two.

Vlad, who has been so very helpful behind the scenes in the book, talks about the “exercise” aspect of these books and how it lets all the assembled writers work within the same project and have such wildly inventive and different story’s.

It’s a fun night with two of the shows very good friends.

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Karen Gosselin

Karen Gosselin

Vlad Vaslyn

Vlad Vaslyn

 

Meet My Peculiar Families John Valeri




John Valeri

John Valeri

A reclusive novelist has earned herself a cult following … The trouble is, she may not have ever published a damn thing.

#Author @JohnValeri talks about his peculiar story in the upcoming #short #story collection, MY PECULIAR FAMILY II:

“Writing “Publish/Perish” was a “peculiar” experience in that it elicited an overwhelmingly vehement response from the few trusted early readers who got a glimpse at the first half—more so than anything I’d shared previously. I was inundated with enthusiastic congratulations on my too-good-to-be-true book deal, tempered only by sympathetic commiseration over my impending divorce. While there are a few autobiographical elements infused within the story, neither of those occurrences happen to be among them. I’m still an “aspiring novelist,” and I’m still happily married. Guess I should have prefaced my submission with a precursor: This is a work of fiction. Live and learn, huh?”

Learn more and/or support this peculiar publication on Kickstarter.

#MPF2

My Peculiar Family 2

My Peculiar Family 2

 

TalkCast 388 – Dale T. Phillips, Throg and A Peculiar Update




Dale T. Phillips

Dale T. Phillips

 

In this podcast, Dale Phillips, who certainly has some stuff to talk about, joins us once again. We get a chance to talk about his newest works as well as his time as a student when Stephen King was his teacher, his time as a mall Santa, his upcoming trip to The Killer Nashville Annual Writers Conference and his IMDB credit for the movie Throg. We then got to talk about volume two of My Peculiar Family now out on Kickstarter. Dale talks bout why he wanted to be involved in this project and what he brings to it, including a nifty audio book reward offering. Come join us on Kickstarter and sit back and relax here as well.

 

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My Peculiar Family 2

My Peculiar Family 2

 

MPF2 Update




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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