TalkCast 523 – The Middling Affliction & Cthulhu and You




 

Our first guest is Alex Shvartsman here to talk about his first  book in “The Conradverse”, The Middling Affliction. This book is a kind of interweaving urban fantasy which is based in New  York City and emcompasses mythos, monsters, various religions, the druids and a dash of paranormal organized crime. It’s a great thriller and we get a chance to talk with Alex about a lot of the background behind the book and how it came to be as well as where the series is going.

 

 

 

Our second guest is Uncle Jason Ciaramella,one of the creators and  writer of the C is for Cthulhu project about their current kickstarter, the Cthulhu brouhaha (I have always wanted to say that), how he got into this and turned lovecraftian horror into a children’s cottage industry.

 

 

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TalkCast 522 – We’re Going To Talk To This Guy….




In tonight’s ‘Cast, we get a surprise guest and get to spend the time with Mickey Mikkelson, Owner and Operator of Creative Edge Publicity, a company that Sci Fi Saturday Night has forged at strategic alliance with over the past four years. We met Mickey when one of our friends/favorite authors mentioned us to him, he listened to us and the rest is muddied in history. Mickey has brought us a myriad of interesting guests over the years so we though is appropriate to bring out the man behind the curtain and talk to him for a change. Enjoy The chaos.

 

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What’s Capt. Cam Watching?

Captain Cam is always trying to improve himself.  Of late I have been working on improving my cooking skills and the first place I went to was the Mecca of cooking information, YouTube.  I entered into the search engine ‘cooking videos appropriate for Captain Cam’ and I got the following Dining with Danhausen cooking Hot Pockets’.  It was right about my speed.

Danhausen does a variety of videos but the cooking ones caught my eye.  How to describe Danhausen?  In a blender add every late night horror movie host, a dash of PeeWee Herman, and Simpsons humor and you have Danhausen.  And what better person to learn cooking from then someone whose day job is professional wrestler?  Next is a lesson on making popcorn.

TalkCast 521 – Kwelengsen Storm by David M. Kelly




 

 

In this ‘Cast we get to talk with David M. Kelly about a spin off from a series of his Joe Ballen books. The first book in the Logan’s World series (see above) continues on worldbuilding in a near future. The beauty of this is Kelly’s meticulous attention to detail without going into technological detail allowing the story to flow and characters to develop. We had the opportunity to explore his process in depth and talk about his building development. Science in science fiction, when unobtrusively layered, is absolutely wonderful. Enjoy.

 

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Also #1:

We want to mention our good friend George O’Connor and companies nominations for The Ringo Awards. If you’re so inclined, follow the imbedded link and vote for one great bunch of people who produces one great book!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ALSO #2: 

In an randomly recurring mini-segment we proudly present:

 

What’s Capt. Cam Watching?

In tonight’s episode, he talks about Alan Moore and “Reading Bad Books”!



TalkCast 520 – Best Use Of A Goblin…Evah!




In this ‘Cast we talk with Richard H. Stephens about his Soul Forge Universe series of books spannings, at this point at least four different series of books, to talk about book one in his latest series Keeper of The Jewel, book one in the Highcliff Guardian Series. According to Richard, this is a series that he never intended to write and it was a happenstance of Covid that gave him the opportunity to write this backstory series of a Queen who will walk the winds of fate.. We spoke with Richard about what it’s like to juggle so many characters throughout so many books over so many timelines over so very many years of work and how much fun it has become to delve into the nuance subtleties of the worlds and kingdoms he had built and had to rebuild along the way. Join us for an interesting conversation about fantasy, fiction and on very unsettled goblin. Enjoy!

 

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TalkCast 519 – The Spark Behind The Writing of Pat Daily




So, what do we know about Pat Daily? He is an enigma on social media, so hiswebsite mirrors his facebook which mirrors his twitter account and all of which has very minimal background information about him. Here’s what we do know. He is incredibly well read with the Grandmasters of Science Fiction and has liberally “easter egged” them in his first book, Spark. He has a vast real world knowledge in hard science to back up his whimsical enjoyment of fantasy which intertwine so beautifully in this book.There is a sense of character reality in his writing that makes Spark an intriguing and engaging read that keeps you involved from the very first page. Most importantly, Pat is a great conversationalist as we hope this interview will attest to, so grab your snacks and relax.

 

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TalkCast 518- Dreamforge Magazine And The Dignity Of Humanity




There is a joy in speaking with people who create something that works.  Creating a magazine is tough enough in this day and age and watching it morph into what has become Dreamforge Anvil has been wonderful indeed. In this episode, we again get to spend time with Jane and Scot Noel, the founders and driving force behind the birth and growth of this wonderful endeavor. Over the past 4 years we have watched as they planted the seed on Kickstarter and seen in grow into a multi-national group. Join us for a fun discussion with a great group of people.

 

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TalkCast 517 – Eternity’s Well




In this episode we get to talk with Zachary Hagen about book one of 5 in the Eternal Chronicles Series, Eternity’s Well. This first book in the series is , for him, a work which in many ways parallels many emotional moments in his life and took years to complete. As a result, he spoke about the interminable re-writes he needed to make to clarify concepts and characters to the readers and the importance of working with his editor. We also got the chance to touch upon the grand scope of this narrative and just how far Zachary wishes to take it in coming books. Enjoy the discussion!

 

 

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TalkCast 516 – Vlada




 

In this episode, we speak with Christopher Denmead about his “graphic Novella Vlada: A Dracula Tale, which is  beautifully illustrated by Ken Hunt. Chris talks about the amazing intricacies of  how this book came about and the trials of production during Covid. We also got to chat about his Radio of Horror show. Enjoy!

 

 

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TalkCast 515 – SHAPERS OF WORLDS VOLUME II




Edward Willett

In this “Cast we talk again with Edward Willett and touch upon a number of subjects. Among them were his anthologies, Shaper of Worlds, where they came from, his podcast his publishing company and how in the heck he does it all while continuing to write. It is kind of amazing how much Ed does while also maintaining a YouTube channel with some very interesting content. Join us for a wide ranging conversation with Edward Willett.

 

 

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TalkCast 514 – The Truth About Canadian Werewolves




Mark Leslie

In this episode, author Mark Leslie returns and  talks about his latest book in the Canadian Werewolf series Fright Nights, Big City, reintroducing us to Michael Andrews and his cast of intriguing characters in the continuing story of fighting the good fight and finding themselves along the way. Mark has created a fascinating subculture just below the surface we acknowledge and in doing so makes for a cast of wonderfully real characters that you care for, root for and feel for throughout the stories as their lives are revealed. This is the innovational storytelling that transcends the “ordinary” werewolf retelling into a modern look into society that is both fascinating and frightening, as it should be. Using current history and modern themes this series brings a team of “powered” entities together for common goals without their knowledge, interweaving hearts and minds in a wonderfully complex tapestry of modern tropes and themes.

It’s a fun book, a fun series and a wonderful fun conversation with Mark. Enjoy.

 

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