Autumn Is Coming

Just got word from Mike Davis that my story "Cul Du-Sac Virus" is going to be included in his Autumn Cthulhu anthology. As an avowed lover of Autumn (there really is no better season) I'm both honored and excited to have one of my stories among the leaves.





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Now in Delightful Digital Surround Sound (if you have digital surround sound

I'm excited to report the last month has ushered in a veritable cavalcade of podcast sales. My science fiction story: "Moving Away" originally printed in the, sadly defunct, 10Flash Quarterly was read by Alex C. Renwick on Toasted Cake, a clever little podcast headed by the incredible Tina Connolly, yes that Tina Connolly.

Also, Pseudopod will be producing my horror story "Saturday," originally printed in Shock Totem #9. I love all my stories, but "Saturday" is one I'm particularly proud of, so it's really exciting to know it'll get the Pseudopod treatment.

Also, also, The Overcast, a fresh, new podcast out of Portland, Oregon will be producing my SF satire "Black Friday" sometime soon. In just a few short months of operation The Overcast has featured fiction from Erika Satifka and Caroline Yoachim, two of my favorite short story authors. I'm honored to be in such august company.

Lastly, my story "Gently Down the Stream" will be appearing in the July issue of The Lovecraft eZine. The eZine is one of my perennial favorites, both as an author and reader. Mike Davis always does an amazing job finding truly talented readers, but also commissions original art for every single story.

To be completely honest, I listen to a lot of podcasts. Not just fiction,but movie and book reviews, history, psychology, interesting news, and pretty much anything that strikes my fancy. In particular, the following are almost always on my iPod.

  • The Horror Movie Podcast: I love horror movies, but don't have a lot of time to watch them, so the HMP crew serve as my first line of defense against terrible cinema. Specifically, I enjoy the mix of academic, critical, and street-level analysis provided by the diverse cast of HMP--whose cast boasts not only a former professional film critic, but also a writer/director, and two PhD's.  
  • The Sci-Fi Movie Podcast: Sensing a theme? I was recently clued into the Sci-Fi movie podcast by a friend, and have been gobbling up episodes ever since. The reviews tend to run from a half hour to an hour, and so are perfect for my drive home from work. Really, what drew me to the podcast was the sheer breadth of their catalog, which covers everything from The Star Wars Christmas Special to The Last Starfighter, to Alien.
  • 99% Invisible: If you aren't listening to this, you should be. Episodes run less than twenty minutes on average (great for a quick jog or drive) and are basically a grab bag of interesting ideas. I haven't pillaged anything yet, but you can bet some of what Roman Mars covers is already worming its way into my fiction. The episodes on the history of the OUIJA Board and Winchester Mystery House are particularly noteworthy.
  • Invisibilia: Sensing another theme? I've always been fascinated with what makes people do and say the things they do. This led to the first of my superfluous degrees and a brief stint in Clinical Psychology…which led me to look for a different career. In any case, Invisibilia not only fulfills my curiosity, but is damn interesting in the bargain. Their very first episode, exploring how and why good people sometimes think terrible thoughts, is one of my favorites.
  • Hardcore History: Okay, so after I got out of Psychology I got it into my head to be a college history professor. Terrible job prospects and pay eventually disabused me of that notion, although not before I'd acquired two more useless degrees. Despite being several years removed from my Early World History classes, I still hold an abiding interest in the past, particularly all the inventive and terrible ways humans have managed to kill one another over the years. Be warned, Hardcore History doesn't cover subjugated knowledges or new social history, it focuses on military matters, pure and simple. But if you're interested in how horrible the Mongol Invasions, or World War I, or the Punic Wars were--look no further. Dan Carlin seems to delight in depicting in gruesome detail the sheer scope and brutality of warfare over the ages, and what emerges is a surprisingly unbiased narrative--sort of like The Gallic Wars meets All Quiet on the Western Front.   

Oh, I also listen to Pseudopod, Escape Pod, Podcastle, The Drabblecast, The Lovecraft eZine, Toasted Cake, and a host of other fiction podcasts, but if you're here, you probably already know all about them.

As always, if there are any podcasts you enjoy, feel free to share them below. Despite my overflowing playlist, I'm always looking for more. 

Reader Comments (4)

Evan, great to see you doing well! I was just thinking about you and wondering what you are up to. I listened to Moving Away over on Toasted Cake. Great story!

June 28, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJay Starkey

Thanks, Jay. Glad you enjoyed it! What have you been up to?

June 28, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterEvan

Back in Japan and working in Tokyo. Drop me a line sometime - you have my email?

June 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJS

I do not. You can use the "Contact" form on this webpage to get it to me (so it's not just rattling around loose on the net for any spambot who happens by).

Great to hear from you!

July 1, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterEvan

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