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American horror story author and originator of the Cthulhu Mythos

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Cthulhu in the Deep South
Tentacle Talk - Ed Erdelac

Cthulhu in the Deep South

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 6, 2021 62:33


Want more historical fiction merged with the Lovecraft mythos? In this episode Kirk sits down with Ed Erdelac to discuss "Rainbringer: Zora Neale Hurston Against The Lovecraftian Mythos". The authors share their experiences incorporating black history with science fiction along with their love of the genre. AND YES, BOOK 6 IS IN PRODUCTION.  Ed Erdelac's blog can be found at https://emerdelac.wordpress.com/ And check out Kirk and Alex's narrative podcast about The Reconstruction South These Hallowed Halls on podcatchers everywhere.  Thanks so much for listening!! Don't forget to rate, share, and leave reviews if you're enjoying this feed.  Cthulhu in the Deep South is a member of the Missing Sock Podcast Network.  You can support this and all our other shows on Patreon.  We also have a Merch Page. 

Microphones & Monsters
Ep. 153: Fugue State - Part 1

Microphones & Monsters

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 6, 2021 42:46


Julian enters a fugue state and does something to Evangeline's machinesSupport us on Patreon and get ad free and bonus content (https://www.patreon.com/MicsAndMonsters)---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------PromoWe Suck At D&D (https://linktr.ee/wesuckpod)---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------CastAdam Culbertson as your Game MasterRichard Collins as AleisterMax Steele as Dr. Julian CottageSteven Sides as Victor StodgeSocial MediaTwitter @MicsAndMonsters (https://twitter.com/MicsAndMonsters)Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/microphones_and_monsters/)Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/MicrophonesAndMonsters/)CastJunkie Discord Invite (https://discord.gg/KRgm7TA) come chat with us in #mics-and-monstersOfficial Discord Invite (https://discord.gg/Ubrccs8gFZ)---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Music in this episode by Marco Mazzei at Fallen Highway Studios.---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Microphones & Monsters is in no way affiliated with Wizards of The Coast or Petersen Games

Legion Podcasts
The Mystery Vault Podcast: Episode 128: The Necronomicon

Legion Podcasts

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 5, 2021 22:44


Join RJ as he investigates the work of legendary horror author H.P. Lovecraft and the Necronomicon. Does the book really exist or is it just a work of fiction ? Find out in this Episode. The post The Mystery Vault Podcast: Episode 128: The Necronomicon first appeared on Legion.

Microphones & Monsters
Ep. 152: Level 11!

Microphones & Monsters

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 3, 2021 37:59


Just a simple level up, nothing to see here...Support us on Patreon and get ad free and bonus content (https://www.patreon.com/MicsAndMonsters)---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------PromoRealms of Peril and Glory (https://link.chtbl.com/do_f39X1?sid=SocialBio)---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------CastAdam Culbertson as your Game MasterRichard Collins as AleisterMax Steele as Dr. Julian CottageSteven Sides as Victor StodgeSocial MediaTwitter @MicsAndMonsters (https://twitter.com/MicsAndMonsters)Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/microphones_and_monsters/)Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/MicrophonesAndMonsters/)CastJunkie Discord Invite (https://discord.gg/KRgm7TA) come chat with us in #mics-and-monstersOfficial Discord Invite (https://discord.gg/Ubrccs8gFZ)---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Music in this episode by Marco Mazzei at Fallen Highway Studios.---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Microphones & Monsters is in no way affiliated with Wizards of The Coast or Petersen Games

Cthulhu & Friends
Cthulhu & Friends S4E1 – Poetry

Cthulhu & Friends

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 3, 2021 68:50


Here we go, another season, new characters, and a new intro. Listen in and enjoy our first episode of a new season of Cthulhu and Friends. Want to peek behind the curtain? Check us out on Twitch where we record every Sunday. Click here to jump to our Twitch channel. Episodes star Ben, Fred, Mike, …

Forge the Narrative - Warhammer 40k Podcast
FTN Episode 411 – Talons of the Emperor Are Going to be Sharp!

Forge the Narrative - Warhammer 40k Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 3, 2021


Come join Paul this weekend on Warhammer TV!  This show is going up early and we should be back to normal next week.  This week we are talking about the … Read More

Café com Dungeon
HP Lovecoffee: O que a lua traz consigo - CcD #916

Café com Dungeon

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2021 10:10


Neste episódio, Balbi faz uma leitura de O Que A Lua Traz Consigo, conto de H.P. Lovecraft escrito em 1922. A excelente tradução do conto lido é de Guilherme da Silva Braga, publicado na coletânea O Chamado de Cthulhu e Outros Contos, da editora Hedra.  Você encontra esta coletânea da Editora Hedra à venda aqui. Confira o financiamento coletivo da versão brasileira de Máscaras de Nyarlathotep! https://www.catarse.me/cthulhu_mascaras   #HPLOVECOFFEE   ***   *** CONSIDERE APOIAR O ROLE!!!! Torne-se um Assinante do Café,  com Dungeon, com planos a partir de R$5, e contribua para criarmos nossa série especial destrinchando a história do RPG, dos anos 70 até os dias atuais! Assine já!   **** Aproveite nossas parcerias! A My Dice Factory, que faz lindíssimos dados artesanais, está em temporada de vendas e ainda há kits disponíveis! Chega no site da MDF e use o cupom REGRADACASA5. Se você for assinante do Café com Dungeon, me consulte no telegram pelo cupom especial. *** Quer beber um Café artesanal, sem impurezas e delicioso enquanto ouve o Café com Dungeon? Vindo de pequenos produtores numa cadeia de produção racional, de agricultura familia e sem indústria tradicional envolvida, conheça a Ovelha Negra Cafés e todos os seus tipos especiais de café. Use o Cupom: DUNGEONCRAWL   Assinantes têm cupom especiais. Consulte no grupo de Telegram! *** Muito obrigado a todos os assinantes do nível Expresso - esse apoio ajuda demais; e muitíssimo obrigado aos apoiadores Café com Creme e Café Gourmet: Abílio Júnior Adriel Lucas Balieiro Rodrigues Aline Maciel André Luiz Marcondes Pontes Brayner Silva Bruno Cobbi Bruno Tácio Cachoeira Caio Messias Cavazzana Carlos Castilho Cássio Félix Daniel Saraiva Denis Lima Diego Leite Da Cunha Diego Sestito Dm Quiral Erasmo Barros Erasmo Barros Fábio Luparelli Felipe Xavier Gonzaga Franciolli Araújo Francisco Siqueira Gabriel Stüpp George Bonfim Gersica Melchiades Gilvan Gouvêa Glauber Rocha Glebe Duarte Gustavo Baldez Oliveira Dias Gustavo Jardim De Souza Gustavo Murad Heitor Coelho Helber Del Bem Martins Jarbas Trindade Jean Paes João Rafael Coelho Cruz E Sousa Jorge Monteiro José Canesin Leandro Fiamenghi Leonardo De Andrade Castilho Leonardo Monteio De Morais Leonardo Paixão Lianker Lopes Lucas Barjud Luiz Felipe Pereira De Souza Marcelo Pires Bentes Marcos Paulo Ribeiro Marcus Komei Machado Pedroza Matheus Heleno Pedro Borges Pedro Cocola Pedro Gustavo Rodrigues Pedro Wah Rafael Caetano Mingoranci Rafael Cruz Rafael Garotti Rezende Rafael Raposo Rafael Roque Leite Ramon Bezerra Raoni Godinho Ricardo Matte Rodrigo De Lima González Rodrigo Freitas Roger Kober Saulo Aride Tiago Lima Barboza Willy Alencar Yuri Saiyé *** #Paracegover CAPA: à frente o logo do Café com Dungeon; ao fundo, uma foto do momento icônico em que Jean Willy abre cusparada em cima de Bolsonaro.   *** O Café com Dungeon é um podcast oferecido pelo canal Regra da Casa. Siga nosso Instagram para um complemento visual de nosso conteúdo, além de anúncios, sorteios e atualizações. Troque idéia conosco em nosso Twitter!  

Microphones & Monsters
Motivation for Morons on M&M with Aaron Dalla Villa

Microphones & Monsters

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2021 86:01


This is our monthly discussion episode. Discussing our favorite moments as we recap November episodes, what's to come, joking, laughing, and having a good time.Our second guest of Season 3 is Aaron Dalla Villa. He has been featured in numerous film, television, and theater roles including a starring role in the feature film PLEDGE, distributed by IFC Midnight, a starring role on the series DUELS, a spot on GOTHAM, and voice work in the popular video game series Earth Defense Force. (http://aarondallavilla.com/)He also made the D20 Alpha Rift Tribute music video that came from the movie Alpha Rift (2020) where he plays the lead role where he plays a TTRPG fan boy turned modern day knight. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALsjeqKaI4M)Support us on Patreon and get ad free and bonus content (https://www.patreon.com/MicsAndMonsters)---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------CastAdam Culbertson as Adam CulbertsonRichard Collins as Richard CollinsMax Steele as Max SteeleSteven Sides as Steven SidesNico Rodriguez as Nico RodriguezSocial MediaTwitter @MicsAndMonsters (https://twitter.com/MicsAndMonsters)Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/microphones_and_monsters/)Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/MicrophonesAndMonsters/)CastJunkie Discord Invite (https://discord.gg/KRgm7TA) come chat with us in #mics-and-monstersOfficial Discord Invite (https://discord.gg/Ubrccs8gFZ)---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------All songs written and produced by Marco Mazzei at Fallen Highway Studios---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Microphones & Monsters is in no way affiliated with Wizards of The Coast or Petersen Games

Drunken Pen Writing Podcast
DBS #56: Appreciating Pulp Fiction Writers

Drunken Pen Writing Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2021 46:12


We cover a lot of topics in this one. We start off by discussing Professor Tolkien's view on escapism and what we think about people who use entertainment as a means to escape their lives for a bit. That transforms into a quick conversation about media personalities who purposely say and do outlandish things to garner attention.  When we finally get to the topic at hand, we have a wonderful discussion about how underappreciated we feel classic pulp writers are. Writers like Robert E. Howard, Raymond Chandler, Ian Fleming, and H.P. Lovecraft. Then Spencer takes things to a controversial level by naming who he thinks is the greatest living American author. This opens up a whole new discussion that gets really fun. Check out our fiction at www.drunkenpenwriting.com You can also follow us on Twitter @drunkpenwriting On Instagram @drunkenpenwriting And like us on Facebook @drunkenpenwriting

Microphones & Monsters
Ep. 151: A Storm of Vengeance - Part 16

Microphones & Monsters

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2021 44:44


It's a revolution man.Our second guest of Season 3 is Aaron Dalla Villa. He has been featured in numerous film, television, and theater roles including a starring role in the feature film PLEDGE, distributed by IFC Midnight, a starring role on the series DUELS, a spot on GOTHAM, and voice work in the popular video game series Earth Defense Force. (http://aarondallavilla.com/)He also made the D20 Alpha Rift Tribute music video that came from the movie Alpha Rift (2020) where he plays the lead role where he plays a TTRPG fan boy turned modern day knight. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALsjeqKaI4M)Aaron is playing as Virath, an original character in the Microphones & Monsters Multiverse. Support us on Patreon and get ad free and bonus content (https://www.patreon.com/MicsAndMonsters)---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Promo3 Spooked Girls (https://linktr.ee/3spookedgirls)---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------CastAdam Culbertson as your Game MasterRichard Collins as AleisterMax Steele as Dr. Julian CottageSteven Sides as Victor StodgeSocial MediaTwitter @MicsAndMonsters (https://twitter.com/MicsAndMonsters)Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/microphones_and_monsters/)Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/MicrophonesAndMonsters/)CastJunkie Discord Invite (https://discord.gg/KRgm7TA) come chat with us in #mics-and-monstersOfficial Discord Invite (https://discord.gg/Ubrccs8gFZ)---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Music in this episode by Marco Mazzei at Fallen Highway Studios---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Microphones & Monsters is in no way affiliated with Wizards of The Coast or Petersen Games

Forge the Narrative - Warhammer 40k Podcast
FTN Episode 410 – Drukhari Can't Be Stopped – Or Can They?

Forge the Narrative - Warhammer 40k Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 28, 2021


Very sorry about missing the release last week but Paul was in Austin doing some commentary on the Games Workshop US Open Series. On this episode we talk a little … Read More

Microphones & Monsters
Ep. 150: A Storm of Vengeance - Part 15

Microphones & Monsters

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 26, 2021 30:12


Nobody could predict what comes next!Our second guest of Season 3 is Aaron Dalla Villa. He has been featured in numerous film, television, and theater roles including a starring role in the feature film PLEDGE, distributed by IFC Midnight, a starring role on the series DUELS, a spot on GOTHAM, and voice work in the popular video game series Earth Defense Force. (http://aarondallavilla.com/)He also made the D20 Alpha Rift Tribute music video that came from the movie Alpha Rift (2020) where he plays the lead role where he plays a TTRPG fan boy turned modern day knight. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALsjeqKaI4M)Aaron is playing as Virath, an original character in the Microphones & Monsters Multiverse. Support us on Patreon and get ad free and bonus content (https://www.patreon.com/MicsAndMonsters)---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------PromoPomegranates and Pitchforks (https://twitter.com/PomPitchPod)---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------CastAdam Culbertson as your Game MasterRichard Collins as AleisterMax Steele as Dr. Julian CottageSteven Sides as Victor StodgeSocial MediaTwitter @MicsAndMonsters (https://twitter.com/MicsAndMonsters)Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/microphones_and_monsters/)Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/MicrophonesAndMonsters/)CastJunkie Discord Invite (https://discord.gg/KRgm7TA) come chat with us in #mics-and-monstersOfficial Discord Invite (https://discord.gg/Ubrccs8gFZ)---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Music in this episode by Marco Mazzei at Fallen Highway Studios and Nicolas Jeudy of DARK FANTASY STUDIO.---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Microphones & Monsters is in no way affiliated with Wizards of The Coast or Petersen Games

Atoz: A Speculative Fiction Book Club Podcast
Ep. 32: Doomsday Book by Connie Willis

Atoz: A Speculative Fiction Book Club Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2021 44:00


Time travel for Christmas. Just try not to get the plague. Join the conversation on the Atoz forum. Support the network and gain access to over fifty bonus episodes by become a patron on Patreon. Want more science fiction in your life? Check out The Gene Wolfe Literary Podcast. Love Neil Gaiman? Join us on Hanging Out With the Dream King: A Neil Gaiman Podcast. Lovecraft? Poe? Check out Elder Sign: A Weird Fiction Podcast. Trekker? Join us on Lower Decks: A Star Trek Podcast. Want to know more about the Middle Ages? Subscribe to Agnus: The Late Antique, Medieval, and Byzantine Podcast. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Weird Studies
Episode 111: What is Best In Life: On 'Conan the Barbarian'

Weird Studies

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 81:30


A wish-fulfilment fantasy for pubescent boys of all ages, or a subtle disquisition on the ethics of a sorcerous world? John Milius' Conan the Barbarian (1982) manages to be both, although one may be easy to overlook. In this episode, JF and Phil leave the heights of Hesse's The Glass Bead Game with a headlong dive to the trash stratum. Their wager: that Conan the Barbarian, a film without a hint of irony, is a spiritual statement that is equal parts empowering and disquieting, and a prime of example of how fantasy is sometimes the straightest way to the heart of reality. REFERENCES John Milus (dir.), Conan the Barbarian (1982) Richard Fleischer (dir.), Conan the Destroyer (1984) Robert E. Howard (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_E._Howard), American writer, author of the Conan stories Jack Smith (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Smith_(film_director)), "On the Perfect Filmic Appositeness of Maria Montez" Weird Studies #3: Ecstasy, Sin, and "The White People" (https://www.weirdstudies.com/3) H. P. Lovecraft, "Supernatural Horror in Literature" (https://www.hplovecraft.com/writings/texts/essays/shil.aspx) Fritz Leiber (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fritz_Leiber), American writer Weird Studies #95: Demon Seed: On Doris Lessing's The Fifth Child (https://www.weirdstudies.com/95) Dungeons & Dragons Weird Studies #20: The Trash Stratum (part 1 (https://www.weirdstudies.com/20), part 2 (https://www.weirdstudies.com/21)) Masaki Kobayashi (dir.), Kwaidan (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0058279/) Jerry Zucker (dir.), Ghost (1990) Roget's Thesarus of English Words and Phrases (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0099653/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1) Maria Montez (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maria_Montez), Dominican-American actress

We Make Books Podcast
Episode 72 - Vampiric Influences on Marsupial Child-rearing (Writing Influences)

We Make Books Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2021 53:52


We Make Books is a podcast for writers and publishers, by writers and publishers and we want to hear from our listeners! Hit us up on our social media, linked below, and send us your questions, comments, and concerns for us to address in future episodes. We hope you enjoy We Make Books! Twitter: @WMBCast  |  @KindofKaelyn  |  @BittyBittyZap Instagram: @WMBCast  Patreon.com/WMBCast Episode Transcript (by TK @_torkz) [Upbeat Ukulele Intro Music] Rekka: This is We Make Books, a podcast about writing publishing and everything in between. Rekka is a published Science Fiction and Fantasy author, and Kaelyn is a professional genre fiction editor. Together, they'll tackle the things you never knew you never knew about getting a book from concept to finished product, with explanations, examples, and a lot of laughter. Get your moleskin notebook ready. It's time for We Make Books. Kaelyn: My sister just finished reading the Grisha trilogy. And she was, of course, more of a fan of the Six of Crows after reading that. But one of the things she messaged me- she was like “yeah, the ending was kind of whatever, but it is very clear that this person was reading Harry Potter when they wrote this.” R: [laughs] K: And I said “Yeah, that definitely comes through.” She gave me this whole list of like, book two is basically just The Order of the Phoenix, and the end battle with all of the Grisha and the stand downs, all this stuff, and I was like “Yeah, I guess you're right.” To be honest with you, I kinda limped through the end of that book, I wasn't thinking about that too much. But anyways, it got me thinking about influences in writing and how writers are influenced and how in some cases that's something that we're like “Yes! You can tell that this writer was influenced by such-and-such, and they weave it so beautifully into their story.” And sometimes you get my sister calling me to complain about how she basically just read Harry Potter with Russian witches.  R: So was your sister accusing the author in any way of plagiarism? K [overlapping]: Not plagiarism. R [overlapping]: As a reader I'm curious, like how the reader perceives it when it's that clear when someone's been influenced.  K: I should've asked her before we started recording this - and this is something we'll get to in there - I couldn't tell if my sister was accusing the author of laziness or unoriginality.  R: Okay. K: That's one of the things I wanted to talk about today as we're talking about influence. What is influence, how are writers influenced? How's the best way to leverage and utilize that influence? And when does influence cross into the realm of the negative? When is it no longer praise worthy? When is it, for instance, lazy, contrived, unoriginal, or, in worst case scenario, bordering into plagiarism?  R: Yeah, because that's a tricky thing - if we always wrote a completely original story, you wouldn't have something like Joseph Campbell's The Hero's Journey. Because we wouldn't have a set format that a story would take. So when somebody accuses a fantasy book of being “Star Wars with elves,” well, Star Wars was a Greek epic in space.  K: Oh, I would've called it a Western. R: Okay fine. [overlapping] I mean, people have called it a Western. K: [overlapping] I mean, both work. Both work. [laughs] R: Yeah, but I'm just saying, The Hero's Journey, Joseph Campbell is, he's studying the ancient literature, so that's why I decided to say Greek. But if we could always write something that was completely original, there would be no way to study literature with comparisons and contrasts. There are always going to be parallels between stories written in a similar culture by people who are writing in a similar society. Like, a hundred years apart, you would not necessarily detect the influence of Harry Potter in the Grishaverse. But they're not written a hundred years apart - it was maybe a decade, probably not. K: I'd be curious to go back and try to time out when these books were being written, and when that coincides with the release of the latter half of the Harry Potter books. But anyways, real quick, I'm big into definitions, so let's talk about definitions. Influence is the capacity of something - a person, a situation, a circumstance - to have an effect on another person, on the development of the situation, on the behavior of someone or something. Or, in some cases, even the effect itself. You'll notice there that influence is kind of framed as both proactive and reactive. You can influence something, or you can be influenced. We're talking today about being influenced.  R: And we're not talking about Instagram.  K: [laughs] Oh, God. You know what's funny? I went through this whole thing and I didn't even think about the concept of influencers, and now I'm depressed. R: Because you didn't or because now you are? K: [laughs] Because now I am. R: Okay. I'm sorry. I take it back, I didn't say anything.  K: [laughs] So, writers don't write in a void. It's sort of a reverse Heisenberg principle, which is “whatever you study will also change.” Whatever you read changes you, or whatever you consume changes you. So, writers don't write in a void. If you took a baby and raised them in a box with no interaction with the outside world whatsoever, well, to be honest I'm not sure they'd be capable of putting together an interesting story because they've had no influence.  R: You know what's funny, that's why I don't have kids. Because I thought about this kind of thing frequently in high school, like “what would happen if you raised a child in a padded room? And you never interacted with them, and they never saw another human?” So you're welcome, world, that I have not raised any children. Those children are welcome because I did not abuse them in such a manner.  K: [laughs]  R: But it's good to hear that someone else has had these thoughts. Although, Kaelyn and I did originally bond over the fact that we're terrified of the idea of raising children.  K: Pregnancy is just - R: And pregnancy. It's not for everybody. I recognize that for some people it's a beautiful process, but for Kaelyn and for me, it is body horror.  K: Yeah. Yeah, I mean, there's an entire nother skeleton in your skeleton. [laughs] R: Yes. And it's growing. [overlapping] It's getting larger.  K [overlapping]: It keeps getting bigger. R: And if you've never seen an MRI of a baby's skull, there's a lot of teeth in there.  K: Yeah, also they're squishy. R: Well, the MRI doesn't necessarily show that. It just shows all those chompers, waiting. Waiting.  K: Yeah. There's a lot of extra teeth in there.  R: Okay. [laughs] Where were we going? K [overlapping]: So for our writing- R [overlapping]: A child raised in a padded cell would probably write a different kind of story than somebody who's been exposed to Harry Potter.  K: Yeah, and if you take out every third word, it's their plan to destroy the world with their laser beams.  R: This reminds me of the book The Artist's Way. I think it's a month-long program designed to improve your creativity and I think maybe even to come up with… it's like NaNoWriMo but it's very classist and elitist.  K: [laughs] R: But the first thing it asks you to do is swear off all media for the month. K: Okay. R: And I put the book down right there. K: [laughs] R: Because I was like, that is literally impossible. I was in art school at the time, so I could not promise that I wasn't going to have to look at media. And also, this was written in 1992, before anybody was logging onto the internet daily.  K: Yeah, it was much easier to walk away from media for a month.  R: And I was trying to read it, I think, in 1999 or 2000, and it was even easier, at that point, to walk away from media than it would be now.  K: Yep. R: But, yes, it's called The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron. And I imagine that Julia Cameron has a very nice life and is able to unplug from media whenever it is convenient for her to do so. K: Well, in 1992 that meant “turn off the TV.” R: Right, it meant “don't pick up a newspaper” or, you know. K: Yeah. R: In 2016 they re-released a 25th anniversary edition, and I can't imagine they did much to it, but it really probably needed a lot of re-examining to - K: Yeah. It's -  R: - to even be relevant in 2016, I can't even imagine.  K: Now, was the purpose of this to do a detox of influence from your life? R: Yes. That is exactly what it was, to avoid influence for the month and find out what you write, not what the world around you influences you to write. But I think in her case, she was treating world influence and media and current events as a negative.  K: Mhm. R: And I would argue that if you are responding to the world around you, then the politics of your creativity is going to be more relevant and more well-informed. And I think that's a good thing.  K: Well, yeah. And this is something that we can certainly talk about with influence - current influence versus longevity. You'll see a lot of writers that go out of their way to not incorporate things that might later be considered an anachronism in their writing, so that they're not influenced by that.  R: Mhm. K: So that's another good example of influence. So, let's get the elephant in the room out of the way here: influence is not copying. As we were talking about, writers don't write in a void. You're absorbing everything that you interact with and consume every day, and, whether you know it or not, it's influencing and incorporating itself into even your way of thought.  R: You hear that? So if you were following an Instagram influencer, do not copy everything they do.  K: [laughs] Yes. Please don't. But, again, it's the reverse Heisenberg uncertainty principle. Whatever you're consuming changes you. There are entire PhD programs dedicated to studying and understanding the influence that certain parts of literature have had on larger parts of literature. Influence is not a bad thing. In many ways, it's a scholarly pursuit. Go to any Wikipedia page for any sort of well-known novel, and I guarantee you there's going to be a section in there that says “Influence.”  R: Oh yeah, yeah. K: And it's going to be a couple paragraphs talking about the history of the genre, or the subject material leading up to this. Influence is, apart from being an important part of writing, an academic pursuit. So all of that said, we are talking about influence in a very positive way here. We're saying it's great to read things, and to consume and internalize them so that this can help enrich your writing. Something that you really enjoyed, something you thought was maybe unique, or something that you were like, “Oh, what if I applied that to a character that I already have?” That's a good thing. I think it enriches your writing, I think it shows layers and growth, etcetera. K: That said, sometimes influence goes the opposite way. [laughs] Sometimes you've read something and you're like, “this is terrible,” or “this was such a ridiculous ending,” or “I hated that this happened.” And that might compel you to go through your manuscript and scrub absolutely everything having to do with that. The whole point is that whether you mean to or not, you are going to be influenced by external components in your writing. You could never read anything else, and you will still be influenced by things in the world just by existing in it. But we are talking more about influences in writing here, so we'll stick with that.  R: And we assume that you are being influenced by books because, as we say, if you want to be a writer you need to also be a reader. So we're telling you, go read widely in your genre, and part of that is that we expect you to absorb some of those elements and some of those styles. On a conscious level, we want you to look at the covers, we want you to look at the themes and the tropes and everything like that, but we also expect that on a subconscious level that's going to influence you and hopefully make you a better writer within your genre. K: And if you read a lot within your genre, you will start to notice trails of influence yourself. If you read a lot of - especially maybe a really niche kind of fantasy or science fiction genre, you're going to be able to chronologically put some things in order, like “Oh yes, I can see that book A came out at this time, and then three years later this book came out, and there are certainly elements from book A that I can see coming through in book B even though they were written by different authors.” K: So, I was telling Rekka before we started recording–I went down a little bit of a rabbit hole with this, because for reasons unbeknownst to me and possibly the influence of vampiric elements, I, for whatever reason, picked up my copy of Dracula off the shelf and I've just been flipping through random parts. And then we were talking about doing this, and I was like, vampires are a really really good example of influence through literature. They're something that has always been around - the Mayans actually had a god that was basically a vampire, even though they didn't acknowledge that, bat wings and all. And there's something that–I think you'd be hard pressed to find a significant culture of any sort of longevity from history that didn't have some sort of mythological being that displayed vampire-like qualities. K: In the late 1700s, early 1800s, though, there was the vampire craze in western Europe. There were a lot of short stories and things written about vampires, even though they've been codified as part of the mythos for a long time. But even then, they were sort of holding up the folklore and traditions of vampires–they were reanimated corpses, they were bloodsuckers that came out at night to drain people of their very lifeforce. In some cases, actively rotting bodies, hunched back and demonic looking, claw-fingered and fangs and scary eyes. A lot of this was the traditional folklore. Then we start getting into sexy vampires. [laughs] R: [laughs] I was just going to say. K: [laughs] And there were a couple specific novels that did this. In 1819, John Polidori published a short story called The Vampyre, and this was the first one where the vampire was more of a character rather than just a mindless bloodsucking dead creature. R: Right. This was a vampire worthy of Bela Lugosi's eyes.  K: Oh, no one's worthy of Bela Lugosi's eyes. [laughs] R: You know what I'm saying. K: I know, I'm teasing. So, it was very popular. So then, a lot of vampire short stories and short novels were coming out where the vampires were getting a little more sophisticated, and all of these were drawing influence from Polidori's short story. It was a very successful short story. So then, in 1872, an Irish author named Joseph Sheridan [with a mock-French accent] Le Fanu - I'm assuming it's French which is why I did that accent - published Carmilla, which was a fantastic novel. And this is, I would say, probably a turning point where vampires are unabashedly being associated with a sexual element at this point. It has a not-very-subtle vampiric lesbian... stalking, I guess, going on through this book. It's fantastic, it's not that long. If you ever get a chance to read it, it's great. K: And then of course, a couple decades later in 1897, we come to Bram Stoker's Dracula. I should, by the way, say that Bram Stoker and Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu were both Irish. Ireland had a shockingly strong folklore of vampires. In some cases they were fae, which is a whole different category of supernatural elements in Ireland, and in some cases they were just reanimated corpses. Anyways, then we get Bram Stoker, who of course gives us Dracula. And this is considered the preeminent vampire guideline bible, if you will. I think when most of us - granted, Rekka and I are older millennials, but - R: [laughs] How dare you? K: I think the first vampire we heard of was Dracula.  R: Mhm. K: I actually remember, growing up, that there was a kid in my neighborhood who just thought vampires were called Draculas.  R: Yeah. I think that was probably a… Not that I thought Dracula was a noun, but I never expected Dracula to look the same way twice.  K: Yeah. Yeah, Dracula was just like - Dracula, vampire. They were interchangeable.  R: Mhm. K: And that's how synonymous this became. Now, look at all the stuff that lead up to this in order for us to get the seminal vampire novel of the time. Stoker was absolutely influenced by all these novels that came before. Something else that's really interesting that Stoker was influenced by is the sexual component of vampires in this. Like I said, that came through hard and strong. Well, maybe I should say most popularly with Carmilla. Here's something else really interesting about Stoker: he was probably gay. It's difficult and inappropriate to go back and retroactively categorize people these ways, but there's a lot of very strong… I'm trying not to say “homoerotic,” I'm trying to say… There's a lot of very - R: Queerotic? [laughs] K: Yeah, there's a- R: There's not a queer person in the universe that will argue this point with you.  K: Yeah. R: I think the LGBTQIA+ are very, very ready to claim vampirism.  K: [laughs] Absolutely. And that's a great part of the influence of this. Some of Stoker's best friends were Oscar Wilde and Walt Whitman. Actually, I believe Stoker either started writing or finished writing Dracula right after Oscar Wilde was imprisoned, and they were exchanging letters while he was in prison.  R: Mhm. K: You have to keep in mind, this was the mid-Victorian period, there's very repressed sexuality, but there was also this burgeoning underground masculine sexual component to it, where everyone - R: See people, this is what happens when you don't let people reveal their ankles.  K: Yes. Yes, exactly. [laughs] So, one of the things through Dracula is this secretiveness, this sense of penetration. Not only the fangs in your throat, but a lot of them get into your head and screw with you that way. This was not something we saw in previous iterations of vampires, who were gross, for lack of a better term. [laughs] R: [laughs] Yeah.  K: So, this influence comes through in a lot of different ways. And as I'm talking more about Dracula I can say like, “Okay, well there's a lot of very… what we would now consider queer sexual elements that we see in Dracula, coming through with the relationship between Dracula and Johnathan Harker and Dracula and Mina.” But there's also the influence of other writers who were starting to make vampires actually people, rather than Nosferatu-style monsters.  R: Right. K: Dracula, I would argue, then in turn really helped influence the next generation of common horror. At that point we're getting into H.P. Lovecraft and existential horror. Lovecraft, who, by the way, wasn't quite a contemporary of Stoker's, but was very aware and actually wrote some reviews of his writing. He didn't really like a lot of it. [laughs] I would argue that that was probably part of what influenced Lovecraft: it was a hard turn from these very sterile, white-marble, gothic horror novels to a lot of raw, and ocean, and dark mold, steam spaces.  R: You can literally write the sentence “I can't describe this.” and people are like “Woo, that is scary.” K: Yeah exactly. So much of Lovecraft is like, “it's too horrible to describe!” but it's like “Yeah, but can you tell me anyway?” [laughs] R: You mentioned earlier that an influence can be “I don't want to do this.” K: Yes. R: So, here we are. This is Lovecraft saying  “Well, Stoker wasn't racist enough for me, so I'm gonna write my own thing.” K: [laughs] Oh, God, Lovecraft. It's so hard to read some of that stuff. [sighs] Psychologists would be better at trying to figure out Lovecraft's influence than me, I'm certainly not going to. To say the man had issues is an understatement. He was more of a collection of neuroses formed into a human. Anyways, this is just something I was thinking of as a pretty-easy-to-track set of influences. We go from vampires being very loosely defined and having inconsistent characteristics based on what region the stories are being told in, to some stories published that codify certain rules about them, to their evolution from “Eww, it's a rotting, blood-drinking corpse” to “Huh, maybe I'd like date that person.” R: [laughs] Maybe I would like those lips on my bare neck! K: Yes, exactly. Which is a pretty interesting leap that really did not take that long to get from point A to point B. But all of this was just building on influence and influence, after that.  R: Yeah, all you needed was for one author to pick it up and go, “What if vampires, but sexy?” K: [laughs] Yeah. You know what's funny, we have this sort of modern-day depiction of Dracula as a very suave, debonair… what's the word I'm looking for? High-society type person.  R: Sophisticated.  K: Sophisticated, yeah. In the novel, he is those things a little bit, but he is very off-putting and he is... weird to look at, I guess I should say. R: Yeah, there's that first scene where Johnathan is eating in front of him, and you definitely get a vibe that this dude is not right.  K: Like, he's talking about his hairy ears. [laughs] R: [laughs] Yeah. K: His weird skin, he looks ill, as if when he's making his way to the castle all of the peasantry crying and pressing crucifixes into his hands wasn't red-flag enough for him. R: No, no, no. It's just a quaint little village, this is the thing they do. There is the aspect of vampirism having the power of glamour, and I think this is probably the most effective display of it. The way that he's describing Dracula, there's nothing attractive about this man, and yet. K: He's very drawn to him. R: Mhm. K: And he wants to help him. R: As is Mina. [laughs] K: And Lucy, and all of them. So yeah, vampires. Great example of influence in literature over the course of a relatively short time, shaping something that we now consider to be commonplace.  R: Mhm. K: We've even narrowed it down farther. One of my favorite things about Dracula is, there's nothing that necessarily says he can't go in the sun in that book.  R: Right, right. [laughs] K: It's just that he has no powers after noon, I think, or he loses his powers at sunrise. So he can be outside, but he's just a regular guy at that point.  R: Mhm. K: So, obviously things continued to change and evolve there, the “no going out during the day” is held over from the much older vampire myths. Anyways. So, all of that said, how do we see influences in writing? When can we pick these out? One of the obvious is the story itself, the plot. Maybe some story arcs. R: I would argue that people tend to pick it up faster when it's a similar setting. When it's the worldbuilding, I think people notice it more. K: Okay. R: And I think, again, plot arcs and character arcs are things that we do have to recycle.  K: Absolutely. I think it's rare these days to see completely original, never-before-imagined setting. In terms of world-building, both the world itself, and in my notes here I put “world systems.” Anything from the way magic functions, or government functions, or society functions. There's only so many ways you can organize people, essentially. [laughs] So there may have been something that you came across and you're like “Oh, that's interesting. What if I did this instead?” The characters- anything from the archetypes and tropes of characters to their storylines and their redemption arcs, or even just the relationships, how they interact with each other. How the characters are broken out either into family groups or groups of friends or hierarchies within that. I think we see that a lot. With plot, we can kind of go back to what I said at the beginning of the episode: sometimes there are things in there where it's like, “this is clearly Order of the Phoenix.”  R: Mhm.  K: [laughs] We're just seeing it presented a different way. R: And again, an agent loves this, because you can say “this is my list of story comps.” And if they're successful books, the agent can use that to sell the story and then the publisher can use it to sell the book. K: Mhm. R: So even though sometimes it sounds like we are poo-pooing derivative work, if it comes across as fresh, nobody's going to poo-poo that you have a great list of comps to start with.  K: Definitely, yeah. R: And I would like to note that that is the first time we have said “poo-poo” on this podcast. I feel like that should be marked. K: That definitely needs to be denoted for posterity. R: And now it's been said three times. K: [laughs] Then there's two other areas of influence I'd like to talk about that are a little harder to quantify. One is style. And this comes more to writing style, and how you're presenting your story. For instance, being influenced by the way the author just writes in general, their style, I will harken back to one of our favorite examples here. If you've read Gideon the Ninth it is a very very unique writing style, not something I've ever come across before and I'm sure there are a lot of people who are currently in the process of attempting to imitate it; I don't know how successful they're going to be, but I bet they're trying. R: And then there are others who are influenced by it to say “Oh, I can let loose like that?” K: Yeah. Exactly. Or, “I can try something completely different that I didn't think anybody would be interested in, but if they're willing to do this then maybe they would.” Point of view or viewpoint in the book - if you've read the second book in the Locked Tomb series, Harrow the Ninth, a lot of that is written second person. The Broken Earth series, large portions of that are in second person. R: Well, the Broken Earth series, the amazing thing is it's written in all three. K: Yes, yeah. R: So if you haven't read that I can't go any further, I do not wanna spoil that, even though it's been out for years, the culmination of that book is so good that I refuse to ever spoil it. But go read it, if you haven't read it, for sure. It's a big one - K: It's a lot - R: But it is so worth it. I listen to it on audio, and I can recommend that too. K: Yeah. So both of those books have instances of strange, or - R: Disorienting? K: Disorienting's an excellent word. I remember reading Harrow the Ninth and texting Rekka and going like “Is this like this the entire time?” R: And my only response is “Did you get to the soup yet?” K: [laughs] And it was a mentality shift, and once I just was like “Okay, I fixed my brain to a point that it can accept and read this now.” But another style quality is dialogue. How you incorporate and how you use dialogue in your writing is something that I think is very easily influenced by how other people do that. This can also start feeding into the character influence there as well, how the characters talk and interact with each other is very influenced by dialogue. So then the last kind of nebulous part that I'd like to talk about, and this is a little bit different but it is worth bringing up, is historical influence. There are a lot of books and stories that are nominal retellings of either one or a series of historical events. I'll use Game of Thrones here as an example, and spoilers for anybody who hasn't read or watched - R: I don't care if we spoil Game of Thrones. [laughs] K: George R. R. Martin, well first the basis of a lot of this is the War of the Roses, which was the English Civil War. It was also called the Hundred Years' War; it was just a long, bloody, drawn-out battle of constantly changing kings and powerful families trying to get their person on the throne of England. R: And the interesting part is, it is a hundred years, so the people who started this have cast this war upon the generations to follow, and if that doesn't tell you something about where George R. R. Martin is going to be forced to take the end of the books, I don't know what will, because HBO managed to make the show take what, the war take five years or maybe ten years if that? Just the fact that it was ten seasons, right? Was it ten seasons or nine? K: It was eight seasons. R: Okay, so at most, because of the children aging on the show, it was a nine-year hundred-year war. So if George R. R. Martin is following intentionally the framework of the Hundred Years' war, none of the characters that you're rooting for are going to make it. Just in the nature of aging. K [overlapping]: And there's - you can go through and just read a brief history of the Hundred Years' War, and you'll be able to identify characters in there. Like Tyrion has some very clear Richard III vibes to him. But then there's other historical events and groups of people that he took and pulled into this. The Lannisters are such a clear parallel of the Borgia family that it's almost difficult to know that and read this and know what happened to the Borgias. The Red Wedding was based off of a famous event in Scotland where something very very similar happened to that. Some Scottish lords were invited to dinner by a Scottish lord with English leanings, and he killed all of them, to get in good with the English. R: After serving them bread. K: After serving them bread, exactly. But again, historical influence - the concept of guestright is very important in most cultures and especially in Scotland. So there's so many examples of people taking strong influence from either actual historical events or folklore and mythological events, like the Trojan War and things like that, and incorporating it into their writing. There are a lot of writers who decide “I'm gonna do a modern interpretation of such-and-such,” because maybe - for instance the Trojan War, they're very interested in classic Greek mythology and decide “Hey, that's a great story to tell; I'm gonna set it in a different place but still tell the story.” K: So that's some elements of influence, and before we wrap up here, let's address the thing we started to talk a little bit about but should definitely round out. When is influence just becoming copying, at a certain point? This is hard. Because it's really about finesse and originality. It's about taking something that you liked and putting your own spin on it, so to speak. If you're just re-creating the same story and sticking your characters into it, you're going to get called at best lazy, at worst a plagiarist. R: Yeah, there are plenty of books out there - and I have one to include in the list - that are retellings of a classic story. The problem is when you don't approach it as “how do I make this my story?” K: Yes. I'm gonna use young adult genres here because it's a little bit newer and easier to trace through this, and I'm not going to name books in this apart from the first series that I will name because that author is wildly successful. The Mortal Instruments trilogy - you could probably say series at this point, there's so many books in that world at this point - by Cassandra Clare, is one of the early and premiere urban fantasy young adult novels. This was copied so many times. Some of the authors were a little more original with where they were setting it, some of them were a little more original with where they were putting the characters or who the characters were, but the magical teeenagers who are part of a secret society that protects humanity was everywhere. ‘Cause these books were a runaway success. They were very original; no one had really seen something like this before. The Mortal Instruments created so many tropes that I can't and will not try to name them. R: And I think it's, part of that, somebody loves a book that they experienced so much that they want to hold onto that feeling forever, and one way to do that is to create something completely inspired by that same world. And this is where fanfic comes from, and fanfic is healthy, and it's a great way to express feelings of “I don't want to leave this book world.” But when you take it to a publisher and you say “This is going to sell really well because the other one that already did it sold really well,” as they say - don't follow trends in publishing, because you're five years behind. K: Conversely, a lot of people were able to get things like this published because the market wasn't inundated with this yet. R: Right, you had to be among the first to imitate a successful book, which is why they say don't follow the trends, because you won't be among the first. There are so many people out there writing that there are easily 500 people ahead of you in the queue for the publisher slush pile. K: Yeah and I wanna be clear, the first book of this entire - I'm not joking, I think there's over 20 books within this world at this point - the first one came out in 2007. So yes, the Internet was very alive and well at that point; it was not what it is now. Writing communities on the Internet were not what they are now. But all of this is to say that there were people who just straight up copied this genre, this book in some way. Either in terms of setting, in terms of characters, in terms of the magical elements of this, they just straight up copied this and I gotta be honest with you, a lot of them were not terribly successful. [laughs] Some of them were, though, and some of them made some money off of this. R: Well, for other readers who are not writers, when the same thing happens they come out of a book series and they have to wait for the next book, they want more. K: Exactly, they were looking for more. R: This is not unlike when the animation company puts out a very similar cheap animation to the latest Disney release. I worked at Blockbuster, and I saw this all the time. You'd have a big animated Disney release, and you'd have this tiny company out of who-knows-where that put together an animated copy, and they rely on parents and grandparents to grab the wrong one. This is not like trying to give the kids more of what they want, this is like “If we are gonna be next to this Disney movie on the shelf, someone will pick us up by accident and we will make money.” K: Well I always remember because a lot of Disney's classics, like the Disney renaissance movies, they were all like public domain stories. So they would just make that and they could get it out on VHS faster than Disney could - R: Yeah, they were made direct to video. K: Because Disney left it in - like everyone knew what the upcoming Disney movies were. So if you knew there was gonna be Aladdin, well, the story of Aladdin is public domain, you start making Aladdin right away. [Brief interlude of car noises] R: I literally believe that Mike's apartment is built on an overpass. K: No, just next to a road with a lot of people who drive like idiots. R: Well that was like a garbage truck, but anyway. K: That was a motorcycle. R: That was a motorcycle?? It sounded like it had at least 16 wheels. K: Yeah. R: Alright, sorry, so Aladdin - K: So everyone knew what movies Disney was making well in advance, and of course these would take years after they were announced to actually be finished and put in theatres. So if Disney says “we're making Aladdin” - R [overlapping]: Before it's in theatres! K: - well then, another small studio can also make Aladdin. The animation isn't gonna be great but then Aladdin's gonna be in the theatres and then a week later the imitation Aladdin are going to be on shelves, and grandparents are gonna go “Oh my grandchildren want to see -” R: Or “They've been talking about this movie and here it is on VHS,” and they don't know how theatre releases work and so they grab it and buy it, and they spend $18 or $15, seems like a really good deal on a Disney movie, and the animation studio makes their money back. So they do it again. K: So don't be that cheap animation studio. Don't be the person that's taking something that somebody put a lot of time, thought, and creativity into, and churning out the cheap, fast, easy-to-consume version of it. R: Yeah and I don't think, when it comes to writers - I mean I'm sure there are people out there who go “Okay this is the newest thing, I am going to behave like an algorithm and I am going to make another version of it and then release it, and I will make lots of bucks.” There are those writers that–they do that on purpose. So don't be them. But I don't think any of our audience are going to be them. And if you were thinking that that was a great way to make a successful book, let us correct you. But if you are inspired by Gideon the Ninth, or by Mortal Instruments, or anything like that - take the time to develop a story just like you would a completely inspired out of left field story, and take the time to put it together in a considerate and thoughtful and unique way, and then we approve. You get our approval. We're not promising to buy the manuscript, but we are approving a heartfelt influenced work, not an imitation that is intended to ride the wave of success of someone else. K: Exactly. R: Now when we're saying “copying,” are you talking about the publishing houses out there who literally lift the copy and try to sell it on Amazon, and just do it again and again and again as they get caught and cancelled? K: [laughs] No, no. Copying has, I think the way I'm defining it, more to do with not adding any creativity or original elements of your own, just saying “I liked what this person did, I'm going to do it too.” And listen - it's a fine line. One of the things that's really interesting about plagiarism is it's either very obvious - somebody had too many parts in a book, a novel, a poem, that are clearly just from another book - or, you've gotta go through a whole process of proving that somebody had access to something you were working on and directly lifted elements from that and put it into their book. Plagiarism is either very straightforward or very difficult. R: And, with plagiarism, they have plagiarism checkers on the Internet; I think a lot of teachers appreciate that because they can't read everything. So they can run an assignment from a student through a plagiarism checker, and that plagiarism checker can do its best with whatever it has access to in its database to catch - K: Plagiarism checkers are very good now, by the way. R: But we're talking word-for-word plagiarism. Sometimes what we refer to in the publishing world as plagiarism is actually trademark infringement. K: Yes. R: And that is difficult because if you write a story with Harry Potter in it, but you change his name and all the words are your original words, how do we run a plagiarism checker against that? K: Yes. So it's like I said, either very easy or very difficult to prove plagiarism; there's rarely a middle ground there. R: Although there are books that have been caught lifting a paragraph or two, from different books. So like the entire thing is plagiarized, but it's plagiarized from different sources. K: Yeah. You see instances of plagiarism tend to show up more in academic and scientific publishing than in fiction and genre-writing. It definitely does happen, though. R: Yup. Because, again, there are people out there who are confused about what is allowed and what is advisable in writing.  K: There are some really significant seminal works in American literature especially–I'm sure globally but I just happen to know the American ones–that are just plagiarized in certain places. And a lot of them were written in a time where it wasn't as easy to check this, so we- R: Find out much later, when it is easier, how much that was widespread. K: Yup. Exactly. R: There are nefarious people. I was referring, in my last statement, to the innocent, naive new writer, who just does not understand what is and isn't acceptable. Or, they didn't intend for it to go widespread, and they wrote a little thing for fun and end up finding out that they are not welcome and doors are being shut in their face because they crossed the line and it got noticed. K: Yeah, exactly.  R: That's the thing, a little baby writer learning about things the very hard way. It's a shame. That would be someone that you would hope would find a mentor who would guide them in the right direction before that kind of thing gets shot in their face. But with a pen name you can be reborn, as long as you reiterate yourself in better forms than the previous mistakes that you made. K: Yeah, and plagiarism should be very easy to avoid. R: Mhm. K: If you're looking at somebody else's work and saying “I wish this was mine, I'm going to make this mine,” don't do that. You should never be copying text from somebody else. Everything should be written on your own.  R: Yeah, don't go, “How did that person write it? I loved that so much.” Well yes, you did, but that's not your voice. So write it yourself. And I would say that if you close a book and you go, “Oh, I'm so inspired to write,” and you sit down and you start writing right away, don't publish that. [laughs] K: Yeah. R: There is a process to developing your own ideas even if it's mostly internal and you never grab a notebook and work out the story itself. The process of coming up with your own ideas is not “I just read this, I'm going to go write because I'm inspired and I'm going to finish that book before I do anything else.” [laughs] That's probably going to be a very derivative, if not plagiaristic, book. So don't do that. I always recommend you sit with your ideas for a while before you sit down and write it.  K: Absolutely. I mean, that's important in general. R: Carry it around like a baby, pretend you're some kind of marsupial and you have your twelve-day gestation period but you still carry that little joey around for a while before it's ready to enter the world. That's kind of the process that I recommend for a writer. K: [laughs] So there you go. Be a marsupial. R: Be a marsupial. The opossum tail has its own fingerprints which are unique to it, so there's that. Grow a prehensile tail and commit crimes with it so that you can be tail-printed later. Alright, I don't know where this story's going.  K: I like it, I like it. R: Yeah, I like it too, but it's not a good way to wrap up an episode because all we can do is just stop. [laughs] So, if you have any questions about plagiarism or inspiration, or you just want to share your inspirations and influences, you can @ us on Twitter or Instagram @WMBcast. You can find us on patreon.com/WMBcast, and we will have some more marsupial facts for you in two weeks. K: [laughs] R: [laughs] Thanks everybody for listening, and I hope this was a helpful discussion. Kaelyn and I have to go sit at a desk and figure out- have we fulfilled the promises that we made to you when we started this podcast? Because we feel like we've just kind of been indulging ourselves in what topics we bring up, so if you feel like, “Hey, you said you were going to cover this, and you never covered that,” definitely tell us that too, because we want to go back to our mission statement and make sure that every once in a while we give you an episode that's in line with that. So if you have input to that regard, please let us know. Otherwise, marsupial facts in two weeks! Thanks everyone!

Microphones & Monsters
Ep. 149: A Storm of Vengeance - Part 14

Microphones & Monsters

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2021 37:55


From the angles of time...Our second guest of Season 3 is Aaron Dalla Villa. He has been featured in numerous film, television, and theater roles including a starring role in the feature film PLEDGE, distributed by IFC Midnight, a starring role on the series DUELS, a spot on GOTHAM, and voice work in the popular video game series Earth Defense Force. (http://aarondallavilla.com/)He also made the D20 Alpha Rift Tribute music video that came from the movie Alpha Rift (2020) where he plays the lead role where he plays a TTRPG fan boy turned modern day knight. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALsjeqKaI4M)Aaron is playing as Virath, an original character in the Microphones & Monsters Multiverse. Support us on Patreon and get ad free and bonus content (https://www.patreon.com/MicsAndMonsters)---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------PromoAethuran (https://feeds.buzzsprout.com/160172.rss)---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------CastAdam Culbertson as your Game MasterRichard Collins as AleisterMax Steele as Dr. Julian CottageSteven Sides as Victor StodgeSocial MediaTwitter @MicsAndMonsters (https://twitter.com/MicsAndMonsters)Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/microphones_and_monsters/)Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/MicrophonesAndMonsters/)CastJunkie Discord Invite (https://discord.gg/KRgm7TA) come chat with us in #mics-and-monstersOfficial Discord Invite (https://discord.gg/Ubrccs8gFZ)---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Music in this episode by Marco Mazzei at Fallen Highway Studios---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Microphones & Monsters is in no way affiliated with Wizards of The Coast or Petersen Games

Microphones & Monsters
Ep. 148: A Storm of Vengeance - Part 13

Microphones & Monsters

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021 34:05


A mystery within a mystery...Our second guest of Season 3 is Aaron Dalla Villa. He has been featured in numerous film, television, and theater roles including a starring role in the feature film PLEDGE, distributed by IFC Midnight, a starring role on the series DUELS, a spot on GOTHAM, and voice work in the popular video game series Earth Defense Force. (http://aarondallavilla.com/)He also made the D20 Alpha Rift Tribute music video that came from the movie Alpha Rift (2020) where he plays the lead role where he plays a TTRPG fan boy turned modern day knight. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALsjeqKaI4M)Aaron is playing as Virath, an original character in the Microphones & Monsters Multiverse. Support us on Patreon and get ad free and bonus content (https://www.patreon.com/MicsAndMonsters)---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------PromoShonen Flop (https://linktr.ee/shonenflop)---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------CastAdam Culbertson as your Game MasterRichard Collins as AleisterMax Steele as Dr. Julian CottageSteven Sides as Victor StodgeSocial MediaTwitter @MicsAndMonsters (https://twitter.com/MicsAndMonsters)Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/microphones_and_monsters/)Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/MicrophonesAndMonsters/)CastJunkie Discord Invite (https://discord.gg/KRgm7TA) come chat with us in #mics-and-monstersOfficial Discord Invite (https://discord.gg/Ubrccs8gFZ)---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Music in this episode by Marco Mazzei at Fallen Highway Studios---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Microphones & Monsters is in no way affiliated with Wizards of The Coast or Petersen Games

Cthulhu & Friends
CAF Session Zero

Cthulhu & Friends

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021 87:03


Were off the island, and back in fashion with an oddly familiar name, new characters, and a new season brewing. This session we talk about our new characters, and what went into their creation. This all sets the stage for episode 1 of the new season. Listen in to get the scoop on our character …

Much Ado About Nerding
H.P Lovecraft: Cthulhu Mythos

Much Ado About Nerding

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2021 61:55


Join Us! As the Players 1&2 review three of H.P. Lovecraft's stories from his iconic Cthulhu Mythos. We review The Dunwich Horror, The Call Of Cthulhu and At The Mountains of Madness.  Much Ado About Nerding Content written, performed and edited by Joe Otero and Selena Otero. Theme created by Selena Otero. Executive Producers Joe Thanks for stopping by, if you like what you heard please LIKE, COMMENT, RATE and SUBSCRIBE to the Pod on whatever platform you are listeing on. And Please SHARE with fellow Nerds and welcome them into Nerd Nation! Podcast Producers Our Patreons The Roller Derby Betty, No One Trolls Like Gaston, Professor Em, Master of Muggle Studies, Motor City Timmy T, Fact Check Paul, The Phoenix Fam and StellarGem Patreon Patreon.com/muchadoaboutnerding Instagram Much_Ado_About_Nerding Email nerdnation2020@gmail.com Sounder Webpage muchadoaboutnerding.sounder.fm YouTube and Selena. Thanks for listening and until next time stay Rad and NERDY ON!!!

Quiz Quiz Bang Bang Trivia
Ep 135: General Trivia

Quiz Quiz Bang Bang Trivia

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2021 33:35


On Today's Trivia Podcast Episode David and Annie are thrilled to have a sponsor with Jstudy and you can get 50% off now when you click on this link https://www.jstudyguide.com/discount/QUIZBANG: Time for trivia questions! Cilantro is the spanish name for the leaves of which herb, also known for its dried and ground seeds? On Feb. 20th 1962, an Atlas rocket successfully carried Sen. John Glenn into orbit in what mission? Which geologic Era is also known as 'the age of reptiles'? What horror fiction role-playing game is based on an H. P. Lovecraft story of the same name? Which US state was the first to allow women to vote? Which friend danced in the dark? We're looking for the name of an actress. What name is both the third largest city in Spain and the third largest city in Venezuela? Always falling on the 4th Thursday of the month, what is the latest date in November that Thanksgiving can fall on? A 2016 film starred Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling as what kind of guys? Michelangelo's Pieta is a work done in what medium? Music Hot Swing, Fast Talkin, Bass Walker, Dances and Dames by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ Don't forget to follow us on social media for more trivia: Patreon - patreon.com/quizbang - Please consider supporting us on Patreon. Check out our fun extras for patrons and help us keep this podcast going. We appreciate any level of support! Website - quizbangpod.com Check out our website, it will have all the links for social media that you need and while you're there, why not go to the contact us page and submit a question! Facebook - @quizbangpodcast - we post episode links and silly lego pictures to go with our trivia questions. Enjoy the silly picture and give your best guess, we will respond to your answer the next day to give everyone a chance to guess. Instagram - Quiz Quiz Bang Bang (quizquizbangbang), we post silly lego pictures to go with our trivia questions. Enjoy the silly picture and give your best guess, we will respond to your answer the next day to give everyone a chance to guess. Twitter - @quizbangpod We want to start a fun community for our fellow trivia lovers. If you hear/think of a fun or challenging trivia question, post it to our twitter feed and we will repost it so everyone can take a stab it. Come for the trivia - stay for the trivia. Ko-Fi - ko-fi.com/quizbangpod - Keep that sweet caffeine running through our body with a Ko-Fi, power us through a late night of fact checking and editing!

Microphones & Monsters
Ep. 147: A Storm of Vengeance - Part 12

Microphones & Monsters

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2021 37:45


Descend into the dark caveOur second guest of Season 3 is Aaron Dalla Villa. He has been featured in numerous film, television, and theater roles including a starring role in the feature film PLEDGE, distributed by IFC Midnight, a starring role on the series DUELS, a spot on GOTHAM, and voice work in the popular video game series Earth Defense Force. (http://aarondallavilla.com/)He also made the D20 Alpha Rift Tribute music video that came from the movie Alpha Rift (2020) where he plays the lead role where he plays a TTRPG fan boy turned modern day knight. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALsjeqKaI4M)Aaron is playing as Virath, an original character in the Microphones & Monsters Multiverse. Support us on Patreon and get ad free and bonus content (https://www.patreon.com/MicsAndMonsters)---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------PromoTale of the Manticore (https://taleofthemanticore.podbean.com/)---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------CastAdam Culbertson as your Game MasterRichard Collins as AleisterMax Steele as Dr. Julian CottageSteven Sides as Victor StodgeSocial MediaTwitter @MicsAndMonsters (https://twitter.com/MicsAndMonsters)Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/microphones_and_monsters/)Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/MicrophonesAndMonsters/)CastJunkie Discord Invite (https://discord.gg/KRgm7TA) come chat with us in #mics-and-monstersOfficial Discord Invite (https://discord.gg/Ubrccs8gFZ)---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Music in this episode by Marco Mazzei at Fallen Highway Studios and Nicolas Jeudy of DARK FANTASY STUDIO.---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Microphones & Monsters is in no way affiliated with Wizards of The Coast or Petersen Games

TheNecronomi.Com
The Social Commentary of CHILD'S PLAY (w/Ian and Allison Lovecraft)

TheNecronomi.Com

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2021 66:43


Allison and Ian Lovecraft join us to talk about 1988's CHILD'S PLAY. Why do we fear dolls? Does accuracy matter in representations of voodoo? Why didn't they just let Chucky watch the news? And more.

Staying In
Dungeon Scrawlers: Heroes of Undermountain, Disco Elysium, and Call of Cthulhu Starter Set - Ep139

Staying In

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2021 61:47


00:00 - Buying an apartment is boring. And very very expensive. 08:28 - The Call of Cthulhu Starter Set is one of the neatest pieces of introductory design; a great way to get into Chaosium's legendary roleplaying game, which gets across the writings of Lovecraft really well, in an all-round excellent package. 29:32 - Dungeons & Dragons: Dungeon Scrawlers: Heroes of Undermountain is another great introduction to RPGs, but in this instance, to the world of Dungeons & Dragons itself, rather than the rules of D&D. A light, lovely experience. 42:20 - You can trust in Disco Elysium. ZA/UM's hard-edged CRPG is challenging and dangerous in all the right ways, with fascinating choices, brilliant writing, and a wonderfully grim playground to explore. 55:36 - Hospitals and bananas. All that, and a £3 meal deal, with Dan (@ThisDanFrost), Peter (@XeroXeroXero), and Sam (@MrSamTurner). Like nice music curated into lovely curated lists? Give our Spotify Playlist set a listen. Links to where you can find us - StayingInPodcast.com Note: sometimes we'll have been sent a review copy of the thing we're talking about on the podcast. It doesn't skew how we think about that thing, and we don't receive compensation for anything we discuss, but we thought you might like to know this is the case.

Forge the Narrative - Warhammer 40k Podcast
FTN Episode 409 – Is Warhammer 40k Balanced? Okay.. What About Now?

Forge the Narrative - Warhammer 40k Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 14, 2021


The Balance update is here and people by in large seem to be digging it.  Is it what we needed to put Competitive 40k back on track?  We are really … Read More

In Research Of
S3 Bonus - Ghostbusters (part 1)

In Research Of

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 14, 2021 133:23


Just in time for H̶a̶l̶l̶o̶w̶e̶e̶n̶ Thanksgiving, we bring you the first part of our 2-part coverage of the classic 1984 film Ghostbusters.  This is one of our favorite movies and we wanted to get this special out to you before Halloween but life conspired against us meeting that deadline.  But with the new sequel dropping in just about a week, we figure the movie still has some relevance. ;)   We'll be back with Indian Astronomers very soon.  In the meantime, grab your Proton Packs and PKE Meters and head for the fire pole! Discussed in Part 1:  On the current version of the Columbia Pictures Logo  The Stanford Prison Experiment  Lovecraft and the Pineal Gland  The very awful Theosophist Charles Webster Leadbeater  The Bat-O-Matic with Dan Aykroyd Casper vs Ghostbusters  The Ghostbusters Song  Zener Cards  J. B. Rhine  PKE Valances  The Crookes Tube  Trepanation  The Etheric Plane  The Cathedral of Learning vs The Continental Life building 

Outside The Pages
S4 Ep12: Providence with Aditya Bidikar

Outside The Pages

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 14, 2021 75:12


Good friend of the show Aditya Bidikar returns to talk about Alan Moore's definitive Lovecraft book Providence! We also discuss the first two books in his Lovecraft trilogy, The Courtyard and Neonomicon! We get led down some interesting paths and talk about what scares us and the truly horrifying things that Moore puts on the page. Shout out to Jacen Burrows, whose incredible art is the beating hearts of these books! WARNING! If you read along with us, these books have extreme graphic content. You can read along by ordering the books from your LCS(preferred), ordering on Amazon, or reading digitally on ComiXology. You can follow us on Twitter @0utsidethe @adityab @poetheir33 @Sin_Aesthetix @chazsimons

DianaUribe.fm
Rescate de la magia y la fantasía

DianaUribe.fm

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2021 60:50


No podíamos dejar pasar esa fecha con la conmemoración de los 20 años del lanzamiento de la primera película de Harry Potter. Por eso les traemos un capítulo para ustedes, narrado especialmente para todas las niñas y todos los niños de edad y de corazón: nos vamos a rescatar la magia y la fantasía. En nuestros tiempos que aparentan ser duros, fríos y monótonos, queremos que la fantasía siempre tenga un lugar en nuestras vidas.  Haremos un recorrido por la historia, la cultura y la literatura de relatos y mundos mágicos que han despertado nuestra imaginación y mantenido viva nuestra capacidad de asombro. Acompáñenos a tierras pobladas por alebrijes, animales fantásticos, gnomos, elfos, hadas, magos, brujitas buenas, dragones y hobbits. Notas del episodio: Este episodio fue traído gracias a Platzi, una plataforma de aprendizaje en línea donde puedes aprender desde programación hasta inglés.Hay más de 700 cursos y aprendes en español. Si quieres saber más visita la web El mundo mítico y el  origen de la literatura fantástica  Una tremenda aventura para rescatar  el reino de «Fantasía» que pasó del libro al cine y la TV: Bastián y Atreyu en «La Historia sin fin» de Michael Ende Los alebrijes, una artesanía mexicana que combina fantasía, tradición y colores Aquí pueden conocer un poquito más de Kiki, la brujita buena de Eiko Kadono y Hayao Miyazaki Avalón, la isla mágica en la cual «duerme» el rey Arturo En este enlace les dejamos una recopilación con los cuentos de los hermanos Grimm J.R. Tolkien «El autor que definió el género de la fantasía» Nuestro homenaje para las y los «potterheads» el reestreno mundial de la primera película de la saga de Harry Potter en conmemoración de sus 20 años Los complejos, tenebrosos e increíbles mundos creados por H.P. Lovecraft   ¡Síguenos en nuestras Redes Sociales! Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DianaUribe.fm/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dianauribef... Twitter: https://twitter.com/dianauribefm?lang=es Pagina web: https://www.dianauribe.fm

Cthulhu & Friends
Welcome to St. Paxton S3 E22 – Godspeed

Cthulhu & Friends

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2021 68:37


Buckle up, because it’s a wild ride! This episode brings season 3 to a close, but maybe presents more questions than answers. Listen in to another exciting episode of Welcome to St. Paxton. Want to peek behind the curtain? Check us out on Twitch where we record every Sunday. Click here to jump to our …

Microphones & Monsters
Ep. 146: A Storm of Vengeance - Part 11

Microphones & Monsters

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2021 34:20


Tensions rise as they have to cross an unknown length rope bridge in the middle of this blizzard.Our second guest of Season 3 is Aaron Dalla Villa. He has been featured in numerous film, television, and theater roles including a starring role in the feature film PLEDGE, distributed by IFC Midnight, a starring role on the series DUELS, a spot on GOTHAM, and voice work in the popular video game series Earth Defense Force. (http://aarondallavilla.com/)He also made the D20 Alpha Rift Tribute music video that came from the movie Alpha Rift (2020) where he plays the lead role where he plays a TTRPG fan boy turned modern day knight. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALsjeqKaI4M)Aaron is playing as Virath, an original character in the Microphones & Monsters Multiverse. Support us on Patreon and get ad free and bonus content (https://www.patreon.com/MicsAndMonsters)---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------PromoGreen Mountain Mysteries (https://www.pocketpodcastnetwork.com/green-mountain-mysteries)---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------CastAdam Culbertson as your Game MasterRichard Collins as AleisterMax Steele as Dr. Julian CottageSteven Sides as Victor StodgeSocial MediaTwitter @MicsAndMonsters (https://twitter.com/MicsAndMonsters)Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/microphones_and_monsters/)Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/MicrophonesAndMonsters/)CastJunkie Discord Invite (https://discord.gg/KRgm7TA) come chat with us in #mics-and-monstersOfficial Discord Invite (https://discord.gg/Ubrccs8gFZ)---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Music in this episode by Marco Mazzei at Fallen Highway Studios---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Microphones & Monsters is in no way affiliated with Wizards of The Coast or Petersen Games

Two Dudes, One Double Feature
Episode 68- Lovecraft Falls

Two Dudes, One Double Feature

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2021 70:48


This week the dudes introduce each other to some of their favorite TV shows: Dude 2 Joe shows Richard 3 episodes of Gravity Falls, and Dude 1 Richard shows Joe the first episode of Lovecraft Country. Not intended for children. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of their employers. Twitter: https://twitter.com/TwoDudes7 Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/Two-Dudes-One-Double-Feature-Podcast-108846657540306 Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/twodudesonedoublefeature/?igshid=17oyviqg0pxno&fbclid=IwAR13Qy_UYaRmxREDtBlpA7zWovszRFB_C3QTB7xTbbDXZnvMZrWeATkCHHg Richard's YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/Channel23hahaha Joey's YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkFZy6PEmCY2SPScOAWkXbg?view_as=subscriber

The HorrorBabble Podcast
”The Outsider” by H. P. Lovecraft

The HorrorBabble Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2021 18:43


"The Outsider" is a short story by American horror writer H. P. Lovecraft. Written between March and August 1921, it was first published in Weird Tales, April 1926. In this work, a mysterious man who has been living alone in a castle for as long as he can remember decides to break free in search of human contact and light. "The Outsider" is one of Lovecraft's most commonly reprinted works and is also one of the most popular stories ever to be published in Weird Tales.

Atoz: A Speculative Fiction Book Club Podcast
Ep. 31: Unquenchable Fire by Rachel Pollack

Atoz: A Speculative Fiction Book Club Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2021 39:48


Magical realism in upstate New York. Thanks to the listener who commissioned this bonus series! Join the conversation on the Atoz forum. Support the network and gain access to over fifty bonus episodes by becoming a patron on Patreon. Want more science fiction in your life? Check out The Gene Wolfe Literary Podcast. Love Neil Gaiman? Join us on Hanging Out With the Dream King: A Neil Gaiman Podcast. Lovecraft? Poe? Check out Elder Sign: A Weird Fiction Podcast. Trekker? Join us on Lower Decks: A Star Trek Podcast. Want to know more about the Middle Ages? Subscribe to Agnus: The Late Antique, Medieval, and Byzantine Podcast. Follow Valerie's Plants in Star Trek page on Instagram. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

How We Roll Podcast
085 - Two Headed Serpent - Iceland - The Serpent Without

How We Roll Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2021 51:20


With huge thanks toBattle bards.comSyrinscapeKevin MaCleod at IncompetechFesliyanStudiosandPedar B HelandFor their excellent music and sfxIntro Theme Composed by Ninichi : ninichimusic.com Twitter : @ninichimusicYou can find my new scenario "The Idol of Thoth" herehttp://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/229639/The-Idol-of-Thoth?src=hottest_filteredYou can find us:On twitter @HWRpodcastOn Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/HowWeRollPodcast/On Discord: https://discord.gg/C7h6vuDOn reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/HowWeRollPodcastAnd you can find Camille on twitter at @camillebrouard

Classic Ghost Stories
S02E56 The Beast of Blanchland by Rowan Bowman

Classic Ghost Stories

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2021 80:50


A man driving home on a winter's night thinks he sees a big cat stalking the moor. He crashes his car and then the weirdness really begins. An original story by Northumberland author Rowan Bowman. #audiobook #horror #northumberland #blanchland Further notes sent me by Rowan after our discussion: Influences in my writing:Raymond Chandler. He writes as a film director, intent on the reader seeing the view clearly in front of them. Daphne du Maurier. Partly because of her sense of place, but also because of the subtlety of the ghosts in some of her stories, Rebecca in particular, the writing is haunted by the melancholy of the nameless narrator, and the actual haunting, the influence that Rebecca has from beyond the grave, is superbly handled. Mandalay was based on du Maurier's own house. I often set books in or around houses I have known intimately. Shirley Jackson. The best writer of mad protagonists and unreliable witnesses in my opinion. Favourite authorsThe first proper ghost story I ever read was A Christmas Carol, I think that's where a lot of people start. As a teenager I suffered from terrible nightmares and took solace in Poe and Lovecraft and progressed to Ray Bradbury (Something Wicked This Way Comes still gives me the shudders). Then I went on to James Herbert, Shirley Jackson and lots of crime stories and thrillers, anything that confirmed it's normal to be scared and okay not to be okay.  Life sorted itself out and I was busy raising my children. The nightmares eased and I read anything I could reach while doing something else. Danielewski's The House of Leaves was the first book in years to actually scare me. I still enjoy Robert Harris thrillers and the Cormoran Strike novels, but I'm back in this stage of my life to seeking out the weird and scary. Dan Simmons is always a good read, I recommend Drood. The atmosphere is intense and like most of his stories the landscapes suck you in. I enjoyed Michelle Paver's Thin Air, but prefer Dark Matter as a supernatural horror, again the landscape is one of the characters, the real horror in Thin Air comes from mundane self-interested cruelty which rather overshadows the supernatural element for me. The landscape in The Loney is brilliantly evoked. There have been several novels since set around the area, but none capture it in the same way. My favourite China Meiville novel is The City and The City, its fantastical landscape is so well drawn that it seems more real than room you are sitting in. The best book I've read since the start of Lockdown has been Piranesi. I loved Johnathon Strange and Mr Norrell; this is very different, but equally good. The reader understands what is going on just before it is revealed, set in a fantasy world that is so well drawn that it's utterly convincing.  If you've ever been asked, 'What is wrong with you?' when admitting to a love of the macabre or frightening, then I recommend Noel Carroll's accessible The Philosophy of Horror (1990) and Lovecraft's collection of essays Supernatural Horror in Literature.  Hope this may be of some interest. Thank you for reading The Beast of Blanchland.  All the best, Rowan Support this podcast

Microphones & Monsters
Ep. 145: A Storm of Vengeance - Part 10

Microphones & Monsters

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2021 35:07


Julian is a snow blower and Wendigos are everywhere!Our second guest of Season 3 is Aaron Dalla Villa. He has been featured in numerous film, television, and theater roles including a starring role in the feature film PLEDGE, distributed by IFC Midnight, a starring role on the series DUELS, a spot on GOTHAM, and voice work in the popular video game series Earth Defense Force. (http://aarondallavilla.com/)He also made the D20 Alpha Rift Tribute music video that came from the movie Alpha Rift (2020) where he plays the lead role where he plays a TTRPG fan boy turned modern day knight. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALsjeqKaI4M)Aaron is playing as Virath, an original character in the Microphones & Monsters Multiverse. Support us on Patreon and get ad free and bonus content (https://www.patreon.com/MicsAndMonsters)---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------PromoThey're Terrified & Tipsy (https://linktr.ee/tipsypod)---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------CastAdam Culbertson as your Game MasterRichard Collins as AleisterMax Steele as Dr. Julian CottageSteven Sides as Victor StodgeSocial MediaTwitter @MicsAndMonsters (https://twitter.com/MicsAndMonsters)Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/microphones_and_monsters/)Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/MicrophonesAndMonsters/)CastJunkie Discord Invite (https://discord.gg/KRgm7TA) come chat with us in #mics-and-monstersOfficial Discord Invite (https://discord.gg/Ubrccs8gFZ)---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Music in this episode by Marco Mazzei at Fallen Highway Studios---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Microphones & Monsters is in no way affiliated with Wizards of The Coast or Petersen Games

Macabre Media Podcast
Episode 50: "Goober Jason"

Macabre Media Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2021 66:11


To celebrate our 50th episode, we take a look at everyone's (least) favorite Jason movie: 2001's Jason X. A magnum opus. An indisputable achievement. A titanic motion picture.  (It sucks, but we love it.)  We reference a couple goofy photos throughout the podcast. You can check 'em out in this Twitter thread.  Next time on Macabre Media podcast, we're discussing H.P. Lovecraft's short story, The Colour out of Space! Support Macabre Media on Patreon, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and join our Discord server! Follow Kaleb, Jorge, and Pearson on Twitter, too. Our logo and artwork were designed by Nathanael Whale.

Voluminous: The Letters of H.P. Lovecraft

In which Lovecraft writes to Bernard Austin Dwyer and recalls his difficult days living in Red Hook, New York two years before. Life in a rough and diverse neighborhood taxed him sorely. Fittingly, we cover Morton's "The Curse of Race Prejudice" too.

Forge the Narrative - Warhammer 40k Podcast
FTN Episode 408 – Did The Orks Really Need New Rules?

Forge the Narrative - Warhammer 40k Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 7, 2021 59:37


We’re cracking open Octarius Book 2.  For Matched Play the book is focused largely on Orks.  The Blood Axe faction gets a pretty nice set of abilities.  There is an … Read More

Microphones & Monsters
Ep. 144: A Storm of Vengeance - Part 9

Microphones & Monsters

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2021 37:15


What's for lunch?Our second guest of Season 3 is Aaron Dalla Villa. He has been featured in numerous film, television, and theater roles including a starring role in the feature film PLEDGE, distributed by IFC Midnight, a starring role on the series DUELS, a spot on GOTHAM, and voice work in the popular video game series Earth Defense Force. (http://aarondallavilla.com/)He also made the D20 Alpha Rift Tribute music video that came from the movie Alpha Rift (2020) where he plays the lead role where he plays a TTRPG fan boy turned modern day knight. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALsjeqKaI4M)Aaron is playing as Virath, an original character in the Microphones & Monsters Multiverse. Support us on Patreon and get ad free and bonus content (https://www.patreon.com/MicsAndMonsters)---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------PromoThe Lucky Die (https://linktr.ee/tldpod)---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------CastAdam Culbertson as your Game MasterRichard Collins as AleisterMax Steele as Dr. Julian CottageSteven Sides as Victor StodgeSocial MediaTwitter @MicsAndMonsters (https://twitter.com/MicsAndMonsters)Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/microphones_and_monsters/)Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/MicrophonesAndMonsters/)CastJunkie Discord Invite (https://discord.gg/KRgm7TA) come chat with us in #mics-and-monstersOfficial Discord Invite (https://discord.gg/Ubrccs8gFZ)---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Music in this episode by Marco Mazzei at Fallen Highway Studios---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Microphones & Monsters is in no way affiliated with Wizards of The Coast or Petersen Games

Cartoonist Kayfabe
Mike Mignola Levels Up in HELLBOY: Seed of Destruction Issue 1! Lovecraft Meets Kirby!

Cartoonist Kayfabe

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2021 31:04


Ed's Links (Order RED ROOM!, Patreon, etc): https://linktr.ee/edpiskor Jim's Links (Patreon, Store, social media): https://linktr.ee/jimrugg ------------------------- E-NEWSLETTER: Keep up with all things Cartoonist Kayfabe through our newsletter! News, appearances, special offers, and more - signup here for free: https://cartoonistkayfabe.substack.com/ --------------------- SNAIL MAIL! Cartoonist Kayfabe, PO Box 3071, Munhall, Pa 15120 --------------------- T-SHIRTS and MERCH: https://shop.spreadshirt.com/cartoonist-kayfabe --------------------- Connect with us: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cartoonist.kayfabe/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/CartoonKayfabe Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Cartoonist.Kayfabe Ed's Contact info: https://Patreon.com/edpiskor https://www.instagram.com/ed_piskor https://www.twitter.com/edpiskor https://www.amazon.com/Ed-Piskor/e/B00LDURW7A/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1 Jim's contact info: https://www.patreon.com/jimrugg https://www.jimrugg.com/shop https://www.instagram.com/jimruggart https://www.twitter.com/jimruggart https://www.amazon.com/Jim-Rugg/e/B0034Q8PH2/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1543440388&sr=1-2-ent

We have been watching
62. Dune, Color Out of Space

We have been watching

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2021 37:56


It's back to the cinema this week as Rob talks the new release - Dune - was it Spicy or a tad of Sandworm Dung?Mart's watched Cosmic Horror in the Nic Cage / H.P. Lovecraft inspired movie - Color Out of SpaceRob's been on a Magical Journey with Fantastic Beasts 1 & 2We've  seen Tom Holland in his role as Nathan Drake in the Uncharted trailer - hit or miss?Also - Ryan Reynolds, The Rock and Gal Gadot trailer has been released in Red Notice - Netflix's biggest budget film ever!We're always on the lookout for recommendations so please give us a shout!Send us your suggestions for what we should be watching:wehavebeenwatchingpodcast@gmail.comIf you'd like to become a patron:https://www.patreon.com/user?u=55368632You can also find us here:https://linktr.ee/WHBWpodcastTry out our YouTube channel for past episodes:https://youtube.com/channel/UCqOaBzRYx0SvkadS27FfGIA

Microphones & Monsters
Ep. 143: A Storm of Vengeance - Part 8

Microphones & Monsters

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2021 36:30


Into the storm!Our second guest of Season 3 is Aaron Dalla Villa. He has been featured in numerous film, television, and theater roles including a starring role in the feature film PLEDGE, distributed by IFC Midnight, a starring role on the series DUELS, a spot on GOTHAM, and voice work in the popular video game series Earth Defense Force. (http://aarondallavilla.com/)He also made the D20 Alpha Rift Tribute music video that came from the movie Alpha Rift (2020) where he plays the lead role where he plays a TTRPG fan boy turned modern day knight. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALsjeqKaI4M)Aaron is playing as Virath, an original character in the Microphones & Monsters Multiverse. Support us on Patreon and get ad free and bonus content (https://www.patreon.com/MicsAndMonsters)---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------PromoIgnorance Was Bliss (https://iwbpodcast.com/)---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------CastAdam Culbertson as your Game MasterRichard Collins as AleisterMax Steele as Dr. Julian CottageSteven Sides as Victor StodgeSocial MediaTwitter @MicsAndMonsters (https://twitter.com/MicsAndMonsters)Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/microphones_and_monsters/)Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/MicrophonesAndMonsters/)CastJunkie Discord Invite (https://discord.gg/KRgm7TA) come chat with us in #mics-and-monstersOfficial Discord Invite (https://discord.gg/Ubrccs8gFZ)---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Music in this episode by Marco Mazzei at Fallen Highway Studios and Nicolas Jeudy of DARK FANTASY STUDIO.---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Microphones & Monsters is in no way affiliated with Wizards of The Coast or Petersen Games

Death By DVD
Frightful Fables To Fear AT Night : Death By DVDs Halloween Special 2021

Death By DVD

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 31, 2021 60:44


Happy Halloween! FRIGHTFUL FABLES TO FEAR AT NIGHT :  Death By DVDs 2021 Halloween SpecialScary stories that'll keep you up ALL NIGHT. You'll turn on the lights, you'll lock the door, NOTHING WILL BE SAFE! Listen now and HAPPY HALLOWEEN! BE SURE TO HEAR DEATH BY DVD'S MONSTER MELTDOWN, A CELEBRATION OF HALLOWEEN 2021 AND MONSTER MOVIES THROUGH THE AGES : DEATH BY DVD'S MONSTER MELTDOWN : CREATURE FEATURE DEATH BY DVD'S MONSTER MELTDOWN : SLIMY SITUATIONSDEATH BY DVD'S MONSTER MELTDOWN : TURKEY MEN FROM MARSDEATH BY DVD'S MONSTER MELTDOWN : WITHIN THE BLECHHH!

Forge the Narrative - Warhammer 40k Podcast
FTN Episode 407 – Can You Win With Tyranids? We Tell You How

Forge the Narrative - Warhammer 40k Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 31, 2021 63:07


The wonderful Aceface, John Hickton, joins us this week to discuss the absolute brutal things Tyranids get out of the Octarius campaign book.  The Tyranids seemed to be missing a … Read More

Food Court Movie Podcast
Food Court Movie Podcast Episode 154:PRINCE OF DARKNESS

Food Court Movie Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 31, 2021 62:28


Say goodbye to classical reality, Kill Donkeys! It's time for FOOD COURT, your favorite podcast, where we brave the malls and the movie halls so you don't have to!   Sean, Jon, and Michael watched PRINCE OF DARKNESS, the devil in a green tube movie from John Carpenter. Will the fellas love the Lovecraft vibes? Or will they hate the Hatecraft vibes? Tune in to find out!   So grab your popcorn, sneak in your snacks, and pop your pepto because it's time to slowly reach out towards a mirror, which you think may contain the love of your life who may, in fact, be the father of the devil! Bon Appétit!

Kane and Feels: Paranormal Investigators

Kane and Feels get on a boat for one final voyage. How did they get a boat? How did it go purple? How will this get resolved? How is she a teenager? Download |iTunes | Libsyn | Spotify | Android The cast in order of Appearance: Mark Waylett - St. Dunstans Lucy Lan Lao - Alice Oliver Morris - Brutus Feels Jack Fitzpatrick - Lucifer Kane Beth Eyre - Thornbush Princess Ali Campbell - Jeanine Dave Pickering - Concilman Grace Karim Kronfli - Bramlock Singh Viviana Padiglia - Libertina Written by Jack FItzpatrick and Oliver Morris Directed by Jude Hodgeson Hann Composition by Oliver Morris Sound design was by Jude Hodgson Hann and Oliver Morris and Kane and Feels is a Skadi's Symphony Production. Content Warning: Screaming Peril. Gruseome Death/Gore Self Mutilation/Self Harm Food Reference Loud Noises Coersion Depictions of Witchcraft. Themes of Post Traumatic Stress.

RETRO VGM REVIVAL HOUR
STAGE 74: Halloween 8

RETRO VGM REVIVAL HOUR

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 30, 2021 210:39


Far before the first leaf falls each autumn, everyone is already counting down the days to Halloween by devouring anything and everything pumpkin spice related, marathoning some of their favorite scary films, AND more importantly; curling up on the couch clutching their controller from their PC or console of choice and eating the candy they have collected through various neighborhoods. And since The month of chills is upon us, it's time to listen to some great video game music from various horror themed games that are sure to get you in the mood for some hauntingly good scares On the Annual Retro VGM Revival Hour Halloween Episode! So I hope you are ready, because these spectacularly spooky and absolutely terrifying Video game Music Tracks are here to raise the hairs in the back of your neck. SO GET READY!!!!! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Game – Composer – Title⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 1.) The Medium – Akira Yamaoka & Arkadiusz Reikowski – “I Want To Wear Your Skin, My Name Is Thomas, You Can't Save Everyone Butterfly & Across The Shore (w/ vocals provided by Mary Elizabeth McGlynn)” 2.) Little Nightmares II – Tobias Lilja – “Main Theme, End Of The Hall & Togetherness I” 3.) Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2 – Hiroaki Sano, Hiroyuki Sato, Ippo Yamada, Masahiro Aoki, Ryo Yoshinaga, Takumi Sato, Takuya Tsuda & Yusuke Sakai – “Zangetsu Returns, Curse of the Moon 2 & Attack the Moon!” 4.) Darkstalkers – Takayuki Iwai & Hideki Okugawa – “LORD RAPTOR Stage (Australia), VICTOR Stage (Germany), DEMITRI Stage (Romania) & PYRON Stage (Hellstorm)” 5.) Mad Rat Dead – Dyes Iwasaki, Johngarabushi & Hisa Aihara (a_hisa) – “Mad Rat Heart, Rat's Dream, Cheddar Chaser & One Day at Laboratory” 6.) Dead Rising 3 – Oleksa Lozowchuk & Scott Albert (Celldweller) – “Nick Theme (extended), Gluttony Battle & Sloth Battle” 7.) The House of the Dead 4 – Makito Nomiya & Haruyoshi Tomita – “Dawn (Remix of year seventh), Endless Battle & Original sin (Remix of year seventh)” 8.) Returnal – Bobby Krlic – “The Crash, Helios & Dream Already Seen” 9.) The Cat Lady – Michal Michalski & Remigiusz Michalski – “Lily of the Valley, I Have Mouth but I Can't Scream, Early Winter & Piece by Piece” 10.) Fran Bow – Isak J Martinsson – “The white rabbit question, This is the forest & Itwards tango” 11.) Tesla vs Lovecraft – Sotiris Kremmydas (Pandocrator) – “Main Theme, Battle Theme 1 & Lovecraft” 12.) Zombie Driver – Pawel Stelmach (Blaviken Sounds) – “Run You Fools (Sludge Boss Theme), You Gonna Die (Harodeh Boss Theme) & Perfect Protection” 13.) The Rocky Interactive Horror Show – Andrew Hewson & Simon Kidman – “Disco Room (Science Fiction-Double Feature), Hot Patootie (Bless My Soul) & The Time Warp” 14.) Far Cry 5 (Dead Living Zombies DLC) – Wade MacNeil & Andrew Gordon Macpherson – “Devoured in the Crypt, Bog Fever & Acrophobia” 15.) Little Red Riding Hood's Zombie BBQ – Guillermo Badolato Cillero & Jorge Badolato Cillero – “The Cemetary's Alive, The Empire of the Brick King & Sleeping Beauty Boss Theme” 16.) Zombie Night Terror – Romain Trotel – “Street of Rage, Hideout Assault & Daybreak” 17.) Corpse Party: Blood Drive – Mao Hamamoto – “BLOOD DRIVE, Desperate, Memory to be destroyed & A flash of light“ 18.) Resident Evil Village – Shusaku Uchiyama, Nao Sato & Brian D'Oliveira – “Ripples in the Calm, Bloodthirsty, Descent into the Village & Yearning for Dark Shadows (w/ vocals provided by Aga Ujma & Brian D'Oliveira)” ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Edgar Velasco: @MoonSpiderHugs Youtube: www.youtube.com/c/NostalgiaRoadTripChannel Official Site: nostalgiaroadtrip.com/ FaceBook: www.facebook.com/groups/nostalgiaroadtrip/ Official Twitter: @NRoadTripCast

Hellbent For Horror
Episode 104- Uncanny Traveler: Algernon Blackwood's Weird Fiction-with Scarlett Amaris

Hellbent For Horror

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 30, 2021 86:30


Skinwalkers! Psychic Vampires! Desert Gods! Cat People! Pagan Sex Beasts! Sentient Forests! Witchcraft! Ancient lands that Feed on humans! Mountain and Snow Goddesses!  The Weird Fiction of the 19th and 20th Centuries paved the way for modern horror and science fiction, and one of the greatest voices was Algernon Blackwood, whose work inspired none other than H.P. Lovecraft. Join my guest, Scarlett Amaris (H.P. Lovecraft's Color out of Space, The Theatre Bizarre, and the Saurimonde book trilogy) as we look at some of our favorite Blackwood short stories and discuss his amazing life (he said all his stories were "autobiographical") and his influence on modern horror! I hope you enjoy the show! Books Covered:  Algernon Blackwood stories: The Wendigo (1910) The Touch of Pan (1907) The Glamour of the Snow (1912) The Transfer (1912) The Valley of the Beasts (1921) Ancient Sorceries (1906) The Man Whom the Trees Loved (1912) The Pikestaffe Case (1924) The Occupant in the Room (1917) Sand (1912) The Willows (1907) Biography: Starlight man: The extraordinary life of Algernon Blackwood by Michael Ashley (2001) Books by other Authors: Shadowland -Peter Straub (1980) Ghost Story -Peter Straub (1979) Kwaidan (film) (1965) Burnt Offerings -Robert Marasco (1973) Christine -Stephen King (1983)

The Bookening
The Call of Cthulhu

The Bookening

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 54:24


You didn't think we'd leave you hanging for Halloween did you? It's one of the most influential supernatural stories of the twentieth century, "The Call of Cthulhu", by H.P. Lovecraft. Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn!★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★

Forge the Narrative - Warhammer 40k Podcast
FTN Episode 406 – Can Octarius Save Cadia? Big Guns Never Tire

Forge the Narrative - Warhammer 40k Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 23, 2021 59:50


Octarius absolutely gives some units a new lease on life – including Fortifications.  I’ll be honest.. it’s hard for me to put Buildings in a list but wow, I may … Read More