Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Special: Balticon 49 Roundup

Hugh and Pat discuss their experience at Balticon 49.
This was recorded on the drive back from the convention, so the audio is a bit rough, and we're both a bit punchy.  Thanks for your patience.
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Links:
The Melting Potcast
Flash Cast121
Tales of a Tesla Ranger
Disaterpiece Theatre
The Friendship Festival (which is still ongoing, and is coming up!)
Balticon
Hugh's blog
Pat's webcomic
Special thanks to New Media Coordinator Patrick Scaffido!

Music Provided by Kevin MacLeod!
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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Guest post: Second Time Around by Paul K. Ellis

Today we present a special post from author Paul K. Ellis, who was a fellow contributor to the Dirty Magick: New Orleans anthology from Lucky Mojo Press!  We'll be presenting a full interview with Mr. Ellis later this summer on the podcast!

Second Time Around
By Paul K. Ellis
It’s a little more difficult the second time around. I mean, sequels right? Occasionally, you’ll get the greatness of The Empire Strikes Back, but mostly it’s more like Duke Nukem Forever; a good idea that failed upon meeting reality. It begs the question:
Why did I write a sequel?
Just so you know, I deleted a bunch of pretentious sounding foo-fa-rah. Oh, I waxed eloquent! The truth is, I don’t know why I wrote a sequel. Jack just strode in from the rain, parked himself in my head, and started humming Sinatra. How lucky can one guy be?
When I get asked to describe the Dirty Magick series it’s with questions like “Is it mystery?” “Is it fantasy?” I get ugly looks when I say, “Yes.” In the simplest terms it’s “At the crossroads of urban fantasy and noir; Mean Streets…Dirty Magick!” I do that in my announcer voice. I just have fun saying that. Seriously, genre mashups can be tricky, but this concept works, and works well. Otherwise, I don’t think Jack would have returned for a visit.
My story picks up with Jack back in the bayou after the events of The Winds. (Said events available as a free podcast here [http://paulkellis.com/tag/dirtymagick/].) The trick became how I get Jack from LA to NOLA, and how to do it in such a fashion that reading the first story isn’t necessary?
Ah, the beauty of detective story. Each episode is a new case! That’s great, except Jack isn’t a detective any longer. It was at this point that Jack lit up a Camel (unfiltered), blew out a plume of smoke, and growled something about nothing driving you crazy like family.
I had my sequel.
It’s a going home story about a guy who never wanted to go home. A fellow who burned too many bridges. A guy who…I see the pretension is worming its way in again. Okay, Sinatra, Camels…got it.
I have a fascination with the Cajun culture. This is brought on in large part through food. My father worked for Reynolds Metals, and spent time at their Lake Charles plant. He is an outgoing personality and would come home with wonderful tales of the people he met, and their recipes. Curiously, many of these were more like guidelines than directions. “Stir it until it looks right” or “Put in pepper until just before your eyes water.” Those recipes were stories in themselves.
Glass Darkly draws on the Southern Gothic heritage of New Orleans, and I treated it like a gumbo; adding a little magic of Aga Baba, a dash of the haunting of Julia the mistress, the mirror of Myrtles Plantation to taste, and spicing it up with The Baron. After all, you can’t have a New Orleans ghost story without adding a little voodoo.
Does Jack escape his past? Does he get the girl? Will he untangle himself from family? Dirty Magick: New Orleans is available now at Amazon, and has fifteen fantastic stories, including Glass Darkly. You won’t just get Jack, you’ll get fourteen more fantastic fables. It’s the alliteration, isn’t it? Too much?
Anyhow, read! Enjoy! Have fun!
Paul is more than passing strange and can be found on Facebook [https://www.facebook.com/PaulKEllisAuthor], Twitter [‘https://twitter.com/paulkellis], and lurking about his own site [http://paulkellis.com/].

Monday, June 8, 2015

Interview: Live with The Melting Potcast!

Today we are proud to present our Balticon 49 live recording featuring A F Grappin and Erin Kazmark of The Melting Potcast!  Special thanks to our lovely audience!

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What we're enjoying this week:
P-Tone watched The Lone Gunmen!
Hugh read Marvel's Secret Wars!
A F watched Game of Thrones!
Erin watched The Avengers: Age of Ultron, and other stuff!

Today's show was sponsored by Mail Chump, the service that puts your mailing list to work for you!  Send Better Spam!

Music provided by Kevin MacLeod.
Hugh's Blog
Pat's Webcomic
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Saturday, May 30, 2015

Special: Balticon 49 Part One


P-Tone and Hugh went to Balticon last week!  We recorded a bit on the drive down for your listening enjoyment!
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Pat's webcomic
Hugh's blog
Support us via Patreon!
Music by Kevin MacLeod!
Thanks to Growdermusic of Freesound.org for the censor beep sound effect used in today's episode.
So how was our trip?  Was Balticon a huge success, or utter disaster?  Did P-Tone enjoy his first convention experience?  Stay tuned to this feed to find out!
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Spoiler alert.  It was amazing.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Fiction: "Trace" By Melissa Embry

The Way of the Buffalo Podcast is proud to present the story Trace by Melissa Embry.
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Today's story was read by Kimberly Cote.
Hugh's pick: The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu
Pat's pick: Locke and Key, written by Joe Hill and drawn by Gabriel Hernandez
If you enjoyed today's show, please leave a review on iTunes, or support our Patreon!
Pat makes comics at Notoften.com
Hugh writes at Hughjodonnell.com
Hugh's competed serial "The City: A Story in 140 Characters" is now available from Amazon and Gumroad stores!
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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Special: The Dark Wife 8: Elysian Part One

The Dark Wife: The Truth, Six: Elysian (Part One)
Previous episodes of The Dark Wife
The Dark Wife is available for purchase in print or ebook format from Amazon and other retailers.
Narrated by Veronica Giguere
Music by Kevin MacLeod, used under a Creative Commons License.
Thank you for listening

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Fiction: "Escalation" by David Steffen

What hex code is your parachute?  The Way of the Buffalo is proud to present "Escalation" by David Steffen.
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David is the proprietor of Diabolicalplots.com, and The Grinder, an extremely useful short fiction market database and tracker.
Episode 65: The Infinite Onion
Hugh's Pick: What We do in the Shadows
Pat's Pick: Anna: Extended Edition
Music Provided by Kevin MacLeod of Incompetech.com!
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