Friday, September 4, 2015

Interview: Paul K. Ellis

In today's episode, Hugh and Pat chat with author, podcaster and reviewer Paul Ellis!

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Paul read The Diamond Conspiracy by Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris!
Hugh read Changeless by Gail Carriger!
Pat played Pneuma: Breath of Life for Xbox One!
Dirty Magick: New Orleans from Lucky Mojo Press
Hugh's writing can be found at his blog and  He has a Patreon, which goes to support this very podcast!
Pat's comicing can be found at  He has a Patreon, too!
The promo this week is for The Fantasticast!
Music by Kevin MacLeod.

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Special Patreon Bonus Episode: Video Games!

Hello Listeners!
Today we peel back the velvet curtain and give you a look at the exclusive episodes we're recording for our Patreon backers!  Sit back and relax as Hugh and Pat nerd out over video games!
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You can get more content, including our latest discussion of tabletop games by pledging any amount at  And while you're at it, support Pat's webcomic at

Monday, August 10, 2015

Interview: Jake Bible

Today, Hugh and Pat talk with Stoker-nominated author and podcaster Jake Bible!  We chat about his new podcast, his many, many, novels, and more!

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Visit Jake's website, or find him on Twitter!
Jake is reading Killing Pretty by Richard Kadrey.
Hugh is listening to We All Raise Our Voices To The Air by The Decemberists.
Pat is playing Borderlands 2.

Today's show was sponsor was Squaresoft Space!  With the best selection of midi players, sprite sheets, and screenshots, make a '90's JRPG fan-site today!
We also played a promo for The Projection Booth Podcast.
Hugh can be found at  If you enjoyed today's show, consider dropping some change into our virtual hat at our Patreon.
Pat's projects are at, and he has a new Patreon for the webcomic!
Muisc by Kevin MacLeod.
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Friday, July 24, 2015

Interview: Lauren 'Scribe' Harris and Elysian Springs!

Pat and Hugh are proud to present an interview with author, editor, and voice actor Lauren B. Harris!  Lauren is in the middle of a Kickstarter for her short story anthology project, Elysian Springs: Adventures from the Superhero Nursing Home!
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The Elysian Springs Kickstarter
Hugh's Pick: Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions Evolved
Pat's Pick: Splendor
Lauren is reading Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley!
This week's promo is for The Coxwood History Fun Park Podcast, where those how don't know their history are DOOMED!
This week's sponsor is Gatorhost!  The world's largest reptile relocation solution!
Music by Kevin MacLeod
Thanks for listening!
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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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The Melting Potcast
Flash Cast121
Tales of a Tesla Ranger
Disaterpiece Theatre
The Friendship Festival (which is still ongoing, and is coming up!)
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 [].) 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 [], Twitter [‘], and lurking about his own site [].

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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