But this time, it’s a Christmas episode! As in, it is implied that Christmas is actually about Jesus being born. Imagine a modern procedural show doing that today. You can’t, can you?
Here’s the synopsis:
Just before Christmas, a waitress is the only witness to a murder in a business partner squabble. When the murdering partner files an life insurance claim, Johnny Dollar is sent to investigate. But can he get to the waitress in time to save her and her daughter from being murdered, too?
It still has all the stuff you love about detective shows: mystery, action, and even a little romance. So ignore my best public radio voice, and enjoy listening to the Nick Shurn Matter. It runs just a smidgen over an hour.
Ryan Decaria is a fellow podcaster and author. His debut novel, Devil in the Microscope, was recently published by Immortal Works. We met in his secret lair high above the bustling streets of Ogden to have a little chat.
[0:35] The King of the Meeple Nation discusses board games.
[4:23] This was not intended as a fart joke. I promise. I’m not above making fart jokes, but this just happens to not be one.
[5:40] Mad science is better than sane science.
[7:00] Ryan’s favorite mad scientists.
[9:20] Mad science heroes vs villains
[12:16] The Devil in the Microscope
[15:32] Ethically-challenged scientists have more fun.
Today on the podcast I interview author Jon Mollison. He currently has three books out (see links below.) His story “Desert Hunt” appeared in StoryHack issue zero, which you can still get for free by signing up for the newsletter.
Special treat today on the podcast. I had a chance to interview Ron Fortier. He’s probably the greatest living expert on the Green Hornet. I guess that makes sense, as he used to write the Green Hornet comic book. He’s been a writer of comics and pulp fictions for over 45 years. He’s the co-founder of the new pulp publisher Airship 27, which has over a hundred titles in print. Next year I want to go to Pulpfest or Windy City Pulp & Paper just so I can meet him. This interview went twice as long as they usually do, and now I wish it was even longer. I might be just a wee bit excited about this.
[0:10] Ron has been a working comics writer for longer than I’ve been alive.
[7:21] How Ron got into writing.
[11:58] Getting into big name properties. (Terminator & Green Hornet…)
[21:15] Preparing for the right moment.
[22:30] How the Green Hornet came to be
[28:58] Crafting a legacy backstory from many sources
[35:05] Ron’s thoughts on the Green Hornet movie (2011)
[39:25] Writers have to be bad guys
[43:00] Airship 27 – If you’re a writer
[47:00] Airship 27 – if you just plain like pulp fictions
[53:15] Where is new pulp headed?
[55:00] Final advice: share your talents.
Special Note: There is a movie based on Ron’s “Brother Bones” character currently being kickstarted. Go check it out.
A couple of weeks ago, Daniel made the journey all the way out to beautiful StoryHack Studios for an in person chat. Not that Skype is bad or anything, but it is always much more fun to do these in person. Daniel’s the founder of the Hugo-finalist podcast Dungeon Crawlers Radio. Today, his debut novel is officially released, so it’s time for him to sit on the other side of the metaphorical interview table. Except in this case it was an actual table.
Random show notes:
[0:30] Daniel embraces his hair color and laments the loss of gingers in comic-based media
[1:50] The Golden Eagles & hockey
[3:20] 10 redheads under one roof.
Bonus Fact: Daniel has a one-eyed dog that is terrible at playing catch.
[5:30] The Shadow Above the Flames
[8:15] Daniel’s writing process
[11:45] Getting published
[12:45] Definitely not a spoiler
Bonus Fact: Daniel has chickens.
[13:40] Dungeon Crawlers: A History
[17:48] The most exciting guest.
[20:15] Games & Helping out the little guy
[22:22] Daniel has two closets full of games. I only have one, so this made me feel a little inadequate…
I’m calling this the StoryHack Podcast, Episode #1. However, don’t hold me to any sort of schedule for releasing more of these. I have no plans for regularity. That being said, it was a lot of fun, and I would like to do more author interviews in person.
Cutting now to the chase, I’d like to introduce my first live author interview. I recently discovered David J West. Somehow, I had been following him on twitter for a while now, but I’m not sure how he got there. After we “met” on twitter, I decided to check out some of his fiction. After greatly enjoying a couple of his works, I decided I needed to meet him. Fortunately, he lives less than an hour away. So I used this interview as a pretext to meet him face to face.
David writes great action adventure/horror/western stories.
And like I said, this was my first live interview so I was a bit nervous. Hopefully I didn’t step on David’s responses too much.
We talk about his journey to getting published, David’s literary likes, writing process, Orrin Porter Rockwell and historical context of David’s westerns, ranking gunslingers by body count, writing soundtracks, Conan and other Robert E. Howard works, and whatever else struck our fancy.
Stuff I learned about myself: I need a less cumbersome mobile rig if I ever do this again. Also, I need to stop saying “okay” so much.
If you’d like to learn more about David, here are some useful links: