In this episode we get to visit with one of the shows oldest friends, artist, writer and astonishing creative talent Karen Gosselin. We get to talk with her about her second year attending the Illustrators Master Class. Based on her description of the week, it would seem as if she has both a wonderfully creative time. If you want to see some of the end result of what she accomplished there be sure to check out the SFSN Table at Plastic City Comic Con on July 13th. and say hello to our very special guest.
You will also get the opportunity to see and meet some other amazing people and vendors, including:
When you go to Author Expo’s or conventions you can meet tons of diverse people and if you’re foolish enough to “judge a book by its cover” or in this case “an author by his looks”, you may sometimes ‘have gravely misjudged the situation’.
Meet Joseph Paradis. We spoke at a meeting a few months back and I’m not sure what it was that I expected when I received his book but what ever my expectations were it was most certainly NOT Saving The Dark Side – The Devotion. To explain, when you listen to our conversation on this ‘cast, Joe is a very likeable, dynamic, personable kind of guy with a genuine warmth and pleasant air about him. The conversation we had at the Expo was very nice and relaxed, albeit brief, as conversations in this type of setting usually are.
So Joe created this universe and introduces us to its main character, Cole. When he was 3 years old he began to “disappear”. First for hours and then days at a time and never had any idea where he had gone. Joe slowly brings the reader jarringly through his childhood to the point at which Cole disappears from earth completely into a series of events that continue to test and teach him about what he is truly capable of.
Some books take your hand and gently guide you through a plot; others drop you in the middle of nowhere and force you to figure it out. This book punches you in the face again and again, and is compelling enough to make you want more and more. I warn you now; the reader will be coerced to root for Cole no matter what and you should. The book is that well written.
In this episode we get to talk with writer Artemis Crow about the beginning or her grand adventure omnibus of novels ‘The Zodiac Assassins’. This series of books will encompass 12 novels and 12 novellas in a sweeping arc of the universe that has a world much like the one we all know called The OverWorld and a place of magic, mystery, mayhem and violence called InBetween. The series explains how one world became two and brings the reader back and forth between interactions between these worlds.
Artemis is our guide (especially mine) in gaining the understanding as we talked about her first book in the series, ‘Lyon’s Roar’ and the significance between the roles of the novels and novellas in this ambitious series. Maintaining characters in both human and “paranorm” form, this is a complex and compelling universe build with a depth and edge rare in a series that somewhat defies a genre or tag. It becomes a thrill ride with jarring and unexpected twists, which become more complex, compelling and baffling the deeper you become immersed in the overall story,
When you play “Three Of These Things Belong Together”, there is an obvious forth that doesn’t belong. So, if I were to list: Horror Writer, Stainless Steel Design and Fabrication, Self Help Writer and Hot Sauce Inventor they would All apply to our guest and great friend of the show Rob Watts…except that you would have to add amazing musician, artist, chef, children’s author and composer of the Opening Theme to Sci Fi Saturday Night. The cool thing is we got to talk about almost everything on the list in this expanded episode.
Rob’s work as a writer of suspense thrillers is where we first got to know him
and his latest book of stories ‘Charms’ is one of his finest to date. Robs way with words and characters leads the reader down the primrose path to terror yet again without the need for gratuitous gore and violence. His stories are finely crafted pieces of emotional machinery that take you to many different places, all with the single intent of watching the bloody Jack In The Box rise up and scare the hell out of you.
Book Signing 101
After spending time also talking about The Stainless Steel Guys, his revised writing process and the state of Nobel Prize Winning Writers in Iceland we got the chance to talk about his book for writers ’Book Signing 101’. This book is specifically written for writers to help them as they venture out into the world of book signings and conventions. Written in a wonderfully relaxed narrative style, it helps anyone manage the pitfalls off all such public events.
Mr. Watts is a fun guy to interview, an amazing writer and a great friend of Sci Fi Saturday Night. Welcome, Rob, to The Five Timers Club. Mr. Simon will get you your jacket.
Our guest is Keith Gleason, a man with many hats. Keith is the driving force behind Plastic City Comic Con, a one-day micro-con with delusions of huge (Dome, please see the editor about this sentence). He also runs Reckless Sidekick Productions and is also the producer of Mighty Mascots, which just got picked up by Alterna Comics, and we somehow tricked him into talking about it under the guise of wanting more information about the conventions
Speaking of more information about the Plastic City event, we got to talk about the two guests of honor, Larry Hama and Barbara Friedlander. We also
Also Not Keith Gleason
talked about the concept of a small intimate convention in the Wallace Civic Center and how the two ideas merge into a wonderful Family Friendly event with free parking and an entrance fee of $ 5.00 with kids 12 and under free. The guest list is impressive with a wide array of artists, writers and vendors.
Micro Cons come and go but this one is going to be around for years because they have a very clear mission statement:
Keep costs low for both the vendors and the attendees so that everyone comes out a winner!
The original name for this show was “It’s Wrestlemania at the North Pole, Free Comic Book Day AND GraniteCon 2019 Preview” but it was too long.
The Double Midnight Gang
Our first guest is Chris Proulx, owner of Double Midnight Comics, the comic store voted “Best Of New Hampshire”. We talked about two things…May 4th’s Free Comic Book Day and a very early preview of Granite State Comic Con 2019
Our second guest tonight is once again the prodigious and prolific
On this edition of Sci Fi Saturday Night, the author of ‘The Shadow Over Portsmouth’ series Jeff Deck returns to talk about book two City Of Games. We got to talk about a ton of different things about the new book, the overall series and his consumption of caffeine in the writing process.
Much as the first book, this is another character driven story in the series that just continues to work very well. Part missing person, part sci fi adventure, part good cop, bad cop, badder cop, the book is unique, his style is unique and the series thus far is a wonderful
experience to read and enjoy. Join us for a fascinating chat as Sci Fi Saturday Night gets a second chance to chat with Jeff Deck.
For as long as I can remember, Rich Woodall has been an important and
interesting part of the comic community in New England and a good friend. From our first visits to the former Boston Comic Con and Granite Con, Rich was always there with fresh visions and amazing work. Over the years his influence and productivity has grown. We got the chance to talk with him about his beginnings with Johnny Raygun, his amazing body of work and some of his current projects including his wonderful new parody, Spaceforce, The Electric Black with Joe Schmalke and his upcoming Kickstarter for Sgt. Werewolf.
It was like sitting down and talking again with an old friend, which is exactly what it was.
This episode is actually two stories in one. One is the obvious part. Alvin Baylor Lives! is a fascinating well-constructed Sci Fi novel/audio book set in the far future with McGuffin after McGuffin to keep the reader/listener enthralled. One the one hand, charming while at the same time gritty, we learn about the world that Alvin inhabits, the society he survives in and the profound affect one man can have.
The other story is about two boyhood friends, Maximillian Gray and Josh Horowitz. After surviving the “rigors” of public education together in the Greater LA Area, they went their separate ways as often happens. Max and Josh both found themselves in the entertainment industry and a chance social media reconnection brought them back together for this project: Max as writer and Josh as audio book creator.
So, this episode is two fascinating stories. One is about a book/audio book and the other is the rekindling of a friendship to create it. It’s a really cool story with two really eloquent interesting men.
Any conversation with Dan is fun but when we get to talk about his festival, its always a treat,. We talked about the inclusion this year of web-series. The festival decided there were a number of web-series contributors that has a voice and PKDFF was going to give it to them. The discussion then turned to the many unique and distinctive voices this year in the festival all of which, in some way, somehow embraced some part of the thematic qualities of Philip K Dick and his work.
As more and more festivals pop up each year, this one and its creator remain one of my favorites. Sit back and enjoy a little time with Dan Abella and the Philip K Dick Film Festival 2019