Focus on Speculative Fiction: Rysa Walker, “The Delphi Effect”

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Rysa Walker [broadcast 2016-10-17] — Cary author Rysa Walker joined co-hosts Mur Lafferty and Samuel Montgomery-Blinn in studio to talk about her new book The Delphi Effect, the first in a new series from the author of the ABNA winning and bestselling CHRONOS Files, that series also being the basis of a new comic book series The Chronos Files: Time Trial.


THE CRIME SCENE: “Series” in Short Fiction, Guest Hosted by S.W. Lauden, with Naomi Hirahara and Rob Hart



This month, on THE CRIME SCENE, we are privileged to have S.W. Lauden guest host the show. S.W. Lauden’s short fiction has been published by Out of the Gutter, Criminal Element, Shotgun Honey and Crimespree Magazine—among many others.
His short story, “Customer,” will be featured in the upcoming anthology, WAITING TO BE FORGOTTEN: STORIES OF CRIME AND HEARTBREAK INSPIRED BY THE REPLACEMENTS (Gutter Books—Oct. 15, 2016).
His debut novel, BAD CITIZEN CORPORATION, features the adventures of a Southern California punk rock cop named Greg Salem. The second novel in that series, GRIZZLY SEASON, will be published October 11, 2016. 

Naomi Hirahara, born and raised in Southern California, is the Edgar Award-winning author of the Mas Arai mystery series, which features a Japanese American gardener and atomic-bomb survivor who solves crimes (SUMMER OF THE BIG BACHI, GASA-GASA GIRL, SNAKESKIN SHAMISEN, BLOOD HINA and STRAWBERRY YELLOW). Books in this series have been translated into Japanese, Korean and French (September 2015 publication date).
MURDER ON BAMBOO LANE, her new mystery series with a female twentysomething LAPD bicycle cop, was released with Berkley Prime Crime in spring 2014. Her next in the series, A GRAVE ON GRAND AVENUE, was released in April 2015.
For more information, go to her website,

Rob Hart is the author of New Yorked, nominated for an Anthony Award for Best First Novel, as well as City of Rose and the upcoming South Village.
He’s also the publisher/COO at and the class director at LitReactor.
Rob’s short stories have appeared in Shotgun Honey, Crime Factory, All Due Respect, Thuglit, Needle, Kwik Krimes, Helix Literary Magazine, and Joyland. He’s received both a Derringer Award nomination and honorable mention in The Best American Mystery Stories 2015. Non-fiction articles have been featured at LitReactor, Salon, The Daily Beast, Mulholland Books, Criminal Element, The Literary Hub, Electric Literature, the Powell’s bookstore blog, and Nailed.
South Village, the third entry in the Ash McKenna series, will be out in October 2016, followed by a fourth book in summer 2017. He’s also co-writing a novella with James Patterson as part of theBookShots program.

The music in this episode is from THE MISSION CREEPS, whose album FRIGHT NIGHT FREAK OUT was just released.

THE CRIME SCENE: Anthologies in Crime Fiction, with James R Tuck, Thomas Pluck, and Joe Clifford

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This month The Crime Scene talks about crime fiction anthologies with three guys who know what they’re talking about. James R. Tuck who edited the outlaw country crime fiction anthology MAMA TRIED, Tommy Pluck, who edited PROTECTORS 2, and Joe Clifford who edited TROUBLE IN THE HEARTLAND.


Focus on Speculative Fiction: Sabaa Tahir (A Torch Against the Night) and Renée Ahdieh (The Rose and the Dagger)

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Sabaa Tahir and Renée Ahdieh [broadcast 2016-09-05] — San Francisco author Sabaa Tahir (in studio) and North Carolina author Renée Ahdieh (via phone) discuss their latest young adult fantasy novels, A Torch Against the Night and The Rose and the Dagger, ahead of their joint appearance at Raleigh’s Quail Ridge Books on Tuesday, September 6. For some background on Tahir and Ahdieh and their books, see my article in this week’s Indy Week.

In studio at WCOM: co-host Mur Lafferty (left) and guest author Sabaa Tahir (right).

In studio at WCOM: co-host Mur Lafferty (left) and guest author Sabaa Tahir (right).

Focus on Speculative Fiction: John Claude Bemis, “The Wooden Prince”


John Claude Bemis [broadcast 2016-08-08] — Hillsborough author John Claude Bemis joined co-hosts Mur Lafferty and Samuel Montgomery-Blinn in studio to talk about The Wooden Prince, the first in his new Out of Abaton series which re-casts the story of Pinocchio in a Steampunk/alchemical/magical Venetian Empire. We also talked about his Clockwork Dark trilogy for young readers, his background in teaching, and his time as the Piedmont Laureate.


Focus on Speculative Fiction: Jay Posey, “Outriders”

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Jay Posey [broadcast 2016-07-11] — Posey was last in studio for his “Legends of the Duskwalker” series, returning to talk about his new military science fiction novel Outriders (Angry Robot Books, May 3) as well as his work on the forthcoming virtual reality game Star Trek: Bridge Crew (Ubisoft/Red Storm).  Co-hosts Mur Lafferty and Samuel Montgomery-Blinn. Runtime: 68 minutes.

Mur Lafferty (L) and Jay Posey (R) in studio.

Mur Lafferty (L) and Jay Posey (R) in studio.

THE CRIME SCENE: “Rural Noir in Crime Fiction,” with Steve Weddle, Greg Barth, and Shawn A. Cosby

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This month, THE CRIME SCENE talks “Rural Noir” with authors S.A. Cosby (Brotherhood of the Blade, THUGLIT #10, #14, and #23) and Greg Barth (Selena, Diesel Therapy, Suicide Lounge).


We talk about things we love, things we hate, and black snakes. We talk about Shawn’s trips to the outhouse. Of course, meth gets mentioned somewhere. We namedrop Jed Ayres for the tenth consecutive episode. Also mentioned are Bonnie Jo Campbell’s American Salvage, Marietta Miles (Route 12), and Nicky Turner. Jamie Mason (Monday’s Lie) and Katie Estill (Dahlia’s Gone, if you can find it), and the TV shows Fargo and Justified. 


THE CRIME SCENE: “The Reviewer in Crime Fiction” with Benoit Lelievre, Renee Asher Pickup, and Keith Rawson

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This month, THE CRIME SCENE features “The Reviewer in Crime Fiction.” We’ve top-loaded the episode with the great Ben Lelievre (Dead End Follies), Renee Asher Pickup (formerly of the Books and Booze podcast) and Keith Rawson (LitReactor).

Join us while we talk about some great works and some not-so-great works, and even a dark turn into my least favorite subject: Star Wars and comic book movies. We get into it about how much we love Gabino Iglesias’ Zero Saints, or Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs by Chuck Klosterman, and Steven Graham Jones, Jedidiah Ayres (once again), Tom Pitts (Hustle, Knuckleball), T.E.D. Kline, Andrew Vachss, and Alex Segura’s Down the Darkest Street.

THE CRIME SCENE: “Talking Noir at the Bar” with Jedidiah Ayres, Erik Arneson, James R. Tuck, and Ed Brock


Smack dab between a mess of Spring Fever, the country has been awash with Noir at the Bar of late. During a 30 day span, there will have been readings in Atlanta, Chicago, St. Louis, and Harrisburg, PA. Catch a quick interview with Jed Ayres (Peckerwood, Fierce Bitches), who popularized N@TB’s current incarnation, then a chat with Harrisburg host Erik Arneson (Fortune), James R. Tuck (Blood and Bullets) and Ed Brock (Pale in Death).

It only hurts as long as  you let it.

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Focus on Speculative Fiction: John G. Hartness and Gail Z. Martin


John G. Hartness and Gail Z. Martin [broadcast 2016-04-04] — A funny thing happened on my way to the studio on Monday morning. I was planning to just talk about the absolutely packed month ahead of literary events (see the Bull Spec newsletter for the latest listings) and at the very last minute asked Charlotte authors Hartness and Martin if they would have time for quick chats via phone about their latest projects. Success! Hartness has a new “Bubba the Monster Hunter” novella out, but we spent most of the time talking about his putting a shingle out as publisher of Falstaff Books, for many years his own imprint on his self-publishing efforts, and his recent call for submissions for a #WeAreNotThis anthology. Martin has just seen the fourth and concluding book in her Ascendant Kingdoms series published by Orbit Books, and we also talked about several other series she has ongoing as well. And! I did follow through as planned with an overview of the month ahead in books and readings, including Fred Chappell’s appearances in the Triangle this month, along with the Oak City Comicon, Ernest Cline, Felicia Day, and more. Enjoy!