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

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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!

Focus on Speculative Fiction: the 2016 Manly Wade Wellman Award eligibility list

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The 2016 Manly Wade Wellman Award eligibility list [broadcast 2016-03-07] — Sam’s fairly rapid-fire descriptions (less than a minute each!) of the 115 titles on this year’s Manly Wade Wellman Award eligibility list, an attempt at surveying the entirety of North Carolina’s book-length science fiction and fantasy published last year. Follow along with the cover gallery at Bull Spec if you’re so inclined!

THE CRIME SCENE: “The Novella in Crime Fiction” with S.W. Lauden, Angel Colon, and Mike Monson

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Out to prove that BIGGER isn’t always BETTER, the Crime Scene with Eryk Pruitt sits down with three authors of crime novellas, including one that is a publisher. S.W. LAUDEN (Crosswise), ANGEL COLON (The Fury of Blacky Jaguar) and All Due Respect’s Mike Monson (A Killer’s Love) talked about their experiences with the novella and much, much more, with Hashtag author Eryk Pruitt on March 14, 2016 a.d.

The Crime Scene: “Comics in Crime Fiction” with Alex Segura, Erik Arneson, and Tyler Jenkins

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Alex Segura (Silent City, Archie Meets Kiss), Erik Arneson (Fortune) and Tyler Jenkins (Peter Panzerfaust, Snow Blind) stop by to discuss “Comics in Crime Fiction” with Eryk Pruitt on THE CRIME SCENE, 02.08.16.ad.

Among the many works and authors discussed in this episode are William Gibson, Cormac McCarthy, Patricia Highsmith, THE BLACK HOOD, ARMED GUERRA, Torpedo Books, ALIAS, SCALPED, Ed Brubaker, Rob Hart, CODE NAME: BABOOSHKA, THE JADE CITY CHRONICLES, 100 BULLETS and THE WALKING DEAD.

Plus, get my thoughts on corporal punishment (NOT capital punishment.)

Focus on Speculative Fiction: 2015 in Science Fiction and Fantasy with Ursula Vernon

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Ursula Vernon [broadcast 2016-02-01] — Discussion of the best of 2015 in science fiction and fantasy literature, movies, comics, stories, and more, with an eye on Hugo Award categories, the Nebula Suggested Reading List, and the just-released Locus Recommended Reading List. Co-hosts Mur Lafferty and Samuel Montgomery-Blinn. Runtime: 01:59:29. Also mentioned that nominations are open for the 2016 Manly Wade Wellman Award and a pair of upcoming events at Flyleaf Books (Thursday, February 5) and Quail Ridge Books (Friday, Feburary 6) with Lawrence M. Schoen for his new science fiction novel Barsk: The Elephants’ Graveyard.

The Crime Scene: “Sex in Crime Fiction” with Christa Faust and Johnny Shaw

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Authors Christa Faust (The Money Shot, Choke Hold) and Johnny Shaw (Dove Season, Big Maria) stop by The Crime Scene to talk “Sex in Crime Fiction” with Eryk Pruitt. Broadcast on January 11, 2016 a.d. Topics discussed include sex, serial killers, tropes, and much, much more.

Among the works discussed in this issue are the short film “Dinner with Holly”, The Fabulous Clipjoint by Frederic Brown, Miami Purity by Vicki Hendricks, Tampa by Alissa Nutting, Child of God by Cormac McCarthy, “Hoosier Daddy” by Jedidiah Ayres, Dare Me by Megan Abbott, Tapping the Source by Kem Nunn, the works of Richard Prather, and a whole lot more.

Get after it.

The Crime Scene: Music in Crime Fiction with Mel Melton and David Terrenoire

Host Eryk Pruitt chats with David Terrenoire (left) and Mel Melton (center)

Host Eryk Pruitt chats with David Terrenoire (left) and Mel Melton (center)

Durham author David Terrenoire (Beneath a Panamanian Moon) and zydeco blues musician Mel Melton (Papa Mojo and the Wicked Mojos) join Eryk Pruitt in the booth for “Music in Crime Fiction,” broadcast on December 14, 2015.
Among the topics discussed are music in crime fiction, the murder ballad, Christmas music and Christmas fiction.
Scheduled to appear was S.W. Lauden (Bad Citizen Corporation), but due to a technical difficulty on our end, this did not happen. We apologize to SW Lauden and are working to book him on a future date.

 

The Latest on Carolina Book Beat: Jenna Black

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Jenna Black [broadcast 2015-12-07] — “Focus on Speculative Fiction” co-hosts Mur Lafferty and Samuel Montgomery-Blinn talk to Pittsboro author Jenna Black about her “Game of Thrones meets House of Cards” contemporary fantasy The Gifted Dead and new sequel Schism, as well as her YA “Replica” series (Tor Teen) and urban fantasy series “Descendants”.

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The Latest on Carolina Book Beat: The Crime Scene with S.A. Cosby, Howard Craft, and Danny Gardner

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Virginia author S.A. Cosby (Trotherhood of the BladeTHUGLIT), Durham author, poet, and playwright Howard Craft (Jade City Chronicles), and (via phone) Los Angeles author and actor Danny Gardner (A Negro and an Ofay: The Tales of Elliot Caprice) [broadcast 2015-11-09] — Host Eryk Pruitt with the second episode of The Crime Scene with guests Cosby, Craft, and Gardner, discussing the intersection of race and crime fiction.

In studio, left to right: Howard Craft, S.A. Cosby, and Eryk Pruitt

In studio, left to right: Howard Craft, S.A. Cosby, and Eryk Pruitt

Howard Craft: "Superman doesn't come to Brooklyn."

Howard Craft: “Superman doesn’t come to Brooklyn.”