David Terrenoire (Beneath a Panamanian Moon, Minotaur Books) and Jedidiah Ayres (Peckerwood, Broken River Books) [broadcast 2015-09-28] — Host Eryk Pruitt launches new show The Crime Scene ahead of BoucherCon in Raleigh, October 8-11, 2015, and Noir at the Bar on Thursday, October 8 at Raleigh’s Common 414. Terrenoire (in studio) and Ayres (via phone from St. Louis) were the inaugural guests in this new show which looks to “expose literature’s underbelly” in its usual time slot of the second Monday of the month. In this episode, they discuss “The South” and crime fiction.
David Terrenoire (left) and Eryk Pruitt (right).
Knee Deep by Prologue Games (broadcast July 27, 2015) — Durham-based game studio startup Prologue Games is making waves with its innovative story-driven adventure game Knee Deep, a “swamp noir” of intrigue, murder, and journalism. Owner Colin Dwan and writer/designer Wes Platt joined co-hosts Mur Lafferty and Samuel Montgomery-Blinn in studio to talk about the game design and story for “Act I: Wonderland”.
About the Game
Knee Deep unfolds in the backwater Florida town of Cypress Knee. A washed-up Hollywood actor is found hanging from the iconic tower at the center of Chief Roadside’s Wonderland, a tacky resort that is more of an affront to Native Americans than tourist attraction. You investigate this mysterious suicide through the eyes of three distinct characters: cheeky blogger Romana Teague, beleaguered local newspaper reporter Jack Bellet, and cynical private investigator K.C. Gaddis.
(Left to Right) Mur Lafferty, Colin Dwan, and Wes Platt
Midnight Burning by Karissa Laurel (broadcast July 6, 2015) — North Carolina author Karissa Laurel is the author of this debut contemporary fantasy novel from Garner-based publishing house Red Adept Publishing, and she and publisher Lynn McNamee joined co-hosts Mur Lafferty and Samuel Montgomery-Blinn in studio to talk about the book, editing, publishing, gaming, and more in a “focus on speculative fiction” episode.
About the Book
Solina Mundy lives a quiet life, running the family bakery in her small North Carolina hometown. But one night, she suffers a vivid nightmare in which a wolfish beast is devouring her twin brother, who lives in Alaska. The next morning, police notify her that Mani is dead. Driven to learn the truth, Solina heads for the Land of the Midnight Sun. Once there, she begins to suspect Mani’s friends know more about his death than they’ve let on. Skyla, an ex-Marine, is the only one willing to help her. As Solina and Skyla delve into the mystery surrounding Mani’s death, Solina is stunned to learn that her own life is tied to Mani’s friends, his death, and the fate of the entire world. If she can’t learn to control her newfound gifts and keep her friends safe, a long-lost dominion over mortals will rise again, and everything she knows will fall into darkness.
(Left to Right) Karissa Laurel, Lynn McNamee, and Mur Lafferty
Memories and Scenes: Shtetl, Childhood, Writers – broadcast 11-24-2014, Scott Davis, Publisher. This is the first English translation of eleven autobiographical short stories by the beloved and successful 19th century Eastern European Yiddish writer, Jacob Dinezon. In this collection, Dinezon recalls his childhood years in the shtetl, the unusual and memorable characters he encountered along the way, and the events that led to his passion for becoming a writer. Contained within these stories is a treasure trove of Yiddish history, culture, and values the telling of which will amuse, educate and give reason to consider to the reader fortunate enough to open the book and start the journey. Find out more at http://www.pulist.net/memories-and-scenes-shtetl-childhood-writers.html
Samantha Bryant (broadcast 04-07-2015) — A “focus on speculative fiction” episode with co-hosts Samuel Montgomery-Blinn and Mur Lafferty and guest Samantha Bryant, Hillsborough author of debut novel Going Through the Change [Goodreads]. “Going through ‘the change’ isn’t easy on any woman. Mood swings, hot flashes, hormonal imbalances, and itchy skin are par for the course. But for these four seemingly unrelated women, menopause brought changes none of them had ever anticipated–super-heroic changes.” And! A (brief) special guest review, as Mur’s daughter a.k.a. Princess Scientist reviewed Ursula Vernon’s forthcoming Castle Hangnail. Enjoy!
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Jeremy Hawkins (broadcast 03-16-2015) — A “focus on speculative fiction” episode with co-hosts Samuel Montgomery-Blinn and Mur Lafferty and guest Jeremy Hawkins, author of debut novel The Last Days of Video.
Jeremy Whitley (broadcast 02-02-2015) — A “focus on speculative fiction” episode with co-hosts Samuel Montgomery-Blinn and Mur Lafferty, talking with Durham comics writer Jeremy Whitley about his comics The Order of Dagonet and Princeless, and his work on My Little Pony: Friends Forever.