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

The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn, #1) Star Trek: The Original Series: Savage Trade The Night of One Hundred Thieves

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


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,

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.)

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 Latest on Carolina Book Beat: Jenna Black


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”.


The Latest on Carolina Book Beat: Colin Dwan and Wes Platt


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

The Latest from Carolina Book Beat

Scott Davis

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

The Latest on Carolina Book Beat: Samantha Bryant

Going Through The Change

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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The Latest on Carolina Book Beat: Jeremy Hawkins

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.

The Latest on Carolina Book Beat: Jeremy Whitley

Princeless #1

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.