Category Archives: Podcast

A rare sighting – a new episode of the podcast!

Next Generation for StorycastRob

In the latest episode of my podcast, listen to two new stories by guest authors Claire Buss and E.M. Swift-Hook. And I give you my top five audio plays from Big Finish (after I exclude all of the obvious well known choices).

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At the very least, go watch my intro video, to see me out from behind the microphone and feeling vaguely uncomfortable!

 

The Lords of Negative Space

The latest anthology from Inklings Press is Tales from the Underground, available from 6th October 2017. You can pick it up from Amazon from Friday.

If the name sounds familiar, and you’re a long time listener to the podcast, you are right, it has been on StorycastRob the podcast for some time. To listen to the story, check out Episode 5, right now. The version in the anthology is a little different from the podcast version, but it is essentially the same story.

Lords of Trivia Space

  • This story started life as a writing challenge I set myself. If you’ve heard or read a lot of my stories, you may have noticed that I have a lot of dialogue, letting reported speech do a lot of heavy lifting in my story. I set out to pare back the dialogue on this one, and we are several pages in before you see any quote marks. That said, the narrator’s voice became a lot more conversational as a result.
  • It pulls from all over my personal history. For example, like Sarah, I worked as a medical records clerk for a while a few years ago, the struggle is real. The corridor I describe in the story exists, or at least it’s based on a corridor in Western Eye Hospital in London.

 

 

The general awesomeness of October

October!

Glad we made it, September was awesome, we had so much traffic on my podcast that I hit my monthly bandwidth limit in the last few days. I hope that didn’t stop anyone listening to something they wanted to from my back catalogue. But now’s the time, the limit is reset, go listen to as much as you like!

October is going to be EVEN MORE AWESOME! Not only will I be recording the next chapter of the podcast later this week, but you will be able to buy not one, but two books with my stories in them in October.

October 6th sees the launch of Tales from the Underground, the sixth anthology from Inklings Press. In it, you will find my story The Lords of Negative Space. Pre-order now at Amazon: myBook.to/Uground

Then on October 19th, the Sci-fi Roundtable launches its first anthology, The Quantum Soul. In there you will find my story The Shepherd of Memory. Pre-order this on Amazon: myBook.to/QuantumSoul

So if you want to catch my stories, you’re spoiled for choice this month!

Swings and Roundabouts

The new episode of my podcast is out now! To celebrate, here’s a reveal of the cover for Writ in Blood and Silver the book, which I’m hoping will hit Amazon in the first quarter next year. Although, as I say in the podcast, the more I work around book publishing, the more I realise that Delays Happen.

Thanks to Ricardo for the cover (follow him on Twitter @Winged_Leo ).

You can hear Chapter 8 of Writ in Blood and Silver, Swings and Roundabouts, right here!

However… in related news…

So, if you have to be a victim, be one of your own success, I say.
 
I tried out a Facebook advert promotion thing for the last episode of the podcast, and while I only got a handful of engagements (according to the metrics) it seems those who did try out the podcast must have worked their way through the entire back catalogue. Thanks for listening if you were one of those who tried out the podcast for the first time because of the advert.
 
The only downside is that… well… I’m already approaching the bandwidth limit for my website for September. I’m not sure what happens if I hit it… I’d guess people trying to access it won’t be able to? So, hopefully you can listen to the podcast. Apologies if you encounter a problem, it should all reset again in October.  If this starts to be an ongoing problem, I might have to see about upgrading my hosting, or downgrading the quality of the audio files to make them smaller (which I don’t really want to do, but might be more practical).
Anyway. Thanks for listening, everybody, it makes me really proud to know that people stick around when they find us.  Tell your friends! Except… maybe wait until October?

The Man from Atlantis!

Out now! The podcast for chapter 3 of Writ in Blood and Silver is available to listen to now.

In this chapter, called MiR (Men in Red) we find Matt coming to terms with what he learned from Wessex and Brodan in chapter 2. How will he deal with the truth about what’s going on under London?

Last month, I introduced you to one of my main characters, Arthur Wessex, this month, we have a look at his partner out-of-time, the man from “Atlantis”, Brodan. Also, sidebar, how do you like my first attempt at digital painting? It turned out quite well I thought.

Meet Brodan. He died 3,000 years ago (give or take), defeating the demon Volnark the last time it troubled the world (we actually see this in the prologue of Writ, though I don’t namecheck Brodan in it). He has been brought back to fight the fight again by Wessex. As we encounter him in the novel, Brodan has been working with Wessex for a couple of years already, and has largely adapted to the modern world (or at least come to terms with what he needs to deal with on a day-to-day basis). Which is not to say he necessarily approves of everything the 20th Century offers.

He is described by Matt as looking like a cross between Arnold Schwarzenegger and a computer science professor (hence being referred to briefly as “Prof Arnie”).  Wessex’s prophecies describe Brodan as the “Sword” and as “A man cut from the bones of the earth. Heart of Stone. Strength of Iron.”

Of our three main heroes, Brodan is the most physically capable, trained in hand-to-hand combat and battle magic. His magic is linked to a sword, which he can summon and banish at will.

To see a full list of all Writ in Blood in Silver episodes and articles, click here!

Passenger Action

Out today!  A new episode of my podcast, featuring my reading of chapter 2 of my novel, Writ in Blood and Silver.

In this instalment, we learn more about the people Matt has been calling Prof Arnie and City Man. And here I’m going to talk a little about one of my favourite characters in Writ, Arthur Wessex, aka City Man.

Some ***spoilers ahead***, so if you want to hear about Wessex in context, go listen to chapter 2 before reading on!

Meet Arthur Wessex, occultist and prophet.  He realised the danger growing beneath London, and knew he couldn’t hope to defeat it alone.  To discover what, or who, could defeat this ancient evil, he performed a Cassandra Ritual.  He wrote his prophecies for a full day and night, gripped with the gift of foreknowledge.  But such magic has a price, and now Wessex is cursed.  He cannot speak, or write, unless it is to repeat fragments of his prophecy.  He has become quite adept at working around this restriction, but it still means he can never have a normal conversation again.

While not physically strong, Wessex is a wizard of some ability so when facing off against the demonic forces in London, he is not helpless.

Arthur was one of the first characters I came up with for Writ, because I wanted a character who was both in the know, but also had a legitimate reason for withholding information.  Plenty of mentors in genre fiction say things like “the time isn’t right”, “I’ll tell you later” or “you have to see it for yourself”, and it drives me batty.  If only they’d told our hero earlier!  Why would you not say that!  Are you actually trying to help?

But Wessex isn’t like that.  He is a man who knows a lot, not just about the what’s happening in and under London in 1999, but he also has a fair idea of some of what is coming.  He would be happy to tell Matt everything, he simply cannot.  Still, if you listen closely to the things Wessex says, there are secrets to be learned…

Cast in Blood and Silver

And so begins a new podcasting project.  New, and actually quite old.  I have been working on a novel called Writ in Blood and Silver since around about 1998, and I’ve decided it’s time to stop faffing, and get it out there.

So I will be reading a chapter a month of the book for the next year, as part of my podcast.  That will cover about two thirds of the story.  The rest, I plan to edit, tidy up, and get into a Kindle format no later than this time next year.  You will be able to find out how the story ends there.

Alongside the podcasts, I plan to keep up a series of supporting blog posts, looking at characters, ideas and early concepts and origins of the story.  But we’ll start that next month, to coincide with chapter 2.  For now, have a listen to the first chapter of Writ in Blood and Silver, on my podcast here:  Chapter One:  Sorry I’m Late