I am currently subscribed to these podcasts, and you should be as well.
I’ll try and give you a short review of each in the coming days. For now, try em out, they won’t
For you audio Entertainment
J.C. Hutchins 7th Son Descent
Taken independently each of the ideas introduced in this book are nothing new, Conspiracy, cloning, mind control, genetic manipulation, it’s all be done before. The real magic comes from the combination and the way the characters are three dimensional. You actually do care what happens to them. This is the mark of a good writer, without believable character, the best story in the world is just another longwinded tale. Not the case here, I finished this book in two days. The audio quality is superb, and even thought there are quite a few characters, by about halfway through I knew exactly who was talking before ever being told. I highly advise giving this a listen, you’ll be glad you did.
Shadow Publications – Paul E. Cooley
Review: Have you heard the promo or read the moniker? Well it goes like this “We don’t believe in happy endings” Normally that would be all you’d need to know, but there is much more to it than that. Paul Cooley not only does a great job with the audio production but he’s a hell of a writer. It’s a given you’re going to get a dark tale with a moniker like that, what you don’t expect is that the stories are really good as well. Want to take it on a test drive? Download “Canvas” it’s my personal favorite.
Jake Bible’s – Dead Mech
Review: I must admit I got to the party late on this one, and only today listened to the first 10 episodes. Now I have to wait for more, but so far this really is a great story. I went in to it with few expectations, simply because they’re aren’t a lot of new stories involving zombies. Well this one breaks the mold with a very futuristic but realistic look at what an undead future could look like. I’ll update as more of the story comes along, but you won’t regret listening to this one.
Review: There is too much to say really. Scott is undeniably the king of PodioFiction. I’ve listened to Nocturnal, Infection, Contagious, BloodCast 1&2, and EarthCore. I still have a few to get to, but I know when I get there I will be held captive by the story. Scott delivers each and every time out, the writing is superb, the research complete, and the explanations compelling. Scott always lives up to the hype. Top that with the fact that he has probably done as much to help others in the podcast world as he has for himself and really, if you love the podcast medium you at very least owe him a shot to hook you. If you do, he will, and you’ll love every minute of it.
Dunesteef Audio Fiction Magazine
Review: Rish Outfield and Big Anklevich are real pros in terms of audio production. After doing my fair share of podcasts I can truly appreciate just how much time they put into the subtleties of their show. Each episode includes a story ( usually science fiction, dark literary, or horror) as well as some entertaining banter a lot of which revolves around movie and TV show reviews. For me the stories are the important part, and to this point I think I’ve listened to at least 50 episodes and can probably count on one hand the ones I didn’t like. The show is very good and definitely worthy of your attention.
Review: The one that got me hooked on podio-fiction in the first place. Nothing but great horror each and every week. It has been for the last couple of years and continues to be the best part of Monday morning. Each episode is released Thursday or Friday, and since I only sync the Ipod on the weekends it’s the first thing I listen to each week. If you like horror, I can’t imagine you aren’t already listening, but if not, go, do it now, before someone notices your screw up.
The Dreamers Thread
I began this podcast not knowing what to expect, I didn’t even know what Genre I was going to be delving into. What I got was a Fantasy Epic on par with others i have read (Robert Jordan, Orson Scott Card, Terry Brooks) and like many of those it borrows from others in the genre. It also brings new ideas to the table, and that really is key. Many have tried to re-create Tolkien, and sadly many have failed miserably. Starla Huchton does a wonderful job of bringing the characters to life by injecting them with a level of believability not often seen in modern fantasy. Combine that with a very talented cast of voice artists and a professional producer and this is one podcast you must absolutely experience first hand.
Bound Off A literary podcast showcasing the works of many up and coming authors. The stories you find here are apt to grab you by the heart and pull ever so gently. They also may make you laugh, long for the good old days, and reconsider the way you are going aout you life. In short, you’ll find a broad range of themes and emotions portrayed here, but each is satisfying in its way. Give it a shot, i don’t think you’ll regret it.
H.P. Lovecraft Literary Podcast
Hall of Mirrors – Mike Bennett
Great Resources for Writers
I Should be Writing
Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing
And people wonder why I rarely watch TV. Your list closely matches mine. There’s a couple I hadn’t come across which I shall check out… Thanks!
Agreed, In Stephen King’s book “On Writing” he said “You could do much worse than to unplug your TV, strip the electrical cord, wrap the copper wire around a magnet, plug it into the wall and see what happens.” Now I might not go that far, but TV is takinga backseat as far as entertainment is concerned. I actually have a few more that I’m subscribed to but they have stopped updating. Still I might put them up later.
Thanks for recommending our podcast. I know it can be silly and more than a little long-winded, but it’s a lot of work, and it’s great that somebody out there enjoys it.
Here’s a tease for next week’s show: 1) It’s the highest-profile writer we’ve ever had on the show, and 2) Hopefully, it’ll make somebody cry.
Cool, I’m looking forward to it Rish, and hey I understand. It really is alot of work and it shows in the quality of your production.
Well, a year later and I’ve just now stumbled upon your very kind words about Bound Off. Thank you! We just celebrated our 5th anniversary & published a story by Cory Doctorow read by Neil Gaiman (Cory produced versions of all the stories in his collection “With a Little Help,” and released them under a Creative Commons license for podcasters to rebroadcast). Cheers!