Midnight Skull Sessions – Episode 11

So it’s become apparent that there’s just not enough room on the Internet for so much talk about apocalypses, robot wars, and pretending not to know who Joe Hill’s dad is. Actually, I’m just really confused as to when my podcast storage space increases each month. Last week I had a mere 40 megabytes left, today I had enough to post episode 11, and now I’m back down to 50 megs again. Now that episodes have settled into about 90 minutes apiece, it’s probably time to upgrade.

Books discussed this episode include: Seed by Ania Ahlborn, Remembering Satan by Lawrence Wright, Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill, Soft Apocalypse by Will McIntosh, Homeland by Cory Doctorow, and David Copperfield by Charles Dickens.

It occurred to me when writing up the podcast summary that there are a lot of similarities between David Copperfield and Patrick Rothfuss’ Kingkiller Chronicles. Both are about a young boy who we know will become a great wizard one day, but damn if they don’t take their time getting around to it. In this excellent write-up of The Wise Man’s Fear, the reviewer described Rothfuss’ book as a picaresque, a term I’d forgotten about that came in handy last week when I reviewed Homeland. If I hadn’t stumbled upon her blog last year, I would have had to resort to the less intellectual but more Internet-friendly “when are they going to get to the fireworks factory” analogy.

I’m also pleased to report that thanks to a new microphone and switching our recording schedule to off-peak Internet hours, the podcast sounds much better than it has some times in the past. So thanks for your patience, enjoy, and tell your friends! There are tons of movie and video game podcasts out there, but only one podcast dedicated solely to genre fiction that doesn’t sound like it was recorded in an outdoor shopping mall.

Also, check out my friend Kent’s movie podcast, Pretentious Movie Snobs, available on iTunes. In addition to watching movies, Kent is the author of Dead Furst, a supernatural mystery that actually has mystery-solving in it, and will hopefully guest on Midnight Skull Sessions soon. In the meantime, you can check out his work on Exploded Goat, where he writes about weird movies like The Twonky and cult shows like Paranoia Agent.

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