Faded Words

Faded Words

Celebrating the art and craft of storytelling with a mix of audio book style readings and author interviews.... Show More

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October 20, 2020 27 min

A little boy and his family discover the horror of what lives behind the hole in the deep, dark corner of his closet. Sometimes… Parents just won’t believe their children… Sometimes they regret that. 

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Originally published in Worlds of If - Science Fiction in November 1960.  

 

Written by William W Stuart

 

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A magician serving as a “Wizardry Missionary” tries to find a way to teach an easygoing race of people how to use magic. But the cost to teach them his lesson may prove to heavy to bear!

 

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Originally published in Worlds of If - Science Fiction in January 1960. 

 

Written by Margaret St. Clair

 

 

 

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A civilian in the Civil War makes a fateful decision and daring get away from his own hanging.
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Originally published in The San Francisco Examiner in 1890. 

 

Written by Ambrose Bierce

 



 

 

 

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A brilliant story about a princess faced with a most dreadful decision. Will she feed her lover to a Tiger or watch him wed to a woman she hates?
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This story was recommended by last week's guest, the fantastic Annie Sullivan. Author of ‘A Curse of Gold’. 

 

Originally published in a magazine called The Century in 1882. 

 

Written by Frank R Stockton

 



 

 

 

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Annie Sullivan joins me in the virtual studio this week to talk all about her brand new book, A Curse of Gold. Another fantastic BlinkYA title, Annie has taken a familiar story in the tale of King Midas and his golden touch and turned it into an epic adventure! 

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From her inspiration in finding a way to retell classic stories to her writing process to even a little Wheel of Time love, I know that if you are a fan of gre...

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What a pleasure this week as I had an opportunity to sit down and have an amazing chat with Danny Gardner, stand up comedian and Author of the brand new novel Ace Boon Coon!

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We cover a lot of ground, from his Midwest roots, his comedy career and being mentored by THE Bernie Mac, his writing, and so much more. He even makes one of the MOST brilliant analogies tying music and writing together in a way that I’ve never eve...

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September 8, 2020 21 min

This week I’m visiting the amazing storyteller Philip K Dick once again. This time it’s a tale of a bit of a love triangle and a cuckoo clock that may be more than it seems. 

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Originally published in a magazine called Fantastic Universe in January 1954. 

 

Written by Philip K Dick

 

 

 

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This week I’m reading a short story about a boy on an adventure of epic, and mythic, proportions as he explores the edge of the world and the wonders it contains. 

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Originally published in a magazine called Fantastic Stories of Imagination in May 1962. 

 

Written by Karen Anderson

 

 

 

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This week I’m joined by New York Times Best Selling Children’s Book Author MarcyKate Connolly to talk about her fantastic new book “Twin Daggers”. 

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Naturally we’re talking SPOILER FREE about her terrific new book, as well as diving into her writing process, inspirations why you should be using Scrivener and Save the Cat if you're a writer, NaNoWriMo, and so much more!

 

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This week I’m joined by talented Author Hanna C Howard to talk about her fantastic new book “Ignite the Sun”. 

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Of course we also cover a lot of ground about her start in writing, her creative process and much, much more!

 

Ignite the Sun, from the Amazon description:
“Once upon a time, there was something called the sun … In a kingdom ruled by a witch, the sun is just part of a legend about Light-filled days of old. But...

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August 11, 2020 32 min

Charged with spending a night in The Red Room to prove it’s not haunted, a man is forced to confront his darkest horrors. Will he survive?

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Written in 1894 and originally published in March of 1896 in The Idler Magazine.


Best known for his books The War of the Worlds, The Island of Doctor Moreau, and The Invisible Man, H.G. Wells had a prolific career as an author. So much so that Jules Verne dubbed him “the father of...

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This week I’m honored to bring to you a conversation with Author John McNally to discuss his new book “The Fear Of Everything”, which is available September 1st, 2020.
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We also discuss all sorts of other topics, ranging from his background as an author, his writing process, how he uses his personal experiences to inspire his writing and so much more!

With a back catalog of seventeen previous books, John has some great...

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July 28, 2020 21 min

What happens when a mortal challenges the mighty gods? This week I’m reading a great short story from icon of horror, H.P. Lovecraft. 

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Originally published in November of 1933 in the Fantasy Fan Magazine.


Best known as the father of Lovecraftian Horror and the Cthulhu Mythology, H.P. Lovecraft, in his short life, became a master of weird and horrifying fiction. 

 

In this story we see a man, Barzai the Wise, attempt t...

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July 21, 2020 28 min

A tale of kindness and ultimate generosity, this week is a story fromOscar Wilde called The Happy Prince. 

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Originally published in May of 1888.


Oscar Wilde is an Irish author, poet, and playwright most notable for his plays and his famous novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray. 

 

In this story we see a delightful, yet sad, look at the true power of friendship and kindness. Something the world could use a good reminder of ...

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A little whimsy, now and then, makes for good balance. Theoretically, you could find this type of humor anywhere. But only a topflight science-fictionist, we thought, could have written this story, in just this way…. This week is a story from another legendary writer, Philip K Dick, called They Eyes Have It. 

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Originally published in 1953 in "Science Fiction Stories".


Philip K Dick is an American writer known f...

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July 7, 2020 24 min

Got a problem? Just pick up the phone. It solved them all—and all the same way! This week is a story from the legendary Kurt Vonnegut Jr, author of Slaughterhouse - Five. 

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Originally published in January 1962 in "Worlds of If".


Kurt Vonnegut is one of the biggest names in classic sci-fi storytelling, especially stories with a darkly satirical flavor, and this story is one that really makes you think. 

 

When a...

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June 30, 2020 31 min

A classic tale of a strange little town that may be hiding a much darker secret! Welcome to Dream Town by Henry Slesar

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Originally published in January 1957 in "Fantastic Universe".


Henry Slesar is an author known for his use of irony and surprise “twist” endings in his work and is most well known for his wide variety of work with the master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock. 

 

Slesar’s story, ‘M is for the Many’ ...

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We’re venturing into the world of fantasy via a short story called Gods of the North by Robert E Howard. It’s a tale of a fierce warrior's encounter with the icy daughter of a God after standing as the lone, victorious warrior on a bloody battlefield. ----more----

Originally published in March 1934 in "The Fantasy Fan",  then reprinted in Fantastic Universe December 1956.

Robert E Howard is best known as being the autho...

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Author Drew Murray stops by to share his thoughts on his new book, Broken Genius, as well as chat about his journey as an author and his approach to storytelling! 

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I had the extreme honor and pleasure of being able to not only read an advance copy of his newly released novel, Broken Genius, but to spend some time having a fantastic conversation with Author Drew Murray on his debut novel that just hit the shelves. 

 

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June 9, 2020 19 min

This week is a bit more personal, for both you and I, as I share a bit more about the next chapter in our Adventures in Creativity. There are changes, rather, evolutions underway and I’m very excited to share that with you.

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