It’s been one hundred episodes.
So before I talk about the episode, I want to begin with a thank you. Thank you to each and every person who took the time to listen to any of the episodes I’ve produced in the past. This episode is special for a number of reasons. The first is that this is the hundredth episode (obviously) but the second reason is the story behind this.
This was my first live show. The episode was recorded At Owl’s Nest Books in Calgary, Alberta Canada on Wednesday, May 24th, 2017. Now if you are aware of the weather that day, you know I was a little worried about the day. After I got my awesome cake, the trees bent, the rain fell, and we had hurricane winds out there.
There was a question of whether or not anyone would show up. I had rum, I had cake, Axel had brought whiskey, and we waited. Fortunately, people showed and the show went on.
I opened up the show with a little bit of a monologue. Heck, you only get to one hundred once right?
This being a live show called for some live guests.
Robert Bose has yet to be on my live podcast offically, (that will soon be amended). That said, he’s someone that I’ve wanted to have on the show for while. Robert is a heck of a short story writer who has a ton of credits in quite a variety of publications.
Through Coffin Hop Press Robert is releasing his first short story collection, Fishing with the Devil. I personally dig the fact that Robert wrote a short story based on the fact that his grandfather is the devil. That’s a hell of a tagline and his reading really captured a sense of what to expect this July.
I look forward to seeing Robert again on the podcast, and really dug the glimpse I got into his collection. This July, check this collection out. I know I will.
My next guest has been on the show before and has his first Noirvella coming out this July.
Axel Howerton is probably one of the most talented writer/publisher/performers I’ve had the privilege to have on the show. We continued some of our conversation from last time, and got into the history of Coffin Hop Press. We both talk nicely about Sarah Johnson.
Then in my view, Axel just took it to the next level with his reading from his book. He just killed it. I really want this story. Up until this podcast, I didn’t quite have a good idea of what noir was until Axel defined it. Con Morte is a dark and vivid place that hits you hard the moment you hear him start reading from it.
This is damn good and also coming out this July. Axel and Robert are both going to be getting my hard earned dollars with their works and I’m encouraging you to do take a look at both of Robert’s and Axel’s stuff.
This July looks promising indeed.
Like I said at the event, I tried to design the live event like a talk show. Now with a talk show you close the event one or two ways. You either find someone funny, or you bring about someone with great musical talent.
I’ve had Vanessa Cardui before on the show as well. I wanted her back for a number of reasons. She’s one of my most popular guests ever, and she’s also fantastic live. She’s an amazing musician well versed in a variety of instruments and Styles.
We talk about her album Patience which is going to be released September 7th, 2017. We talk about the process this album took and one of the big reasons why this album took so long.
Also, she performed as musicians are known to do from time to time. Vanessa performed a pirate song called Chapter 122, which is a direct reference to Moby Dick. It’s an excellent song about rum which the whole group managed to sing to.
We talked about her chosen venue, and the odd coincidence/serendipity it ties to this image and much, much more. Vanessa is one of my favorite guests and she delivered a fun interview and a great performance to close out the show.
Well, almost. I closed out the show with a bit of my poetry book The Wandering God. All in all it was a fun show I was happy to do it.
I promise this, at some point I will do another show like this again. But this show was special for a lot of reasons. It was my first live show, and it was one hundred. But all the circumstances, the people – it was one heck of an experience. I went outside my comfort zone, and was rewarded with something truly special.
Before I close with the link to the podcast, I want to make one small thank you to Vanessa. She mastered the live episode for me.
And what would a live episode be like without a cool preview?
This is the cover from Tom Bagley for Coffin Hop’s Christmas anthology.
Coffin Hop Press. : http://www.coffinhop.com
Vanessa Cardui: http://Vanessacardui.bandcamp.com
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