September 10, 2012

CCLaP's Podcast Dreadful, 2 of 12

CCLaP's Podcast Dreadful

Today on the CCLaP Podcast, it's episode 2 of A Podcast Dreadful, the center's 12-part serial-fiction audiobook anthology taking place every Monday this autumn. Today's episode includes:

"Steamhouse," part 2 of 12, by Davis Schneiderman: In which we learn more about the augmented-reality device known as the System that is holding together our heroes' post-apocalyptic society in the former Chicago suburbs;

"The Gothickers," part 2 of 12, by Keith McCleary and Sophia G. Starmack: In which our Victorian detective siblings learn more about their new client, and a monkey fight ensues;

"The Sharpened Spears of the Huaorani!," part 2 of 3, by Jason Riley: In which our young Irish narrator continues having too much to drink at a dinner party held by his new girlfriend's family;

"Dr. Lazarus Faust and the Anarchist Masquerade," part 2 of 12, by Karl Wolff: In which our famed alchemist and libertine discovers a supernatural element to his investigation of the murder of a Viennese aristocrat;

and "Bad Penny," part 2 of 12, by Jacob S. Knabb: In which we learn more about the dark medical experiments behind an unsolved murder in early 20th-century rural West Virginia.

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Cast and crew bios:

Davis Schneiderman ("Steamhouse") is a multimedia artist and writer and the author or editor of ten print and audio works, including the novels Drain (TriQuarterly/Northwestern), the DEAD/BOOKS trilogy (Jaded Ibis), including the blank novel, Blank: a novel, with audio from Dj Spooky, and the forthcoming [SIC] and INK; and the co-edited collections Retaking the Universe: Williams S. Burroughs in the Age of Globalization (Pluto) and The Exquisite Corpse: Chance and Collaboration in Surrealism's Parlor Game (Nebraska). His creative work has appeared in numerous publications including Fiction International, The Chicago Tribune, The Iowa Review, TriQuarterly, and Exquisite Corpse, and he blogs for The Huffington Post, The Nervous Breakdown, and Big Other. He is Chair of the English Department at Lake Forest College, and also Director of Lake Forest College Press/&NOW Books. He edits The &NOW AWARDS: The Best Innovative Writing.

Keith McCleary ("The Gothickers") is a student in the MFA program at UCSD, and is the author and illustrator of two graphic novels, Killing Tree Quarterly (2008) and Top of the Heap (2009), from Terminal Press. His work has been featured in or is forthcoming from various publications including Heavy Metal, Flash, and Weave. He has served as an editor for Kill Screen magazine.

Sophia Starmack ("The Gothickers") received an MA in French and Francophone Literature from Bryn Mawr College, and is currently completing an MFA in Poetry at Sarah Lawrence College. She works as a teacher and tutor in New York City. Her work has recently been selected to appear in Best New Poets 2012.

Jason R. Riley ("The Sharpened Spears of the Huaorani!") is from Duluth, Minnesota, and lives in Northern California. His work has appeared in Whistling Shade, Cell Stories, Pology Magazine, and Eclectica Magazine.

Karl Wolff ("Dr. Lazarus Faust and the Anarchist Masquerade") was born in Milwaukee and went to college at Madison for an undergraduate degree in History. He has worked as a production hand at a local Milwaukee TV station, as a teaching assistant for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Department of History, and as a museum curator for a local historical society in Rochester, Minnesota. He currently run two blogs: The Driftless Area Review (book reviews and critical commentary) and Coffee is for Closers (about the collision of pop culture and politics), as well as writing book reviews and other critical essays for CCLaP.

Jacob S. Knabb ("Bad Penny") is both a villain and a scallawag and his words are marinated in the devil's teardrops. Rumor has it that he resides in Chicago where he serves as a publisher of scurrilous paper editions of the sorts of filth and flarn the likes of which few can even conceive.

Composer and musicologist Don Meyer (producer, "Steamhouse") has written original scores for a number of independent films, including Turkish Coffee (2010), A Better Life (2009), and a new film score for Hitchcock's The Lodger (1927/2007). In addition, he has composed incidental music for theater productions, dance troupes, online literary journals, and television commercials. He has also written articles about film music. He began teaching at Lake Forest College in 1995 and is now Associate Professor and Chair of the Music Department.

Ken Kase (music) is a musician, songwriter and composer who records and produces works as a solo artist and composes music for broadcast and Internet media. He lives and works in St. Louis, MO.

Christopher Sullivan (host) first used his voice as a young child, mostly taunting other children. Today, he uses his voice for good, helping to make each new audio or video project the masterpiece it deserves to be. And "Versatility" is his middle name (after his maternal grandfather, Versatility, Senior) -- with voices ranging from a five-year-old Spanish boy in the Madeline Classroom Companion video game to the captivating narrator of the true-mystery audiobook "A Brilliant Darkness" to the reassuring and helpful voice of United Airlines' telephone reservation system.

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Filed by Jason Pettus at 7:50 AM, September 10, 2012. Filed under: CCLaP Podcast | Literature |