Today on the CCLaP Podcast, it's episode 5 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 5 of 12, by Davis Schneiderman; "The Pool," part 1 of 8, by Jim Ruland; "The Gothickers," part 5 of 12, by Keith McCleary and Sophia G. Starmack; "The Preacher Man," part 2 of 6, by Jason Fisk; and "Dr. Lazarus Faust and the Anarchist Masquerade," part 5 of 12, by Karl Wolff.
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.
Jim Ruland ("The Pool") is a veteran of the Navy, the author of the short story collection Big Lonesome and the host of Vermin on the Mount -- a Southern California based reading series now in its ninth year.
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 Fisk lives in the Chicago area and is a husband, a father, and a teacher. He is the author of Salt Creek Anthology, a collection of micro-fiction published by the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography; the fierce crackle of fragile wings, a collection of poetry published by Six Gallery Press; as well as two poetry chapbooks, The Sagging: Spirits and Skin, and Decay, both published by Propaganda Press.
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.
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.
Todd Taylor (producer, "The Pool") is the Executive Director of Razorcake / Gorsky Press, Inc. Razorcake is the first and only official non-profit DIY punk rock fanzine in America primarily dedicated to supporting independent music culture.
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.