CCLaP's Podcast Dreadful: A 12-part audiobook

Every autumn, CCLaP is proud to present another themed anthology featuring the short work of a variety of writers across the US; but this year the center is trying something special, releasing this compilation as a free 12-part serialized audiobook through its popular podcast, every Monday in September, October and November. Entitled "CCLaP's Podcast Dreadful," the series has been designed in the fashion of an old Victorian "penny dreadful" publication, including cliffhangers at the end of each chapter and a dark, weird tone throughout. Hosted by Christopher Sullivan and featuring brand-new pieces by Kate Cullan, Jason Fisk, Kevin Haworth, Jacob Knabb, Keith McCleary and Sophia G. Starmack, John Reed, Jason Riley, Jim Ruland, Davis Schneiderman, Ben Tanzer and Karl Wolff, as well as new music by Ken Kase written specifically for this project, it is sure to be just the right ticket for a cold, scary autumn night.

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Episode 12, November 19th 2012: Download the MP3 | Download the MP4

In this episode: "Steamhouse," part 12 of 12, by Davis Schneiderman; "The Pool," part 8 of 8, by Jim Ruland; "The Gothickers," part 12 of 12, by Keith McCleary and Sophia G. Starmack; "Cure," part 4 of 4, by Ben Tanzer; and "Dr. Lazarus Faust and the Anarchist Masquerade," part 12 of 12, by Karl Wolff.


Episode 11, November 12th 2012: Download the MP3 | Download the MP4

In this episode: "Steamhouse," part 11 of 12, by Davis Schneiderman; "The Pool," part 7 of 8, by Jim Ruland; "The Gothickers," part 11 of 12, by Keith McCleary and Sophia G. Starmack; "Cure," part 3 of 4, by Ben Tanzer; and "Dr. Lazarus Faust and the Anarchist Masquerade," part 11 of 12, by Karl Wolff.


Episode 10, November 5th 2012: Download the MP3 | Download the MP4

In this episode: "Steamhouse," part 10 of 12, by Davis Schneiderman; "The Pool," part 6 of 8, by Jim Ruland; "The Gothickers," part 10 of 12, by Keith McCleary and Sophia G. Starmack; "Cure," part 2 of 4, by Ben Tanzer; and "Dr. Lazarus Faust and the Anarchist Masquerade," part 10 of 12, by Karl Wolff.


Episode 9, October 29th 2012: Download the MP3 | Download the MP4

In this episode: "Steamhouse," part 9 of 12, by Davis Schneiderman; "The Pool," part 5 of 8, by Jim Ruland; "The Gothickers," part 9 of 12, by Keith McCleary and Sophia G. Starmack; "The Preacher Man," part 6 of 6, by Jason Fisk; "Cure," part 1 of 4, by Ben Tanzer; and "Dr. Lazarus Faust and the Anarchist Masquerade," part 9 of 12, by Karl Wolff.


Episode 8, October 22nd 2012: Download the MP3 | Download the MP4

In this episode: "Steamhouse," part 8 of 12, by Davis Schneiderman; "The Pool," part 4 of 8, by Jim Ruland; "The Gothickers," part 8 of 12, by Keith McCleary and Sophia G. Starmack; "The Preacher Man," part 5 of 6, by Jason Fisk; and "Dr. Lazarus Faust and the Anarchist Masquerade," part 8 of 12, by Karl Wolff.


Episode 7, October 15th 2012: Download the MP3 | Download the MP4

In this episode: "Steamhouse," part 7 of 12, by Davis Schneiderman; "The Pool," part 3 of 8, by Jim Ruland; "The Gothickers," part 7 of 12, by Keith McCleary and Sophia G. Starmack; "The Preacher Man," part 4 of 6, by Jason Fisk; and "Dr. Lazarus Faust and the Anarchist Masquerade," part 7 of 12, by Karl Wolff.


Episode 6, October 8th 2012: Download the MP3 | Download the MP4

In this episode: "Steamhouse," part 6 of 12, by Davis Schneiderman; "The Pool," part 2 of 8, by Jim Ruland; "The Gothickers," part 6 of 12, by Keith McCleary and Sophia G. Starmack; "The Preacher Man," part 3 of 6, by Jason Fisk; and "Dr. Lazarus Faust and the Anarchist Masquerade," part 6 of 12, by Karl Wolff.


Episode 5, October 1st 2012: Download the MP3 | Download the MP4

In this episode: "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.


Episode 4, September 23th 2012: Download the MP3 | Download the MP4

In this episode, performed in front of a live audience at Quimby's Bookstore in Wicker Park: "Steamhouse," part 4 of 12, by Davis Schneiderman; "The Gothickers," part 4 of 12, by Keith McCleary and Sophia G. Starmack; "The Preacher Man," part 1 of 6, by Jason Fisk; "Dr. Lazarus Faust and the Anarchist Masquerade," part 4 of 12, by Karl Wolff; and "Bad Penny," part 4 of 12, by Jacob S. Knabb.


Episode 3, September 17th 2012: Download the MP3 | Download the MP4

In this episode:

"Steamhouse," part 3 of 12, by Davis Schneiderman: In which yet more is learned about the post-apocalyptic Chicago suburb where our story takes place, as well as the time-manipulating science-fiction machine known as the System holding it together;

"The Gothickers," part 3 of 12, by Keith McCleary and Sophia G. Starmack: In which a harp lesson is endured, a laboratory is defiled, and our Victorian detective siblings learn more about their new case;

"The Sharpened Spears of the Huaorani!," part 3 of 3, by Jason Riley: In which we conclude our adventures with our young Irish narrator, as he has too much to drink at a dinner party held by his new girlfriend's family;

"Dr. Lazarus Faust and the Anarchist Masquerade," part 3 of 12, by Karl Wolff: In which our famed alchemist and libertine enlists the aid of a Romany friend in his investigation of the murder of a Viennese aristocrat;

and "Bad Penny," part 3 of 12, by Jacob S. Knabb: In which a young woman does some private snooping into an unsolved murder in early 20th-century rural West Virginia that has captivated her small town.


Episode 2, September 10th 2012: Download the MP3 | Download the MP4

In this episode:

"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.


Episode 1, September 3rd 2012: Download the MP3 | Download the MP4

In this episode:

"Steamhouse," part 1 of 12, by Davis Schneiderman: In which a post-apocalyptic society is formed in the former Chicago suburb of Highland Park, but with a secret among the village elders that may kill them all;

"The Gothickers," part 1 of 12, by Keith McCleary and Sophia G. Starmack: In which our Victorian detective hero and his jelly-devouring, monkey-owning sister are dragged into a new mystery;

"The Sharpened Spears of the Huaorani!," part 1 of 3, by Jason Riley: In which our young Irish narrator attends a dinner party hosted by his new girlfriend's family, and everything goes to hell;

"Dr. Lazarus Faust and the Anarchist Masquerade," part 1 of 12, by Karl Wolff: In which our famed alchemist and libertine investigates the murder of a Viennese aristocrat;

and "Bad Penny," part 1 of 12, by Jacob S. Knabb: In which a murder is committed in early 20th-century rural West Virginia, and a Yankee detective comes to town to solve it.


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 Surrealismís 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 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.

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.

Ben Tanzer is the author of the books My Father's House, So Different Now, You Can Make Him Like You, and the forthcoming Orphans, among others. Ben also oversees day to day operations of This Zine Will Change Your Life and can be found online at This Blog Will Change Your Life, the center of his growing lifestyle empire.

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-Milwaukeeís 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.

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.


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