March 17, 2017

Podcast: Mickie McKinney, Boy Detective Part II

Podcast: Mickie McKinney, Boy Detective Part II

Do you remember your days in high school? Well, we do too, even though we didn’t have our own private eye running up and down the halls. This week, we continue the adventures of Mickie as he cleverly and humorously solves case after case for his fellow students. Further adventures await in the weeks to come, and next week we’ll have a very special treat for you – in addition to the latest shenanigans of our boy detective. Please click on the arrow below to listen to Episode 2 of “Mickie McKinney, Boy Detective.”   Mickie McKinney is the brainchild of Ruby Fink, who wrote the story and developed this unique, original and exceedingly well produced podcast series. Ruby studied Film Production at Chapman University’s Dodge College, with a minor in Narrative and Dramatic Literature….

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March 9, 2017

Podcast: “Mickie McKinney, Boy Detective”

Podcast: “Mickie McKinney, Boy Detective”

Today and throughout every Friday in March, we’re excited to present you with a new original series podcast, “Mickie McKinney, Boy Detective.” We think you’ll be delighted, listening to these episodes, which are performed by the cast of Faux Fiction Audio and directed and produced by Ruby Fink. It’s been quite a while since we’ve published podcasts with such high production values. This is a very original and entertaining series about Mickie, a high-school lad with Sherlock Holmes’ powers of deduction, and his sidekick, Samantha Hayes. You’ll learn more about how all of this came to be and who the performers are in coming weeks, but for now, let’s listen to Episode 1! Please click on the arrow below to listen to Episode 1 of “Mickie McKinney, Boy Detective.”   Faux Fiction Producer, Writer, Director and Editor Ruby…

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February 24, 2017

Podcast: “A Memorable Night” by Anna Katherine Green

Here’s a fine short story to entertain you for half an hour. It concerns a young man desperate to see his beloved girlfriend before she sails for Europe, and the really strange circumstances that appear to be preventing him from doing so. Anna Katherine Green was a 19/20th-century author who wrote poetry and fiction – in particular detective and mystery fiction. Her novel, The Leavenworth Case [1878] [read] [listen] is often cited as the second mystery novel written by a woman. She was praised by Wilkie Collins, who wrote the first detective novel, The Woman in White [1860] [read] [listen]. This story is from LibriVox, a great archive of free audio books. All the works are read by volunteers who love literature and LibriVox. Who knows, you might want to be one of those people! Please click the…

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February 17, 2017

Podcast: “The Roads Must Roll”

Podcast: “The Roads Must Roll”

A long time ago, in a California far far away [OK, that’s not working so well, but…] Anyway, In 1940, the famous science-fiction author Robert A. Heinlein wrote a story about a time in the future when people stood on high-powered conveyor belts to get from place to place. This is a story about a more ecologically responsible form of transport, but Heinlein spices it up with a bit of terrorism, so he’s way ahead of the social curve on two counts. First published in John W. Campbell’s Astounding Science Fiction magazine, here is “The Roads Must Roll.” I might add this waas one of my favorite short stories to read when I was a lad. Please click on the arrow below to listen to the podcast.

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February 13, 2017

Podcast: “The Dark Valentine” Radio Broadcast

Podcast: “The Dark Valentine” Radio Broadcast

      In the year 2000, a deejay at WSCS Radio, a college radio station, Came on the air calling himself “The 2000Man.” Nobody really knew who he really was, outside a few staff and jocks. His two-hour long show was broadcast on Friday nights from 10 until 12. His show was unique because the guy was pretty out-there, like Max Headroom or The Firesign Theatre. It was also unique because he would play extended sets of one band anywhere between 20 and 40 minutes in length. In between songs, he did his “2000Man” thing, and nobody ever knew what it would be. One night a listener called in and screamed, “What are you DOING?” and hung up. Here is an abbreviated version [just under an hour] of his now-famous “Dark Valentine” show. We…

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January 27, 2017

Podcast: Improbable Fortunes,” Part 3

Podcast: Improbable Fortunes,” Part 3

OK, here’s the third and last enticement for you to listen to Jeffrey Price’s hysterically funny Audible novelmovie, “Improbable Fortunes.” Now, I just want you to consider that title. Improbable. Fortunes. Do you get a little twinge of Horatio Alger? Well, if you do, Price’s Horatio is young Buster McCaffrey, an archetypal orphan who seems like a sweet cowboy but who cuts quite a swath through the lives of the people of Vanadium, Colorado. I’ve nearly finished listening to the entire novel and can’t count the number of times I’ve LOL’d. I mean, really Laughed Out Loud. If you’re seeing this post for the first time, please go back and listen to Part One and Part Two. You’ll be glad you did. Please click on the arrow below to listen to the first excerpt from “Improbable Fortunes.”

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January 20, 2017

Podcast: Part 2 of “Improbable Fortunes” by Jeffrey Price

Podcast: Part 2 of “Improbable Fortunes” by Jeffrey Price

We continue with the second installment of the podcast of ‘Improbable Fortunes” by Jeffrey Price, read by Jonathan Davis. It’s from Price’s (first) novel of the same name and excerpted here from the Audible version. Note: on either of these Amazon links, a Kindle version and an MP3 download are also available. You might not recognize the name Jeffrey Price, but he’s the Hollywood scriptwriter of hit movies such as the screamingly hilariously snarky “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” and “Shrek the Third.” The narrator may or may not be the Jonathan Davis of Korn. In any case, “Improbable Fortunes” is a ribald western movie leaking out around its edges: Owen Wilson as Buster McCaffrey, Margot Robbie as the unfaithful wife [and Buster’s lover] of Marvin Mallomar, the now-dead richest men in America,…

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January 15, 2017

Podcast: “Improbable Fortunes” by Jeffrey Price

Podcast: “Improbable Fortunes” by Jeffrey Price

January’s podcast is ‘Improbable Fortunes” by Jeffrey Price, read by Jonathan Davis. It’s from Price’s (first) novel of the same name and excerpted here from the Audible version. Note: on either of these Amazon links that a Kindle version and an MP3 download are also available. You might not recognize the name Jeffrey Price, but he’s the Hollywood scriptwriter of hit movies such as the screamingly hilariously snarky “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” and “Shrek the Third.” The narrator may or may not be the Jonathan Davis of Korn. In any case, “Improbable Fortunes” is a ribald western that might claim to be “like” “Blazing Saddles” or Kinky Friedman meets Carl Hiasson meets Tom Robbins meets The Firesign Theater. As is our practice, two more excerpts follow on the next two Fridays…

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November 25, 2016

Podcast: Madrone is now an Audible Book!

Podcast: Madrone is now an Audible Book!

You not only listened to Jack’s first novel, Wild Blue Yonder, here first, but now you can listen to Madrone, its sequel, here in the Audible version as well! Amazon’s done something pretty cool with books in Kindle and Audible formats: You can switch back and forth between reading the Kindle book and listening to the Audible narration with Whispersync for Voice. Add narration for a reduced price of $1.99 when you buy the Kindle book. But I wouldn’t ask you to buy without giving you a sample, so here’s Chapter 1. The recording begins with the brilliant poem, “Mr. Robinson Jeffers Contemplates the Pacific,” by J. E. Shepard, and as before, it is read by my friend and colleague Len Mailloux.  

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November 18, 2016

Podcast: Wild Blue Yonder is now an Audible Book

Podcast: Wild Blue Yonder is now an Audible Book

You listened to it here first, Jack’s first novel, Wild Blue Yonder: A Novel of the 1960s. Or maybe you didn’t, because it was hard to keep up with 24 consecutive weekly podcast episodes. Well, now you can hear the entire novel, which is Part 1 of the Nathaniel Hawthorne Flowers trilogy, in one fell swoop by getting the Audible version from Amazon. Amazon’s done something pretty cool with books that are in Kindle and Audible formats: You can Switch back and forth between reading the Kindle book and listening to the Audible narration with Whispersync for Voice. Add narration for a reduced price of $1.99 when you buy the Kindle book. But I wouldn’t ask you to buy without giving you a sample, so here’s Chapter 1.  

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