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Season 3, Episode 4—”SIZE MATTERS – pt.1″

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Monsters have been with us for a long, long time.
Some of them are very big.

Troy Harkin and David Clink will look at monster films, from some of the earliest to very recent ones, looking at the largest creatures that have stayed in our collective imaginations, while they spend some time at the cottage, enjoying the lake, and some beer.

And who will win, as the greatest of them all?

And who would win in a fight?
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King Kong?
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The woman from Attack of the 50 Foot Woman
the rabbits in Night of the Lepus?
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Aragog, the spider in The Chamber of Secrets [Harry Potter]
Shelob. the spider in The Two Towers [Lord of the Rings]?
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Troy and David do not ponder these questions.

But they do fend off forest critters as they pontificate about the giants from film, while downing some brewskies.

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Season 2, Episode 4—”On Writing”

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On Writing is a classic book (published just 20+ years ago, in 2000) by Stephen King. It is part memoir, part writing instruction, part how King did what he did, and does what he does.

What does Stephen King say

about writing?
about what it takes to be a writer?
about what you need to do to be a writer?

Listen, and find out!

Here are four quotes from the book:

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If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. There’s no way around these two things that I’m aware of, no shortcut.

Stories are relics, part of an undiscovered pre-existing world.

The job boils down to two things: paying attention to how the real people around you behave and then telling the truth about what you see.

In the spring of my senior year at Lisbon High—1966, this would’ve been—I got a scribbled comment that changed the way I rewrote my fiction once and forever. Jotted below the machine-generated signature of the editor was this mot: “Not bad, but puffy. You need to revise for length. Formula: 2nd Draft = 1st Draft – 10%. Good luck.”

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Troy Harkin and David Clink will talk about the book: On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft.

Our special guest is our first return guest, Bev Vincent. Bev was our guest for Season 1 Episode 7, where we talked about The Dead Zone. See author photo and bio below.

Bev Vincent

Bev Vincent is the author of The Road to the Dark Tower and The Stephen King Illustrated Companion, as well as over 100 short stories, including appearances in Ellery Queen’sAlfred Hitchcock’s and Black Cat Mystery Magazines, and Cemetery Dance.

His work has been published in 20 languages and nominated for the Stoker (twice), Edgar, Ignotus and ITW Thriller Awards.

In 2018, he co-edited the anthology Flight or Fright with Stephen King.

Recent works include the novellas “The Ogilvy Affair” and “The Dead of Winter,” the latter found in Dissonant Harmonies with Brian Keene. 

To learn more, visit bevvincent.com

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Season 1, Episode 4—”The Prisoner”

Season 1
Episode 4
“The Prisoner”
May 15, 2021

The Prisoner series from 1967-68, is the topic of this episode.

The Prisoner series ran 17 episodes, and is considered one of the greatest series of all time. Its star, Patrick McGoohan, came up with the concept: a secret agent, not unlike John Drake, the character McGoohan played in “Danger Man” (1960 – 1968) retires, and those in charge want to know why he retired. He is drugged and wakes up in a place known as “The Village” and he is assigned a number: No. 6. He wants to escape, but can he?

Troy Harkin and David Clink will do a deep dive on The Prisoner, with special guest Mark Askwith (see author bio below).

Mark Askwith

Mark Askwith is a writer, Producer, and interviewer.

He is one of the Founding Producers of SPACE, Canada’s National Science Fiction and Fantasy Channel, where he co-created in-house shows including InnerSpace. He produced dozens of movie and television specials, including The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special; Watchmen; and, Orphan Black.

Prior to SPACE he was the creator of the award-winning Prisoners of Gravity, a consultant on the Genie Award-winning documentary Comic Book Confidential, and the manager of the Silver Snail.

His comic book stories have been published by Caliber Press, Spiderbaby Grafix, DC Comics, and Image Comics. Mark co-plotted and dialogued DC’s authorized sequel to The Prisoner.

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