Necropolis Part V — InkStains Ep 42

Host John Urbancik discusses writing and photography and art and creativity on InkStains. This week: the conclusion of the reading of the novella NECROPOLIS. Two couples and a woman on her own are in the necropolis when twilight falls. But it’s a long twilight, and a lot can happen, especially as they each realize they’re not as alone as they thought. Also, John Urbancik talks more about novellas, discusses the the difference between first readers, editors and gatekeepers, hints at a future for his DarkWalker series.

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Necropolis Part IIII — InkStains Ep 41

Host John Urbancik discusses writing and photography and art and creativity on InkStains. This week: part four of the reading of the novella NECROPOLIS. Two couples and a woman on her own are in the necropolis when twilight falls. But it’s a long twilight, and a lot can happen, especially as they each realize they’re not as alone as they thought. Also, John Urbancik discusses the creation of novellas, the day he bumped into Clive Barker, his obsession with writing even random words, and his writing process for the next novella.

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Necropolis Part III — InkStains Ep 41

Host John Urbancik discusses writing and photography and art and creativity on InkStains. This week: after discussing the Merrimack Valley Halloween Book Festival and cartography (map making), part three of the reading of the novella NECROPOLIS. Two couples and a woman on her own are in the necropolis when twilight falls. But it’s a long twilight, and a lot can happen, especially as they each realize they’re not as alone as they thought. After, John Urbancik discusses unsympathetic characters, the overload of Edgar Allan Poe references, and spiders.

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Three Guys, Horror Show, InkStains crossover — InkStains Ep 39

Host John Urbancik discusses takes a break from telling stories to get together with a bunch of friends in a hotel room in Haverhill, Massachusetts. Normally, such a thing would not be for the public, but this time we’ve got James A Moore and Christopher Golden from Three Guys with Beards; Brian Keene, Mary SanGiovanni, and Dave Thomas from The Horror Show with Brian Keene; and special guests Tim Lebbon and Rio Youers!

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Necropolis Part II — InkStains Ep 39

Host John Urbancik discusses writing and photography and art and creativity on InkStains. This week: part two of the reading of the novella NECROPOLIS. Two couples and a woman on her own are in the necropolis when twilight falls. But it’s a long twilight, and a lot can happen, especially as they each realize they’re not as alone as they thought. After, John Urbancik discusses how you can explore real life issues and fears in your fiction.

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Necropolis Part I — InkStains Ep 38

Host John Urbancik discusses writing and photography and art and creativity on InkStains. This week: part one of the reading of the novella NECROPOLIS. Two couples and a woman on her own are in the necropolis when twilight falls. But it’s a long twilight, and a lot can happen. After, John Urbancik discusses the birth of this tale, and some of the various little things that came together to make it happen.

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Dolls, Dolls, and More Dolls! — InkStains Ep 37

Host John Urbancik discusses writing and photography and art and creativity. This week: He talks about current events in the least direct way possible as part of a discussion about important (or not important) tools for creating art (things like vision, education, ambition, etc); he talks about balance, between the day job and the art, and between the violence of real life and the need to create art; and he answers a user question about why particular ideas get worked on while others get pushed aside. Readings include an iteration of what life should be, a story about a doll, and another story about dolls.

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Impossibilities — InkStains Ep 36

Host John Urbancik discusses writing and photography and art and creativity. This week: Impossibilities, where he tells you why you shouldn’t just give your work away for free; he talks about a recent road trip with another horror author and what went wrong; he tells you why he’s reading Paperbacks from Hell, discusses little epiphanies, and answers a listener question about people watching. Readings include an alien invasion of Great Britain, a sales pitch for a new form of transportation, and a meta-fictional tale of what really happened in the dark woods of Pennsylvania.

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The Egg Thief — InkStains Ep 35

Host John Urbancik discusses writing and photography and art and creativity. This week, he describes The Pasture. It’s not just where he puts old stories and false starts out to die, but it’s also a garden. Readings include an egg thief, an explanation of what happens when you die, and a chase through a carnival.

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The F Word: Failure — InkStains Ep 34

Join host John Urbancik as he discusses writing and photography and art and creativity. This week, he takes on Failure — and why we should be doing more of it. Readings include a carousel in an antique shop, an old magician, and a man with nothing left to lose who bets everything on a spin of the wheel.

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Ride the Lightning and More — InkStains Ep 33

Join host John Urbancik as he discusses writing and photography and art and creativity. This week, in the first show recorded at the new DarkFluidity Studios, he talks about the systems and tools stolen from his own past lives to assist with the details of his longer projects. Readings include a roller coaster on the side of a mountain, riding the lightning, and a brutal road trip.

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What Future? — InkStains Ep 32

Join host John Urbancik as he discusses writing and photography and art and creativity. This week, he records for the last time from the DarkFluidity Studios in Florida before boldly stepping into the unknown future, so he talks about all our futures, and about hope. Readings include a mermaid washing up on shore, a woman discovering an artist on the other side of the world who has sketched her face, and a ghoulish Halloween tale.

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