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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Project Entertainment Network Top 5 Comic Books Lists

Each Saturday we’ll post a fun Top 5 List from three of our PEN hosts. Topics will vary. Some you will agree on. Others you will not. Isn’t that the fun of having lists?

Today’s Topic: Comic Books

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Amber Fallon (It Cooks)

1. Batman: The Long Halloween

3. Transmetropolitan
5. Harrow County
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Frank Edler (Bizzong Podcast)

1. Judge Dredd

2. The Tick
3. Tales From The Crypt
4. Rock N’ Roll Comics
 
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John Urbancik (InkStains)

 1. Batman and The Outsiders (circa 1985)
3. Crisis on Infinite Earths
5. Batman / Detective

 

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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Project Entertainment Network Top 5 Movie Lists

Each Saturday and Sunday we’ll post a fun Top 5 List from three of our PEN hosts. Topics will vary. Some you will agree on. Others you will not. Isn’t that the fun of having lists?

Today’s Topic: Movies

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Amber Fallen (It Cooks Podcast)

1. Ravenous

2. Labyrinth
5. The Devil’s Backbone
 
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John Urbancik (InkStains Podcast)

1. Star Wars

2. Casablanca

3. Mulan

4. The Fifth Element

5. Baby Driver

 
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Tom Clark (Necrocasticon and The Curtain Jerkers)

1. Last of the Mohicans

2. Escape from New York 

3. The Thing

4. The Road Warrior

5. Near Dark

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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Obligations and Thunderbolts — InkStains Ep 31

Join host John Urbancik as he discusses writing and photography and art and creativity. This week, he explains his obligations — not to publishers, and not even to readers or listeners, but to himself. Readings include an unused bolt of lightning, the boathouse before the Riverman, and a princess and her tiger.

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Baby Driver, Music, and Fiction — InkStains Ep 30

Join host John Urbancik discusses writing and photography and art and creativity. This week, he discusses the movie Baby Driver, specifically its use of music, and how he incorporates music into his fiction. Readings include a race through the woods, magic in the City of Night, and a crime noir set on the highways of New England.

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