I Came to Casablanca for the Waters — InkStains Ep 47

Host John Urbancik discusses writing and photography and art and creativity. This week, he discusses lighting in fiction and answers why he wastes time pursuing other forms of art before delivering a new InkStains challenge. He does not review The Library at Mount Char (by Scott Hawkins) or The Ballad of Black Tom (by Victor LaSalle) or the Nero Wolfe books (by Rex Stout), but claims he’s reviewing the classic film Casablanca. Readings include finding a moment of beauty during the robot uprising, a failed writer picking a new thing, and what lies underneath the skyscraper during an apocalypse.

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Saving the Justice League — InkStains Ep 46

Host John Urbancik discusses writing and photography and art and creativity. This week, he discusses persistence, the most important tool in the creator’s arsenal, and he issues his most expansive InkStains Challenge yet. Also, he offers to rescue the Justice League. Readings include a card game of sorts, InkStains instructions, and what happens when the cards come to life.

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The Naming of Names — InkStains Ep 45

Host John Urbancik discusses writing and photography and art and creativity. This week: Names. He discusses the importance of the naming of characters, the naming of cities and streets and record shops, and the naming of books and stories. Readings include the construction of dreams, the queen of the gods on a subway, and Jill and a wolf.

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P.E.N. Anthology Cover Reveal

I was going to put the cover to the upcoming anthology My Favorite Story at the end of the post. Tease you about it for awhile. But it’s too exciting and good a cover to do that, so… enjoy. 

More details are coming soon. Really soon. This will be an amazing anthology of stories from some of the Project Entertainment Network authors we are honored to have as hosts of some of the best podcasts you will ever hear. 

Special thanks to Thomas O’Briant for the cover design and the authors who’ve given not only their favorite story but the why behind it being their favorite. 

 

Thieves and Dragons and Magicians, Oh My — InkStains Ep 44

Host John Urbancik discusses writing and photography and art and creativity. This week: another handwritten project, his annual Christmas cards. Also, he discusses themes, the conscious and subconscious themes in our work; and he answers a listener question about the existence of dragons. Readings include a Christmas story, a tale of thieves in the opera house, the Japanese art of Kintsugi, and what happens when a man challenges Merlin to a duel.

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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/INKSTAINS CROSSOVER – The Horror Show With Brian Keene – Ep 139

In this very special episode, special guests Tim Lebbon and Rio Youers join The Horror Show’s Brian, Dave, and Mary, Three Guys With Beards’ Christopher Golden and James A. Moore, and John Urbancik of Inkstains, for an intimate and hilarious discussion on success, friendship, patience, and professionalism.

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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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Project Entertainment Network Top 5 Band 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: Bands

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Amber Fallon (It Cooks)

1. Metric

3. Shiny Toy Guns (Carah Faye Charnow years only)
5. Cibo Matto
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Kelly Simmons (Liars Club Oddcast)

1. The Beatles

2. Pearl Jam 

3. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers 

4. The Beach Boys 

5. Nirvana 

 
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John Urbancik (InkStains)

2. Pink Floyd
3. Yes
5. Rush

FIFTY – The Horror Show with Brian Keene – Ep 138

Brian turns fifty. Dave, Mary, Coop, and Lombardo are all on hand for this star-studded celebration, featuring special appearances by Weston Ochse, John Urbancik, Maurice Broaddus, Stephen Kozeniewski, Kelli Owen, Michael T. Huyck Jr., Robert Ford, Somer Canon, M. Stephen Lukac, John Boden, Chris Enterline, Wes Southard, and Cathy Gonzalez. Plus — MINDHUNTER, good news for the estates of Lucius Shepard and J.F. Gonzalez, an update on Michael Bailey, and the first details on the 2018 Horror Show live 24-hour telethon. (Yes, we’re doing it again…)

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