Scrolls Special: A Little Bit Of Flash

Scrolls Special: A Little Bit Of Flash

13 Aug, 2012

 In Geek To Geek Issue 5 the Scrolls team contributed a little segment on Flash Fiction, defining it and discussing the attraction of this growing form story-telling. It will surprise none of our regular listeners when I tell you that the conversation went on for an awful lot longer than the 18 minutes previously released.  Here, for the first time, you can hear the full discussion (clocking in at just under an hour and a half.)  Furthermore, for your listening pleasure, we present recordings of no less that ten Flash pieces scattered throughout the episode. Direct Donwload:   Scrolls Flash Fic Special Listen Online:  Scrolls Special: A Little Bit Of Flash There is some bad language used by the team and there are elements of horror in several of these Flash pieces, varying from the visceral to the psychological. Whilst we do not always think to put a Parental Advisory warning on our podcasts, you should think twice before playing this episode in the hearing of children. I’d like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the contributing authors here in the order in which their stories appear: Rebecca Bohn – ‘One Night’ – a tale of mythic wonder – read by Dion Winton-Polak Lily Childs – ‘A Stitch In Spine’ – an erotically charged delight – read by Lily Childs Absolutely*Kate Pilarcik – ‘Stop This Merry Go Round, I Want To Get Off!’ – a natty, nuanced noir – read by Brenda Kirk Anthony Cowin – ‘Corridors Of Meat’ – a visceral fight for survival – read by Phil Ambler R.R. Kovar – ‘Golden Gate’ – creepy lore from the carny folk – read by Dion Winton-Polak Phil Ambler – ‘Gone’ – a cry from the aching gulf of grief – read by Phil Ambler Dion Winton-Polak – ‘A Vampires Salvation’ – a sonnet to love, loss and redemption – read by Dion Winton-Polak John Xero – ‘Retribution’ – a post-plague chiller – read by Phil Ambler A.J. Humpage – ‘Naked’ – Hackett displays a terrifyingly artistic side – read by Lily Childs Lily Childs – ‘Spangles’ – a dizzying murder mystery with a very unusual killer – read by Lily Childs Click on the author links above to see their home pages and read more of their work. Brenda did an ace job reading Kate’s story.  Why not pop across to see her at Geektress to support their site as...

Scrolls Chapter 19: Recently Reading

Scrolls Chapter 19: Recently Reading

2 Jun, 2012

 In which we focus in a little on the latest books that we’ve plucked from the top of our bookstacks.  In the absence of Mattie we are joined by ‘The Grampus’ a.k.a Matt Farr from Dissecting Worlds. Direct Donwload:  Scrolls Chapter 19: Recently Reading Listen Online:  He kicks things off with Adrian Tchaikovsky’s insect-themed fantasy, the Shadows of the Apt.  Clover follows this up with Juggernaut, an explosive zombie actioner by Adam Baker set in the Gulf conflict.  Next up, Phil tells us about Stacia Kane’s stylish and grungy urban fantasy, Unholy Ghosts.  Dion then waxes lyrical about Jenny Nimmo’s The Snow Spider, a beautiful children’s fantasy with a tragic heart.  Finally Matt gives us a flavour of the prolific but oft under-appreciated weird fiction writer Clark Ashton Smith.  All of this is of course spiced with our usual blend of good humor and pettiness. Stay tuned also for Adam Baker’s first recorded interview on Juggernaut, after the main programme. Feedback is always welcome.  You can post comments here on GS, e-mail us at [email protected] or tweet us @scrollscast if you like. If you want to get personal you can send abuse to @phlambler or pedantic diatribes to @thegrampus.  @Dion_Scrolls is more partial to flattery or sponsorship deals from major ice-cream producers. I’m just saying… Anyway, that’s enough waffle.  Keep...

Scrolls Book Group: The Woman In Black

Scrolls Book Group: The Woman In Black

10 May, 2012

In which Susan Hill’s chilling classical ghost story is shared, enthused over and examined by the Scrolls team. Direct Download:  Scrolls Book Group: The Woman In Black Listen Online:  Clover hosts this special episode, ably assisted by Mattie & Phil and joined by the multi-talented Sarah Taylor, who has been a fan of the story (in all its forms) for many years.  Whilst absent from the discussion, Dion provides a little atmosphere with selected readings from the text in the first half of the episode. With deference to the new film and the ever popular stage production, the second half of the episode examines alternative interpretations of the tale and the ways in which they both succeed and fail to capture the essence of Hill’s creation.  Along with a certain amount of squeeing.  I’m naming no names. As ever with the Scrolls Book Group, spoilers abound, so we recommend that you read the book before you listen in. Preferably by candlelight. Alone… Feedback is always welcome.  You can comment on this post, e-mail us at [email protected] or follow our Twitter feed @Scrollscast (for author retweets and news.) You can even follow our personal accounts @Dion_Scrolls and @Phlambler if you like. Our next Book Group episode will be in November.  If you want to take part in the episode after that then please drop us a line to say what book you would choose, and why you love it so much.  We look forward to hearing from you.  Keep...

Scrolls Chapter 18: Apocalypse Wow

Scrolls Chapter 18: Apocalypse Wow

8 Mar, 2012

 After a short hiatus the Scrolls team is back, just in time for the end of the world.  Join us as we explore the subject of apocalypse with regards to our beloved genres of science fiction, horror and fantasy.  Books discussed include: Good Omens, The Tripods trilogy, Wolf In Shadow, The Last Battle, The Stand, The Road, Strength Of Stones, The Mist and Z For Zachariah. Direct Donwload:  Scrolls Chapter 18: Apocalypse Wow Listen Online:  We start our exploration with ‘Judgement Today,’ as cultures, civilisations and species face the threat of extinction.  Why do writers return to these uber-threats time and again and what do we, the readers get out of it?  In the middle section ‘Armageddon Outta Here’ we look at the last survivors trying to make sense of the end-times, seeking a last bastion or just trying to survive.  What does ‘The End’ mean in real and psychological terms to mankind?  We wrap up with ‘Post-Post-Apocalyptic,’ running our eyes over some brave new worlds to see what some authors have used armageddon to achieve in terms of recreating civilisation from the ashes of the past. Which all sounds very high-faluting until you remember that this is Scrolls and most of the time we’re stuffing our faces, making obscene jokes, wandering off-topic or discussing things that we may not actually, properly… (technically) have read. Therefore, in addition to the packed programme you can discover who Really wrote the music for The Omen, hear our review of a book that doesn’t really exist, learn how to kill and cook a certain podcaster if things get particularly bad and (if you listen very carefully) you may even discover an Easter Egg. See below for the various links we mention in the podcast. City Of Hell Chronicles Lily Child’s Feardom 100 Horrors: Tales Of Horror In The Blink Of An Eye Human Slaves (In An Insect Nation) Kim Curran’s ‘Shift’ See you in the next world.  In the mean time, keep...

Scrolls Chapter 17: Genre Blenders

Scrolls Chapter 17: Genre Blenders

17 Jan, 2012

 In which the team try to pin down the essence of genre: what differentiates it from a style; who makes them and how it affects our reading experience.  We go on to discuss the benefits and problems with blurring those boundaries. Actually, for the first fifteen minutes we try to stop Mattie playing SW:TOR and attempt to discuss a series of books that none of us has actually read – but then we get on topic.  Honestly. The conversation was to have gone on for a good twenty minutes longer but technical difficulties plagued us in the latter part of the episode.  On the plus side, all being well you will be hearing a little more from Scrolls ‘somewhere’ on the Geek Syndicate Network this month. Direct Donwload: Scrolls Chapter 17: Genre Blenders Listen Online: Genre Blends that we recommend, but didn’t have opportunity to discuss properly (or at all in some cases) include Artemis Fowl, the ‘Jon Shannow’ books, The ‘Pax Britannia’ series, Coraline, The ‘Merrily Watson’ series, ‘The Tales Of The Otori’ series, The Fifth Child, The ‘Shadows Of The Apt’ series, and Cloud Atlas.  You should google them if they are unfamiliar to you, track down copies and read them.  I would also heartilly recommend reading a short story by William Hope Hodgeson called The Derelict.  It’s about a ‘ghost’ sailing ship, yet has an old-world sci-fi vibe more in line with The Thing than The Fog.  You can read it for free online< but I particularly enjoyed the full audio dramatisation from Audio Comics in their Horrorscopes series.  You should definitely give some of those a listen. As a hobby, both Phil and Dion have been entering a Flash Fiction competition on the writer Lily Childs’ blog.  These are stories of no more than 100 words, so easy to flick through, tricky to write.  As a tenuous link to encourage people to go take a look (and potentially join in) I offer you my own little genre blender ‘Bete Noir.’  We post our stories in the comments section, so you’ll need to scrolls down the page to find it. Finally, regarding Jeffrey Kacirk’s Forgotten English calendar mentioned near the beginning of the podcast.  The words I was supposed to fit in to conversation...

Dissecting Scrolls Christmas Crossover Special

Dissecting Scrolls Christmas Crossover Special

21 Dec, 2011

Welcome to the Dissecting Worlds and Scrolls Christmas Special! The twinkling lights are all up, there’s a chill in the air, little boys and girls are starting to get excited and, somewhere in the distance, a jolly fat man is whipping his elves with a cat-o’-nine-tails to work Harder, damn them, Harder.  It’s nearly Christmas! Listen Online: Direct Download: Dissecting Scrolls – Christmas Episode It is the season of good will to all men – even pedantic sods and giggling morons.  It is also the season of binge eating and drunken arguements.  (I think you know where I’m going here.)  Yes!  It’s time, once more for the Gala of Games, the Bonanza of Banter, the Surfeit of Silliness that is our Christmas Cross-Over. It’s a more focussed event this year, with only three games, but what games they are! Clover IS Nicholas Parsons in ‘Just A Minute!’ (complete with fishnet tights) Matt IS Lord Alan Sidious, searching time, space and multiple realities for the next ‘Sith Apprentice’and Kehaar IS that bloke from the radio who hosts Fighting Talk IN… ‘Geeking Talk’ all ably assisted, undermined and irritated by Phil, Mattie and Dion. LEARN – how to survive in a horror film DISCOVER – the trans-sexual sensation that is The Wicked Witch of the West GASP – at our ability to construct whole sentences under the influence and still sound convincing WONDER – how these damn games are scored anyway, and forever PONDER – just who is The Best. Our Intro and Outro music has been kindly provided by John Anealio from Geek Dad.  You can find his Christmas EP at www.johnanealio.com and loads more to boot. Also included is a snippet from the fantastic ‘It’s Beginning To look A Lot Like Fish-Men’ which you can hear in full at http://www.cthulhulives.organd also purchase the full ‘A Very Scary Solstice’ albums. You may also notice The March Of The Knights music from Romeo and Juliet.  It sounds an awfully lot like the music from The Apprentice but I’m pretty sure that’s just a coincidence.  (Ahem.) Any other singing is lamentable and should be born with grace and sympathy.  It is Christmas after...

Dissecting Scrolls: The Prequel Chat

As we anticipate the release of the annual Scrolls/Dissecting Worlds drunken gameshow ramble (any day now…) I thought I’d give you all a sneaky peek behind the curtain.  After the cut you will see the typed conversation that was had on the Skype messaging service whilst everyone was getting ready for the episode. It’s Explicit and silly from the start (much like the episode) much of the conversation overlaps as everybody tapped desperately away to get their comments in, and it waffles on for no purpose other than to entertain us – and just possibly you (much like all of our episodes really.) Enjoy 😀 Dion:  I’m happy to record and edit this one.  Can we have a back up recording made please, just in case… Dion:  Right, just gonna get set up properly so all booze and naughty food is within easy reach.  BRB. Matty :  Hello pod bears Dion:  Hi Mattie, Clover’s just putting Summer to bed at the mo.  Got a feeling we won’t see the others for at least 20 mins so time to practice your witch’s cackle still. Kehaar:  I’m here but going to have a quick loosener so see you in about 20 mnutes…FUCK ME THAT IS ONE VILE IMAGE DION! BLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEHHH I must feel into the comfort of a new, dark age… Matty:  Aaaah heheeheheeh! Kehaar:  Yeah see you in 20 – I am also happy to edit it but that’s just my paranoia at not trusting dion. So WTF I’ve got enough on. Dion:  I will do nothing to make you look bad mate.  I’m sure you can manage that all by yourself 😀 Matty:  The cheek has started Dion:  So has the beer… Matt:  Heeeeeeere! Kehaar:  I’m more worried about you cutting out my game as you don’t get it – I mean look at those shifty southern eyes…. Matty:  Yeah but look at his purdy maouth Kehaar:  Mental iamges I did not want – Dion giving Matty a blowy under duress Kehaar:  & they’re off Matty:  Oh! i didnt think of that! Dion:  You know everyone can see this conversation, right guys? Kehaar:  Yes Matty:  I think i need the loo Matt:  Screenshotted! Kehaar: ...

Scrolls Book Group: A Song Of Ice And Fire

Scrolls Book Group: A Song Of Ice And Fire

7 Nov, 2011

In which we try to harness George RR Martin’s vast, fiery beast as it spawls triumphantly across the gems of modern Fantasy. From the very first book, A Game Of Thrones, this series has proven to be one of those compulsive reads that ignite the passions of a whole generation of readers, reaching far beyond the traditional boundaries of genre preference. Direct Download: Scrolls Book Group: A Song Of Ice And Fire Listen Online: Joining us for the podcast are returning special guests Matt – The Grampus from Dissecting Worlds, and Carey – she of the Two-Monkeys from Geektress. We tackle the books one by one and focus on a particular theme for each. There are Major plot spoilers throughout and we do skip back and forth between books on occasion, so we strongly recommend that you only listen to this episode once you have finished reading Book 5: A Dance With Dragons. Warning: contains gratuitous boobies. [more….] Amongst the many items up for discussion are: Whose fault is it anyway, Why should you never bring your mum to work, Feuds and the Feudal system, Alternative weapons of war, Cers Ei Coyote, What’s eating Red R’hllor, and The ignominous fate of bastards. In order to do the series justice we’ve recorded a far longer episode than usual – but never fear! For those of you who prefer your podcasts in bite-sized chunks we have divided the episode up into approximately half-hour segments with a musical cue from the stunning HBO television series to seperate them. The start times and themes for each section are as follows:- 2m 41s – A Game Of Thrones: Secrets 32m 57s – A Clash Of Kings: War 59m 14s – A Storm Of Swords: Betrayal 1h 28m 30s – A Feast For Crows: Religion and Magic 1h 53m 10s – A Dance With Dragons: Use of Power If you feel inspired to carry on the conversation, come and join in on the Geek Syndicate Discussion Boards on Facebook. Other ways you can interact with us include e-mail: [email protected] and twitter: @scrollscast or the comments section below. Links mentioned in the show include the foody site for Westerosi dishes, innatthecrossroads.com...

Scrolls Chapter 16: LOVE, Love, love

Scrolls Chapter 16: LOVE, Love, love

24 Sep, 2011

Direct Dowload: Scrolls Chapter 16: LOVE, Love, love Listen Online: In which our star crossed crew set sail to explore the mmm-agical… mmm-ysterious… and mmm-agnificent [Barry White – Hit It!] ‘world of LO-o-O-O-o-O-o-O-O-o-O-O-o-OVE.’ [Oh, yeah – now put it in the background… just like that, baby… OOH!…  Yeah…] This episode we talk a bit about torrid and horrid teen fiction, from Twilight to – well, we don’t get much further on that part to be honest.  Mattie is obsessed. Stepping away from the soppy stuff we touch on themes of profound friendship, burning passion and doomed love before finally getting down and dirty (and giggling a lot) with a big talk about sex.  [Oh yeah, baby] Along the way we also find ourselves discussing inter-genre snobbery, unusual sexual positions, beetle licking and cinema snack-food. Near the start we mention a new podcast called Filmsploitation, run by a good friend of ours, Mr Phil Hobden.  I heartily recommend you check them out. Beware: Contains euphamisms and really scary mental images.  This podcast could scar you.  For...

Scrolls Middle Earth Special Pt 3: Adaptations and The Tolkien Professor

Scrolls Middle Earth Special Pt 3: Adaptations and The Tolkien Professor

17 Aug, 2011

Caught up in an orcstasy of hobbit-love, the Scrolls team talked so long into the night that an entire section of Chapter 8 had to be cut for fear of Melting Your Brains.  Well… it’s too late now, obviously, so as Scrolls is taking a short break this month we thought we would share the last of our late night ramblings with you. Direct Download: Scrolls Middle Earth Special Pt 3: Adaptations and The Tolkien Professor Listen Online: This then, is the Previously Unreleased third part of our Middle Earth Special in which we talk Adaptations – games, plays, movies, music and models. Not only that, ladies and gentlemen but we have Additional Bonus Content excavated for you from the dusty archives of Nargothrond.  Shortly after the inaugural Festival-In-The-Shire event last year Clover nabbed a skype chat with one of the guests, Professor Corey Olsen.  Wary of overburdening you with Tolkienalia at the time, it was eventually decided to shelve this interview – but now you can hear it in its entirety.  Tune in and let the Tolkien Professor fix your melted brains. If you like what you hear you can download his podcasts free of charge here. Intro/Outro music is, as ever provided by Steadman.  I have also used a snippet from Howard Shore’s wonderful soundtrack to The Return Of The King in order to seperate the two sections of the...