A Shadowed Path Podcast Episode 4: Dark Fantasy

Ok, this episode basically wrote itself. All I needed to do was figure out the order, and just how much of the Legend soundtrack I was gonna play. The format once again slightly changes with this episode, but I think it came out fairly well. So let's check out all the goodies within this episode...

Clearly, this needs no intro, I just wanted an excuse to show that gloriously iconic album cover featuring Mr. Tim Curry in full Darkness regalia. Part of me is happy that my copy is warped to shit, meaning I will never be able to sell it because of its current condition. However, you can purchase the vinyl or CD format, or even the film on Streaming or Download or Blu-Ray from these hotlinks provided.

This soundtrack, to me, is perfect. It instills the same feelings I had the very first time I heard it, way back in 1985. Truly magical.

Choosing the books to talk about in this episode was a no-brainer. I knew exactly which ones to choose, and not just because the Fantasy section of my personal library is quite limited. 

First up is honestly my favorite book ever, Are All the Giants Dead? by Mary Norton and illustrated by the infamous Brian Froud. A magical fairy tale about fairy tales for kids and adults alike. 

Next is the ONLY 9-volume series I have ever read, or probably will ever read. This is the Witches of Eileanan series (or Dragonclaw in the UK) by the very prolific Kate Forsyth. The commitment is truly daunting, but worth every.single.minute of your life. Below are the original 6 volumes in the series, followed by the additional 3, an offshoot, called Rhiannon's Ride.

Then I went into my love affair of Neil Gaiman the writer, but more importantly, the man. He has been a source of pure inspiration for me not only as a writer, but as a reader as well.

It was a real pleasure to be able to play a couple of spoken word tracks from An Evening with Neil Gaiman & Amanda Palmer. If you're a fan of either, I highly recommend picking it up. A double live album full of all kinds of treasures.

Even though I am an ardent fan of Neil's for the person he is, more than for his writings, I especially enjoy his short story collections, of which there are several. The Ocean at the End of the Lane is added because it's probably my favorite novel of Neil's.

HONORABLE MENTION: Unfortunately, I failed to include this little book into Neil's section. It is the written form of his 'Make Good Art' commencement speech given at the University of the Arts Philadelphia 2012 graduating class. 

...and because it is just that good, here's the actual speech from the man himself. It doesn't matter which form of art you work within, his words will put a fire in your belly to get out there and DO IT, whatever IT is.

With that, there's another episode in the can. I sincerely hope you enjoyed it. Please stay tuned for episode 5 due to air on Dec. 11th. Thanks for listening!

A Shadowed Path Podcast Episode 3: Retro Sci-Fi

Let's get spacey! Episode 3 of A Shadowed Path podcast has us rocketing backward....or is that forward...in time for a retro Sci-Fi audio experience. Off we go!

The first and third tracks come from this hilariously awesome album, part dialogue, part music, all awesome. RIP Mr. Spock, surely you've found another planet that is far more logical to inhabit. Mr. Spock's Music From Outer Space has just been reissued on vinyl too!

From there I discussed a bit about I Am Legend by Richard Matheson. A few months ago, I posted a more in-depth review of this fantastic book, it's no wonder it's a classic. Fair warning, it's dark, and some might say a bit depressing. But hey, that's life, and it's well worth the read.

Then I talked a little about Harlan Ellison, who is without a doubt one of the most interesting writers of our time. Below is just a bit of my personal collection, but if you want to begin a collection of your own, these titles are available on the website.

Moving on, we went into The Terminator soundtrack, one from the expanded score, and one from the original soundtrack. Good stuff there, both albums are essential.

Since the new Blade Runner just came out, I thought I'd revisit the original and drool over Rutger Hauer a bit. And if you haven't read his autobiography, this is what it looks like and I highly recommend picking it up.

Finishing off the episode, I thought the New American Orchestra's version of Vangelis' Blade Runner theme (ending) was a great way to send us off to the stars. I hope you've enjoyed our little trip into space. Until next time...

New Favorite Podcasts List Part 2

Now that I've been aware of the podcasting world for almost a whole year now (did you read in part 1 that I'm sometimes late to the party?) I thought I should write a part 2 list of some of the podcasts I've been regularly listening to, and a few I've just found.

Speaking of just being found, it puzzles and saddens me that these podcasts should be so difficult to find in the first place. I guess that's because there are so damn many of them, you gotta wade through the high seas of mediocrity to find the good stuff. And I feel podcasters shouldn't have to rely on 5 star reviews just to be found. But I digress...

Here now is the continuing (and always changing) list of podcasts I'm listening to and enjoying. Hopefully you will find a few that you will enjoy as well...

Shockwaves is the podcast for Blumhouse Productions which I'm sure I don't need to explain. And even though I'm not normally a fan of a multiple host 'cast where everyone winds up talking at the same time, or over each other, but everyone is knowledgeable and have very similar tastes to mine, so I can overlook that. Rob G in particular, who also co-hosts Two Dudes Talking with Tony Giles of The Damn Fine Network, knows a lot about a lot and he has great insight into plot lines and such.

Mysterious Radio is another interesting paranormal podcast, K-Town is a great host and she has very interesting guests on talking about all things strange and unusual. The push to get new subscribers is a bit tedious, but I fully understand why they need to do it.

Wondery has a great collection of podcasts, Inside Psycho and Inside The Exorcist are two of them. Fascinating behind-the-scenes info and details of the authors from story inception through completion and beyond. Great stuff.

Just recently, I found a couple of fantastic Goth podcasts. I was surprised to find so many of them. These were found through Stitcher, but are available on iTunes, Google Play and the like as well. The Requiem hits every major goth/light industrial vein straight to my heart, Looking forward to catching up on all the previous episodes!

GothCast is another all-talk podcast I just stumbled upon. Here again, knowledge is king, and I find myself agreeing with most everything discussed. I like the no BS format, and the guys are extremely knowledgeable for someone (seemingly) so young. Give 'em a listen!

Keep checking back for updates to this podcast list, I'm always searching for new ones, and unearthing older ones. Stay tuned!