Dark & Stormy Nights

Dark & Stormy Nights

Every week we discuss the first page--and only the first page--of a different novel, ranging from cult oddities (Tarnsman of Gor) to literary classics (Paradise Lost) to influential thrillers (Jaws). Each episode focuses on that first page and uses it as a jumping off point for an idiosyncratic discussion of media and how we make stories make sense.

All Episodes

Tonight's title is Imajica by Clive Barker. Tonight's guest is Jess Chautin. http://turnthepage.blubrry.net/ Our theme music is Kwartet Japonski II (https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Maciej_onowski/Kwartet_Japonski_I__II/PMLP226115-Japan-Quartet_2) by Maciej Żołnowski. Your hosts: Ben Blattberg http://twitter.com/InCatastrophe Vin LaBate http://twitter.com/MrReciprocity http://thechimera.space http://MrReciprocity.itch.io Imajica cover https://files.fireside.fm/file/fireside-uploads/images/0/07b497f0-7a04-4567-997d-7bbc13fad013/3jmPR1kw.jpg Imajica page https://files.fireside.fm/file/fireside-uploads/images/0/07b497f0-7a04-4567-997d-7bbc13fad013/BdZV9_0x.jpg Special Guest: Jess Chautin.

Oct 25

50 min 57 sec

Tonight's title is Hide Me Among the Graves by Tim Powers. Tonight's guest is Braden Lamb. www.Shelliandbraden.com www.greaterbostonshow.com www.twitter.com/bradenlamb www.instagram.com/shelliandbraden/ Our theme music is Kwartet Japonski II (https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Maciej_onowski/Kwartet_Japonski_I__II/PMLP226115-Japan-Quartet_2) by Maciej Żołnowski. Your hosts: Ben Blattberg http://twitter.com/InCatastrophe Vin LaBate http://twitter.com/MrReciprocity http://thechimera.space http://MrReciprocity.itch.io Hide Me Among the Graves cover https://files.fireside.fm/file/fireside-uploads/images/0/07b497f0-7a04-4567-997d-7bbc13fad013/TQVov-fE.png Hide Me Among the Graves page https://files.fireside.fm/file/fireside-uploads/images/0/07b497f0-7a04-4567-997d-7bbc13fad013/K5TVXUHv.png Hide Me Among the Graves poem https://files.fireside.fm/file/fireside-uploads/images/0/07b497f0-7a04-4567-997d-7bbc13fad013/tXy5iYA4.png Hide Me Among the Graves cover B https://files.fireside.fm/file/fireside-uploads/images/0/07b497f0-7a04-4567-997d-7bbc13fad013/ZMi4obt-.png Special Guest: Braden Lamb.

Oct 22

41 min 44 sec

Tonight's title is The4 Klone & I by Danielle Steel Tonight's guest is Morgan Pielli http://www.morganpielli.com/ https://twitter.com/MorganPielli https://www.heroinitiative.org/shop/books/pandemix-56-page-digital-download-comic/ Our theme music is Kwartet Japonski II (https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Maciej_onowski/Kwartet_Japonski_I__II/PMLP226115-Japan-Quartet_2) by Maciej Żołnowski. Your hosts: Ben Blattberg http://twitter.com/InCatastrophe Vin LaBate http://twitter.com/MrReciprocity http://thechimera.space http://MrReciprocity.itch.io Klone & I cover https://files.fireside.fm/file/fireside-uploads/images/0/07b497f0-7a04-4567-997d-7bbc13fad013/43rntqfO.png Klone & I page https://files.fireside.fm/file/fireside-uploads/images/0/07b497f0-7a04-4567-997d-7bbc13fad013/ZoZ0CQQe.png Special Guest: Morgan Pielli.

Oct 18

53 min 37 sec

Tonight's title is Dark Shadows: Angelique's Descent by Lara Parker. Recommended to us by Jess Chautin. Tonight's guest is Will Hughes. www.twitter.com/Plumberduck www.avclub.com www.everythingtoguppy.cat Our theme music is Kwartet Japonski II (https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Maciej_onowski/Kwartet_Japonski_I__II/PMLP226115-Japan-Quartet_2) by Maciej Żołnowski. Your hosts: Ben Blattberg http://twitter.com/InCatastrophe Vin LaBate http://twitter.com/MrReciprocity http://thechimera.space http://MrReciprocity.itch.io Dark Shadows Angelique's Descent cover https://files.fireside.fm/file/fireside-uploads/images/0/07b497f0-7a04-4567-997d-7bbc13fad013/qtiDq7Yd.jpeg Dark Shadows Angelique's Descent page https://files.fireside.fm/file/fireside-uploads/images/0/07b497f0-7a04-4567-997d-7bbc13fad013/np952QIn.jpeg Dark Shadows Angelique's Descent bonus https://files.fireside.fm/file/fireside-uploads/images/0/07b497f0-7a04-4567-997d-7bbc13fad013/eskSMaB3.jpg Dark Shadows Angelique's Descent bonus b https://files.fireside.fm/file/fireside-uploads/images/0/07b497f0-7a04-4567-997d-7bbc13fad013/3ibE4K-7.png Special Guest: Will Hughes.

Oct 15

47 min 40 sec

Tonight's title is Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson. Tonight's guest is Chris Vandyke www.skullgatemedia.com www.yearbetween.com www.cvandyke.com www.twitter.com/skullgatemedia www.twitter.com/@aboutrunning Our theme music is Kwartet Japonski II (https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Maciej_onowski/Kwartet_Japonski_I__II/PMLP226115-Japan-Quartet_2) by Maciej Żołnowski. Your hosts: Ben Blattberg http://twitter.com/InCatastrophe Vin LaBate http://twitter.com/MrReciprocity http://thechimera.space http://MrReciprocity.itch.io Red Mars cover https://files.fireside.fm/file/fireside-uploads/images/0/07b497f0-7a04-4567-997d-7bbc13fad013/wW6Mfzzb.jpg Red Mars page https://files.fireside.fm/file/fireside-uploads/images/0/07b497f0-7a04-4567-997d-7bbc13fad013/MZhZkWpl.jpg Red Mars cover B https://files.fireside.fm/file/fireside-uploads/images/0/07b497f0-7a04-4567-997d-7bbc13fad013/fT4TQCzX.jpg Untitled https://files.fireside.fm/file/fireside-uploads/images/0/07b497f0-7a04-4567-997d-7bbc13fad013/o0Rpxuyo.jpg Special Guest: Chris Vandyke.

Oct 11

36 min 14 sec

Tonight's title is Varney the Vampire OR The Feast of Blood by James Malcolm Rymer and Thomas Peckett Prest. Tonight's guest is Grady Hendrix. http://www.gradyhendrix.com/ Our theme music is Kwartet Japonski II (https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Maciej_onowski/Kwartet_Japonski_I__II/PMLP226115-Japan-Quartet_2) by Maciej Żołnowski. Your hosts: Ben Blattberg http://twitter.com/InCatastrophe Vin LaBate http://twitter.com/MrReciprocity http://thechimera.space http://MrReciprocity.itch.io Varney the Vampire cover https://files.fireside.fm/file/fireside-uploads/images/0/07b497f0-7a04-4567-997d-7bbc13fad013/FEQCxIRt.png Varney the Vampire page https://files.fireside.fm/file/fireside-uploads/images/0/07b497f0-7a04-4567-997d-7bbc13fad013/YCOJ34yF.png Special Guest: Grady Hendrix.

Oct 8

39 min 46 sec

Tonight's title is Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammett Recommended to us by coughin_ed Tonight's guest is Wendy Wagner. http://winniewoohoo.com https://twitter.com/wnwagner https://journalstone.com/bookstore/the-deer-kings/ https://www.neonhemlock.com/books/the-secret-skin Our theme music is Kwartet Japonski II (https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Maciej_onowski/Kwartet_Japonski_I__II/PMLP226115-Japan-Quartet_2) by Maciej Żołnowski. Your hosts: Ben Blattberg http://twitter.com/InCatastrophe Vin LaBate http://twitter.com/MrReciprocity http://thechimera.space http://MrReciprocity.itch.io Red Harvest cover https://files.fireside.fm/file/fireside-uploads/images/0/07b497f0-7a04-4567-997d-7bbc13fad013/JX4vsgDL.jpg Red Harvest page https://files.fireside.fm/file/fireside-uploads/images/0/07b497f0-7a04-4567-997d-7bbc13fad013/dp0B29yR.png Special Guest: Wendy Wagner.

Oct 4

42 min 10 sec

Tonight's title is Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham. Tonight's guest is David Hanna. http://twitter.com/Bigmacinpod http://twitter.com/GloveCast http://twitter.com/MacintoshMaud Our theme music is Kwartet Japonski II (https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Maciej_onowski/Kwartet_Japonski_I__II/PMLP226115-Japan-Quartet_2) by Maciej Żołnowski. Your hosts: Ben Blattberg http://twitter.com/InCatastrophe Vin LaBate http://twitter.com/MrReciprocity http://thechimera.space http://MrReciprocity.itch.io Day of the Triffids cover https://files.fireside.fm/file/fireside-uploads/images/0/07b497f0-7a04-4567-997d-7bbc13fad013/e3kFDtFk.jpg Day of the Triffids page https://files.fireside.fm/file/fireside-uploads/images/0/07b497f0-7a04-4567-997d-7bbc13fad013/9VoopaK-.jpg Special Guest: David Hanna.

Sep 27

38 min 23 sec

Tonight's title: Wheels by Arthur Hailey. Our theme music is Kwartet Japonski II (https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Maciej_onowski/Kwartet_Japonski_I__II/PMLP226115-Japan-Quartet_2) by Maciej Żołnowski. Your hosts: Ben Blattberg http://twitter.com/InCatastrophe Vin LaBate http://twitter.com/MrReciprocity http://thechimera.space http://MrReciprocity.itch.io Wheels cover https://files.fireside.fm/file/fireside-uploads/images/0/07b497f0-7a04-4567-997d-7bbc13fad013/lesmaWZr.png Wheels page https://files.fireside.fm/file/fireside-uploads/images/0/07b497f0-7a04-4567-997d-7bbc13fad013/-mvWkZTu.png Wheels cover b https://files.fireside.fm/file/fireside-uploads/images/0/07b497f0-7a04-4567-997d-7bbc13fad013/9dfUY5Ux.jpg Wheels cover c https://files.fireside.fm/file/fireside-uploads/images/0/07b497f0-7a04-4567-997d-7bbc13fad013/nv37H9Yd.jpg

Sep 20

31 min 27 sec

Tonight's title is The Shaving of Shagpat by George Meredith. Tonight's guest is Alexander Danner. http://greaterbostonshow.com http://twitter.com/alexanderdanner Our theme music is Kwartet Japonski II (https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Maciej_onowski/Kwartet_Japonski_I__II/PMLP226115-Japan-Quartet_2) by Maciej Żołnowski. Your hosts: Ben Blattberg http://twitter.com/InCatastrophe Vin LaBate http://twitter.com/MrReciprocity http://thechimera.space http://MrReciprocity.itch.io Shagpat cover https://files.fireside.fm/file/fireside-uploads/images/0/07b497f0-7a04-4567-997d-7bbc13fad013/a1Xn2llN.png Shagpat page https://files.fireside.fm/file/fireside-uploads/images/0/07b497f0-7a04-4567-997d-7bbc13fad013/LvYGv6ZY.png Shagpat cover b https://files.fireside.fm/file/fireside-uploads/images/0/07b497f0-7a04-4567-997d-7bbc13fad013/sNfHZ_5S.jpg Special Guest: Alexander Danner.

Sep 13

39 min 17 sec

Tonight's title is IT by Stephen King Tonight's guest is Jess Chautin http://turnthepage.blubrry.net/ Our theme music is Kwartet Japonski II (https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Maciej_onowski/Kwartet_Japonski_I__II/PMLP226115-Japan-Quartet_2) by Maciej Żołnowski. Your hosts: Ben Blattberg http://twitter.com/InCatastrophe Vin LaBate http://twitter.com/MrReciprocity http://thechimera.space http://MrReciprocity.itch.io IT cover https://files.fireside.fm/file/fireside-uploads/images/0/07b497f0-7a04-4567-997d-7bbc13fad013/Cq9H9Ihb.jpg IT page https://files.fireside.fm/file/fireside-uploads/images/0/07b497f0-7a04-4567-997d-7bbc13fad013/7CN_RwRE.jpg Special Guest: Jess Chautin.

Sep 6

46 min 5 sec

Tonight's title: Servants of the Wankh by Jack Vance. Tonight's guest is Kacey Smith. www.thechimera.space Our theme music is Kwartet Japonski II (https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Maciej_onowski/Kwartet_Japonski_I__II/PMLP226115-Japan-Quartet_2) by Maciej Żołnowski. Your hosts: Ben Blattberg http://twitter.com/InCatastrophe Vin LaBate http://twitter.com/MrReciprocity http://thechimera.space http://MrReciprocity.itch.io Servants of the Wankh cover https://files.fireside.fm/file/fireside-uploads/images/0/07b497f0-7a04-4567-997d-7bbc13fad013/jSLp5rA1.jpg Servants of the Wankh page https://files.fireside.fm/file/fireside-uploads/images/0/07b497f0-7a04-4567-997d-7bbc13fad013/ulPZWb8u.png Special Guest: Kacey Smith.

Aug 30

41 min 48 sec

Tonight's title: The Man-Kzin Wars Volume 1 by Larry Niven. Tonight's guest is Chris Vandyke www.skullgatemedia.com www.yearbetween.com www.cvandyke.com www.twitter.com/skullgatemedia www.twitter.com/@aboutrunning Our theme music is Kwartet Japonski II (https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Maciej_onowski/Kwartet_Japonski_I__II/PMLP226115-Japan-Quartet_2) by Maciej Żołnowski. Your hosts: Ben Blattberg http://twitter.com/InCatastrophe Vin LaBate http://twitter.com/MrReciprocity http://thechimera.space http://MrReciprocity.itch.io Man-Kzin Wars Volume 1 cover https://files.fireside.fm/file/fireside-uploads/images/0/07b497f0-7a04-4567-997d-7bbc13fad013/pTB9_ouq.png Man-Kzin Wars Volume 1 page https://files.fireside.fm/file/fireside-uploads/images/0/07b497f0-7a04-4567-997d-7bbc13fad013/NPVYjCZw.png Man-Kzin Wars Volume 1 Houses cover https://files.fireside.fm/file/fireside-uploads/images/0/07b497f0-7a04-4567-997d-7bbc13fad013/ghvKrbwD.jpg Man-Kzin Wars Volume 1 Best Wars cover https://files.fireside.fm/file/fireside-uploads/images/0/07b497f0-7a04-4567-997d-7bbc13fad013/BymJW0bD.jpg Special Guest: Chris Vandyke.

Aug 23

40 min 35 sec

Tonight's title is Funerals Are Fatal (aka After the Funeral) by Agatha Christie Tonight's guest is David Hanna. http://twitter.com/Bigmacinpod http://twitter.com/GloveCast http://twitter.com/MacintoshMaud Our theme music is Kwartet Japonski II (https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Maciej_onowski/Kwartet_Japonski_I__II/PMLP226115-Japan-Quartet_2) by Maciej Żołnowski. Your hosts: Ben Blattberg http://twitter.com/InCatastrophe Vin LaBate http://twitter.com/MrReciprocity http://thechimera.space http://MrReciprocity.itch.io Funerals are Fatal cover https://files.fireside.fm/file/fireside-uploads/images/0/07b497f0-7a04-4567-997d-7bbc13fad013/3Z7eXSJO.jpg Funerals Are Fatal page https://files.fireside.fm/file/fireside-uploads/images/0/07b497f0-7a04-4567-997d-7bbc13fad013/da184XO1.jpg Special Guest: David Hanna.

Aug 16

46 min 54 sec

Tonight's title: The Lost City of Zork by Robin W. Bailey Tonight's guest is Rachael Jones https://rckjones.wordpress.com/ https://twitter.com/RachaelKJones Our theme music is Kwartet Japonski II (https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Maciej_onowski/Kwartet_Japonski_I__II/PMLP226115-Japan-Quartet_2) by Maciej Żołnowski. Your hosts: Ben Blattberg http://twitter.com/InCatastrophe Vin LaBate http://twitter.com/MrReciprocity http://thechimera.space http://MrReciprocity.itch.io Lost City of Zork cover https://files.fireside.fm/file/fireside-uploads/images/0/07b497f0-7a04-4567-997d-7bbc13fad013/WdZy6B2r.jpg Lost City of Zork page https://files.fireside.fm/file/fireside-uploads/images/0/07b497f0-7a04-4567-997d-7bbc13fad013/a6zw0zK9.jpg Special Guest: Rachael Jones.

Aug 9

43 min 33 sec

Tonight's title: Who Censored Roger Rabbit by Gary K. Wolf Tonight's guest is Morgan Pielli http://www.morganpielli.com/ https://twitter.com/MorganPielli https://www.heroinitiative.org/shop/books/pandemix-56-page-digital-download-comic/ Our theme music is Kwartet Japonski II (https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Maciej_onowski/Kwartet_Japonski_I__II/PMLP226115-Japan-Quartet_2) by Maciej Żołnowski. Your hosts: Ben Blattberg http://twitter.com/InCatastrophe Vin LaBate http://twitter.com/MrReciprocity http://thechimera.space http://MrReciprocity.itch.io Who Censored Roger Rabbit cover https://files.fireside.fm/file/fireside-uploads/images/0/07b497f0-7a04-4567-997d-7bbc13fad013/1jxiWGBc.png Who Censored Roger Rabbit page https://files.fireside.fm/file/fireside-uploads/images/0/07b497f0-7a04-4567-997d-7bbc13fad013/Q7-OrYV2.png Special Guest: Morgan Pielli.

Aug 2

42 min 32 sec

Tonight's title is Sir Gawain & the Green Knight. Tonight's guest is Rachael Jones. https://rckjones.wordpress.com/ https://twitter.com/RachaelKJones Our theme music is Kwartet Japonski II (https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Maciej_onowski/Kwartet_Japonski_I__II/PMLP226115-Japan-Quartet_2) by Maciej Żołnowski. Your hosts: Ben Blattberg http://twitter.com/InCatastrophe Vin LaBate http://twitter.com/MrReciprocity http://thechimera.space http://MrReciprocity.itch.io Sir Gawain cover https://files.fireside.fm/file/fireside-uploads/images/0/07b497f0-7a04-4567-997d-7bbc13fad013/fjxt2Oqh.jpg Sir Gawain page https://files.fireside.fm/file/fireside-uploads/images/0/07b497f0-7a04-4567-997d-7bbc13fad013/YQdymIeA.jpg Sir Gawain page ME https://files.fireside.fm/file/fireside-uploads/images/0/07b497f0-7a04-4567-997d-7bbc13fad013/nCYOBsac.jpg Sir Gawain cover B https://files.fireside.fm/file/fireside-uploads/images/0/07b497f0-7a04-4567-997d-7bbc13fad013/-KHcI2fF.jpg Special Guest: Rachael Jones.

Jul 27

49 min 38 sec

Tonight's title: Tarnsman of Gor by John Norman Our theme music is Kwartet Japonski II (https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Maciej_onowski/Kwartet_Japonski_I__II/PMLP226115-Japan-Quartet_2) by Maciej Żołnowski. Your hosts: Ben Blattberg http://twitter.com/InCatastrophe Vin LaBate http://twitter.com/MrReciprocity http://thechimera.space http://MrReciprocity.itch.io Tarnsman of Gor cover A https://files.fireside.fm/file/fireside-uploads/images/0/07b497f0-7a04-4567-997d-7bbc13fad013/41LEVUiQ.png Tarnsman of Gor page https://files.fireside.fm/file/fireside-uploads/images/0/07b497f0-7a04-4567-997d-7bbc13fad013/EexzPULi.png Tarnsman of Gor cover B https://files.fireside.fm/file/fireside-uploads/images/0/07b497f0-7a04-4567-997d-7bbc13fad013/-jYF1zRJ.jpg Tarnsman of Gor cover C https://files.fireside.fm/file/fireside-uploads/images/0/07b497f0-7a04-4567-997d-7bbc13fad013/BbdTajAF.jpg

Jul 26

24 min 40 sec

Tonight's title: Shopgirl by Steve Martin Tonight's guest is Diana Loraine http:/twitter.com/maudcaster https://www.macintoshandmaud.com/ https://www.christmastideohio.com/ Our theme music is Kwartet Japonski II (https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Maciej_onowski/Kwartet_Japonski_I__II/PMLP226115-Japan-Quartet_2) by Maciej Żołnowski. Your hosts: Ben Blattberg http://twitter.com/InCatastrophe Vin LaBate http://twitter.com/MrReciprocity http://thechimera.space http://MrReciprocity.itch.io Shopgirl Cover https://files.fireside.fm/file/fireside-uploads/images/0/07b497f0-7a04-4567-997d-7bbc13fad013/YqHU8FIt.jpg Shopgirl Page https://files.fireside.fm/file/fireside-uploads/images/0/07b497f0-7a04-4567-997d-7bbc13fad013/wX-MlWoc.jpg Special Guest: Diana Loraine.

Jul 17

38 min 3 sec

Tonight's title: Necroscope by Brian Lumley Tonight's guest is Alexander Danner http://greaterbostonshow.com http://twitter.com/alexanderdanner Our theme music is Kwartet Japonski II (https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Maciej_onowski/Kwartet_Japonski_I__II/PMLP226115-Japan-Quartet_2) by Maciej Żołnowski. Your hosts: Ben Blattberg http://twitter.com/InCatastrophe Vin LaBate http://twitter.com/MrReciprocity http://thechimera.space http://MrReciprocity.itch.io Necroscope Cover A https://files.fireside.fm/file/fireside-uploads/images/0/07b497f0-7a04-4567-997d-7bbc13fad013/2G93I38a.png Necroscope Page https://files.fireside.fm/file/fireside-uploads/images/0/07b497f0-7a04-4567-997d-7bbc13fad013/pWFXmBOJ.png Necroscope Cover B https://files.fireside.fm/file/fireside-uploads/images/0/07b497f0-7a04-4567-997d-7bbc13fad013/MpV-xWe8.jpg Necroscope Cover C https://files.fireside.fm/file/fireside-uploads/images/0/07b497f0-7a04-4567-997d-7bbc13fad013/Wi0tP-Mg.jpg Special Guest: Alexander Danner.

Jul 17

44 min 40 sec

Tonight's title Jaws by Peter Benchley Tonight's guest Kacey Smith http://thechimera.space Theme music Kwartet Japonski II (https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Maciej_onowski/Kwartet_Japonski_I__II/PMLP226115-Japan-Quartet_2) by Maciej Żołnowski. Your hosts Ben Blattberg http://twitter.com/InCatastrophe Vin LaBate http://twitter.com/MrReciprocity http://thechimera.space http://MrReciprocity.itch.io Jaws cover a https://files.fireside.fm/file/fireside-uploads/images/0/07b497f0-7a04-4567-997d-7bbc13fad013/nm_7jF6E.png Jaws page https://files.fireside.fm/file/fireside-uploads/images/0/07b497f0-7a04-4567-997d-7bbc13fad013/hL7YMAKv.PNG Jaws Cover B https://files.fireside.fm/file/fireside-uploads/images/0/07b497f0-7a04-4567-997d-7bbc13fad013/cdR838ut.jpg Jaws Cover C https://files.fireside.fm/file/fireside-uploads/images/0/07b497f0-7a04-4567-997d-7bbc13fad013/PZr8qNip.png Special Guest: Kacey Smith.

Jul 17

30 min 54 sec