Do you ever record in your pajamas?
Since my studio is in my home, I often brag about being able to work in my bathrobe. I have yet to actually take advantage of the opportunity. And as horrifying as the visual may be, for some reason I feel compelled to confess that I don’t wear pajamas.
Heads or tails?
I haven’t really put much thought into it, but in an effort to devise an ad hoc probability distribution with which to consider a procedure of statistical inference, we must realize that if there is a finite number of exhaustive and mutually exclusive events Ak, k = 1, 2, …, K, with nk being the number of favorable outcomes in Ak then P(Ak) = nk / N, where N = n1 + n2 + … + nK.
If, in remembering our childhood studies in thermodynamics, we further factor in entropy (the measure of the number of specific realizations or microstates that may realize a thermodynamic system in a defined state specified by macroscopic observables) we understand such as a measure of disorder; a lack of order or predictability; a gradual decline into disorder within a closed system (one in which there is no work being performed). I therefore find that leveraging expectation by entertaining a preference for one alternative over another tends to introduce a proclivity for disenchantment by virtue of the absurd assignation of teleological mediation to the collective normative void. As with all indicative propositions expressive of propositional knowledge, we are left with the same question Jürgen Habermas failed to answer in his 1979 essay: “What is Universal Pragmatics?”
That said… six o’ one, half a dozen of the other.
Tales or tails?
Did you ever watch that cartoon, Tailspin?
Do you like cartoons?
I do. I like the stuff I grew up with on TV from the so-called “Golden Age” (the 1920s to 1960s). It was mainly produced for theatrical release to be shown before feature films. The older stuff can be really surreal, both in execution and content. I tend to lose interest with the later introduction of limited animation styles.
Have you ever had a hard time performing a book?
Some projects are harder than others, but, yeah; …each book presents its own set of challenges. Generally, the pre-read and any necessary research will make a production easier. You’ve got to get a handle on what the author wants to accomplish, what he’s actually “saying” with the story. You’ve got to make performance choices for characters, ensure faithfulness to the backstory, identify the subtext and make decisions while paying attention to the arc of the story. When you work alone you’re wearing a lot of hats: Producer, director, engineer, actor; each comes with its own responsibilities and skill sets. Getting it all together requires preparation, focus, consistency… but if you enjoy the process the hard work can be a lot of fun.
That’s not news to you; you’ve done some audiobook stuff yourself, as well as your podcasting. How’s that going?
Oh, wow, well, this is unexpected. The story readings are going okay. As you said before, wearing a lot of hats is tough when you do it all on your own. When it comes to the acting/engineering part I’ll admit I’ve still got a lot to learn. But I love the process, and have always enjoyed performing my stories for people.
As for the pocasting, Miskatonic Musings is going great! My solo podcast I only update now maybe twice a year, but that’s okay, as it’s turned into more of a place to work on performing my stories. Sadly, without a separate editor, I fear I no longer have the time to do interviews. My desire for audio quality has become stronger in the last few years.
How’s the writing going?
It’s going is usually my set answer. I don’t know that people even realize I’m a fiction writer. On my end I feel like I’m incessantly babbling about it, but to someone who say, only reads these interviews and might listen to Miskatonic Musings, you’d probably just assume all I did was non-fiction stuff like interviews and reviews.
I shop a story maybe once a month, and I plan to self publish my first fiction collection this summer of 2016. So, in that regard, it’s going good.
Who are some of your current favorite authors?
Top of the list is Jason Brant. I’m privileged to be producing some of his stuff on audio, great writer! In Weird Fiction, H.P. Lovecraft is my perpetual favorite. Gawd, there’s a whole “laundry list” of contributors to the genre: William Hope Hodgson, Lord Dunsany, Arthur Machen, M. R. James, Algernon Blackwood, Ambrose Bierce, Sheridan LeFanu, and Edgar Allan Poe, of course… Robert Bloch, Richard Matheson, Charles Beaumont, Ray Bradbury. I’ve recently discovered Thomas Ligotti, he’s a hoot.
How much would I have to pay you for you to do my voice mail? Do a lot of people ask you that?
I’ve done anything and everything related to the voice industry over the years, voice mail included. (When I was a volunteer recording for the blind and dyslexic I even voiced a microwave oven owner’s manual!) These days I use a premium pricing strategy which tends to be most effective in achieving my preferred profit structure.
Speaking of homicidal turkeys, how did you like “Thankskilling”?
Haha! Dude, that movie is so bad. Also, sorry to hear your email got hacked. (When I wrote this interview, it was around Thanksgiving. But due to email issues, I only found out a week ago Wayne actually never got this interview when I first sent it!)
I’ve since seen “Santa’s Slay” and am torn which of the two films was worse. I do love the cartoonish elements of each, as I love cartoons.
How goes the drumming?
Well I’ve been officially off the road for a while now. I do a pick-up gig once in a while for giggles, but my drums primarily reside in the studio now, where I do informal projects for fun. I’ve got some junk on SoundCloud.
So you have a home studio, huh? Cuz, I have this radio play about balls of dust that grow sentience, and start a dance group…
Can’t wait to hear it! I don’t believe you’d find dust in my studio… Or sentience, either, for that matter. As for dancing, Lovecraft said it best: “Almost nobody dances sober, unless they happen to be insane.”
Who do you think would win in a fight, Bram Stoker or Clive Barker?
I think I’d have to give it to Clive; Bram’s idolization of Walt Whitman and admiration of Prime Minister William Ewart Gladstone, (who harbored intense opposition to the opium trade) make me suspicious.
Thanks for participating. Got anything to plug?
Always. I’ve been working with the great team at Red Hook Studios on a Lovecraftian dungeon crawler video game they’ve created called “Darkest Dungeon”. It’s described as being about “the psychological stresses of leading a team of flawed heroes against unimaginable horrors, stress, famine, disease, and the ever-encroaching dark.” HA! Way cool! I’ve got a new audiobook series by author Jason Brant. Book 1 is called “Ash: a Thriller”, and I’m currently producing Book 2 in the Asher Benson Series, “Madness”. You can find most of my audiobooks on Audible and Vibedeck:
And if you contact me anywhere online and butter me up I’ve been known to give a free download code for one of my audiobooks.
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