Paul Witcover returns to the podcast to talk about his wonderful new novel, Emperor of All Things (Amazon UK).

Paul is the author of several novels, including Tumbling After, and Waking Beauty (Amazon links), and a collection of short stories.

Paul and I talk clocks, writers and readers, the TV show Lost, and writing styles among many other things. And we’ll get to why that link above to his book is to the store in the United Kingdom.

Gretchen McNeil is is a former coloratura soprano and a writer. Her young adult horror novel, Possess, was about a teen exorcist. Her follow up was a young adult horror/suspense novel about ten teens trapped on a remote island with a serial killer titled Ten.

Gretchen blogs with The Enchanted Inkpot and is a founding member of the vlog group the YARebels where she can be seen as “Monday.”

She and I talk about her singing, her experiences performing in with Cirque Berzerk (an LA based circus), a little about religion, and an encounter with author Christopher Pike.

Her website is: GretchenMcNeil.com

Richard Bowes has published five novels, two collections of short fiction and fifty short stories and articles. Recent and forthcoming stories appear in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, and the Digital DomainsBest Gay StoriesBeastly Bride, and many more. He had been short-listed for many awards and won the World Fantasy Award for his story “Streetcar Dreams”.

Richard and I talked about his many upcoming books and stories, gay bars in the very recent past, his writing process, a peculiar underwear collector from his childhood in Boston, memory, and much more.

Paul Tremblay is the author of the novels The Little Sleep,No Sleep Till Wonderland, and his latest is Swallowing a Donkey’s Eye. His two short story collections are Compositions for the Young and Old and In the Mean Time. Paul has published two novellas, and his essays and short fiction have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Five Chapters.com, and Best American Fantasy 3. He is a busy guy.

We talk about Swallowing a Donkey’s Eye, humor, the discovery writing process versus writing outlines, plotting, dystopia and utopia, among many other things.

If you’re a long time listener, welcome back and sorry for the longer – than – planned hiatus!

Eugene has published science fiction and fantasy short stories in a number of magazines and anthologies such as Sybil’s Garage, and Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine.

Fair Coin (Amazon) is his first novel.

In Fair Coin, Myers builds a terrifying and magical universe full of diverse and interesting characters, with a teenage heart beating squarely at its center. – Matthew Kressel, editor and publisher of Sybil’s Garage

Eugene and I talk about his book, his background, parallel universes, spoilers, Fringe, and many other things.

Eugene’s website is http://ecmyers.net/

Paul Goat Allen has been a full-time book reviewer specializing in genre fiction for almost the last two decades. He has written more than 6,000 reviews for companies like Publishers Weekly, The Chicago Tribune, Kirkus Reviews, and BarnesandNoble.com.

In my opinion, 2011 has been the high-water mark thus far in this new Golden Age of apocalyptic fiction.
– Paul Goat Allen

Paul returns to the podcast to discuss his list of best apocalyptic fiction releases of 2011, disaster movies of the 70′s, the end of the word, duct tape, and pajama jeans.

Michael Dempsey PHOTOGRAPHY: Fenna BlueMichael Dempsey’s first novel, Necropolis (Amazon), is not his first foray into writing. Not by a long shot. He’s a veteran of Hollywood most notably CBS’s Cybill starring Cybill Shepherd and has sold and optioned screenplays and television scripts.

So why stop writing for movies and TV to create a genre-busting mix of scifi and crime? Michael and I talk about that, the business of TV writing, the pain and difficulty of coming back to life, an encounter with Jerry Seinfeld’s Porsche, and more.

Find out more at Michael’s site for his book: NecropolisTheNovel.com. Follow him on Twitter at: Twitter.com/demzer.

Douglas Lain is the author of Last Week’s Apocalypse, Fall Into Time, which are both short stories collections. Douglas returns to talk about his new novella, Wave of Mutilation (Amazon Link).

Jeffrey Ford said it’s, “…a story that generates itself as it devours itself… Terrific writing, good laughs, and the flawless execution of a fictional tightrope walk between “reality” and nothing.”

We talk about his new novella, meta fiction, the writing process, his upcoming work, and much more.

Douglas is the host of Diet Soap Podcast. His site is douglaslain.com.

Lauren Beukes is the author of Zoo City, (Amazon) an alternate world thriller about crime, magic, the music industry, refugees and redemption set in a re-imagined Johannesburg. It won the 2011 Arthur C. Clarke Award, and has been short listed for numerous other awards.

Lauren and I talk about her book, writing, animals, journalism, face recognition, a harrowing experience at a church in Johannesburg, among many other things.

Lauren’s website is laurenbeukes.com.

In the podcast she mentioned a rehabilitation program Khulisa.

David Anthony Durham, who returns to the podcast for the third time, has just finished his fantasy trilogy with The Sacred Band: Book Three of the Acacia Trilogy (Amazon).

We talk about writing rituals, long walks, Scotland, the Acacia Trilogy, and several other writing projects he’s working on.

Anthony’s website is davidanthonydurham.com.