Storyological, a new podcast series, discusses my story “Demon in Aisle 6,” which was published in November in Nightmare Magazine and also Alyssa Wong‘s Nebula Award-nominated “Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers” (also from Nightmare).
Last week I participated in the Speculate Podcast, episode 144, hosted by Gregory A. Wilson and Bradley P. Beaulieu, and I was joined by Ellen Datlow, who I co-host Fantastic Fiction at KGB with. We speak about the origin of the series, what it takes to run a successful one, and what some of the benefits to the community are. We also speak about our respective projects: Ellen on her anthologies, and I speak of my debut novel King of Shards. Here’s the intro:
Welcome to Episode 144 of Speculate! The Podcast for Writers, Readers and Fans. In this episode we talk about reading series and short stories with the legendary editor Ellen Datlow and author/editor Matthew Kressel, who co-host the KGB Fantastic Fiction series in New York City, looking at how each of our guests got involved in hosting KGB, how reading series have changed over the years, and what the live experience offers which other more canned or isolated experiences don’t. We also talk about the process of constructing an anthology, and the difference between short and long fiction from a writing perspective. We really enjoyed this conversation with two very interesting and active people in the genre, and we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!
You can listen to the podcast here.
This week I had the pleasure of participating in Episode 172 of the podcast Geeks Guide to the Galaxy, hosted by David Barr Kirtley. I was joined by the award-winning writers and editors Jack Dann, and Rachel Swirsky. We talk about how certain Jewish customs and myths found their way into popular culture, such as the Vulcan Salute, and the name Kwisatz Haderach from Frank Herbert’s Dune. Here’s an excerpt from the lede:
THE NEW NOVEL King of Shards by Matthew Kressel draws on centuries of Judaic myth about creatures like golems, dybbuks, and demons. In the course of his research, Kressel discovered that much of modern science fiction has Jewish roots. For example, when actor Leonard Nimoy invented the Vulcan salute, he was inspired by a two-handed gesture he’d seen at a Jewish ceremony.
“He suggested the one-handed priestly blessing,” Kressel says in Episode 172 of the Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast. “And that entered into pop culture history.”
You can listen to the podcast here, but before you do, make sure to read the introduction text. Some pretty cool stuff in there from Rachel and Jack.
I first heard of Far Fetched Fables. the sister podcast of Tony Smith’s Star Ship Sofa through my friend and writing buddy Mercurio D. Rivera. And over on their website, you can listen to an excerpt of King of Shards narrated by Sarah Frederickson and Matthew Frederickson. After the excerpt is a short interview with me by Nicola Seaton-Clark, where I talk about the book, the differences between writing short and long fiction, and some of the mythology I researched to write the book. And the podcast web page also features art by Leon Tukker, the artist who did the cover art for of King of Shards.
Here’s the link to the podcast.
Last week I had the pleasure of speaking with Patrick Hester and John Anealio of their Functional Nerds podcast and the episode has gone live today. We talk about pop culture, mythology, and my forthcoming debut novel King of Shards.
You can give a listen to episode 247 here.