Sunday, March 1, 2015

Episode 20: Morgan, Martin, Mesling - Stomping Grounds

Welcome to a rather special episode of The Bare Knuckle Podcast, ladies and gentlemen. If you aren't already familiar with the fiction of Edward Martin III or Christine Morgan, we have the distinct honor of introducing you to their work. Tune in as your woe-inspiring narrator, Pete Mesling, reads Morgan's "The Humming" and Martin's "The Knot," as well as his own chilling tale, "On the Strangest Sea."

What these three yarns have in common is that they all appear in the recent Stomping Grounds anthology of monster fiction from April Moon Books. (If you haven't already, snag a copy at a once; here's a review from Albedo One, if you need further persuading.) Any sense of wonder, dread, or delight that you derive from Morgan's and Martin's narrated stories is owing to the skill with which the pieces were crafted. For blame should any deficiencies present themselves, I would direct you to the narrator himself.

Now then, a few words about our illustrious guest contributors ...

Edward Martin III is a writer and filmmaker scrabbling together a semblance of home in the Pacific Northwest. He's surrounded by looming evergreens with sullen boughs, mountains that ponder the nature of death, and a relentless sea that dissolves everything it touches. Also, there's a cat, primarily to offset all that rich delicious goodness. Edward's first novel, Through the Night, is being adapted to a feature film, and he is currently in production on several new films. His two most recent movies are The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath (an animated adaptation of the Lovecraft novel) and Flesh of My Flesh (a bizarre zombie horror set in the too-near future). Find him online at

Christine Morgan works the overnight shift in a psychiatric facility, which plays havoc with her sleep schedule but allows her a lot of writing time. A lifelong reader, she also reviews, beta-reads, occasionally edits, and dabbles in self-publishing. Her other interests include gaming, history, superheroes, crafts, cheesy disaster movies, and training to be a crazy cat lady. She can be found online at

As for Pete Mesling, a good place to familiarize yourself with some of his published work is on his Author Central page at Amazon. He also recently opened the portcullis on a new Twitter profile and a Facebook page, so please feel free to show him some love there, as well as at any of your favorite Bare Knuckle outposts (see top of page). In this episode, Mesling mentions that Neil Baker and company over at April Moon Books have acquired a story of his that he considers to be something of a thematic companion to the one he reads for you here. It might also be worth noting that both stories take their titles—"In the Chillest Land" and "On the Strangest Sea"—from the same Emily Dickinson poem. Look for the former in the upcoming Ill-Considered Expeditions anthology.

That's it for now, Knuckleheads. Tune in next time, when we take you 180 degrees from the world of terror to survey the last several decades of ... stand-up comedy! You won't want to miss it.

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