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78 minutes | Mar 20, 2012
033 – No Such Thing As Private Eyes by Mark Coggins
We present the very first August Riordan story, No Such Thing as Private Eyes, by Mark Coggins. Music is Coffee ‘n Scotch from the Chris Greene Quartet.
56 minutes | Mar 4, 2012
032 – Bold Choices by Ryan Priest
Flash fiction, Hand That Feeds, by David Tallerman. Narrated by Scott Danielson of A Good Story is Hard to Find. Main fiction, Bold Choices by Ryan Priest. Narrated by Ryno the Bearded. And two selections from Adam Guantlet’s bookshelf: Maus, by Art Spiegelman, and The Labyrinth Makers by Anthony Price.
57 minutes | Feb 19, 2012
031 – The Drug Study by James Austin Farrell
We present the conclusion of The Drug Study by James Austin Farrell.
52 minutes | Feb 12, 2012
030 – The Drug Study by James Austin Farrell
Main fiction is The Drug Study by James Austin Farrell. Adam Gauntlet returns to discuss the “87th Precinct” novels of Ed McBain and Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple. “Well, I guess we’ve got you by the balls.” This was Davey’s reply once I had explained my predicament to him, perhaps sounding too desperate and, I imagine, looking troubled. I needed the job. Busboy: proper noun, a job title, I could hardly correlate, etymologically, with working in a pub. Though in spite of my ignorance of this bottom rung métier in the pub/restaurant field of work, and in spite of his candid claim that by taking the job I would be handing him my testicles . . . in spite of Davey’s furnished hard but fair demeanor, that even though determined to assure me he was a decent working class chap like myself it did exactly the opposite – in spite of all that, I was desperate to take the job. The thought occurred to me, as I presented Davey with the bereft look of a man whose circumstances ensured he must keep smiling, that if being a busboy entailed gutting rats in the cellar twelve hours a day, I’d have gladly picked up the scalpel and started there and then.
60 minutes | Feb 5, 2012
029 – Fisher Cat by Seth Harwood
Fisher Cat, by Seth Harwood. Be sure and check out Seth’s crime fiction on his web site, sethharwood.com, or on Podiobooks.com.
58 minutes | Jan 29, 2012
028 – War by Sandra Jensen
An interview with J. Michael Shell. Adam Gauntlett discusses the crime fiction of Chester Himes. And our main fiction is War, by Sandra Jensen. Apart from Religion, school was torture. Lines of white chalk scraping into my head. I sat at the back where on good days I could see Hillbrow Tower out the window piercing Johannesburg’s sky like a pin. Today was a crappy day and I didn’t care if I could see it or not. We had netball later and I hated netball. Miss Hadley was telling us about the Boer War. I hated the Boer War.
59 minutes | Jan 22, 2012
027 – Preacher Porter’s Cure by J. Michael Shell
The conclusion of J. Michael Shell’s Preacher Porter’s Cure. The Doggies are the oldest race in the galaxy. At least that we know of. The light beings are almost assuredly older, but like I said, my people pretty much pretend they don’t exist. To those of us who do admit it they’re an embarrassment, because they are probably what we should have evolved into. They’re what you would be if it wasn’t for The Lucies.
58 minutes | Jan 15, 2012
026 – Preacher Porter’s Cure by J. Michael Shell
Part 2 of Preacher Porter’s Cure by J. Michael Shell. Adam Gauntlett opens his bookshelf to find The Alexandria Quartet, by Lawrence Durrell. And Jim is joined by Jennifer Leeper, author of the novella Padre. Be sure and take a look at the very nice trailer! I stayed with the preacher about a week. It was Sunday night when he took me in. For three days he watched over me while I got good and sick. I’d been at it a long time and stopping damn near killed me. Twice in that three days I was so bad the old preacher had to give me a little booze or I’d have gone into DTs. But when the worst of it was over he told me I wasn’t going to ever take alcohol again because I was going to be what God wanted me to be. “First thing you got to do is admit liquor’s stronger than you, but not stronger than God. It’s done wupped your ass and it’ll always wup it. Go ahead, admit it.”
55 minutes | Jan 8, 2012
025 – Preacher Porter’s Cure by J. Michael Shell
Welcome to the first issue of Nil Desperanum in our new audio magazine format, and the first which will be heard on the No Agenda Stream (Wednesdays at 12p PST / 3pm EST). This week our main fiction is Preacher Porter’s Cure, by J. Michael Shell. Adam Guantlet returns, and finds The Walking Dead, by Robert Kirkman, on his Bookshelf. And we are joined by Deanna Knippling, author of Miracle, Texas and Choose Your Doom: Zombie Apocolypse to discuss her story, why Westerns should always end badly, and zombies.
73 minutes | Dec 18, 2011
024 – The Nutcracker and the Mouse King
Thanks to everyone who listened live to our 2011 Nil Desperandum Christmas Special. This live event was great fun, and everyone definitely enjoyed it. The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, by E. T. A. Hoffman. Narrated by Jim Phillips, Lorna Boyle, Richard Kunz, Ken Stoffler, Charlie White, and Paul Alves.
43 minutes | Dec 4, 2011
023 – A Princess of the Moon
A Princess of the Moon by Patricia Correll. Narrated by Lorna Boyle. Music is In Kamakkura — The Traditional Samurai Metropolitan in Japan by Ichiro NAKAGAWA. The first night in the new village, Hinako couldn’t sleep. The house creaked and sighed all around her. She tried to hear Father breathing in the next room. But he was drowned in the settling of the house and the distant roar of the sea. Hinako rose. She dressed and slipped barefoot past her father’s door, out into the summer night. Hinako wandered between the little houses, keeping near the walls, in the shadows. Inside the houses, strangers slept. But out here she was alone. Hinako hummed to herself, a song her mother used to sing. She turned a corner, onto the main road that bisected the village. A ghost stood in the middle of the road.
8 minutes | Nov 27, 2011
Shelves 007 – The Dracula Trilogy by Kim Newman
Adam’s Bookshelf disgorges The Dracula Trilogy by Kim Newman.
23 minutes | Nov 21, 2011
022 – The Wadi
The Wadi, by Glyn Hedeg. Narrated by Richard Kunz. Music is Marrakesh Breakdown Lane by Guillermo del Noche. This story was previously published online by Yesteryear Fiction. “Go and fetch some water Hassim,” my mother said. I picked up the buckets and started to walk down towards the river. As I did so I overheard her talking to her aunt. “At least the well is safe now. It hasn’t collapsed for two years.”
6 minutes | Nov 14, 2011
Shelves 006 – The Poisoner’s Handbook by Deborah Blum
Adam opens his Bookshelf yet again and finds The Poisoner’s Handbook by Deborah Blum.
7 minutes | Nov 6, 2011
021 – Just Another Graveyard Shift
Just Another Graveyard Shift, by Tom Swoffer. Read by Charles McFall. “I know it’s the second time this week he ain’t showed up. What the hell am I supposed to do about it?” Whenever my old lady starts up with me, telling me something stupid I already know, something she expects me to do something about when there’s not a damn thing I can do, it really gets under my skin, like an itch you can’t scratch away. And the damn bitch knows that, too.
8 minutes | Oct 30, 2011
Shelves 005 – The Flashman Papers by George MacDonald Fraser
Adam returns with another tome from him Bookshelf, this time The Flashman Papers by George MacDonald Fraser.
38 minutes | Oct 23, 2011
020 – Padre
Padre by Jennifer Leeper. Narrated by John Robinson. Music is Suil a ruin by Ceili Moss. Be sure and pick up a copy of the novel Padre, beginning 01 November, 2011. Death stands beside me. It stands near me like an old prison warden I’ve known for years, but we’ve never quite become friends and at times I even hated this warden. Now, though, there is no hate left in me for my warden. Death is no longer simply a frightening and inevitable destination, but I can see that it is the composite of all the moments that came before this moment and it completes the necessary whole of my life.
49 minutes | Oct 9, 2011
019 – Obligatory Leanings
Obligatory Leanings, by Carissa Halston. Read for us by Richard Kunz. During the unfortunate decade that heralded the popularity of polyester, frosted bangs, and designs shaved into white kids’ hair, I grew up in Billings, Montana. In the wake of my undergraduate education, I fled to Chicago, forsaking my hometown and, as my Mom called it, “the promised land of plenty.” There was no use in trying to explain mixed metaphors to her; she just liked the sound of them.
8 minutes | Oct 2, 2011
Shelves 004 – The Sergeant Cribb Novels of Peter Lovesey
We rejoin Adam at his Bookshelf, for a look at the Sergeant Cribb series of detective novels, written by Peter Lovesey.
133 minutes | Sep 25, 2011
018 – The Autobiography of God
The Autobiography of God, by J. Michael Shell. Music is The Knowledge, by Robert A. Wolf. Special thanks to Charles McFall for his narration assistance. Actually, I’m not entirely sure this isn’t a preface as opposed to an introduction. In fact, the entire body of this work will, for most readers, be an introduction. Still, I am reluctant to “preface” God’s autobiography. It seems to me at best impertinent, at worst a trifle blasphemous.
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