"I'm not entirely convinced scientists have their latest developments under control. You know genetic engineering, nuclear weaponry and computers. Whatever trouble we fall into you can be sure of one thing: it'll be of our own making..." Terry Nation quoted in the Radio Times in 1977. We can all feel grateful it is so different now and scientists are definitely not developing technologies that may grow out of control!
The late Terry Nation was a Welsh television writer and novelist, working on many of the most popular British TV series of the 1960s and 1970s. He made a significant contribution to Doctor Who from its outset, creating the villainous Daleks, and was also the creator of two series for the BBC: Survivors and the cult Blake's 7.
And "yes" we all wore those strange scarf/cravat things in the early 1970s.
In the latest show we've a Witch Hunter who lost his head + a new collection of Victorian Ghost Stories by Willie Meikle + an interview with a ghost hunter turned Haunted House Movies expert + we look at Medieval Book Curses with co-host Jane Christian + we have the Ghastly Ghost of Lady Mab "You must never look at her face - she hasn't got one - and to see that empty space will drive you mad!!!" And we end with the eerie tale of the apple tree and the skeleton!
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D.A. Xiaolin Spires stares at skies and wonders what there is to eat out there in the cosmos. Spires aspires to be a 3-D printing gourmand, but will happily concede with producing and consuming quixotic fiction and poetry.
Spires lives in oscillation between Asia and the US, and currently resides in Hawai'i. You can find her sniffing tropical fruit at farmer's markets, scouring lawns and beaches for fallen plumeria blossoms and boarding research vessels. Her work appears or is forthcoming in various publications such as Grievous Angel, Clarkesworld, Analog, Reckoning, Retro Future, LONTAR, Gathering Storm Magazine, Andromeda Spaceways, Star*line, Eye to the Telescope and Story Seed Vault; as well as anthologies of the strange and delightful, such as Sharp & Sugar Tooth, Broad Knowledge and Ride the Star Wind. She can be found on her website http://daxiaolinspires.wordpress.com & on Twitter: @spireswriter
Just finished a raft of interviews for upcoming episodes of my Weird Tales Radio Show including The Highgate Vampire Revisited, Haunted House Movies, Victorian Ghost Stories Reimagined, and the Trial of the Lowestoft Witches. In the meantime you can catch any shows you may have missed by following this handy link to the podcast downloads... https://www.urbanfantasist.com/weird-tales-radio
My latest Weird Tales digital radio show is now available to download as a free podcast on Podbean, iTunes and all the usual channels. Stories include Simon Entwistle on the Pendle Witches plus fashion for pagans & wiccans plus more ghost stories (including the spirit of a walled-up nun) and folklore (including why bananas are bad news on fishing boats and why it is unlucky to burn Elder wood. Just click on the player (below) to hear it.
By John Hawkhead - a writer of haiku and other short poetry forms. His work has been published all over the world in small press magazines and the Internet. His book of poetry and haiku Witness is available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and iTunes. And we're loving the Yes Closer to the Edge album vibe!
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We've a delicious mixture of bite-sized sci-fi, fantasy, and dystopian poetry for you from Francis W. Alexander, John Reinhart, Holly Walrath, Greg Schwartz, Susan Burch and Lauren McBride. You can read the HERE
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