May 22, 2015


In case you didn’t already hear, I have stepped down as the regular host of my podcast, The Wicked Library. The new host is Dan Foytik, the host of another podcast called the 9th Story. He’s a good storyteller and an excellent voice for the show moving forward and continuing past the previous dinosaur (namely, me.) I adored my time in the story teller seat, and I think Dan is the only guy for the job. It’s gonna rock and I can’t wait to hear what he does.

As to the why I left, it’s really very simple.

I didn’t want to hate doing it and I never got there, but I was really close. Sometimes you need to listen to your inner voice and take heed. It feels right to do it now.

My partner and sister in crime Maddie Von Stark is moving on up to much bigger and better as well, although we both will still have a slight hand in the show. I’ll still be the voice of “The Librarian” and Mads will give some art to the show here and there. I’m so very proud of Stark; her novel THE WIDOW’S GAME comes out in June finally and I’m really excited for her. It’s been a long road for her and I couldn’t be happier for her. You should get it and read it-it’s fantastic!

I also needed to leave because at the end of the day, of all of the authors that need to be promoted, I’m one of them too. I have a lot of stuff that needs attention like two books that have been speaking to me furiously for a long time now and the show severely got in the way of making that happen.

I also have been picking up narration work. My very first job was narrating the great Kenneth W Cain‘s collection of short stories FRESH CUT TALES. The latest work is the upcoming audio version of author/artist Bret Bouriseau’s fun adventure novel TRAVERS MCCRAKEN: THE PRINCE OF KNOCKNAFAY which will be coming soon, but you should really get the book as well…it’s awesome!

I do want to say that working on The Wicked Library was a really grand experiment that not only worked, but WORKS and still does. It remains an honor to have created something much bigger than myself and something that is not only fun, but useful. It’s an ongoing gift to the community of horror and suspense writers that inspired it in the first place. I hope it goes ever on from here and becomes even better.

The show, by the way has been nominated for a Parsec Award in the Story category and it’s up against Welcome to Night Vale…so, it’s nice to have been nominated…but you never know!

That’s all I have right now. I’ll be here with more frequency…no, really.  Honest this time…much different than all those other times I lied and just split.

Catch you all soon, Kiddies!!