Halloween chat - Dave and Alan talk about what they’re doing and what Halloween writing projects they have on the go. (Hereby showing how our podcasts are about a month and half behind!)
Other good Halloween reading:
Felicity Dowker’s lesbian zombie story in Scary Kisses, from Ticonderoga Press.
Jim Bernheimer’s zombie power story in Horror, Humour and Heroes anthology.
Joe Konrath’s indie Kindle book Draculas (by Blake Crouch, Joe Konrath, Jeff Strand, F. Paul Wilson.)
We go on to talk about the nature of ebooks, and authors self-managing their own ebook publishing and sales.
Ebooks outselling print books at Amazon and the various ereaders starting to crop up in regular stores.
The spread of ereaders in the public domain.
William Gibson and how he doesn’t write sci-fi any more because we live in a sci-fi world.
Is old sci-fi disappointing now because we’ve surpassed the ideas of the old SF stories?
What about adventure stories? Do they hold up to the test of time?
Main topic: Escapism
Alan’s blog post about escapism in genre fiction.
Why do SF writers enjoy writing in the genre.
Anne Hamilton’s post about SF being worthless due to being escapism.
Is contemporary non-genre fiction actually more escapist than fantasy or science fiction?
Does being a writer spoil the reading (escapist) experience?