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Sley House Publishing is a book publisher focusing on the best in horror, sci-fi, fantasy, mysteries, and thrillers. In this podcast, our hosts will talk about authors, filmmakers, and creators who both exemplify genre work and those artists who could, perhaps, improve their game. They interview outstanding professionals in their respective fields, and bring to subscribers bonus content, including radio dramas for soon to be published new stories by up and comers and classic stories reimagined for today.
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Sley House Publishing is a book publisher focusing on the best in horror, sci-fi, fantasy, mysteries, and thrillers. In this podcast, our hosts will talk about authors, filmmakers, and creators who both exemplify genre work and those artists who could, perhaps, improve their game. They interview outstanding professionals in their respective fields, and bring to subscribers bonus content, including radio dramas for soon to be published new stories by up and comers and classic stories reimagined for today.
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    Episode 55: Tracy Cross and ROOTWORK

    Episode 55: Tracy Cross and ROOTWORK

    This week, Jeremy and Trevor welcome author Tracy Cross on the show. Taking a quick break on their series on craft, the guys welcome Tracy to the studio to talk about her new novel, Rootwork, and about the craft choices she made, including her use of dialect in the interactions between characters, and how this novel, while equal parts horror and Southern gothic, is also a love letter to her family. Join us today as we welcome Tracy to the show.
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    • 1 hr 14 min
    Episode 54: Craft -- Character and Narration

    Episode 54: Craft -- Character and Narration

    Continuing their series on craft, in this episode, Jeremy and Trevor discuss characters and narration. They talk about what makes compelling characters, how characters, conflict, and plot are all interrelated, and how there is more precise terminology to refer to the narrator other than first, second, and third person.
    Characters have wants and needs, and when those wants and needs don't mesh, we get conflict.
    Internal conflict is when the wants and needs of a single character oppose each other.
    External conflict exists when the wants and needs of one character oppose the wants and needs of another character.
    Protagonists and antagonists shouldn't necessarily mean "heroes" and "villains." The protagonist changes through the story, and the antagonist is any character that stands in the way of resolving that conflict to bring about change.
    Homodiegetic narrator -- a narrator that exists within the universe of the story.
    Heterodiegetic narrator -- a narrator that doesn't appear to exist within the universe of the story.
    Free indirect style -- (close third person), when a third person narrator follows one particular character closely throughout a story.
    Fixed focalization -- one character is the focus of the narrator, or it is through one character's lens through which the story is revealed.
    Variable focalization -- DIFFERENT scenes of the narrative are seen from the perspective of DIFFERENT CHARACTERS.
    Multiple focalization -- The SAME scene in a narrative is shown from the perspective of DIFFERENT characters.
    Origo -- the character around whom the scene is oriented.
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Episode 53: Craft--Narrative Structure

    Episode 53: Craft--Narrative Structure

    This week, the guys look at narrative structure with regards to craft. They talk about several key terms and give some amazing contemporary examples. Tune in now to here this discussion between two educated individuals.
    KEY TERMS:
    Mimesis: What should fiction represent? Is it a mirror? A reality or truth?
    Diegesis: The act of telling the story.
    Story: the order of the events A-Z as they happen within the universe of the story. As it unfolds, the narrative.
    Plot: The specific arrangement of events to draw out the most emotional impact
    Analepsis: flashback
    Prolepsis: flashforward
    Summary: Covers a relatively long period of time in a short space within a story, or glosses over habitual events.
    Scene: deals with events in real time. Includes character actions and discourse. Used for confrontation, turning points, and crises.
    Time Signature: the confusion of habitual detail and dynamic detail as noticed in free indirect style. EX. someone yawning as a street sweeper makes its weekly pass.
    In media res: in the middle of the action.
    Back story: any information about the past, occurring before the plot begins, that is necessary to make the story coherent.
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    • 58 min
    Episode 52: Craft--a Look at Theme and Literary Conventions

    Episode 52: Craft--a Look at Theme and Literary Conventions

    Jeremy has an MFA in creative writing, is a published author, and a teacher of creative writing at the graduate and undergraduate level. He wears these hats on top of being editor-in-chief of Sley House Publishing and host of Sley House Presents. Trevor has a Master's in Spanish literature and was working on his PhD when Sley House started, and has taught numerous literature courses at the collegiate level. So, both guys figured it's about time to take their knowledge of literature and writing to the airwaves. Hence, this series on craft.
    Art, Trevor suggests, is subjective, but all art is created through craft, and craft can be objective. Craft is taught in schools and classrooms and passed down from teachers and masters to students. Whether you are a painter or a musician or a photographer, a sculptor, or a writer, you study the craft to improve your art.
    The guys want to use this series to present the craft of writing to the listeners so that they can better understand, appreciate, and craft their own art. Perhaps you're a creative writing student wanting to better nail down the vernacular so you can have a deeper understanding as you progress in your studies. Perhaps you're a writer wanting to elevate your craft or the genre you write in. Perhaps you're a book reviewer looking to up your game by using technical, objective ideas to analyze the books you read. Or maybe you just like Jeremy's bad puns. Any way you slice it, this multi-part series is for you.
    In this introductory episode and season three opener, the guys start with a couple of concepts key to understanding the rest of the series, as Jeremy structures this entire series off of classroom lectures he's led countless times before. In this episode, the guys discuss theme and literary convention. They define key terms, examine them in relationship to genre, and provide great literary examples of these terms. This will be the structure as they move through the rest of the series. So sit back and enjoy this thorough and entertaining discussion on craft.
    Some key terms:
    TOPIC -- topics are the building blocks of themes. Topics are things like "love." "Good and evil." "Friendship." "Family." A lot of people argue these are themes, but that isn't really true. These are merely topics.
    THEME -- the theme comes through the writing, and is the author's statement about the topic. The message they want the reader to take away. When you look at theme, look at the major topics discussed and ask yourself what the author is saying about these things. That is your theme.
    LITERARY CONVENTION OF MEDIUM -- How can you tell a book of poetry from a short story collection? How can you open a book and identify plays rather than a novel? How can you identify nonfiction, or an article, a biography, a blog, a listicle? The graphology of the words and the structure of the provided information suggest the literary conventions of the various mediums.
    LITERARY CONVENTION OF GENRE -- In contrast, how can you look at a cover and open a book to differentiate a romance or bodice ripper from a supernatural horror, or a western, or a science fiction novel? The contents provided herein that best represent the genre are literary conventions.
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    • 54 min
    TM Morgan's "Telethon"

    TM Morgan's "Telethon"

    It's 1982, and middle-aged Tommy Liplet has been the comedian in residence for Pittsburgh's WPXT, channel 20, hosting the local telethon for years. The telethon has been, as far as anyone -- including Tommy -- knows, funding the Hauser House, a local charity for sick children. But that isn't the telethon's main purpose. No, it's main purpose is something much more sinister.
    Late one evening deep into the airing of the telethon, Tommy, strung out on coke, whose better days have already passed, is called up to his boss's office. Here he'll learn the truth about the Hauser House and what the telethon is really providing. Not for the kids, but for that which lives under the house. Tommy learns that there could be a fate worse than being replaced, and this could be his last night -- and not just as host of the telethon.
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    • 39 min
    Episode 51: Looking at the connection between horror and comedy

    Episode 51: Looking at the connection between horror and comedy

    This week, Trevor and Jeremy, spurred on by an audience question asked at a panel Jeremy had recently been featured on, the guys weigh the question and dig into the differences between horror, comedy, horror comedy, and horror parody. They find, very nearly waxing poetic at times, that the line between horror and comedy is thinner than one might think, and they look at examples in film and literature of these different ideas. Join us this week as Sley House Presents Horror and Comedy.
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    • 49 min

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