13 episodes

Conversations with creators about what's on their mind.

New Zealand author C J Halbard goes deep with creators from around the globe.

Frequent topics include struggles and inspirations, writing, books, video games, mental health, and things we love. 

Check out Project Tempest at https://www.project-tempest.net/. Thank you for being part of the journey with us.

Project Tempest C J Halbard

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Conversations with creators about what's on their mind.

New Zealand author C J Halbard goes deep with creators from around the globe.

Frequent topics include struggles and inspirations, writing, books, video games, mental health, and things we love. 

Check out Project Tempest at https://www.project-tempest.net/. Thank you for being part of the journey with us.

    Lee Murray, Bram Stoker-winning horror writer

    Lee Murray, Bram Stoker-winning horror writer

    Lee Murray is New Zealand’s most awarded speculative fiction writer and editor. Her many works include the Taine McKenna thriller series that began with Into The Mist, the Path of Ra, supernatural crime-noir that Lee co-writes with Dan Rabarts, dozens of stories, novellas, and anthologies, and recently co-editing the collection Black Cranes: Tales of Unquiet Women, which won both the Bram Stoker and Shirley Jackson awards.
    Lee’s latest release is Tortured Willows: Bent - Bowed - Unbroken, a poetry anthology featuring ​​four female Southeast Asian writers of horror.
    https://twitter.com/leemurraywriter (Follow Lee on twitter), and https://www.leemurray.info/ (visit her website) to explore her work.
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    Outline:
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    (00:00) - Introduction
    (00:57) - Growing up in New Zealand. Weird Tales. GenreCon. Horror writing partnership with Dan Rabarts
    (13:04) - Bravery of writing yourself. Connecting with the community creates opportunities. Work vs fun
    (25:47) - Connections as a superpower. Navigating mental health and young people
    (36:14) - The Other: using mental health as an antagonist in popular culture. Isolation in New Zealand. Katherine Mansfield’s The Savage Hour
    (41:17) - Tortured Willows: family, and asian female identity. Christina Sng, Angela Yuriko Smith, and Geneve Flynn. Black Cranes: Tales of Unquiet Women
    (53:44) - Expectations on Asian women: Tiger mum, submissive and sexual. Impossible asian beauty ideals. Cultural identity and tropes
    (1:02:22) - Popular culture and quality in the commercial field. Literary vs speculative fiction. Young NZ readers and writers
    (1:13:57) - Funding challenges for NZ Literature and film. Creatives are essential workers
    (1:22:11) - Finishing up
    Support and connect:
    Find us athttps://www.project-tempest.net/podcast ( )http://www.project-tempest.net/podcast (www.project-tempest.net/podcast), and get the acclaimed Project Tempest novella https://www.project-tempest.net/ (1862) free for a limited time.
    Subscribe on https://podcasts.apple.com/nz/podcast/project-tempest/id1526742214 (Apple Podcasts), https://open.spotify.com/show/77bGURenaUZGlOeEJ5GDbv (Spotify), https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkcy5jYXB0aXZhdGUuZm0vcHJvamVjdC10ZW1wZXN0Lw (Google Play) or directly on https://project-tempest.captivate.fm/listen (Captivate). If you enjoy the Project Tempest podcast please consider rating it 5 stars, this really helps us out. Thanks!
    Comments to hello@manonfire.org
    Producer for this episode is Kearin Armstrong, production assistant is Prea Millar.

    • 1 hr 23 min
    Fabian Nicieza, comic book writer and novelist

    Fabian Nicieza, comic book writer and novelist

    Fabian Nicieza is a writer of long-standing in the comic book industry. With over a thousand credits in a 30 year career, he has worked on Marvel titles such as X-Men, X-Force, New Warriors, Cable, Deadpool, and Thunderbolts, and is likely best known as the co-creator of Deadpool; his work on DC titles includes Robin, Superman and the Justice League
    More recently, Fabian’s debut novel, Suburban Dicks, a mystery wrapped in a comedy, has been called an engrossing and entertaining murder mystery, and a ceaselessly funny debut novel.
    https://twitter.com/FabianNicieza (Follow Fabian on twitter), and https://www.fabiannicieza.com/newsletter (subscribe to his author newsletter).
    Subscribe:
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    Outline:
    Here are the timestamps for the episode. On some podcast players you should be able to click the timestamp to jump to that time.
    (00:00) - Introduction
    (00:58) - Formative experiences: The Amazing Spider-Man #91, learning storytelling through art
    (18:41) - Early career: Berkley Publishing, Marvel
    (21:43) - Becoming a writer: working up the ladder, pitching ideas, developing relationships, writing stories
    (31:27) - Professional vs. amateur
    (37:08) - Suburban Dicks: understanding difference through religion, institutions, immigration. The cynical-optimist axis
    (44:01) - Human desire for belief and religious acceptance. Self-destruction via social media
    (49:35) - Suburban Dicks: 25 year long process from 1995. Racial diversity, caucasian fear and demographic change
    (58:50) - The process of editing and refining work
    (1:05:49) - Personal experience as an inspirational shortcut. Adapting from comics to prose writing. James Ellroy and Hunter Thompson
    (1:11:49) - Writing in a cocoon, chapter-break cliffhangers the slow reality of book publishing
    (1:23:51) - Advice for young creators
    (1:27:45) - Author website, twitter, newsletter
    (1:28:26) - Finishing up
    Support and connect:
    Find us athttps://www.project-tempest.net/podcast ( www.project-tempest.net/podcast), and get the acclaimed Project Tempest novella https://www.project-tempest.net/ (1862) free for a limited time.
    Subscribe on https://podcasts.apple.com/nz/podcast/project-tempest/id1526742214 (Apple Podcasts), https://open.spotify.com/show/77bGURenaUZGlOeEJ5GDbv (Spotify), https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkcy5jYXB0aXZhdGUuZm0vcHJvamVjdC10ZW1wZXN0Lw (Google Play) or directly on https://project-tempest.captivate.fm/listen (Captivate). If you enjoy the Project Tempest podcast please consider rating it 5 stars, this really helps us out. Thanks!
    Comments to hello@manonfire.org
    Producer for this podcast is Kearin Armstrong, production assistant is Prea Millar.

    • 1 hr 29 min
    Ed McRae 2 - the Horror Returns

    Ed McRae 2 - the Horror Returns

    What is horror and how do you make it? Our second conversation with Ed McRae, kiwi horror author, narrative designer and narrative paramedic for the video games industry. Ed's been a screenwriter and story designer for over 13 years, and was lead writer on the hit online RPG Path of Exile.
    Follow Ed at https://www.edmcrae.com/ (www.edmcrae.com).
    Subscribe:
    https://open.spotify.com/show/77bGURenaUZGlOeEJ5GDbv (Spotify) | https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkcy5jYXB0aXZhdGUuZm0vcHJvamVjdC10ZW1wZXN0Lw (Google Podcasts) | https://podcasts.apple.com/nz/podcast/project-tempest/id1526742214 (Apple) | https://project-tempest.captivate.fm/listen (Captivate (direct))
    Outline:
    Here are the timestamps for the episode. On some podcast players you should be able to click the timestamp to jump to that time.
    (00:00) - Introduction
    (04:44) - Education in game development, careers in startups
    (13:22) - Survival horror (Dawn of the Dead) and creativity
    (17:25) - Cujo by Stephen King and mental illness, Alfred Hitchcock, Writing in the Dark by Tim Waggoner
    (25:56) - Devolution by Max Brooks (World War Z), Batman: Arkham Asylum, Grant Morrison, Batman’s katabasis
    (34:36) - Horror in NZ: Growing up in small-town Aotearoa. Viktor Antonov and Half-Life 2, making space for influences beyond America
    (39:19) - Scandinavian noir vs NZ
    (42:53) - Personal motivation in horror: a journey of self discovery. Yuval Noah Harari, author of Sapiens and Homo Deus, art as a path forward
    (44:32) - Fitting in and feeling like an outsider. Majority vs minority. Social media creates mobs
    (59:15) - Creative plans for the future. Project Tempest, Thousand Year Old Vampire by Tim Hutchings. Responsibilities of a narrative curator to an audience
    (1:14:20) - Finishing up
    Mentioned:
    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10603.Cujo (Cujo) by Stephen King
    https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/54454816-writing-in-the-dark (Writing in the Dark) by Tim Waggoner
    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/52454426-devolution (Devolution) by Max Brooks
    https://thegothamarchives.com/grant-morrisons-batman-reading-order/ (Grant Morrison’s Batman run)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vp-Vx59JyTM (Viktor Antonov interview)
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_Knox (Elizabeth Knox,) NZ writer
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yuval_Noah_Harari (Yuval Noah Harari), Israeli historian and philosopher
    https://thousandyearoldvampire.com/ (Thousand Year Old Vampire) by Tim Hutchings
    ***
    Support and connect:
    Find us athttps://www.project-tempest.net/podcast ( www.project-tempest.net/podcast)
    Subscribe on https://podcasts.apple.com/nz/podcast/project-tempest/id1526742214 (Apple Podcasts), https://open.spotify.com/show/77bGURenaUZGlOeEJ5GDbv (Spotify), https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkcy5jYXB0aXZhdGUuZm0vcHJvamVjdC10ZW1wZXN0Lw (Google Play) or directly on https://project-tempest.captivate.fm/listen (Captivate). If you enjoy the Project Tempest podcast please consider rating it 5 stars, this really helps us out. Thanks!
    Comments to hello@manonfire.org
    Get the acclaimed Project Tempest novellahttps://www.project-tempest.net/1862 ( 1862) free for a limited time athttps://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1001614 ( Smashwords)
    Producer for this podcast is Kearin Armstrong.

    • 1 hr 16 min
    S.T. Joshi, Lovecraft scholar and cheerful pessimist

    S.T. Joshi, Lovecraft scholar and cheerful pessimist

    S.T. Joshi is an American writer, musician, critic and award-winning scholar whose work has covered much weird and fantastic fiction, especially H. P. Lovecraft, Ambrose Bierce, Lord Dunsany, and associated writers. Incredibly prolific with over 350 books published, he has also expanded into areas such as atheism, weird poetry, race relations and political discussion.
    Follow him at http://stjoshi.org/ (stjoshi.org).
    Subscribe:
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    Outline:
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    (00:00) - Introduction
    (02:54) - Origin story: H P Lovecraft, Brown and Princeton
    (21:23) - Music and choral composition
    (27:38) - Weird fiction: Thomas Ligotti and Caitlin Kiernan
    (36:43) - ‘The Lovecrafts’ biopic
    (41:11) - Atheism
    (56:02) - Happiness, health, and productivity in your work
    (1:09:04) - Lovecraft’s letters
    (1:15:34) - The cheerful pessimist
    ***
    Mentioned:
    S.T. Joshi’s http://stjoshi.org/ (homepage), https://www.amazon.com/Am-Providence-Life-Times-Lovecraft-ebook/dp/B00GBNWRPQ/ (biography of Lovecraft), and https://www.amazon.com/What-Anything-Memoirs-Life-Lovecraft-ebook/dp/B07CQDDP7M (memoir)
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H._P._Lovecraft (H.P. Lovecraft)
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ambrose_Bierce (Ambrose Bierce)
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H._L._Mencken (H.L. Mencken)
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lord_Dunsany (Lord Dunsany)
    https://greygirlbeast.livejournal.com/ (Caitlin Kiernan)
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Ligotti (Thomas Ligotti)
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonia_Greene (Sonia Greene), H.P. Lovecraft’s wife
    ‘The Last Wave’ 1970s Australian film by Peter Weir https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Last_Wave (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Last_Wave)
    ***
    Support and connect:
    Find us athttps://www.project-tempest.net/podcast ( www.project-tempest.net/podcast)
    Subscribe on https://podcasts.apple.com/nz/podcast/project-tempest/id1526742214 (Apple Podcasts), https://open.spotify.com/show/77bGURenaUZGlOeEJ5GDbv (Spotify), https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkcy5jYXB0aXZhdGUuZm0vcHJvamVjdC10ZW1wZXN0Lw (Google Play) or directly on https://project-tempest.captivate.fm/listen (Captivate). If you enjoy the Project Tempest podcast please consider rating it 5 stars, this really helps us out. Thanks!
    Comments to hello@manonfire.org
    Get the acclaimed Project Tempest novellahttps://www.project-tempest.net/1862 ( 1862) free for a limited time athttps://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1001614 ( Smashwords)
    Producer for this podcast is Kearin Armstrong.

    • 1 hr 23 min
    Simon Pulman, entertainment lawyer and strategist

    Simon Pulman, entertainment lawyer and strategist

    Simon Pulman is a New York based lawyer and advisor focusing on tv, film, and interactive, including influencers and e-sports. Simon thinks and writes a great deal about the fast evolving landscape of entertainment and digital content - the present and future of how creators connect with audiences worldwide.
    Follow Simon's writing athttps://www.linkedin.com/in/simonpulman/ ( www.linkedin.com/in/simonpulman/)
    Subscribe:
    https://open.spotify.com/show/77bGURenaUZGlOeEJ5GDbv (Spotify) | https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkcy5jYXB0aXZhdGUuZm0vcHJvamVjdC10ZW1wZXN0Lw (Google Podcasts) | https://podcasts.apple.com/nz/podcast/project-tempest/id1526742214 (Apple) | https://project-tempest.captivate.fm/listen (Captivate (direct))
    Outline:
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    (00:00) - Introduction
    (03:38) - Simon’s origin story and how gaming has evolved
    (12:49) - Early Gaming memories - Atari, Ninja Turtles, and more
    (26:15) - The creative starting point
    (30:13) - Realities of building IP
    (36:05) - Making and evolving beloved franchises like Resident Evil over decades
    (47:09) - The shift from storytelling to storymaking
    (53:02) - Shared worldbuilding and fan-service including the Metro Universe
    (59:13) - Economic responsibilities and partnered ecosystems
    (63:37) - Future expectations: the reduction of traditional media
    ***
    Mentioned:
    https://www.theguardian.com/games/2018/mar/22/super-mario-bros-movie-killing-fields-chariots-fire-video-game (Super Mario Bros the Movie)
    https://www.theguardian.com/games/2018/jul/16/inside-street-fighter-movie-jean-claude-van-damme-kylie-minogue (Street Fighter the movie)
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teenage_Mutant_Ninja_Turtles_(1987_TV_series) (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=btFclZUXpzA (Resident Evil: Village)
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metro_(franchise) (Metro universe)
    https://www.matthewball.vc/all/what-is-an-entertainment-company-and-why-does-the-answer-matter (What is an entertainment company in 2021, and why does the answer matter?) - essay by venture capitalist Matthew Ball
    Follow Simon's writing athttps://www.linkedin.com/in/simonpulman/ ( www.linkedin.com/in/simonpulman/)
    ***
    Support and connect:
    Find us athttps://www.project-tempest.net/podcast ( www.project-tempest.net/podcast)
    Subscribe on https://podcasts.apple.com/nz/podcast/project-tempest/id1526742214 (Apple Podcasts), https://open.spotify.com/show/77bGURenaUZGlOeEJ5GDbv (Spotify), https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkcy5jYXB0aXZhdGUuZm0vcHJvamVjdC10ZW1wZXN0Lw (Google Play) or directly on https://project-tempest.captivate.fm/listen (Captivate). If you enjoy the Project Tempest podcast please consider rating it 5 stars, this really helps us out. Thanks!
    Comments to hello@manonfire.org
    Get the acclaimed Project Tempest novellahttps://www.project-tempest.net/1862 ( 1862) free for a limited time athttps://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1001614 ( Smashwords)
    Producer for this podcast is Kearin Armstrong.

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Jason Killingsworth, Tune & Fairweather publishing

    Jason Killingsworth, Tune & Fairweather publishing

    The Dark Souls book You Died is a beautiful artefact of love and obsession, raising over €120,000 on Kickstarter. Author and publisher Jason Killingsworth talks about his personal creative journey through religion, journalism, Riot Games, and building Tune and Fairweather as a home for objects of strange wonder.
    Visit Tune and Fairweather at https://www.tuneandfairweather.com/ (tuneandfairweather.com).
    Subscribe:
    https://open.spotify.com/show/77bGURenaUZGlOeEJ5GDbv (Spotify) | https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkcy5jYXB0aXZhdGUuZm0vcHJvamVjdC10ZW1wZXN0Lw (Google Podcasts) | https://podcasts.apple.com/nz/podcast/project-tempest/id1526742214 (Apple) | https://project-tempest.captivate.fm/listen (Captivate (direct))
    Outline:
    Here are the timestamps for the episode. On some podcast players you should be able to click the timestamp to jump to that time.
    (00:00) Introduction
    (00:58) Murder among the Mormons
    (13:37) Godric by Frederick Buechner and The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
    (25:51) Hardcore History - “Prophets of Doom” and written language
    (29:53) Family parallels, universal creation stories and dreamscapes
    (38:21) Doom, Paste Magazine and the core response loop of game design
    (60:36) Starting Tune and Fairweather publishing with the Dark Souls book ‘You Died.”
    (81:07) Digital vs physical as items of obsession
    (88:08) The artist’s love letter
    (91:19) Finishing up
    Mentioned:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ViNNMQEW9fU (Murder Among The Mormons) true-crime mini series about a Mormon apostate uncovering ancient documents that conflicted with canon church history.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godric_(novel) (Godric) a work of historical fiction by Frederick Buechner that centers on a 12th-century religious hermit known as Godric of Finchale.
    https://www.dancarlin.com/product/hardcore-history-48-prophets-of-doom/ (Hardcore History - Prophets of Doom) murderous millennial preachers and prophets take over the German city of Munster after Martin Luther unleashes a Pandora’s Box of religious anarchy with the Protestant Reformation.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jungian_archetypes (Jungian archetypes) as an underlying structure of dreams and stories
    Robert Eggers' film Thehttps://youtu.be/Hyag7lR8CPA ( Lighthouse), about two lighthouse keepers who descend into madness during a storm.
    ***
    Support and connect:
    Find us athttps://www.project-tempest.net/podcast ( www.project-tempest.net/podcast)
    Subscribe on https://podcasts.apple.com/nz/podcast/project-tempest/id1526742214 (Apple Podcasts), https://open.spotify.com/show/77bGURenaUZGlOeEJ5GDbv (Spotify), https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkcy5jYXB0aXZhdGUuZm0vcHJvamVjdC10ZW1wZXN0Lw (Google Play) or directly on https://project-tempest.captivate.fm/listen (Captivate). If you enjoy the Project Tempest podcast please consider rating it 5 stars, this really helps us out. Thanks!
    Comments to hello@manonfire.org
    Get the acclaimed Project Tempest novellahttps://www.project-tempest.net/1862 ( 1862) free for a limited time athttps://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1001614 ( Smashwords)
    Producer for this podcast is Kearin Armstrong

    • 1 hr 36 min

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