Fiendmaster Minutes 2022-05-23

Howdy, folks. I have a few announcements regarding the podcast, The Black, and my professional narration career.

TLDR Summary

  • Station 3 is now available in ebook, paperback, and audiobook
  • The Black audiobooks will be re-produced by Fireside Audio
  • All public versions of The Black (podcasts/YouTube episodes, etc) will be removed by June 15th
  • The new versions of The Black audiobooks will be podcasted again in the future
  • Station 3 podcast begins June 1st, 2022
  • I am retiring from professional voice narration

New novel Station 3 Released

My new standalone novel, Station 3, is now available in audiobook (directly from me), as well as ebook and paperback from Amazon.com. Go to the links for a description of the book.

The Black Rights and Re-release

First off, the good news–I have my rights back for the series.

Secondly, I’ll be re-releasing all the books in the series, including releasing Evolution,(2023), Oceania (2024) (in serialized progress), as well as the final book, Extinction (2024), which have never before been published in any retail locations.

Thirdly, new artwork is being designed by none other than Scott Pond and I can’t wait to see what he comes up with.

Fireside Audio will produce the new audiobooks

Audiobook production house Fireside Audio will be producing new versions of the books, narrated by Joe Hempel. This is the first time in many years I’ve outsourced one of my properties, especially something as popular as this series, and I’m quite excited to hear how the series turns out when voiced by a real professional.

Series Podcasts and Youtube Videos Removed

In the coming weeks, I’ll be removing the entire The Black series from both my podcast feeds, itunes channels, and YouTube. If you’re still burning through the publicly available episodes, I suggest you download and archive them because once they’re gone, you’ll never see them again.

Is the podcast dead?

No. In fact, the current plan is that once The Black audiobooks end their Audible exclusivity, I’ll be able to podcast them an episode at a time, in order, as one, long, complete, story. The entire series. The entire f’ing series!

But before we jump down that hole, let’s talk about what’s coming up in the too near future: Station 3.

Station 3 Podcast Schedule

Station 3 will begin its podcast run on June 1st, 2022. It’ll run for roughly thirty weeks. I’ll post the links for to the podcast when it comes time.

End of the road for my voice…sort of

I’ll be honest with you–my health has been declining for some time. I have COPD, suffer from severe allergies, and my hearing is diminishing by the year. These bad days suck all the life out of me and about the only productive thing I can do is write, nap, and write some more.

These attacks, which usually leave me wheezy for days, make it next to impossible to record. For someone whose livelihood has mostly lived and died via his mediocre audio production skills and narration, it’s a terrifying reality. Since we’re being honest, I’ve heard I needed to stop a long time ago. Why? So I can write. And write. And write.

In addition to the breathing issues, I can no longer hear in certain ranges. This makes audio editing a stressful, fucking nightmare. I just can’t do it anymore. Not for a professional product that I want to stick my name on. It’s time to move on.

For as long as I’m able, I plan to continue narrating for my Patreon Patrons, Ko-Fi subscribers, and Buymeacoffee members. They’ll continue to get more or less the final draft narration of new works as well as the serialized version of the unpublished The Black novels (Oceania and Extinction).

I’ll continue to voice the intro/outros for the podcasts, as well as the occasional essay, and review, but expect more blogging from me than those podcasts. I’ll do my best to continue as long as I can.

Talk to you June 1st!

As I mentioned earlier, Station 3, begins its podcast run on June 1st. On that day, you’ll get all the obnoxious details. Also, I might have a surprise for you. We’ll see.

Cheers.

ps: Please leave comments here on the site rather than social media.

Ghere’s Inferno Cover Reveal

Finally! After four plus years of work, Ghere’s Inferno, formerly known as “Flames,” is ready to go out into the world. On Friday, December 22nd, the ebook will be released on Amazon.com. The trade paperback will follow close behind in January. The audiobook will more than likely hit the digital shelves on January 15th. To make sure you don’t miss out on the TPB and audiobook releases, consider joining my mailing list.

If you’re interested in purchasing the ebook, please consider doing so on December 22nd and help give it a boost in the rankings.

The cover was designed by my wonderfully talented friend Scott E Pond at Scott E Pond Designs. Pondy, as he’s often called, is the only person insane enough to want to work with me. Also? He’s designed every trade paperback published by Shadowpublications.com. Basically? He’s the man. If you’re in the market to get a cover done, or some custom art, go click on that damned link.

Here’s the back cover copy synopsis of the book. Continue reading “Ghere’s Inferno Cover Reveal”

“What Is” Project–Fiendlings

As you may know, I started a YouTube channel. Said channel will have video presentations of the podcast novels as well as the occasional piece of custom content. I haven’t yet decided all the things I’m going to do with the channel as that kind of depends on the time I have to spend as well as interest. But I have a few ideas.

One of them is to start a “What Is” series. Here’s what I have in mind. If you’re willing to sacrifice a few moments of your time, and willing to give me the rights to put it into a video, you can record a video message less than 30 seconds long, and sent it to me via email or some other mechanism.

Describe what a “Fiendling” is and why you are one. If you don’t know what a “Fiendling” is? That’s okay too. Most of the “old-timers” of the podcast know, but many new folks do not. This is about education! Also, I expect most of these to be tongue-in-cheek.

Everyone who sends in a video that ends up in the final collage will be credited, unless you wish to remain anonymous. Tell me in the email or message what you’d prefer and how you want to be credited. If you wish to just send audio, that will work too. Just keep it under 30 seconds.

Are you game?