Chronscast Season 1 Episode 3 – An American Werewolf In London!

The latest episode of Chronscast is live! For this episode Chris and I were joined by Richard Sheppard, host of The Constant Reader Podcast, which takes a deep dive into all things Stephen King, from his numerous novels to the equally numerous movie and TV adaptations of his work.

S1 E5 – WATCHMEN with Tade Thompson Chronscast

On this episode of Chronscast we're joined by award-winning SF author Tade Thompson to talk about WATCHMEN, Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons's comic-book masterpiece that skewers the superhero genre using its own architecture. Tade is the author of numerous novels, including the critically acclaimed sci-fi novel Rosewater, the first in his award winning WORMWOOD TRILOGY, Making Wolf, and most recently Far From the Heaven, and the Molly Southbourne series. He has won the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the Nommo Award, the Kitschies Golden Tentacle award, and the Julia Verlange award, and been shortlisted for the Hugo Award, the Philip K. Dick Award, the British Science Fiction Association Award, and the Shirley Jackson Prize. We talk about how WATCHMEN reflects contemporary 1980s existential anxieties around the Cold War nuclear annihilation, and how it skewers the absurd braggadocio of the superhero genre. We dig down into the weeds of the book, picking apart the characters, their differing pathologies, and whether salvation lies in a masked figure. We ask how the genre can innovate from here, and why WATCHMEN endures. We also touch on the free spiritedness of Manga, writing fractured timelines as seen in Rosewater, and how the creation of narratives builds a psychological bridge between art and clinical practice. The Judge gives us the second part of her talk on defamation, reminding us the usually the only winners of such altercations are the lawyers – so watch out! Elsewhere we hear Starship, Christine Wheelwright's excellent winning entry to the April 75-word writing challenge, and Superman has an axe to grind with Pine Marten Man… or is he just jealous? Further Reading You Better Watch Yourself Superfolk The Kryptonite Kid Quack This Way Where Are You Now, Batman? Join SFF Chronicles for free Join us next time when we'll be joined by Ed Wilson, literary agent and director of the Johnson & Alcock literary agency. Ed will walk with us through the labyrinth that is Mark Danielewski's mad millennial monster story House Of Leaves. Index [00:00:00] Tade Thompson Interview Part 1 [1:04:03] Voicemail 1 [1:05:10] The Judge's Corner [1:18:03] Voicemail 2 [1:19:00] Writing Challenge Winner [1:21:02] Voicemail 3 [1:22:00] Tade Thompson Interview Part 2
  1. S1 E5 – WATCHMEN with Tade Thompson
  2. S1 E4 – Swords And Deviltry with Stephen Cox
  3. S1 E3 – An American Werewolf In London with Richard Sheppard
  4. S1 E2 – Klara And The Sun with Jo Zebedee
  5. S1 E1 – Northern Lights with Stephen Palmer

Richard talks with us about John Landis’s seminal 1981 film An American Werewolf in London, a horror comedy that is funny and scary in equal measure, and remains the high watermark for werewolf movies everywhere, and especially so for a curious period in the early 1980s when werewolf fever seems to have had America in its lycanthropic claw. We talk werewolves in general, taking in themes of duality, Jewishness, sexuality, the Beauty and the Beast myth, and of course, the literally transformative advances made in movie make-up and special effects technology in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

We also take the time to talk about The Constant Reader Podcast, about podcasting more generally, and the possibilities of making your voice heard using non-conventional means.

Further Reading and Links

The Constant Reader Podcast
Join SFF Chronicles for free

Index

[00:00] Richard Sheppard Interview Part 1 

[47:20] Voicemail 1

[48:23] The Judge’s Corner

[1:02:24] Voicemail 2

[1:03:08] Writing Challenge Winners

[1:06:18] Voicemail 3

[1:07:08] Richard Sheppard Interview Part 2

Next month Chris and I will speak with author Stephen Cox about swords and sorcery in Fritz Leiber’s genre classic Swords And Deviltry, featuring two of fantasy’s greatest heroes, Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser, and Stephen’s latest novel Our Child Of Two Worlds.

Published by Dan Jones

I'm a science fiction writer and podcaster. My debut novel Man O’War was published in 2018 by Snowbooks, and I’ve had a few short stories published here and there. I also host Chronscast, the official podcast of SFF Chronicles, the world's largest science-fiction and fantasy community. Away from writing I work for the UK Space Agency on a programme of space robotics for advanced satellite and planetary exploration technologies. All of which comes in rather handy when coming up with new ideas for science fiction stories.

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