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Find out what makes great, arts-inspired fiction in a variety of genres, from mysteries to crime novels, historical fiction, thrillers, contemporary fiction, and more. Art In Fiction founder and author Carol M. Cram chats with some of the top novelists featured on Art In Fiction, a curated online database of books inspired by the arts. Discover your next great read and get valuable advice on what it takes to be a successful writer.
 
Each week on the Bent Biblios Podcast, Ashley and Tegan bring you book discussions, genre deep dives, author interviews, reading recommendations and more. Bonded over a shared love of all things literary, they started this podcast to have fun and thought provoking discussions about the books and authors they love, as well as the industry itself. Some of their favorite genres are horror, thriller, true crime, romance and historical fiction. They hope that you have as much fun listening to the ...
 
This interdisciplinary conference takes the recent popularity of the historical novel as a starting point to explore the relationship between history and fiction. The plenary speaker, Booker Prize-winning author Hilary Mantel (“Wolf Hall”), will appear in conversation with Mary Robertson, former Huntington chief curator of British historical manuscripts. The conference was held at The Huntington May 12–13, 2017.
 
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Author D. J. Swales shares the same name as Dracula's first Whitby victim. Discover his audio-drama podcast, a Top 20* hit in over 12 countries. Fans of dark fiction will love BARATANAC, a suspenseful supernatural horror and historical fantasy No. 1 Best Seller from the FITZMARBURY WITCHES series: https://geni.us/Part1print. Fans of the quirky and offbeat will love PEOPLE OF BLOOMSBURY, the author's first heartwarming speculative fiction book inspired by Japanese popular fiction. Author's bo ...
 
John Lennon: Rebel. Radical. Revolutionary. The story of John Lennon’s post-Beatles years in the turbulent, political, and violent 1970s is told from the perspective of those who knew him best. BLOOD ON THE TRACKS is part true crime, part historical fiction, part spoken word lo-fi beat noir brought to you by Jake Brennan, the host of the award-winning music and true crime podcast, DISGRACELAND. It features the fictionalized voices of David Bowie, Yoko Ono, Harry Nilsson, Richard Nixon, Mark ...
 
Evil Men is a podcast hosted by three comedians - Chris Locke, James Hartnett, and Michael Balazo. Each episode, they select a single evil man, bad person, or fictional character and discuss what made them so damn evil - all while joking their heads off. You’ll hear some super interesting nuggets of information about dubious historical or cultural figures, provided by three guys who don’t actually know what the hell they’re talking about.
 
Dracula tells the tale of a sinister Transylvanian aristocrat who seeks to retain his youth and strength by feeding off human blood. The author, Bram Stoker, a young Victorian theater professional, was probably inspired by the strange epidemic of vampirism that occurred in remote parts of Eastern Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries. These stories were recounted by travelers who later arrived in England and other parts of Western Europe. Stoker initially meant the tale to be written as a pl ...
 
Warlord of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs was first published in 1913. It was the third book in an eleven part series known as the Barsoom Chronicles which relate to a sequence of exciting adventure tales set on the fictional planet of Barsoom. In the Barsoom series, Mars, assumed to be older than Earth, is a dying planet. “Barsoom” is the native word for Mars in the Martian language. The stories first appeared in serialized form in various magazines like All-Story, Argosy, Amazing Stories and ...
 
The History of the Plague in London is a historical novel offering an account of the dismal events caused by the Great Plague, which mercilessly struck the city of London in 1665. First published in 1722, the novel illustrates the social disorder triggered by the outbreak, while focusing on human suffering and the mere devastation occupying London at the time. Defoe opens his book with the introduction of his fictional character H.F., a middle-class man who decides to wait out the destructio ...
 
Published in 1913, O Pioneers! is the first novel in Cather’s Great Plains trilogy and follows the life of its young heroine, Alexandra Bergson, as she fulfills her father’s dying wish to take care of his farm, while also ensuring her brothers are well looked after. Entrusted with a great responsibility, Alexandra is determined to fulfill her father’s wish, as she goes on to prove her skills as a thriving farmer even though the task comes with a hefty price on her happiness. In addition, the ...
 
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Christian Historical Fiction Talk is listener supported. When you buy things through this site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Biblical fiction is very popular among readers right now. I asked for your input about the genre on social media recently, and on this episode, we discuss what you like and what you dislike about it. Below are links a…
 
Award-winning author and speaker Cam Molineux wants to help Americans understand and fall in love with their history. With genealogical ties to and a shared patriotic spirit with her novel’s protagonist, she is uniquely qualified to tell his story. If not for William Molineux, a man of determined spirit and rowdy imagination, the Boston Tea Party m…
 
Despite the deluge of novels about World War II that has characterized the last few years, the period leading up to the war on the Pacific Front has received far less attention. One welcome exception is the Death in Shanghai series penned by Garrett Hutson, the latest book of which is No Accidental Death (Warfleigh Publishing, 2021). The series rev…
 
The actual live footage of the real Sherlock Holmes solving the case Watson would write up as "The Engineer's Thumb" is analyzed by King and Miller, as their investigation of the Watson documentary footage continues. They test the footage with an audience again, this time pulling the entire John H. Watson Society into the testing lab with mixed res…
 
Oh No! Sadly our Gloriana can’t live forever so it will be her heavenly reward this episode. It may be time, poor Betty is losing her marbles. But we will get ourselves up to date on the theatre scene in London with exciting new playwright Will Shakespeare wowing the crowds.Di dickshistory
 
Welcome to the Bent Biblios Podcast! On today's episode, we discuss one of our favorite novels, Coraline by Neil Gaiman, and the film adaptation. Did we like one? Both? Tune in to find out! If you liked today's episode, please leave us a review, or visit us on Instagram at @bent.biblios.podcast and let us now! We put up new episodes every Friday. S…
 
As the 1970s wore on, John Lennon found himself at a crossroads. Was he a pop singer or an artist? Would he continue to be a musician at all, or instead would he retreat into quiet family life? Enter David Bowie, who managed to find a way to help John be all of those things at once, while at the same time making Bowie bigger than ever in the United…
 
In the late 16th century, someone—or something—started killing and dismembering cattle in the town of Bedburg, Germany. Before long, the creature turned its wrath on Bedburg’s women and children. The man accused of these heinous crimes was a local farmer named Peter Stumpp, who the townsfolk believed to be a werewolf. This week, Chris, James and Mi…
 
Join me as I chat with B. A. Shapiro, the New York Times bestselling author of three fabulous novels featuring visual art: The Art Forger, The Muralist, and The Collector's Apprentice. Highlights: The attraction of art, particularly late-19th and early-20th-century art, as a subject for novels Genesis of The Collector's Apprentice Writing the "bad …
 
Christian Historical Fiction Talk is listener supported. When you buy things through this site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Between the Wild Branches by Connilyn Cossette Ten years ago Lukio fled Kiryat-Yearim, where he'd been adopted by the Levite family who guarded the Ark of the Covenant. Feeling betrayed by everyone, he returned to his…
 
Elton John and John Lennon had a special relationship. It very well may have been the deepest and closest relationship that John had with another musician after Paul McCartney. Elton explains how he and John hid out from Andy Warhol in a hotel room; how one of the most legendary bets in rock ‘n roll history led to John making an unexpected appearan…
 
He was Saturday Night Live’s first breakout star, dominated the box office in the 1980s, and brought joy to millions. But he was also a rude dude who clashed with almost everyone he ever worked with and generally treated people like worthless bugs. This week, Chris, James and Michael have a civilized conversation about legendary comedian and actor …
 
On this episode of the Bent Biblios Podcast we are chatting with author Samara Parish all about her debut novel, How To Survive A Scandal, the first book in the new Rebels With a Cause series. We had a lot of fun digging into the novel, Samara's writing process, the romance genre and why it is important and even a sneak peak at the next installment…
 
Was Harry Nilsson a bad influence on John Lennon? Or was John Lennon a bad influence on Harry Nilsson? Harry ponders this very question as he takes a very inebriated stroll down a memory lane. It’s on this journey that John and Harry consume far too many Brandy Alexanders, Harry tries to get Paul McCartney to take a horse tranquilizer, Harry litera…
 
This week, Chris, James and Michael take a trip to the PSYCHO CIRCUS to learn about the life of famous serial killer, political junkie and party clown John Wayne Gacy. This guy had more than a few screws loose! PLUS: cottage gossip, and a sneak preview of a mafia movie set during a New York City snowstorm. Enjoy! Support Evil Men on Patreon for EXC…
 
Christian Historical Fiction Talk is listener supported. When you buy things through this site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Rahab's Courage by Naomi Craig A scarlet cord tethers one ruined woman to the salvation of mankind. Harboring two fugitives in a city slated for destruction, Rahab has one small chance of escape. In exchange for their…
 
The discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings almost a century ago revolutionized the study of ancient Egypt and its pharaohs. The splendors that surrounded the burial of this relatively minor ruler, interred in a hastily arranged tomb, sparked a furor of speculation, scholarship, and outright chicanery and draw crowds even tod…
 
Welcome to the Bent Biblios Podcast! On today's episode, we chat with author and illustrator Pam Smy all about her novel Thornhill, the importance of illustration in storytelling and her upcoming book, The Hideaway. Thornhill can be purchased anywhere books are sold, and you can preorder your copy of The Hideaway, coming out October 5, 2021. Links …
 
Keith Moon, wild man drummer for the Who, has plenty of his own stories to tell, from chopping up hotel rooms with a hatchet to dunking a Lincoln Continental in a Holiday Inn’s pool. He was one of John’s frequent fellow partiers during John’s “lost weekend” in Los Angeles, which was longer than a weekend and even more lost than you’d initially assu…
 
He sleeps in the ocean. He has a face full of tentacles. He even dated his own damn sister. Hold on to your sanity, because this week Chris, James and Michael are looking at the life and times of famous 1920s scifi sea creature Cthulhu. What the heck was H.P. Lovecraft thinking? PLUS: the fellas discuss the finer points of crooning. Enjoy! Support …
 
Christian Historical Fiction Talk is listener supported. When you buy things through this site, we may earn an affiliate commission. The Ice Swan by J'nell Ciesielski Amid the violent last days of the glittering Russian monarchy, a princess on the run finds her heart where she least expects it. 1917, Petrograd. Fleeing the murderous flames of the R…
 
Today I talked to Trisha R. Thomas about her new novel What Passes as Love (Lake Union Publishing, 2021). In 1850, at age six, Dahlia Holt is taken from the only home she knows and moved into the big house to serve her two older sisters. They share a father, who owns the house and its slaves. On her sixteenth birthday, Dahlia gets to dress up in on…
 
On this episode of the Bent Biblios Podcast we are discussing all things Fall! Our favorite books, movies, shows, recipes as well as what is on our Fall bucket lists and how we practice Hygge! If you love Autumn, you won't want to miss this episode! Pumpkin Cookbook Mentioned: The Great Big Pumpkin Cookbook by Maggie Michalczyk https://www.amazon.c…
 
Ted Kaczynski could have done great things. He was the son of a Chicago sausage maker, he played trombone, and he was super good at math. But at some point he lost his way, became radicalized, and started mailing bombs all over the darn place. This week, writer Sarah Hagi joins Chris, James and Michael to examine the incredibly stupid life of The U…
 
To settle a copyright lawsuit, John Lennon begins a disastrous recording project with one of the most disastrous producers in the biz: Phil Spector. The former “tycoon of teen” attempts to helm John’s rock ‘n roll covers album in Los Angeles, which quickly devolves into drunken hijinks, all while a threatening music executive presents serious chall…
 
Christian Historical Fiction Talk is listener supported. When you buy things through this site, we may earn an affiliate commission. The Last Gasp by Chautona Havig At the pinnacle of his Hollywood career, Garrison Prince’s reign ends tonight. As Gary Prinz, he can pursue his Bible education & marry the girl of his dreams. He never imagined trading…
 
The two men who definitely haven't drank the "1954 TV" Sherlock Holmes Kool-Aid (because one of them doesn't know what Kool-Aid even is) are back to not only analyze Watson's documentary footage -- now they're testing it on human subjects! The trans-Atlantic investigation of the fictionalizing of the real Sherlock Holmes continues!…
 
Betty’s best boy Robert Dudley is off to heaven making England a better place. But there’s plenty of new boys hanging out wanting to be the next best boy. Rising to the top of the pack is another wanker – Robert Devereux. Joining Dudley in heaven will be our spymaster Walsingham. And sorry to tell you but mighty hero Francis Drake will have a dud m…
 
In this episode of the Bent Biblios Podcast, we revisit some of our favourite books from childhood! We talk about our reading memories from that time, books and series that were popular back then, and whether or not our favourites held up to the test of time! If you enjoyed this episode and would like another Childhood Favourites Revisited episode,…
 
As John Lennon becomes the most famous political dissident in America, President Richard Nixon becomes increasingly paranoid. Nixon defends his legacy as well as the lengths to which his administration went in order to silence the rabble rousing ex-Beatle. Nixon’s own fears led him to believe that John wouldn’t just sway the youth vote, but that he…
 
John Lennon’s second wife and creative muse, Yoko Ono, recalls their time as one of the most simultaneously beloved and feared couples of 1970s New York City. Yoko’s tales include drug busts, government surveillance, robbery, extortion, fear, and paranoia. All this and more in the season two premiere of BLOOD ON THE TRACKS: The John Lennon Story. F…
 
Some consider Bob Hope to be the godfather of modern comedy. But he was also a golfing fanatic, a warmonger and an INCREDIBLY horny man who lived for 100 years. This week, Chris, James and Michael take a serious look at legendary comedian Bob Hope. Enjoy! Support Evil Men on Patreon for exclusive monthly bonus episodes, including SPECIAL BONUS MATE…
 
Christian Historical Fiction Talk is listener supported. When you buy things through this site, we may earn an affiliate commission. On Sugar Hill by Ann Mulligan To make ends meet, the Fitzgerald women must open their home as a boardinghouse, but will the secrets they uncover prove their undoing? The day Cora Fitzgerald turned sixteen, she fled Su…
 
Mallory Blunder is a flamboyant Bloomsbury playwright who receives weekly treats from a mysterious admirer. Mallory's mother Face-times him from her Torquay home atop crumbling cliffs, hoping that a marriage might be in the offing. After discussing his latest show, a genius work-in-progress, Mallory breaks the news about a terrible fate that has be…
 
Well here it is. A monumental battle that will go down in history as a magnificent victory by the English over the evil Spanish empire. So of course it isn’t like that at all. But Betty will get the chance to dress up in her metal outfit and make a magnificent speach.Di dickshistory
 
On todays episode, we discuss the novel A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness and compare it to the film adaptation. We do discuss some spoilers, so keep that in mind! A Monster Calls is a book about a boy named Conor who is dealing with the fact that his mother has a terminal illness, and the uncertainty, fear, loss and loneliness that goes along with t…
 
John Lennon: Rebel. Radical. Revolutionary. The story of John Lennon’s post-Beatles years in the turbulent, political, and violent 1970s is told from the perspective of those who knew him best. BLOOD ON THE TRACKS is part true crime, part historical fiction, part spoken word lo-fi beat noir brought to you by Jake Brennan, the host of the award-winn…
 
This week, Chris, James and Michael are greasing themselves up, putting on their nicest trunks and injecting themselves with steroids so they can gossip about the life and times of wrestling promoter, executive and billionaire Vince McMahon. Enjoy! Support Evil Men on Patreon for exclusive monthly bonus episodes, including SPECIAL EXCLUSIVE MATERIA…
 
Christian Historical Fiction Talk is listener supported. When you buy things through this site, we may earn an affiliate commission. The Cryptographer's Dilemma A Code Developer Uncovers a Japanese Spy Ring Full of intrigue, adventure, and romance, this new series celebrates the unsung heroes—the heroines of WWII. FBI cryptographer Eloise Marshall …
 
It’s not all messing around with boats – other people want their story told. Let’s get into some wife swapping with weirdo Dr John Dee (not as much fun as it sounds) and check in on Bess of Hardwicke’s slow moving train wreck of a marriage and kill of our Frenchie characters. Here’s pictures of the 3 Henri’s – De Guise, King Henri and Navarre.…
 
Today I talked to Jeanne Matthews about her new novel Devil by the Tail (D.X. Varos, 2021) It’s 1867, and a 20-something civil war widow has just set up a detective agency with a former rebel soldier named Gabriel Garnick. She uses a professional name, Mrs. Paschal, so nobody connects her with the former in-laws who are trying to stop her from rece…
 
Spanish Phil is over it. He wants to make England Catholic again and has built the biggest fleet of ships ever seen to do over Betty. His warships are very big and scary. But we do have Francis Drake playing on team England. Betty will put on her best frock for a nice publicity painting.Di dickshistory
 
Discover how Sheila Barclay returned from London to Belfast, soon scandalizing the already-divided society with her newfangled take on Irish stew. Learn how Sheila boomeranged back to London in triumph, where one of her first customers outside Green Park Station was Josie (before she became Bloomsbury's mysterious midnight walker). PEOPLE OF BLOOMS…
 
Jeanne de St.-Rémy has a grudge against the world. Born into the French royal family—if admittedly by a somewhat labyrinthine route—she spends years of her childhood so disinherited and ignored that at the age of six she is begging in the streets of Paris. A lucky accident brings her to the attention of the Marquise de Boulainvilliers, who adopts t…
 
On this episode of the Bent Biblios Podcast, we chat with author Lynne Kelly about her novel, Song For A Whale, why the story of the Blue 52 Whale resonates with so many people and how no matter what age you are, you can always come back to yourself. We had so much fun with this episode. We hope you enjoy! You can find Lynne Kelly at the following …
 
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