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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.
 
Words To Mouth is an author interview talk show where readers meet authors beyond the printed page…and win FREE books. Come discover new and seasoned authors and the books they write. Carrie Runnals understands the challenges of being a busy woman juggling work-life balance. She scours the literary market and keeps a pulse on new book releases for you. Hear about the latest must-read novels and nonfiction as Carrie gets the answers to questions you want asked with authors you’d love to meet. ...
 
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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Combat and Classics is a series of podcasts and free online seminars for active duty, reserve, and veteran U.S. military members, sponsored by St. John’s College. The podcasts and seminars encourage deep thought and reflection by leaders in the company of their peers. In the discussion-based seminars devoted to what a leader must be and know, participants study historical and fictional leaders from the great books of the western canon. We examine techniques and examples of persuasion and fun ...
 
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.
 
The year is 2076. A fictional summary of historical news bulletins ( 1st Amendment Broadcast News) detailing events leading up to the splintering of the United States of America into six separate governing bodies: The Democratic Republic of Islamic American States, The Republic of Texas , Ohr Chadish Tzion, Ardhi Yangu, California Grande, Singula LIbertas. Additionally, a large portion of the Pacific Northwest (US and Canada), Alaska, and Hawaii have fallen under the control of the new super ...
 
Come Rack! Come Rope! is a historical novel by the English priest and writer Robert Hugh Benson, a convert to Catholicism from Anglicanism. Set in Derbyshire at the time of the Elizabethan persecution of Catholics, when being or harboring a priest was considered treason and was punishable with death, it tells the story of two young lovers who give up their chance of happiness together, choosing instead to face imprisonment and martyrdom, so that "God's will" may be done. The book was written ...
 
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 ...
 
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 ...
 
He was a trusted aide of Henry VIII, but when he supposedly opposed the monarch's second marriage, he was thrown into prison and executed for treason. More than two hundred years later, he was canonized as the patron saint of statesmen and politicians by the Catholic Church. Philosopher, writer, diplomat, lawyer, Renaissance man, avid gardener, humanist thinker and statesman are only some of the words used to describe him. A lifelong opponent of Protestantism who was rumored to have had here ...
 
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. 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…
 
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…
 
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 …
 
Our mighty hero sadly will be leaving us. Walter Raleigh will be off looking for El Dorado. Bit tricky given that it doesn’t exist. And Robert Devereux is still wanting to be a mighty hero. Also tricky given that he is not too bright.بقلم dickshistory
 
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…
 
This is the first episode in what I’m calling the Fact or Fiction: Author Series. Owen Pataki, co-author of Where the Light Falls and author of Searchers in Winter is my guest. Searchers in Winter brings events of the Napoleonic Wars to life with its compelling plot, engaging characters, and exciting action sequences. In this show I have a brief ch…
 
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…
 
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…
 
This episode focuses on the tragic murder of railroad clerk Clarence D. Hiller; the man accused of committing the crime, Thomas Jennings; and the advanced forensic technique of fingerprint identification used successfully for the first time in a murder trial in the United States.بقلم MaxMin Labs, LLC
 
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…
 
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…
 
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.بقلم dickshistory
 
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.بقلم dickshistory
 
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…
 
Kristin Harmel is the New York Times bestselling, USA Today bestselling, and #1 international bestselling author of The Book of Lost Names, The Winemaker’s Wife, The Room on Rue Amelie, The Forest of Vanishing Stars, and more. Her novels that have been translated into 29 languages and are sold all over the world. She’s also the co-founder and co-ho…
 
This week, Chris, James and Michael take a grim trip back to 16th century Russia to learn about one of history’s greatest maniacs: Ivan the Terrible. Sit back and relax as they chart Ivan’s amazing transformation from miserable child to bereaved father/husband to sadistic psycho. The guy loved torture and murder. Enjoy! Support Evil Men on Patreon …
 
Christian Historical Fiction Talk is listener supported. When you buy things through this site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Under the Bayou Moon by Valerie Fraser Luesse Restless with the familiarity of her Alabama home, Ellie Fields accepts a teaching job in a tiny Louisiana town deep in bayou country. Though rightfully suspicious of outs…
 
At the beginning of Book 2, Cyrus is dead, but the Greeks are victorious. By the end of Book 2, every Greek general is dead through Tissaphernes' treachery. How did this happen? What does this have to do with Clearchus, the de facto Greek general, and in particular with his piety? And what is the hidden meaning of... palm trees? Join us for the nex…
 
Life for Eleanor Butler will not be improving. We’re back off to Roanoke and life for the local people will not be improving. Spanish Phil is trying to put his armada together, but his happiness levels will not be improving. England is facing a rather large invasion so nobody will really be very happy.…
 
He was a charismatic ex-carny with a shady history and a bizarre accent. He also happened to manage one of the 20th century’s biggest superstars. This week, the Evil Men crew (Chris, James and Michael) looks at the strange and sinister life and times of Elvis Presley’s manager, Colonel Tom Parker. Enjoy! Support Evil Men on Patreon for exclusive mo…
 
Valerie Fraser Luesse is the bestselling author of Missing Isaac, Almost Home, and The Key to Everything, as well as an award-winning magazine writer best known for her feature stories and essays in Southern Living, where she is currently senior travel editor. Specializing in stories about unique pockets of Southern culture, Luesse received the 200…
 
Christian Historical Fiction Talk is listener supported. When you buy things through this site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Wedded to War by Jocelyn Green It's April 1861, and a small group of women, including Charlotte Waverly, decide to do something about it, and end up changing the course of the war, despite criticism, ridicule and soci…
 
Brian, Shilo, and Jeff start their reading of Xenophon's great adventure story, "The Anabasis" -- or "Ascent" -- "of Cyrus." We have a new Cyrus; is he the same as the old Cyrus? How is Cyrus the Younger different from Cyrus the Great? (Is he Cyrus the not-so-Great?) And whose ascent is Xenophon's title talking about, since Cyrus the not-so-Great (…
 
We’ll get Christopher Marlowe settled in as a spook and he can write his first play. Smash hit first go! We can say hi to Walter Raleigh and make a rather poor start to colonisation of America. Then return to the sad story of Eleanor Butler, Countess of Desmond and her man Garrett Fitzgerald, Earl of Desmond. It won’t be a cheery little tale. Here’…
 
Tracy Lawson’s passion for storytelling led her first into the field of educational theater and dance, where she has enjoyed a career spanning nearly three decades. In the past ten years she’s turned her hand to writing. In her debut historical novel, Answering Liberty’s Call: Anna Stone’s Daring Ride to Valley Forge, a family legend provides the f…
 
This week, Chris, James and Michael welcome comic book giant Chip Zdarsky, who stops by to discuss notorious Marvel villain Victor Von Doom. We learn about Vic’s humble beginnings in Latveria, his deep-seated mommy issues, why he’d make a bad boyfriend and MORE. Enjoy! Follow Evil Men on Twitter and Instagram. And support Evil Men on Patreon for ex…
 
Christian Historical Fiction Talk is listener supported. When you buy things through this site, we may earn an affiliate commission. The Nature of Small Birds by Susie Finkbeiner In 1975, three thousand children were airlifted out of Saigon to be adopted into Western homes. When Mindy, one of those children, announces her plans to return to Vietnam…
 
Ron Nyren’s The Book of Lost Light—winner of Black Lawrence Press’s 2019 Big Moose Prize and finalist in the 2020 David J. Langum, Sr. Prize in American Historical Fiction—tells the story of Joseph Kylander, whose childhood in early 20th-century San Francisco has been shaped by his widowed father’s obsessive photographic project and by his headstro…
 
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