Bloody Athenaeum (Stories from the dark archives)
A Tavern on Dusk Mountain Deston Munden #101

A Tavern on Dusk Mountain Deston Munden #101

April 25, 2021

Check out Deston’s books, Tavern and Dusk Mountain Blues.

Deston "D.J." Munden is a fantasy and science fiction author, living near the Outerbanks of North Carolina. Somewhere in the vague realm of his late twenties and early thirties, he lives with his brother in a small house in the woods where he taught himself how to imagine and write down worlds with orcs, swords, and magic (and sometimes mutants and spaceships). When he's not writing, he's playing video games with his best buds, rolling horribly on multisided dice, eating double his weight in food, trying out new recipes, collecting samurai memorabilia and watching as much anime and reading as much manga as humanly possible (sometimes doing more than one of these things at once).

His current work includes the Dargath Chronicles novels and Dusk Mountain Blues, his scifi webseries. He's a huge fan of the fantasy and science fiction genre, including both the modern and classic works. Nothing he loves more than finding new authors all over the genre and then recommending them to all of his friends (that are willing to listen at this point). This will be his official debut in the fantasy world he has grown up in (at least in his head) his entire life.

Making Contact in the Desert with Dr. Bruce Olav Solheim #100

Making Contact in the Desert with Dr. Bruce Olav Solheim #100

April 22, 2021

To Celebrate my 100th episode, I thought it would be appropriate to have Dr. Bruce Solheim on again. We talked about he newest release of Snarc and his upcoming book Anzar. Anzar is a true story of communication with an ancient alien mystic, and from what I can tell, his advice is solid. Bruce is also a featured speaker at Contact in the Desert 2021. Hit the link below to get your tickets. It’s a great conversation. Enjoy!



About Dr. Bruce Olav Solheim


Bruce Olav Solheim was born on September 3, 1958, in Seattle, Washington, to hard-working Norwegian immi­grant parents, Asbjørn and Olaug Solheim. Bruce was the first per­son in his family to go to college. He served for six years in the US Army as a jail guard and later as a hel­icopter pilot. He earned his PhD in history from Bowling Green State University in 1993.

Bruce is currently a distinguished professor of history at Citrus College in Glendora, California. He also served as a Fulbright professor in 2003 at the University of Tromsø in northern Norway. He teaches a paranormal personal history course at Citrus College. Dr. Solheim is an associate member of the Parapsychological Association, and a member of CERO, and MUFON.

Bruce founded the Veterans Program at Citrus College and co-founded, with Manuel Martinez and Ginger De Villa-Rose, the Boots to Books transition course—the first college course in the United States designed specifically for recently returned veterans. He has published eight books, one comic book, and has written ten plays, two of which have been produced.

Bruce is married to Ginger, the girl of his dreams, who is a professional helicopter pilot and certified flight instructor. He has  four wonderful children: Bjørn, Byron, Caitlin, and Leif. He also has two precious grandsons, Liam and Wesley. Bruce, his brother, and his nephew still own the family home in Åse, Norway, two hundred miles above the Arctic Circle.


Pretty Ugly Book Announcement with Jennifer Gordon #99

Pretty Ugly Book Announcement with Jennifer Gordon #99

April 20, 2021

It was such a treat to have Jennifer on the show a second time. Listen up for some cool conversations and a few clues on what Jennifer has been up to. We chat about Marvel movies, current culture, traveling, and her new book coming out.

Jennifer is an Award Winning Author, Artist, Podcaster, Dance Instructor, and just a wonderfully dark and funny horror writer.

About Jennifer Gordon

Jennifer Anne Gordon is a Gothic horror novelist. Her work includes Beautiful, Frightening and Silent (2020) which won the Kindle Award for Best Horror/Suspense for 2020, and From Daylight to Madness (The Hotel book 1), and When the Sleeping Dead Still Talk (The Hotel book 2).
She had a collection of her mixed media artwork published during spring of 2020, entitled Victoriana: mixed media art of Jennifer Gordon
Jennifer is one of the hosts as well as the creator of Vox Vomitus, a video podcast on the Global Authors on the Air Network, as well as the Co-Host of the You Tube Channel “Talk Horror to Me”. She had been a contributor to Ladies of Horror Fiction, as well as Horror Tree.
Jennifer is a pale curly haired ginger, obsessed with horror, ghosts, abandoned buildings, and her dog "Lord Tubby".
She graduated from the New Hampshire Institute of Art, where she studied Acting. She also studied at the University of New Hampshire with a concentration in Art History and English.
She has made her living as an actress, a magician's assistant, a "gallerina", a comic book dealer, a painter, and burlesque performer and for the past 10 years as an award-winning professional ballroom dancer, performer, instructor, and choreographer.
When not scribbling away (ok, typing frantically) she enjoys traveling with her fiancé and dance partner, teaching her dog ridiculous tricks (like 'give me a kiss' and 'what hand is the treat in?' ok these are not great tricks.) as well as taking photos of abandoned buildings and haunted locations.
She is a leo, so at the end of the day she just thinks about her hair.

Cthulhu Florida Man Troy Young #98

Cthulhu Florida Man Troy Young #98

April 18, 2021

Ever talk to a guy who has so much going on that it makes you feel like a slouch? Me neither, but Troy came close. We talk about many of his books (and he has a few..check it out) and a few other interesting subjects.

Troy has been many things in his career. Shoe salesman, waiter, newspaper owner, children's performer, actor, elected official, policy advisor, CEO and university lecturer. Now he wants to try his hand at writing.

His first attempt at writing is a novel called The (Extra)ordinary Life of Jimmie Mayfield. The genesis for The (Extra)ordinary Life of Jimmie Mayfield came while going for a walk in Placida, Florida where his parents have a winter home. While he navigates the waters of seeking a publisher for that series of books, he is writing short stories and working on a fantasy series, The Companions of the Stone; the first book "The Stone of Death" is out on September 1, 2020. Also published in September is a space western, "The Seeker of Solace".

Currently, if you are a fan of Lovecraftian Horror, you can delve into his series, The Other. The first compilation is now available, as are the individual stories of book 2. Book two should be available this October, with book 3 available in 2021.

Troy lives in Toronto with his wife, daughter, and dog.

What a Riot with Deborah Donahue #97

What a Riot with Deborah Donahue #97

April 15, 2021

Big Hair Bands, Classic Rock, and an unforgettable era. That sums up my conversation with the amazing Deborah Donahue. Her book was so much fun for me because it took me back to a simpler time when it was much easier to sneak away from parents and go…well let’s just stick to the interview. It is awesome, educational, and was so much fun.

About Deborah Donahue

Writing has always been a passion of mine and being able to publish my first book has been one of my greatest achievements so far. I started writing I Used To Live On Banning Street in August of 2012, so it definitely has been a real labor of love. I can't attest as to whether i will ever write another book as I have ideas brewing in my brain to write three different screenplays and hope to branch out into the world of the cinema someday. I hope you enjoy reading I Used To Live On Banning Street as much as I enjoyed writing it. Cheers!

The Wild Zombie Lover of Texas KT Wilder #96

The Wild Zombie Lover of Texas KT Wilder #96

April 13, 2021

KT Wilder’s first book is Between Worlds (Legend of the Starbreather Book 1). We get into the book and also life in Texas during the worst winter storm in years. Trigger warning…we are talking about a fictional virus. If that bothers you, listen to it anyway, it’s pretty cool cause we have Zombies! We also talk about horses and the role they play in KT’s life. Awesome interview with an awesome author.


About KT Wilder

I've been writing and creating since as far back as I could remember. Fantasy and the paranormal have interested me since the beginning. Writing has always been an escape, a way to process life and better understand myself. My soul, my ideas, my experiences and my own struggles are reflected in my work. Writing has saved my life in many ways.

I live in central Texas with my wife, four dogs, a bearded dragon and two horses. If I'm not writing, I'm either playing with the horses or working as a Physical Therapist Assistant.

A mom and a writer Samantha Evans 95

A mom and a writer Samantha Evans 95

April 11, 2021

The author of The Land of The Four Series, Samantha talks about her writing methods and inspirations. Also, check out her new book coming out May 3rd 2021, The Dragon Master.


About Samantha Evans

Born in Northern California. Wife, mother to three amazing children, and author of fantasy and adventure. Brings adventure with a mix of fantasy to the pages. Advocate for people who have Russel Silver Syndrome, and epilepsy.

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Welcome to the Spooky House with Robert Ottone #94

Welcome to the Spooky House with Robert Ottone #94

April 8, 2021

Very cool talk with Robert Ottone about his books, short stories, and his publishing house. Spooky House Press sounds like a wonderful place for the right authors to truly share their art. If you listen to Robert, he has a great deal of passion for the art form of writing and the distribution. I truly hope we get to meet in real life someday and find some creepy place to hang out.

Robert P. Ottone is an author, teacher, and cigar enthusiast from East Islip, NY. He delights in the creepy. He can be found online at, or on Instagram (@RobertOttone). His collections Her Infernal Name & Other Nightmares and People: A Horror Anthology about Love, Loss, Life & Things That Go Bump in the Night are available now wherever books are sold.

The Enterprising and Entertaining Paolo Danese #93

The Enterprising and Entertaining Paolo Danese #93

April 6, 2021

Read this man’s bio below, he had led quite a life so far. We have a great conversation on writing and international book markets. It’s especially cool that he owns a company that does quality translations. Based on what I have read in Path of the Guardian, Paolo writes a great book in any language.


Paolo was born in Turin, Italy, in 1984 and grew up in Foggia, a small town in Southern Italy. At 16, he won a United World Colleges scholarship to complete his high school studies in British Columbia, Canada. He then returned to Italy for his BA and MA in Political Sciences.

He moved to Hong Kong in 2011, the same year he published his first Italian-language novel, “La minaccia di Taytos” (published in English in 2020 with the title “The Threat of Taytos”).

He spent a decade in Hong Kong working as a financial journalist and editor for prestigious international trade publications, and then as a VP for a top 5 global PR firm. In 2020, he co-founded WordRevo, a revolutionary company that aims to help writers around the world take their books to all global book marketplaces with an all-in-one translation and self-publishing service.

Paolo is married and has two children.

Take a leap with Leslie Conzatti #91

Take a leap with Leslie Conzatti #91

April 5, 2021

When Leslie told me she was a paraeducator, the first thing I wanted to know is if she gets to jump every day. Once she corrected me, I was still impressed (still would be cool to parachute into school every day).  Leslie wrote Princess of Undersea, a cool spin on a popular fairy tale.

Leslie Conzatti is a blogger, author, and avid enthusiast of all things book-related. Residing in the Pacific Northwest, she currently works as an elementary school paraeducator--leading small groups, supervising children outside the classroom, and providing in-class support for teachers. Since 2013, she has been running a writing/review blog called "The Upstream Writer", where she posts original serials, excerpts from current and past projects, updates on her writing, and featured reviews of independently-published titles. In 2016, she released her first fairy-tale re-telling, Princess of Undersea, a twist on the tale of "The Little Mermaid." Since then, she has had a handful of stories published in various anthologies. Books are Leslie's passion, and she endeavors to use her words to support and inspire children's imaginations, independent creatives, and quality literature wherever it happens.


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