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Episode 42: The Lost Boys (Halloween special)

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It’s a Halloween special today, and on this amazing episode we discuss the awesome 1987 horror The Lost Boys.

I first watched this movie a couple of years ago when I heard the Klash-up Cry Little Sister vs Hello Zepp. Once again, thank you Celldweller for imparting PURE AWESOME on us mere mortals. I watched this movie again, and boy do I love it.

The setting, the acting, the non existent special effects, the leather jackets and peroxide hair – awesome. Basically the podcast is me talking non-stop about this movie and playing remixes of Cry Little Sister. I think it’s high time someone made that into a national anthem or something.

So here’s today’s playlist:

Dracula’s Pipe Organ (hehe)

Cry Little Sister Vs Hello Zepp

Cry Little Sister Klash up Henzo Remix

Walk this Way (no, I’m not kidding)

Cry Little Sister (Original song)

Cry Little Sister Season’s After cover

(and you thought I was exaggerating)

 

This is the first movie to ever get a 10/10 on my show – of course, me laughing the entire time may have been an indication that my sanity was in question, but fuck it – I love this movie.

Enjoy:

 

 

Music:

Pink Steampunk Girl

Drev

www.fixtstore.com/drev

www.youtube.com/fixtmusic

 

PS.

I’d like to thank everyone who showed up for the Pandora Chronicles release party. I had a blast and you guys have proved once again that you are both supportive and just plain crazy. And I love you so much for it.

Thank you for the reviews, I still can’t believe the awesome love. If you guys wanna check out the novel simply click this link - and make your life that much better.

Malta Comics Expo, people. Check it out and brace yourselves for some awesome podcast episodes and material.

You may also wanna check out my Legacy Halloween short story Dread Night. Only .99c

That’s all people. Peace out,

Ryan

Episode 41: The Pandora Chronicles

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By the time you read this the countdown to the book release will either be very close to ending or the end will have arrived – and Cthulhu will come and eat our faces off.

And since I’m a diva with a huge ego, I decided to further elaborate on last Tuesday’s Cover Reveal. Essentially I talk about what you can expect in terms of plot development, characters and future plans for the series.

You’ll notice a lot (and I mean A LOT) of 90’s TV shows which is where I got most of the inspiration for Nick Solomon and some of the setting for the Pandora books.

I also play 70’s rock classics and awesomely enough Poison by Alice Cooper underlines today’s ad reads. Which is so poetic I can’t even describe. I also get to play one of my favorite Celldweller songs ever: Shut Em Down.

There are no spoilers – not that I can be trusted, but I did try my hardest, because I have to make a living.

Enjoy this episode, and thank you so much for your support. Those reviews, man – you guys are so awesome, I can’t believe I’m so lucky. And clearly I am nervous in this episode because, well, it dawned on me that I have to public speak and I guess it’s normal to get nervous.

I also promise you to release some chapters of the next book out in advance if I get like 100 reviews or something. Guess we’ll figure something out, but my point is I wanna reward you guys.

Sounds good?

Enjoy:

 

 

Music:

Pink Steampunk Girl

Drev

www.fixtstore.com/drev

www.youtube.com/fixtmusic

 

Ads:

- 1. If you can get tickets, come see me at the Malta Comics Expo from Friday 31st through November 2nd.

- 2. If you like the podcast make sure to download the app, either from Amazon or iTunes. Just type in ‘The Lurking Voice Podcast’ and your life will be so much better!!

- 3. Here’s a link to the Strangities Halloween Party. Check it out.

See you all at the Release Party tonight,

Ryan

Pandora Chronicles – Cover Release

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Here we go people – cover release time.

I always get a little confused as to what I’m supposed to say here since I’ve been talking about this series for a while now. As you know I’m pretty open about what I’m doing at any moment, creatively speaking and this book has been a long time coming.

In the last episode of the Lurking Voice, I spoke about the Tomb Raider series, and that sparked something inside me: a love for treasure hunting, myths and puzzles of all sorts and a healthy dose of trash talking, ass-kicking heroes.

For as long as I can remember I’ve always been interested in mythology. I remember this Egyptian myths books I had as a kid that I would read from cover to cover. There was also this genius book about astrology, and would go into detail about the mythology behind the stars’ names.

There was a brief time in my life where I wanted to be the explorer of the unknown, to travel the world in search of mysteries – and somehow I thought that I could fund my travels using books. Apparently that plan is still going strong, but I’ve been stuck in part one for a while. I started writing Legacy shortly thereafter and discovered my true love.

But the lust for treasure and adventure never left. It was all rekindled in 2012. I am a huge fan of video games, and love watching cutscene movie on YouTube. I cam across these two gems: Assassin’s Creed and Uncharted. And if you read Pandora well enough you can definitely see some parallels.

The spark to start the story actually came from Assassins’s Creed, where I was reacquainted with the trope of ancient aliens. suddenly I had a major plot for the series, and after a few Discovery Channel episodes, I began forming a beat sheet.

Ironically enough, the first thing I wrote was the Prologue, then called Genesis, which I entered in a short story competition. I’m still waiting for them to contact me (I didn’t win obviously), but I saw I had something there and kept writing.

Part 1, where the story is told from the POV of a Golden Age pirate, is actually inspired from my college dissertation. I wrote about actual Golden Age pirates and figured, why do extra research? What the college didn’t know was that I got most of my ideas from Pirates of the Caribbean, but hey I got a B+ so no one tell ‘em OK?

Part 2 is all modern, taking place in 2012, which is when I first conceived the story. I also went with that date because of the whole Mayan Calendar, end-of-the-world thing, and felt it added a sense of doom and urgency to the adventure.

As I’m sure those who’ve read the book can tell, Nick Solomon has a lot in common with Uncharted’s Nathan Drake, since he in the base template for my character. Of course I’ve sprinkled some other characters in there but I like the cynical, everyman character and that is exactly what I was going for.

The idea to divide the book into sections came from a show called Relic Hunter. It’s an old show, TV’s attempt to capitalize on the Tomb Raider success, by creating a female counterpart to Indiana Jones and put her in a college with a geeky assistant. Again you can see the parallels I drew for Pandora.

And for those of you who read the book and are curious, let me explain the Epilogue. This takes place in 3012, a full 1000 years in the future. There will be a scene like that in every book, but those are just teasers.

My (genius) plan is to write 6 books from Nick Solomon’s perspective and then release a trilogy set in the year 3012 combining all those scenes that you see in the epilogues – sort of a ‘and here’s what happened to the world after the events of the books.’

And since this is a cover release I would like to thank Viola Estrella for her awesome cover. Not a lot of artists can make sense of ‘alien, tech orb’ – which is ad verbatim how I pitched the cover to her. My idea was to have every Artifact on the cover for each book, and since this one is all about the Orb – there you have it.

I’ve also decided to break the trope of naming things and decided to name the series The Pandora Chronicles (and you’ll know what Pandora is exactly in later books) without giving each book an individual name. It fit.

From now on they shall be known as Book 1, Book 2 and so forth, so as to avoid confusion. All you gotta remember is Pandora Chronicles and you’re set.

Wow, I really did ramble on.

OK, so what’s next?

If you wrote a review for this novel you can post it on amazon and such, because now the gates are open – so to speak.

If you wanna chat with me live and maybe get yourself a free copy, not just of this novel but of a whole bunch of other, you can join the Pandora Chronicles Release Party, next Thursday.

And thank you guys for the support. It makes me even more enthusiastic to get to work on the second one (which bdw is already planned out). Who knows, maybe I’ll send Nick off to Japan or something in the next one. Hehe.

OK, that’s all folks. Thanks for tuning in.

Peace out, see y’all on Thursday,

Ryan

Cover Release Date Announcement

It’s happening people. Bookmark your calendars, hide your children and prepare yourselves for Their arrival.

The Pandora Chronicles book 1 is here, silently awaiting the moment of it’s release (that just sounds wrong) until it can invade your e-readers and fester in your minds.

Join me next Tuesday the 21st of October as I unveil the cover and give you some juicy tidbits what will leave you thirsting for more – which you’ll be able to satisfy two days later when the book officially launches. 

So subscribe to this blog/website and stay tuned – for in 3 days your world will forever change.

You may wanna read some reviews for the book: go check em out here.

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Peace out,

Ryan

Episode 40: Lara Croft – Tomb Raider

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I love Tomb Raider – although probably not for the same reasons most males love Lara Croft. In this episode of the Lurking Voice I explain some on my aspirations to become an archaeologist followed by my quick retirement of that idea, and the inspirations this series brought onto me which eventually led to me writing the Pandora Chronicles.

In this episode I deal with the movies primarily, and I have a lot of fun playing the soundtracks – exclusively.

I guess the best part come towards the end where I go off into an observation about how entertainment in all forms, be it novels, comics or video games and movies, all have raised the bar, and that modern entertainers (such as myself) have a responsibility to carry that torch.

I love it when I get to nerd out and be deep in an episode. Enjoy:

 

 

Music:

Pink Steampunk Girl

Drev

www.fixtstore.com/drev

www.youtube.com/fixtmusic

 

As usual we have some ads:

1. Tuesday 21st I will be doing the Pandora Chronicles cover release so make sure to subscribe to this blog/ website.

2. Thursday 23rd make sure to tune in on Facebook from 7-9 central and join the Pandora Chronicles Release Party.

3. If you can get tickets, come see me at the Malta Comics Expo from Friday 31st through November 2nd.

4. If you like the podcast make sure to download the app, either from Amazon or iTunes. Just type in ‘The Lurking Voice Podcast’ and your life will be so much better!!

Author Interview: Ryan Attard

Originally posted on Brain-babies:

Embrace yourselves, readers! Apparently Ryan is not only great  at writing awesome books (because that’s what Book 1 of The Pandora Chronicles is!) but he is also ace at giving interviews!

You can find my review of the book here

I feel as if I didn’t praise the book enough… For that reason, I will mention this again- reading The Pandora Chronicles will be a unique experience for you, for everyone, in fact. Now, after reading Ryan’s answers (which you can find below) I can connect the author to the book and you will be able to do the same. I most warmly suggest you get your hands on

The Pandora Chronicles–> do it here on Amazon!

To find out more about the Ryan–> visit his super-cool webpage!

And if you’re on Twitter–> Go follow him!

And without further distractions from me, let’s move on to the interview- it’s really…

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Episode 39: ESP, Jumper and Push

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On today’s show I discuss ESP, otherwise known as Extra-Sensory Perception – that spooky branch of Sixth Sense supernatural super powers, bordering on the “is this really a power?” arena.

ESP is subtle and usually great for a character driven plot, but only if the power is a secondary thing.

The reason I am talking about ESP is because I include it in the upcoming Pandora Chronicles, so the countdown on things that inspired that series continues.

I talk about 2 movies: Push and Jumper – two hideous stains in movie history, for different reasons.

I gave Push a 5/10 – cos there was potential

I gave Jumper a 2/10 – simply cos there were no babies in jeopardy.

As you can probably tell this is one of those ranty episodes where I go off on tangents whilst 70’s classics play in the background. Cos that’s how I roll.

Enjoy.

 

 

 

Music:

Pink Steampunk Girl

Drev

www.fixtstore.com/drev

www.youtube.com/fixtmusic

 

 

PS. We have some ads this week.

- I’ll be at the Malta Comics Expo, doing a Writing panel from 3pm onward on Friday 31st Oct, 2 interviews with  Mike Costa and Ron Marz on 9 and 1pm  on Sat 1st Nov and a Sci fi panel on Sunday 2nd at 1pm.

- Be sure to attend that Pandora Chronicles release party for free books, awesome prizes and much more.

- If you wanna listen to me make a fool out of myself on someone else’s show here’s a link to last Tuesday’s episode of Back Porch Writer

- And finally click here to visit the Android app page or download Podcast Box and search for the Lurking Voice in the Arts category.

Thank you for supporting the show.

Peace out,

Ryan