Birthday Show 2021 – Reflections on 2 & a bit years of podcasting

Another year down and this is our third show celebrating Mike Moorcock and Phil’s birthdays. It’s also the Breakfast in the Ruins podcast’s second birthday… sort of.

Loz joins me in Derry & Toms to reflect on two and a bit years of podcasting against the strangest of backdrops. Plus the wandering beer table returns, for both good and ill.

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Clarky’s multipart Tenerife campaign as discussed on the show is detailed on his excellent site. My in-character (as Roy Saveloy) chapter write-ups are here and here.

Roy Saveloy

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Guy N Smith Revisited – Crabs’ Moon

Guy N Smith Revisited – Crabs’ Moon

After the Halloween Special we couldn’t stay away. Phil needed questions answered.

Where did they come from?

How did they come to be?

So we read Crabs Moon and discovered the answers to none of these questions. But we did have a hoot and we were joined by Graham (aka @opensussex AKA Apkallu of Enmerkar AKA DECADNIDS) to have a couple of beverages, discuss Crabs’ Moon and to talk in general about the late Guy N Smith and his diverse writing career.

We also raised a glass to the man as this show lands close to a year after his passing.

We reference a Guy N Smith interview from the excellent The Collected Pulp Horror by Justin Marriott and Will Errickson.

Guy’s daughter TARA has re-energised the GNS Twitter and Instagram accounts.

We play this show out with Proditol from the album The Black Corridor by DECADNIDS vs NΛND.

***warning: unlike Night of the Crabs, Crabs Moon contains references to sexual violence and we do talk about them so please proceed with caution and look after yourselves – this month’s Patreon funds have been donated to The Survivor’s Trust – please do look them up and consider donating***

It’s a long story. Or a very short one.

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Dangerous Visions and New Worlds with Andrew Nette

Andrew Nette, journalist, writer and lover of all things pulp, joins me in Derry and Toms to talk about his new book Dangerous Visions and New Worlds Radical Science Fiction, 1950 to 1985 . In this deep dive into the progressive, sexy explosion of challenging stories we wander off on various tangents including an Australian viewpoint on pulp and genre fiction, the wonders of the publisher NEL (New English Library), Jon Pertwee Doctor Who (again), long dead bus drivers and Rollerball!

We also touch on PS Publishing’s Midnight Movie Monographs and I briefly ‘namechecked’ a company that produces fantastic short ‘zines of photography. Unfortunately I didn’t actually name them. They are Café Royal Books and they’re absolutely fantastic.

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Halloween Special 2021 – Night of the Crabs by Guy N Smith

Halloween Special 2021 – Night of the Crabs

The patrons have spoken.

Phil joins me again for this year’s Halloween Special to look at the classic New English Library killer critter classic, Night of the Crabs by Guy N Smith.

Death…

Destruction…

Rumpy pumpy…

Knobhead crabs…

It has it all. And sorry to Rhyl (again).

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The Final Programme Phase Three

The Final Programme Phase Three

Hussein is back in Derry & Toms to triumphantly conclude our epic coverage of The Final Programme.

We talk parties… get older… and add Rhyl to the list of towns we’ve offended… but damn it we got through it!

The best news is that Hussein WILL return again.

This show is played out once again by N Λ N D with the new track Gallery of the Lost.

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A New Milestone – 20k Downloads!

The Old Pier Bookshop – Morecambe

We have returned from our jaunt to probe the decaying victorian pleasures of Morecambe. High on the heady conjunction of dust from ancient tomes, marvellous victuals and real ales, I bought too much of all of the above as always and it was marvellous.

Old Pier booty

Whilst there I slapped up a patron poll to decide the subject matter for the next Halloween show. Currently Night of the Crabs holds a healthy lead over The Fog in second place. Half of the patrons have voted so far so that may change but I got a second copy for Phil in anticipation. Meanwhile she bagged a copy of The Fog too, so we may end up doing both. Night of the Crabs as the main show and The Fog as a patron extra. I’ll leave the poll up for another week or so.

I also picked up a second copy of The Golden Barge with that lovely Mick van Houten cover, so Phil has done a quick patron draw (rolling a zocchi dice) and that copy will be winging its way to the Lapsed Gamer soon.

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Whilst away we also passed a nice milestone on Podbean with our downloads on that platform topping 20k. Our combined YouTube views are also closing on 10k too, largely thanks to The Rats and Wheels of Terror episodes that for some reason are big hits (comparatively of course) with some tasteful algorithms somewhere.

I can only thank all of our patrons and listeners for your wonderful support over the past two years.

Days of the Underground w/ Joe Banks

Days of the Underground

We’re back in Derry and Toms Once again via the Ladbroke Grove counter-culture scene, this time in the company of journalist and author Joe banks as we talk about his book Days of the Underground: Radical Escapism in the Age of Paranoia. We yak about Hawkwind, Moorcock, Target Books and other digressions.

Joe’s website is daysoftheunderground.com

John Coulthart’s website is www.johncoulthart.com

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The Music of the Spheres

The Music of the Spheres

Musician and author Allister Thompson navigates the frozen Northern Wastes (Canada) to join me in Derry and Toms and talk about Moorcock, music, writing and, most importantly, his debut novel The Music of the Spheres.

We also run our first competition (sort of) and The Singularity repeatedly attempts to shut down our groove.

Check out the new N Λ Ṇ D album Journal and the DECADNIDS vs N Λ Ṇ D collaboration The Black Corridor

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Entropic State Report 16th July 2021

Over half way through the year already and here in blighty we have the now traditionally farcical approach to trying to regain some semblance of normality dominating the news cycle. Cases are on the up again whilst our overlords declare ‘freedom day’ to almost be upon us.

It’s a bit of a mess, as usual.

Therefore remote recording remains de rigeur for the most part BUT Loz is popping over at the weekend for a few silly beverages and we’re looking at some short stories from Pawn of Chaos, a collection of eternal champion tales by various authors.

EDIT: Covid has pissed on our chips once more and we have to delay a fortnight or so. I had some truly stupid beers lined up too. They will be put aside and saved.

Also on the slate, Phil and I are still doing City of the Beast aka Warriors of Mars when we get some time (she’s been ridiculously busy with her work as an NHS Angel). Coming up next week I’m talking to Allister Thompson about his Moorcock inspired music and his hugely entertaining debut novel The Music of the Spheres, and after another aborted launch August will see the return of Hussein as we conclude The Final Programme with Phase Three.

I’ve had some groovy messages over the last few weeks and Nine Princes in Amber continues to surface as the most likely candidate for our next excursion into the wider content of Pops’s bookshelf.

In other news, our guest from a few weeks back Ralph Lovegrove (Stormhack) invited me into his virtual podcast studio to look at the Strugatsky classic Roadside Picnic. Not only was it great to revisit it and the Tarkovsky movie adaptation Stalker, but Ralph is a top fella and it was great fun hopping on to another show. You can listen to episode 97 of the Fictoplasm podcast here.

Finally, Chapter 11 of the Journal is written and 12 is prepped in draft. I’ve made some progress with my recording set up so the grand revisit of the audio versions of chapters 1 to 7 is underway. Meanwhile, the creative machine N Λ N D has unleashed the album Journal on Bandcamp, a suite of tracks inspired by the adventures of GAC and thematically linked to the soundtracks to the audio episodes. It’s terrific. Also, our very own @opensussex aka Apkallu of Enmerkar aka Decanids, in collaboration with N Λ N D, has released an astounding adaptation of The Black Corridor on Bandcamp. We’ll be looking at that and the book in due course.

Right. That’s all for now. Take care, stay safe and I’ll see you again soon… on the Moonbeam Roads.

Andy

Wizardry and Wild Romance

Wizardry and Wild Romance w/ Dirk the Dice

Grognard Files host Dirk the Dice joins me at Derry and Toms to investigate Wizardry and Wild Romance, Moorcock’s critical appraisal of the field of heroic fantasy/sword and sorcery.

Inevitably there’s some salty talk, most of it from MM himself, and beverages are consumed via the D6 wandering stupid beer table.

Will Tolkien make it through unscathed?

Are Darlington butchers really Gorian subculture warriors?

All this and more!

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