The Double Shadow: A Clark Ashton Smith Podcast

Episode #44: “Empire of the Necromancers”

After 43 episodes, we arrive in Zothique with a necromantic splash. (Wait, would a necromantic splash involve a lot of…rotted flesh? Ok, maybe not.) That’s right, it’s time for “Empire of the Necromancers“!

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Our reader this week is Alex Mills.

Next time, we’ll take a voyage to “The Isle of the Torturers.”

[edit: audio levels readjusted and uploaded.]

Music: Kevin MacLeod
Outro: Boney Washington

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Episode #43: “The Flower-Women”

This week we take the second of the Maal Dweb stories, The Flower-Women.

This week’s reader is Jordan Smith.

Music: Kevin MacLeod
Outro: Boney Washington

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Episode #42: “The Maze of the Enchanter”

We’re back this week with the first of the Maal Dweb stories “The Maze of the Enchanter.”

This week’s reader is Jordan Smith. The episode of This American Life mentioned is this one’s section vocal fry.

Our next show will be “The Flower Women.” From there, we’ll move on to Zothique!

Music: Kevin MacLeod
Outro: Boney Washington

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Episode #41: “Vulthoom”

As Tim said in our last post, it has been a rough/busy/awesome year for your faithful podcasters. But we’ve got “Vulthoom” for you and we’re scheduling more recording times. Here’s to getting back on schedule in 2015!

We’ll be doing Maal Dweb and Zothique after this.

Our reader this week is Jordan Smith.

Music: Kevin MacLeod
Outro: Boney Washington

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The “Death” of The Double Shadow and Why I’m to Blame – by Tim

Mea culpa time. Any of you who are regular listeners of the podcast will have noticed that the show’s posting schedule has been slowing down. Our two-episodes-a-month release schedule quit and split town last winter, and hasn’t really made a comeback since.

There are reasons that involve all three members of this podcast, Ruth has been working hard to wrangle a career in place. Phil and his wife had a baby this summer, but, the reality is that the majority of the blame rests on my shoulders. You see, editing a podcast takes time and effort. Making a quality product, something interesting and entertaining, is difficult, and lately I just haven’t been up to the task. The will is there, I want to keep recording and posting episodes of Double Shadow. I love this show, and I think you guys, the listeners, are awesome and insightful. I also very much believe that Clark Ashton Smith deserves this exposure, and I’m heartened thinking about the dedicated converts we’ve helped bring into the CAS fold–which is an amazing feeling.

This past winter the slow-down was due to simple fatigue. I quite honestly was tired of spending my free time working. I, like pretty much all of you out there, have a day job. Working all day in an office and then coming home to sit at a computer to edit took its toll. I got burned out, despite how much I enjoyed the end product.

This summer, however, is a different story. We recorded two new episodes, Dweller in the Gulf and Vulthoom, and I was back in the saddle, scheduling new readers (by the way, I think Alex did an amazing job with Dweller), and editing like mad. Then some freelance work started to roll in. I’ve recently been contracted to write a boutique baby journal that will be marketed and sold to “geek” parents–trust me, it’s relevant to your interests. The writing schedule on this book is pretty breakneck, and I’m just about over the hump and ready to deliver the final manuscript.

I’ve also been contracted to do some actual paid podcasting by the amazing editors over at Slice Magazine. Starting in October you can look forward to some literary fiction goodness with In the Telling.

I haven’t forgotten about you, Double Shadow! We haven’t “podfaded”! Vulthoom is half edited, and we’re going to schedule some recordings soon. Besides, we’re almost finished! Our mission when we set out was to cover all of Smith’s main settings, ending with Zothique, and Zothique’s dying sun looms bleak on the horizon.

It would be a shame to never visit that mad world with you guys.

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Episode #40: “The Dweller in the Gulf”

Yes, we are back with “The Dweller in the Gulf” and have recorded an episode for “Vulthoom” as well!

Where were we? Well…a lot of places. Phil was making a movie and Ruth was hunting for a job. But now Ruth has a job, Phil’s got a lot done on the movie, and Tim’s taken on the task of editing again. Funny enough, this episode was recorded a while back, but Tim ran into some editing difficulties.

Our reader this week is Alex Mills (Vimeo link).

In a few weeks, we’ll be back with “Vulthoom.” Then we’ll be done with Mars and starting the Maal Dweb episodes.

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