Formed in 2006, Valentine Wolfe is the combined effort of the Lady Sarah Black and Braxton Ballew. Imagine Sarah Brightman being backed by Francois Rabbath blowing through a Marshall stack at midnight. Having dubbed their music “Victorian Chamber metal”, the duo have synthesized a love of metal, classical and industrial, infusing them with a Victorian sensibility that evokes the likes of Bram Stoker and Edgar Allan Poe.
The ethereal soprano vocals of Sarah Black–which call to mind not only the aforementioned Brightman, but also Dianne van Giersbergen of Xandria and Tarja Turunen–are buttressed by the thunderous growl of Braxton’s electric upright bass, and the two coalesce over pounding rock and electronic grooves punctuated by a maelstrom of synthesizers, keyboards, samples and sound design.
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“Unless you’ve a better idea for tracking those clockwork parasites,” Jeremiah said, “this is our best option: a ranged detector, capable of scanning at Falcon-wing speed…”
Listen to The Fall of the Falcon by Anthony Francis, read by Eddie Louise
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by Anthony Francis”
Claire McCague is a writer, scientist, and musician who fabricates nanostructured materials by day and spins words into scripts and books as the stars rise. She works for the Laboratory for Alternative Energy Conversion and performs with the Sybaritic String Band. Her plays have been featured in festivals across Canada.
The Rosetta Man is her first novel.
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Writer, Scientist, Musician
Fabricator of… everything.”
“Your eyes catch it, and your brain gets something else.”
“Unless it wants you to see it.”
Listen to an audio excerpt from The Rosetta Man by Claire McCague, read by Chip Michael
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by Claire McCague”
All of Season 1 is available for download via Bandcamp. Fourteen tracks of over seven hours of podcast pleasure await.
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Born and raised in Toronto, Arlene F. Marks began writing stories at the age of 6 and can’t seem to stop. Although she’s been published in multiple genres, her first love has always been speculative fiction. Her work has appeared in H.P. Lovecraft’s Magazine of Horror, Onder Magazine, and Daily Science Fiction. Her science fantasy novel, The Accidental God, was nominated for the 2015 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour. Retired from the high school classroom, Arlene lives with her husband on Nottawasaga Bay but spends an inordinate amount of time in the Sic Transit Terra universe that she has created.
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The truth is out there…
Earth Intelligence and Space Installation Security each think Drew Townsend is working for them. They’re wrong.
Listen to an audio excerpt from The Genius Asylum by Arlene F. Marks, read by Justin Bremer
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by Arlene F. Marks”
The Velveteen Band successfully completed a kickstarter for their new album coming out in September. Even with all that activity, we got a chance to talk with them a bit about, well, everything.
The Velveteen Band is an eclectic musical side show which delivers a wonderland dreamscape, set to capture the imagination and rock you to the core. The theatrical rock ensemble features puppets on vocals, a deranged mad scientist, and is led by a six foot trumpet playing rabbit named the Baron Von Velveteen.
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Trevor Melanson’s dark fantasy book, Terminal City, was published by EDGE in 2016—with sequels on the way. Currently, I work as a senior communications strategist for a think tank at SFU called Clean Energy Canada. I also have a decade of experience editing some of Canada’s largest magazines, including Canadian Business, BCBusiness, and more recently Vancouver magazine.
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