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Greg Hall on Mystery Theatre

October 23rd, 2020

I once said that if Greg Hall didn’t exist, the horror genre would have to invent him. That’s still true. He’s one of a kind. An improve comic who became an internet radio pioneer who went on to write stories and books leavened with equal dashes of horror and outrageous humor. He’s a versatile guy, but he’s perhaps best known for his alter ego The Funky Werepig, a podcast host who is to Greg Hall what Tony Clifton was to Andy Kaufman.

Over the years, The Funky Werepig podcast has interviewed some of the biggest names in horror.

Among the Werepig’s guests have been Joe R. Lansdale, Lisa Morton, F. Paul Wilson, Lucy Snyder, Thomas F. Monteleone, and many more. If you have a favorite genre writer, chances are they’ve done the Werepig.

Greg’s podcast has moved around a bit over the years, starting with a good run on BlogTalk Radio before moving to TMV Cafe and then to the now-defunct ParaMania Radio. It’s currently available on YouTube.

This week, you can also catch Greg appearing as a special guest on Prime Stage Mystery Theatre, where he helps introduce Episode 4 by recounting his story about living in a house with haunted plumbing. He shared the tale on my Facebook page in response to one of Prime Stage’s posts about the ghostly sounds depicted in A Knavish Piece of Mystery, and he dropped by the show to share the tale.

You can hear that story as well as the latest installment of A Knavish Piece by clicking the link below. Or, if you’re new to the series, by accessing the full episode directory here.

Either way, we’ll meet you there!

Werepigs, Beatniks, & Panels @ Context 27

September 25th, 2014

context 27The Context SF Convention in Worthington, Ohio, continues to impress me as one of the best regional cons in the country. With a strong writing track and lively panel discussions.

I go whenever I can, and this weekend I’ll be on hand for a number of events.

First up will be the panel “What is an MFA and (Why) Do I Want One?” (Friday @ 7:00 pm). Here I’ll be joining Lucy Snyder and Tim Waggoner — fellow residency faculty from Seton Hill University’s MFA program in Writing Popular Fiction. It should be a lively discussion.

Saturday will be a busy day, staring with “Wellness For Authors and Readers” at 10:00 am and continuing until a grand finale at 7:00 pm, where I’m scheduled to give a reading at The Beatnik Cafe before rushing off at 7:30 to join Greg Hall on a special podcast of The Funkey Werepig Show.

Funky Werepig

Here’s a summary of my schedule as it stands now:

Friday:
7:00 pm – What is an MFA and Do I Want One?

Saturday:
10:00 am – Wellness for Authors
11:00 am  – Skewering the Tough-Guy Trope
3:00 pm – Getting the Science Right
4:00 pm – Book Signing: 4pm Saturday
7:00 pm – The Beatnik Cafe
7:30 pm – The Funky Werepig Show

 

Among the publishers and organizations attending Context this year will be Alliteration InkApex BooksLoconeal PublishingSeventh Star Press, and Blackwyrm Publishing.

Attending pros will include Brady AllenJarod K. AndersonLeslie AndersonMatt Betts,Diana BotsfordGary A. BraunbeckMaurice BroaddusCarrie CuinnNicole CushingDavid L. DayGeoffrey GirardSarah HansJanet Harriett,Rosemary LaureyLaura ResnickLinda RobertsonDaniel RobichaudSteven Saus,Sharon ShortJason SizemoreLucy A. SnyderFerrett SteinmetzMichael West, and Tim Waggoner.

Hope to see you there!