Today we’re talking about storytelling in a few current and established video games!


Fallout 3 is a RPG involving 1950s aesthetic and themes in a post-apocalyptic American wasteland.


Fallout 4 is coming soon!


The Stanley Parable is game of one part frustrating and one part hilarious! Click on the red door to watch a trailer!



(Did you do it? If so, read A. If not, read B:

A: You watched the trailer, like I said. Very good. I can see we are going to get along splendidly. You can move on to the next paragraph.

B: You like to march to the beat of your own drum. But trust me, it’ll be a lot better if you click on the red door. Let’s try this again. Ahem! Click on the red door to watch the trailer.)

Ad infinitum ūüôā



It’s a hard life, being the good Sith…


Star Wars: The Old Republic was developed by a Canadian branch of BioWare!



Check out the awesome song lists in Grand Theft Auto!




Playing the Game of Thrones Tell Tale Game. Kneel to the Lannisters? Or not? What do you choose?




A round of Gwent, anyone?




The hear more of ANALOG’s music, check out their Facebook page!




What game are you really good at? Tweet it to us @hardcoverradio! And, as always, thanks for listening!


We’re very excited to air an interview with Governor General’s Award-winning Ontario poet, Phil Hall!


Author of Killdeer and an upcoming book by Flat Singles Press, Phil Hall is known for his essays and poems and has represented Canada internationally.



Joseph LaBine is the managing editor of Flat Singles Press and is our off-site interviewer this week!


Flat Singles Press is a resurrected small press originally founded by Phil Hall. Flat Singles publishes poems online as well as printing full books of poetry. You can follow them on Twitter @Flat_Singles!



Our Harmonica Challenge for you this week: go outside and read a poem! You can tweet us about it @hardcoverradio!


Thanks for listening!

We’re talking about fiction and Windsor with local author Alexander Zelenyj!


Author of Songs for the Lost, Experiments At 3 Billion A.M., Ballads To The Burning Twins: The Complete Song Lyrics Of The Deathray Bradburys, and Black Sunshine.


Alexander’s most recent book, Songs for the Lost, is available through¬†Eibonvale Press, your local Chapters, or at Juniper Books!


Check out excepts, releases, and other cool things Alexander’s working on at¬†!


We’re going to leave you with a link to the entire¬†Iron Maiden album this episode is named after. Thanks for listening!

Title: 'Early Years' DVD Images Artist: Iron Maiden Photographer: Ross Halfin Date: 01 October 2004 Copyright: Iron Maiden Holdings

What evil lurks within the hearts of men? The Shadow knows!

This week, we’re talking about radio dramas with Steve Saylor, a storyteller and digital¬†producer who currently works in Toronto.


Steve produces podcasts, writes short fiction, performs comedy, and works as a New Broadcast Media Professor at Humber.  He recently produced an interview with Dee Snider of  Twisted Sister.



Many playwrights got their start on the BBC.

Caryl Churchill, a well-known political dramatist, started writing radio dramas in the 1960s.


Tom Stoppard got his start at the BBC as well, producing his first play for the BBC’s Just Before Midnight program. He recently wrote a radio drama, Dark Side, for the BBC to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Pink Floyd’s album Dark Side of the Moon.

The BBC continues to produce hundreds of radio dramas every year.



Garrison Keillor‘s film¬†A Prairie Home Companion¬†depicts the last episode of a radio show to represent the decline of radio drama/ variety programming in America.



Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman was recently adapted to radio drama. Neil Gaiman was excited for the project as it was able to use more special effects in a believable way than would have been possible onscreen.




For today’s Harmonica segment, consider listening to these¬†old-time radio dramas,¬†Welcome to Night Vale¬†or The Thrilling Adventure Hour!


As always, thanks for listening!

Today we’re talking about lyrics and metal music with the legendary Ira Timothy!


Patrick Donovan described¬†Tool¬†as “the thinking person’s metal band.”


“Jimmy” is featured on their album,¬†√Ünima.


Here’s a photo of Ira Timothy conducting an interview for his radio show, Hard Boiled!



Besides being one of the greatest influences on metal and rock music, Alice Cooper also hosts a radio show!



Metal bands cover a variety of styles, taking inspiration from everything from Celtic mythology to psychology to social issues.

Check out these metal and prog bands:  Stream of Passion, Dream Theater, Kamelot, Metallica, Nightwish.


Don’t forget our Harmonica challenge: write a song that represents an underrepresented theme or feeling you think is missing from music today.

You can tweet it to us if you like @hardcoverradio or leave it in the comments below!


Thanks for listening!

From superheroes to memoir, comic books cover a lot of genres and styles. Today, we’re interviewing Dr. Dale Jacobs about the impact of comics and the Windsor-Essex comic art exhibit he is co-curating!


Adam West as Batman. Those fight scenes were epic!



Calvin and Hobbes, by Bill Watterson.




Little Nemo in Slumberland, by Winsor McCay. The irregular frame sizing is so interesting for this period in comic history.



Thanks to Dr. Dale Jacobs for talking to us about comics!

Here’s a picture of him reading his book, Graphic Encounters.


You can read more about Between the Panels, at the AGW website.


Two comics Dale suggests for new and seasoned comic readers:

A Girl in Dior

girl in dior


and Fun Home

fun home


Don’t forget to send us one panel of Jesse the stick man to add to our collective comic strip! You can upload it in the comments section or tweet it to us @hardcoverradio.


Thanks for listening!

Edit: /r/fatpeoplehate has been banned!

Today we’re talking about online forums, especially Reddit.


Reddit, in all its glory! “The front page of the Internet.”


C-51 recently passed into law. Is this a threat to Canadian free speech? Margaret Atwood thinks so.


Our featured poem is “The Hollow Men” by T.S. Eliot.


You can check out reddit’s creepy page here.

Or, you can learn about Creepypasta stories.


You can tweet us your futuristic username @hardcoverradio


Thanks for listening!



Have you ever considered using a pen name? This episode, we’re going to explore some of the many reasons writers use pseudonyms!


Thanks to Christopher McCarthy for being on the show today!


You can read his poetry at Flat Singles Press and Cadaverine Magazine.


Samuel Clemens used Mark Twain as a pen name. Here’s his reason why:

“I was a fresh new journalist, and needed a nom de guerre; so I confiscated the ancient mariner’s discarded one, and have done my best to make it remain what it was in his hands– a sign and symbol and warrant that whatever is found in its company may be gambled on as being the petrified truth; how I have succeeded, it would not be modest in me to say.”





Lemony Snicket’s full bio can be read here.



If You Forget Me

by Pablo Neruda

(a.k.a. Neftalí Ricardo Reyes Basoalto)

I want you to know
one thing.

You know how this is:
if I look
at the crystal moon, at the red branch
of the slow autumn at my window,
if I touch
near the fire
the impalpable ash
or the wrinkled body of the log,
everything carries me to you,
as if everything that exists,
aromas, light, metals,
were little boats
that sail
toward those isles of yours that wait for me.

Well, now,
if little by little you stop loving me
I shall stop loving you little by little.

If suddenly
you forget me
do not look for me,
for I shall already have forgotten you.

If you think it long and mad,
the wind of banners
that passes through my life,
and you decide
to leave me at the shore
of the heart where I have roots,
that on that day,
at that hour,
I shall lift my arms
and my roots will set off
to seek another land.

if each day,
each hour,
you feel that you are destined for me
with implacable sweetness,
if each day a flower
climbs up to your lips to seek me,
ah my love, ah my own,
in me all that fire is repeated,
in me nothing is extinguished or forgotten,
my love feeds on your love, beloved,
and as long as you live it will be in your arms
without leaving mine.


J.K. Rowling writes mystery fiction under the name Robert Gailbraith.



What would your pen name be? You can tweet it to us @hardcoverradio. Thanks for listening!


The first of our “how-to” episodes, this week we’re discussing¬†that daunting beast, the novel! How do writers know what to write about? What does the writing process look like? And once you’ve finished the thing, how do you get it out into the world?


Our interview today features Cindy Zhe Chen, M.A., a graduate from the University of Windsor’s Creative Writing program and novelist!


Cindy’s book, White Anemone, can be accessed at¬†


Stephen King’s book On Writing¬†talks about the writing process in a way that is open, engaging, and at times hilarious.


For 20 writing tips from Stephen King, check out this Barnes and Noble blog post!


Khaled Hosseini told The Atlantic during an interview that “Everyone is an ocean inside. Every individual walking the street. Everyone is a universe of thoughts, and insights, and feelings. But every person is crippled in his or her own way by our inability to truly present ourselves to the world.” Writers try to capture that “ocean inside,” by observing, writing, refining.


“It seems miraculous, doesn’t it? That somebody can articulate something clearly and beautifully that exists inside you, something shrouded in impenetrable fog. Great art reaches through the fog, towards this secret heart‚ÄĒand it shows it to you, holds it before you.”


Zadie Smith is an accomplished British writer who uses polyphonic (multiple voiced) methods to explore modern day life. She is also a critic and professor.


“Protect the time and space in which you write. Keep everybody away from it, even the people who are most important to you.”


Part of developing a good story is developing interesting characters. Writing exercises in observation and character development can be helpful in creating complex and unique people that readers will want to read about.


National Novel Writing Month is in November, but you can sign up to write your novel in a month anytime of the year!




Some great writing tips from The Guardian! One of which is to make writing a daily habit: setting aside time every day can make a world of difference in your writing!


Today’s harmonica segment: Your character walks in on their friend painting a goldfish. What happens next? You can tweet us the link or your very very short story @hardcoverradio!


Thanks for listening!

Blog all about it! This week’s about the genre of blogging and how it’s become more than just a way to share your feelings online.


But before we get to that… MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU!



Blogs, blogs everywhere! As of February 2014, 172 million Tumblr and 75.8 million WordPress blogs were available for worldwide viewing!


Check out the vlog brothers site where you can check out Hank and John Green’s video blog posts on everything from literature to video games to rants on current events – all in fluid conversational style.




Your harmonica challenge this week: find a Star Wars blog and tweet it to us @hardcoverradio!

Or if you like, write a blog post of your own! You can link us to it and tell us a bit about why you blog!


Thanks for listening!