Quick Update – The Fictosphere’s Own Mike Podgor Wins Flash Fiction Contest

As many may have heard, I’m part of a writing collaborative known as The Fictosphere (shared universes, characters, etc.).  Well, one of our own, Mr. Mike Podgor, won 2nd place in the 2016 Ligonier Valley Writers Flash Fiction contest!  Congratulations, Mike!

To read his award-winning flash fiction story, “The Infernal Dozen”, click here.

To check out The Fictosphere and some of Mike’s other work (including a novel and some comics), please click here.

Fictosphere/Podcast Update – 06/09/2016

So, I have a multi-podcast update for you folks today.

For the FictoCast, which is a podcast concerning the inner workings, inspirations, and thoughts behind the creation of our creative multiverse:

EPISODE 001: Birth of the Fictosphere
In which the men behind the Fictosphere discuss, well, the Fictosphere.

EPISODE 002: Brachiosaur Incorporated
In which the men behind the Fictosphere discuss Brachiosaur and his company.

For the FictoRant, we’re looking at episode two…which is truly me ranting for almost a solid 40 minutes (somewhat incoherently) because Jeff was ill and Mike was just sort of letting me go off the rails.  Not my favorite of the podcasts so far, though if you like hearing the sound of my voice, this one’s for you:

EPISODE 002: Indie Games Playin’
In which the men behind the Fictosphere discuss the obtuse nature of indie games. (EXPLICIT LANGUAGE)

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Podcast: FictoRant, Episode 1

So, last Saturday, I recorded a podcast for the Fictosphere with fellow Fictospherians Mike Podgor and Jeff Holloway.  You can take a listen here:


The description of the episode from Fictosphere.com:

“In which the men behind the Fictosphere discuss the death of Disney Infinity. (EXPLICIT LANGUAGE)”

A word about the podcasts and podcast schedules:

  • This is the first episode of the FictoRant, where we discuss recent events in the nerd world and beyond that we consider noteworthy and, more often than not, slightly aggravating.  There will be a new episode every other week.
  • A second podcast, the FictoCast, will likewise see a new episode every other week.  The FictoCast will be different from the FictoRant in that it is meant to provide a bit of insight into the Fictosphere–what it is, what we’re up to creatively, what’s on the horizon (we hope), what has inspired us, etc.  It’s a good look into how creative minds like ours work–or, in some cases, don’t work.
  • All-in-all, the Fictosphere will have a new podcast each week–alternating between the FictoRant and the FictoCast.
  • The FictoRant is slated to be around 45 minutes to an hour, while the FictoCast is slated to be about 30 to 45 minutes.

So, if you ever wondered what I sound like, here’s your chance to find out!


Quick Update 05/03/2016

So, let’s talk about podcasts a little bit.

  1. Very soon, The Fictosphere (of which I am a part) will be releasing a podcast series called The FictoCast, of which I will be a part.  The FictoCast (as of right now) will typically be part-commercial, part-director’s commentary on the background of many of characters, comics, novels, and works; what inspired us; where certain characters, etc. are going; and that sort of thing.
  2. I’m falling more and more in love with the idea of a podcast series centered around my concept of the Universal Horrors Challenge.  As stated, the original challenge was comprised of over 150 films, all of which were to be watched and reviewed in a year’s time (leading to an average rate of about 3 films per week).  But now I’m thinking of splitting the thing into seasons or parts, whereby each season is a set of Universal horror films from a given era (i.e. the Silent Era, the Talkie Era, the Wartime Era, and the Atomic Era–spanning 1913 to 1960).
  3. A few fellow bloggers have tried vlogging here and there, but I do wonder what the turn-out is for those vlogs.  Honestly, I think a podcast is a better fit for me personally, as I can perhaps better convey my ideas, impressions, etc. via voice as opposed to image.  If I were to do anything with video, it would be the creation of actual content videos–not vlogging per se, but rather sketch comedy, off-beat music videos, “let’s play” videos, and the like.  Probably that would be through The Fictosphere as well.

Book Release – All In On Dead: An MI-13 (Mis)Adventure

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages!  I have an announcement to make!


Just in time to coincide with the film release of the Austin Powers in Goldmember knock-off known as SPECTRE, Randall Malus (me) and The Fictosphere proudly present to you the inaugural chapter of Roger Hammersmith’s MI-13 saga:


Agent Chaste is missing, and it’s up to the misfits at MI-13 to rescue him.  But first, the team must stop a member of the nefarious terrorist organization known as Zodiac from winning a blackjack tournament and forming an alliance with the Soviets!  Are Chaste’s disappearance and the tournament somehow related?  Who from MI-13 will be chosen to bankrupt Zodiac’s agent?  How much can MI-13’s mission controller drink before his liver fails?

Find out within the first few pages of All In On Dead, a pulp parody that evokes the tropes of the super-spy genre and turns them on their collective head!  Fans of espionage thrillers in the tradition of Ian Fleming and Robert Ludlum will find plenty to keep them entertained, and those who aren’t fans of espionage thrillers will also find plenty to keep them enthralled–though less so than normal people (who generally are fans of espionage thrillers).


“Well, it certainly was something I read.” – George Stark

“You can write?” – Eric the Nelson

“Argh, reading?  This feels like school!” – Rufus Pribbs

All In On Dead: An MI-13 (Mis)Adventure is available at Amazon’s Kindle Store for the low price of $2.99.  Don’t delay–climate change is said to be an actual thing, and thus tomorrow is not guaranteed to us!  SO BUY YOUR COPY TODAY!

Speaking of climate change: PRINT VERSION TO FOLLOW SOON!