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Page Break is a collection of casual conversations between epic fantasy author Brian McClellan and fellow creative professionals—like two friends sitting down over lunch to discuss career, craft, family, and hobbies. Authorhood is a quiet sort of minor fame where the person behind the words is often obscured by the works they’ve created. Brian aims to use this podcast to find out more about his friends and colleagues. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
 
Fantasy Literature has emerged as one of the most important genres over the past few decades and now enjoys extraordinary levels of popularity. The impact of Tolkien’s Middle-earth works and the serialisation of George Martin’s ‘Game of Thrones’ books has moved these and their contemporaries into mainstream culture. As the popularity grows so does interest in the roots of fantasy, the main writers and themes, and how to approach these texts. Oxford is a natural home to fantasy literature wit ...
 
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Brian's guest this week is game designer and fantasy author James L Sutter. James is the co-creator of the Pathfinder and Starfinder roleplaying games, and was the editor and developer for Paizo Publishing for over a decade where he oversaw Dungeon Magazine and the Pathfinder Tales novel line. James wrote for the Paizo world, and has published shor…
 
Brockway challenges Seanbaby and fantasy author Brian McClellan to roleplay the 1987 fantasy movie, The Barbarians! What, you need further explanation? Game mechanics? Worldbuilding? Basic insturctions? That's not very barbarian of you - you FAIL the Barbarian Test! But do Brian and Seanbaby pass...?…
 
It's the year 1997, and society has collapsed. Roving gangs of virtual reality serial killers molest each other in sprawling worlds of archive file software, ruled over by a sinister agricultural sex god. That was the logline for every sci-fi thriller in the 1990s. So... why were the '90s so obsessed with VR? Tom Reimann and Seanbaby probably don't…
 
Brian's guest this week is literary agent Caitlin Blasdell. Caitlin began her career editing for Harvard Business School and Harper Collins before making the transition to her current job as a literary agent for Liza Dawson Associates where she has helped nurture and sell such clients as Charles Stross, Rebecca Zanetti, Zen Cho, and numerous others…
 
Brian's guest this week is actor, writer, and comedian Maggie Mae Fish. Maggie is a wildly prolific writer having worked on projects for Cracked.com, College Humor, Screen Junkies, DreamworksTV, Amazon, and more. She also has a popular Youtube channel, Maggie Does Film Analysis. She’s won awards and shout-outs for her work from Sundance Labs, Cover…
 
Seanbaby, Brockway, and professional podcast guest Jason Pargin look back on all the craziest Hot Dog subjects of 2021... and see how much crazier they get if you dig into them even a little bit! A thing which we did not do the first time around!By The Dogg Zzone
 
Brian's guest this week is fantasy author—and a friend for many years—Robert Jackson Bennett. Robert’s career began back in 2010 with the award-winning Mr. Shivers and the Company Man, followed by The Troupe and American Elsewhere. He then took a turn into epic fantasy with the Divine Cities Trilogy, and is currently two books into the Founders Tri…
 
Seanbaby and Brockway have learned the secret to pulling nerd women -- just invite them on your comedy podcast. And they can prove it works: comedian Teresa Lee is our guest this week! We're discussing another vile artifact from Seanbaby's cursed library, How to Pick Up Girls at a Convention. You'll learn the value of abs, how to wipe, and why all …
 
Brian's guest this week is youtuber and fantasy author Shad M. Brooks. Shad is known for his massively popular Youtube channel Shadiversity, where he dives into fantasy and medieval tropes, culture, and technology. Shad also talks more pop culture and reviews over on his other Youtube channel, Knights Watch. In addition to his video content, Shad i…
 
Seanbaby and Brockway wanna talk to Peter Clines about hilariously bad movies, but there's one problem: He's worked with too many people in Hollywood, and doesn't want to risk trashing his friends. So Brockway found the one safe movie to discuss: A Japanese ripoff of Evil Dead about ghosts and bodybuilding that was made by one man who basically nev…
 
Brian's guest this week is novelist Helene Wecker. Helene is author of the best-selling and award-winning book, the Golem and the Jinni and its recent follow up, The Hidden Palace. Helene and Brian are also debut buddies—their first books came out the same month in April of 2013. Helene and Brian talk about writing classes and pursuing higher educa…
 
In 1984, Marvel released a text adventure game featuring their least text-friendly hero, The Incredible Hulk! Brockway will be your Dome Master, as Seanbaby and special guests Ali Fisher and Carly Monardo (Rude Tales of Magic / Oh These, Those Stars of Space) join forces to pilot one Hulk through a neon Alaska where he'll dig holes, eat cosmic eggs…
 
Brian's guest this week is bestselling epic fantasy author and personal hero, Joe Abercrombie! Joe is known for his nine books in the First Law universe where he created fan favorite characters like Glokta and Logen Ninefingers. He has also written the young adult Shattered Sea Trilogy. Joe and Brian discuss video games, book tours, their most chal…
 
This description is about the sequel to a podcast about songs that are about the movies they're in! It features the original Seanbaby, the rebooted Brockway, and Zak Koonce from The Auralnauts who is... uh... who is... the sequel that takes place in space or something? Zak Koonce is the space one!By The Dogg Zzone
 
It's No Right Answers! The confusing trivia game Seanbaby made up to punish Brockway and whoever gets near Brockway. This week it's Hana Michels, who was weirdly prepared to answer questions like "which animal deserves a punch in the face?" and "It's the day after The Purge, who has the easiest day at work?" The ONLY trivia game GUARANTEED not to t…
 
Brian's guest this week is Canadian actor Anthony Lemke! Anthony will be known to American audiences as the character of Three in the sci-fi drama Dark Matter and as Coach Marcus Gilday in the college sitcom Blue Mountain State. He has an extensive catalog of parts in television and film, and has acted in both English and French. Brian asks Anthony…
 
Brian's guest this week is Kevin Hearne! Kevin is the bestselling author of the urban fantasy Iron Druid series and the epic fantasy Seven Kennings. He also co-writes the Tales of Pell with previous Page Break guest Delilah S Dawson. Kevin and Brian chat about the mental health benefits of getting out in nature, Kevin’s epic fantasy series, the fut…
 
Seanbaby and Brockway are joined by Jason Pargin for a Halloween special where we discuss one of the best vampire movies ever made -- the one where hardened criminals show up to a club that turns out to be run by sex worker vampires! It's Dusk Til D- no? It's what? It's... Bordello of Blood? FUCK.By The Dogg Zzone
 
Brian's guest this week is novelist Fonda Lee. Fonda is the author of the young adult Exo series as well as the epic fantasy Green Bone Saga. The first book in that series, Jade City, was a finalist for the Nebula Award and won the World Fantasy Award in 2018. Fonda and Brian discuss her transition from the world of business to being a creative, ho…
 
Welcome to part two of this week’s two-part episode where Brian chats individually with a pair of co-authors, R.A. Salvatore and Erika Lewis, for the launch week of their new book Color of Dragons! Brian's second guest is Robert Anthony Salvatore! Bob is a long-time bestselling author of the DemonWars Saga and the creator of the beloved character D…
 
Seanbaby invites Brockway and adult film actress/Dogg Zzone Editor Jamie French into his study, then pulls the secret sconce that unlocks the entrance to his Cursed Library. In it he reveals the entire bibliography of Naura Hayden, uncredited actress, almost-sex expert, and vitamin lunatic. You will NOT learn how to fuck this episode.…
 
This week Brian has something a little different for you: a special two-part episode in which he chats individually with a pair of co-authors, R.A. Salvatore and Erika Lewis, for the launch week of their new book Color of Dragons! First up is Erika Lewis! Erika is a former television producer who has written novels for multiple age groups—her debut…
 
Send your kids out of the room for this one. Make them take off their special Hot Dog Listening Hats, put aside their Hot Dog decoder rings, and wait for the sobbing to pass. It'll take hours. Then settle into your armchair with a nice hot cup of pussy for the first adults only episode of Hot Dog Nights! This time we're talking with Michael Swaim a…
 
Brian’s guest is author and podcaster Mallory O’Meara. Mallory wrote the bestselling nonfiction book The Lady from the Black Lagoon: Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick. Her upcoming Girly Drinks, a feminist history of women and alcohol, is out just a week from broadcast of this episode. Mallory is also the co-host of the lit…
 
Seanbaby and Brockway are joined by Jason Pargin, who has a lot of death, to consider what it's like to be Out of Death, like poor Bruce Willis. Out of Death is another in a long line of movies where Bruce Willis shows up for a day and sits down the entire time and the rest of the movie has to work around him. It's the best!…
 
Brian's guest is Youtuber and author Daniel Greene! Daniel is the writer and performer behind the hugely popular Fantasy News Youtube and Twitch channels, as well as the author of the epic fantasy novellas Breach of Peace and Rebel’s Creed. Daniel and Brian chat about what it’s like to be on the other side of the reviewer’s crosshairs, the massive …
 
Dr Caroline Batten and Dr Megan Cavell discuss fantastic animals in fantasy text Dr Caroline Batten and Dr Megan Cavell discuss fantastic animals in fantasy texts, from their classical origins to the modern day. Topics include medieval bestiaries, The Last Unicorn, dragons and their mothers, Donkey's romantic arc in Shrek, the queerness of Ursula t…
 
Seanbaby and Brockway once again enter the octagon with special guest Eddie Doty to talk about The Ultimate Fighting Championship 3: The American Dream -- the one where somebody loses an eye, a man crucifies himself, and a tweaker fights a ninja cop! We only made one of those things up... it's not the one you think!…
 
Brian's guest is author Brent Weeks. Brent is known for the Night Angel Trilogy and Lightbringer series, two acclaimed and best-selling epic fantasies. Brent and Brian dig pretty deep into the world of an epic fantasy writer – they talk about the bloat experienced by most long series; how writing dark scenes can affect mental health; what Brent is …
 
The best theme songs explain exactly what the movie they're for is about. The best podcasts are about those theme songs. This is the best podcast! It has Zak Koonce from the Auralnauts, for one thing. It has Feel the Impact, for another. For a third and final thing, it has Seanbaby and Brockway!By The Dogg Zzone
 
Brian's guest this week is YA author Aprilynne Pike. Aprilynne burst onto the scene with her debut novel Wings, which hit #1 on the New York Times bestseller list on its second week of release back in 2009. She’s also written the Earthbound Series, the Charlotte Westing Chronicles, and the Kingdom of Versailles. Brian chats with Aprilynne about bei…
 
Brian's guest is novelist and comedy writer Robert Brockway. Robert got his start during what many listeners will think of as the golden age of Cracked.com, editing and writing funny articles that were read by hundreds of thousands of people every week. Robert’s comedy chops have since moved on to co-found 1900HotDog.com. Robert is also the author …
 
Brian's guest is bestselling novelist and screenwriter Pierce Brown. Pierce is known for his excellent Red Rising space opera. During their chat, Pierce dissects Brian's childhood and they philosophize about the headspace of writing as well as their mutual love of video games. They talk about screenwriting, and Pierce even gives a bit of an update …
 
Seanbaby and Brockway robot-catfish Lydia Bugg into appearing on a third Conan podcast! This time about Red Sonja -- not technically a Conan movie! It's maybe the perfect film that got everything wrong six times over and did so badly it killed the whole genre. Out of films that got everything wrong six times over and did so badly they killed the wh…
 
Dr Caroline Batten chats with author Katherine Langrish about her book 'From Spare Oom to War Drobe' Dr Caroline Batten chats with author Katherine Langrish about her book 'From Spare Oom to War Drobe: Travels in Narnia with My Nine-Year-Old Self'. Topics include Plato, medieval romance, racism in fantasy, the importance of fanfiction, the problem …
 
Brian’s guest is horror and science fiction writer, Dan Wells. Dan is the author of the best-selling and critically-acclaimed I am Not a Serial Killer, which was turned into a major motion picture in 2016. He’s also written the Partials Sequence, the Mirador series, the Audible Original Zero G, and a number of other novellas, short stories, and sta…
 
Brian’s guest is the venerable science fiction and fantasy author Maggie Ogden – better known by her pen names Robin Hobb and Megan Lindholm. Robin is best known to fantasy readers for her multiple series set in the Realm of the Elderlings. These include, but are not limited to, the Farseer Trilogy and the Liveship Traders Trilogy. Brian and Robin …
 
Brockway and Seanbaby continue their proud tradition of making smart young women watch dumb old movies for men. This time it's Lydia Bugg vs. the entire Conan trilogy! Part 1, Conan the Barbarian, lashed her sensibilities to the wheel and then threw her understanding to the dogs. What is best in life?…
 
Brian’s guest is Twitch streamer, youtuber, performer, professional tabletop roleplayer, and all-around content creator Mark Hulmes. Mark is the creator of the very successful dungeons and dragons Twitch show, HighRollers, and has had numerous guest spots as both a player and dungeon master on shows all over the internet—including Critical Role. Th…
 
Brian’s guest is multi-genre novelist and comic writer Delilah S. Dawson. Delilah is known for her widespread work with tie-in fiction including Star Wars, Spiderman, Rick and Morty, Hellboy, and Firefly. She writes fantasy under the name Lila Bowen with the Shadow series, and comedy fantasy in partnership with Kevin Hearne on the Tales of Pell ser…
 
Brian's guest is software engineer and award-winning science fiction and fantasy author Aliette de Bodard. Aliette has been published in magazines, ezines, collections, and in long form by major publishers across a prolific career. She has either been nominated for or outright won many of the big awards in genre publishing. Aliette and Brian talked…
 
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