In Which I Name Myself “Toronto’s Greatest Podcast Novelist”

I know, that seems bold doesn’t it. Not “one of Toronto’s Podcast Novelists”, or even “A pretty good Podcast Novelist from the Toronto area”. No, Toronto’s greatest Podcast Novelist. Me. Why do I make that claim? The answer is simple. Volume.

Look at that math. I have two Pod Novels out. Other Toronto area writers only have one. Let’s break it down.

Terry Fallis: Yeah, the guy won the Stephen Leacock Award for Humour, Canada’s biggest literary prize for humorous books, and winning that award on the basis of his self-published book got him a publishing deal, but how many books does he have out: One.

Steve Saylor: Yes, Steve Saylor is huge in the new media field, and always has some new project or another cooking. But how many books does he have out: One.

John Mierau: Yes, his Serving Worlds podcast is very popular. Even Robert J. Saywer blogged about it. But how many books does he have out: One.

James Melzer: Okay, so his book The Zombie Chronicles: Escape hugely popular, and he got a publishing deal with Simon and Schuster. But how many books does he have out: One.

I know, you could point to his “Invasion” as a second book, or his Twists of Fate project with Jenny Hudock , but I am disqualifying them on the basis that they are incomplete works.

Me, I’ve got two books out. TWO BABY!

So, I win.

So, what does this mean for you, the reader? Well, I’m glad you asked that. Now that I am Toronto’s Greatest Podcast Novelist, I am going to take my job a little bit more seriously. I will be adding more content, fiction and non-fiction. I will try to write some reviews, talk about other podnovel works, and try to be a more engaging presence, generally. Also, I will be working harder on my third novel, currently titled “The book that I cannot think of a good title for,” although I am not sure how that scans.

Stay tuned, people, there will be a lot of fun ahead!


P.S. If you made it this far and didn’t realize I was joking yet, please realize that I was joking.


P.P.S. Except for the part about making more content and it being more fun. It will be.

Over and out.

Murder at Avedon Hill Released!

Murder at Avedon HillFellow Podiobooker and all around swell guy P.G. Holyfield has released his Podiobook “Murder at Avedon Hill” in both print and download versions. I will admit that I have not had to opportunity to listen to the podcast as yet, but it is next on my list as the books seems right up my alley:

“Lord Avedon has a problem. Generations of Avedons have watched over Avedon Hill and controlled the only pass through the Lantis Mountains. Traditions are important to the Avedon family, but one tradition has tragically come to an end. Gretta Platt, Housemistress of Avedon Manor, has been murdered. A member of the Platt family has always served the Avedons as Housemistress. until now. Only a handful of people live at Avedon Hill, and most are suspects. Arames Kragen, retired Aarronic Advisor and scholar of prophecy, arrives at the gates of Avedon Hill, hoping to gain access to the mountain pass. Lord Avedon is not in a giving mood, however.

This is the story of Arames Kragen and his attempt not only to discover who killed Gretta Platt, but also to uncover the truth about a town that apparently has more secrets than inhabitants.

The Land of Caern: It is a world where the gods, the Children of Az, can choose to be born as mortals to directly affect events in the world, and often do. It is a world where the Priests of Caern frantically search for the mortal incarnations of any of the Children, in order prevent the Prophecies of Iberian from coming to pass.

Welcome to The Land of Caern. Welcome… to Murder at Avedon Hill.”

Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

As part of the “Great Documents” project some of us are cooking up over at Podiobooks, I have recorded the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. I hope you enjoy it. Please feel free to use it in any way you see fit.

Community has a new Address

I have written previously on this blog about the exciting fate of my first novel, White Trash Land. Although I was reasonably pleased with completing the story, I did little with it. I threw it up on the Internet, and left it alone and unpromoted to wither and die. I never even actually edited the thing properly, I finished the rough draft, went Phew! and continued on my way.

My brother-in-law, the Duct Tape Guy had other ideas. He thought it was a respectable, if imperfect piece, and felt it deserved a bigger audience. He took it upon himself to record the whole damn thing, and arranged to have it released at While it didn’t exactly burn the house down in terms of listenership, it has attracted a wider audience there than it would have otherwise, and the reviews clock in at 4 out of 5 stars, which is gratifying.

I still did not do very much to promote it, but it put me into a community of authors, something I had never experienced before. Over the past few weeks, that community has really caught fire. Many authors use Twitter, the delightful micro-blogging service that not only allows you to answer the question “What are you doing right now?”, but it also gives you an audience for your fears, frustrations, triumphs, and a sounding board for questions. Evo Terra has created a Podiobooks Community over at, and authors and listeners alike have been signing up and getting involved in discussions. Authors are helping to spread the word about new works, posting links on blogs, Digging news, and generally helping out in any way possible.

It’s exciting and humbling to take part in all of this. Watching all of these talented authors reaching out, creating a community of people from all over the world has been amazing. I can only imagine where we will be in five or ten years, when all of this social media stuff becomes standard in everyone’s life.

A Special Story from the Failed Cities!

In addition to offering its listeners their regular story for the month of
December, Variant Frequencies has prepared a special holiday surprise for
fans of the two-time Parsec-nominated FAILED CITIES MONOLOGUES, as well as
all those who’ve supported the podcast in the past year. We are proud to
present THE FAILED CITIES: HATH A DARKNESS, an exclusive 10,000-word
eChapbook written by Matt Wallace and produced by Variant Frequencies.

For the first time since concluding his groundbreaking podcast fiction saga,
Matt Wallace returns to the warped twin worlds he created with an all-new
Failed Cities story. Featuring the characters that drove the original audio
epic, and told, as always, in their own voices, THE FAILED CITIES: HATH A
DARKNESS brings this unique storytelling style to the page for the first
time, enhanced with original illustrations by Rick Stringer.


To some the number 99 represents the many names of God. But as a black
snowfall blankets the Failed Cities on Christmas Eve, the arrival of 99
mysterious steel chambers is the catalyst that sets a series of far from
blessed events in motion. From bullets and bata sticks to a life-and-death
hostage situation to high-speed battles up switchback mountain roads, eight
people become links in a deadly chain that will either tether innocent lives
to safety or strangle any hope for their future. And as each part of the
story unfolds, we learn that above all things, Christmas in the Failed
Cities is a feverishly struck balance between the constant threat of
violence and the briefest, most bittersweet moments of joy.

THE FAILED CITIES: HATH A DARKNESS by Matt Wallace is a freely distributed
.PDF produced and illustrated by Rick Stringer, and available exclusively
from Variant Frequencies. We’d like to encourage all our listeners to
download, print, enjoy, and pass along this unique piece of the Failed
Cities universe as a thank you for your continued support and enthusiastic
participation in our podcast.

And don’t forget to revisit THE FAILED CITIES MONOLOGUES, collected in its
entirety on

Happy Holidays from the entire crew of Variant Frequencies!