Personal Essay: Mighty Mur Lafferty
I think people have been lamenting that people don’t read enough forever, except for the times that there was a lot of pearl clutching over women reading novels and getting ideas instead of, I don’t know, scrubbing toilets and saying “Yes, dear.”
I mean, sure, there are things that are shinier than books. I myself have been guilty of being more interested in tablet games or my DS or PlayStation than the latest book. But people are making and imbibing more stories than ever. Maybe they’re not in a physical book. But when did that become the epitome of what “reading” is?
I keep thinking of the line from Hamilton that said “God help and forgive me, I wanna build something that’s gonna outlive me.” When I saw what Steve Eley had created with Escape Pod, I was impressed. He had listeners who weren’t even aware that short fiction was readily available in magazines; podcasts were the only way they had ever heard of such options. When the option came to help expand into Pseudopod, I jumped at the chance. Bringing more audio fiction to more ears was a no-brainer.
I am one of those people who put too much on my shoulders, especially when it comes to really exciting creative projects, so I had to step back, but I was thrilled to see Pseudopod continue and thrive. The knowledge that I had a hand in bringing a little bit of horror and gore and dread to people’s lives every week makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. The fact that our podcasts get people experiencing more fiction, whether you can to call it reading or listening or whatever, is a glorious thing indeed.
So happy birthday Pseudopod, you great big fluffy green tentacled nightmare. I’m so glad you grew up happy and healthy.
Mur Lafferty is the winner of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. The Shambling Guide to New York City won the 2014 Manly Wade Wellman Award. Its sequel, Ghost Train to New Orleans, then won the 2015 Manly Wade Wellman Award! More info about Mur's books here.
I’ve been a podcaster for 11 years, starting in December, 2004, and since then I’ve won the Podcast Peer Award and three Parsec Awards. In 2015 I was inducted into the Podcaster Hall of Fame. I’ve hosted and/or created shows for Tor.com, Lulu, and Angry Robot Books, as well as created several of my own shows like Geek Fu Action Grip and I Should Be Writing (11 years strong as of August 2016!) My newest show, Ditch Diggers, looks at writing from a business point of view.
I’ve been the editor of Pseudopod, Escape Pod, and am currently the editor of the Escape Artists ezine: Mothership Zeta.