The Martin Lastrapes Show Podcast Hour
By Martin Lastrapes
The Martin Lastrapes Show Podcast Hour is the show that may or may not be an hour long, depending on your perception of time and how much Martin has to say. It's both a silly and earnest look into the mind of award-winning novelist Martin Lastrapes as he talks about writing, publishing, and most anything else he finds interesting.
Episode 222: Tammy Salyer
Author and editor Tammy Salyer talks with Martin about indie publishing, book editing, and outlining novels.
April 25, 2022
Episode 221: Negative Reviews
Martin talks about what it's like to receive negative reviews and reads a few brutal reviews he's received for his books. He also shares an update on his hunt for a literary agent.
March 28, 2022
Episode 220: Will Entrekin
Martin talks to his old pal, Will Entrekin, about indie publishing, querying literary agents, and his new novel, Secondhand Emotions. Martin also talks about his current obsession will RuPaul's Drag Race.
February 07, 2022
Episode 219: Literary Agent Hunting
Martin talks about finishing his new novel, indie publishing vs. traditional publishing, and his current hunt for a literary agent. He also talks about why he stopped podcasting for over a year (did you miss him?).
January 05, 2022
Episode 218: JK Allen
JK Allen, author of Half Blood Alliance, talks with Martin about growing up half-Asian in Michigan, her love of genre fiction, and the importance of good editing.
October 05, 2020
Episode 217: Wild Within (Cast & Crew)
Martin talks with the cast and crew of Wild Within: Tonya Todd, Ryan Eicher, Clay Trimble, and Maria Bement.
September 18, 2020
Episode 216: MV Ellis
Romance author, MV Ellis, talks with Martin (all the way from Australia!) about book marketing, looking up hot guys on Instagram, and the benefits of writing in the middle of the night.
September 14, 2020
Episode 215: C.S. Alleyne
Horror author, C.S. Alleyne, talks with Martin about her debut novel, Belle Vue, her writing process, and her love of horror fiction, and her fascination is insane asylums.
August 31, 2020
Episode 214: Franze and Friends
Martin appeared as a guest on Franze and Friends with Jay Franze and Keith Sensing. He talks about Dolph the Unicorn Killer & Other Stories, indie publishing, and the first time he made a move on Chanel.
August 24, 2020
Episode 213: Mark Allan Gunnells
Horror author, Mark Allan Gunnells, talks with Martin about haunted houses, paranormal investigators, and his new novel, 324 Abercorn.
July 08, 2020
Episode 212: COVID-19 & #BLM
Martin and his pal, Ben Eads (author of Hollow Heart), a couple of well-meaning fellas with no solutions for any of the world’s ills, share their thoughts, concerns, and hopes for America as we continue to navigate the consistently raucous terrain of 2020.
June 15, 2020
Episode 211: Tonya Todd
Tonya Todd is an author, actress, screenwriter, and blogger. Tonya and Martin talk about storytelling, publishing, and the challenging task of querying literary agents.
June 08, 2020
Episode 210: Rex Hurst
Rex Hurst, author of What Hell May Come, is Martin’s guest. Rex talks about life in the age of coronavirus, the satanic panic that inspired his latest novel, and the importance of writing good dialogue.
May 25, 2020
Episode 209: Mercedes M. Yardley
Martin's guest is horror author, Bram Stoker Award-winner, and fellow Las Vegas local, Mercedes M. Yardley (aka Miss Murder). Mercedes and Martin talk about COVID-19, living in quarantine in Las Vegas, and the horror anthology she edited for Crystal Lake Publishing, Arterial Bloom.
April 27, 2020
Episode 208: Hideaway Circus
Martin's guests are Josh and Lyndsay Aviner, founders of the circus, dance, and multi-media production company, Hideaway Circus, and hosts of the Hideaway Circus Podcast. Josh and Lyndsay talk with Martin about performing in the circus, producing live theater, and their original productions, including the critically acclaimed off-Broadway show Beyond Babel.
April 20, 2020
Episode 207: Jonathan Fortin
Jonathan Fortin is the author of Lilitu: The Memoirs Of A Succubus. Martin and Jonathan talk about the coronavirus, creative writing workshops, and genre fiction.
March 27, 2020
Episode 206: Coronavirus & Star Wars
Martin shares his thoughts (and fears) regarding the coronavirus. He also enjoys a fun chat about all things "Star Wars" with the co-host of "Well...That Was Weird", Isaiah Engle.
March 18, 2020
Episode 205: 2020 Academy Awards Preview
It’s that time of year again for Martin and a random Canadian (read: Liz Hersey) to preview the Academy Awards. In this epic 3-hour-ish juggernaut of audio bliss, Martin and Liz discuss the 2020 Oscar nominees and give their predictions for who will win in all the major categories (hint: if you like money, bet on our picks).
February 05, 2020
Episode 204: Bruce A. Smith (or Fun with Murder Rooms)
Bruce A. Smith, author of Fun with Stuff and The Path of Reason: A Philosophy of Nonbelief is Martin’s guest. Martin and Bruce go on a tour of three different escape rooms (i.e., murder rooms) in Houston, Texas, then give their thoughts on the experience.
January 20, 2020
Episode 203: Well...That Was Weird
In this very special cross-over episode, Martin hangs out with the hosts of the hilarious podcast Well…That Was Weird.
December 30, 2019
Episode 202: Ben Eads
Ben Eads is the author of Hollow Heart, a terrifying horror novella about an an aberration known as The Architect. In this episode, Martin and Ben enjoy a lively chat about writing and publishing horror.
November 29, 2019
Episode 201: Jimmy Keegan
Legendary drummer, Jimmy Keegan, is Martin’s guest on this episode. Jimmy was the drummer for the progressive rock band Spock's Beard. He’s also played drums for artists such as Santana, Selena, and John Waite. BONUS: Martin’s silly mother, Kathy Lastrapes, serves as co-host in this episode, making an unforgettable (and hilarious) appearance.
November 19, 2019
Episode 200: Happy Show Fantastic Listening Party!
After completing their new scripted musical-comedy podcast, Happy Show Fantastic, Martin and his brother, Greg, sat down with several of the cast members for a fun (and occasionally drunken) chat.
October 15, 2019
Episode 199 6/9: 2019 Academy Awards Preview - PART 2
In Part Two of this Academy Awards preview, Martin and Liz Hersey finish up their thoughts and predictions on the Best Picture race, before getting into the other featured categories, such as Best Director and Best Actress.
February 19, 2019
Episode 199 1/2: 2019 Academy Awards Preview - PART 1
In Part One of this Academy Awards preview, Martin and Liz Hersey talk about the many controversies plaguing this year’s Oscars ceremony, before sharing their thoughts and predictions on the Best Picture race.
February 19, 2019
Episode 199: Mushroom Spray
One episode away from the epic 200th episode, Martin shares the mic with a trio of show favorites: Greg Lastrapes, Justine Gorny, and Chanel Chakko. And, boy, do things get weird in a hurry!
January 31, 2019
Episode 198: Buffy & Sabrina
Martin and Liz chat about a reported re-boot of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the new Netflix series Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, and generally pontificate on the merits of rehashing old television shows. And, just for good measure, Chanel makes a fun and wholly unplanned appearance.
December 10, 2018
Episode 197: Liz’s Las Vegas Birthday
Martin’s occasional co-host, Liz Hersey, traveled all the way from Canada to Las Vegas for her birthday! So, obviously, Martin recorded a series of random conversations with Liz, her husband, Matt (i.e., Martin’s Canadian producer), and Chanel while they were all oot and uh’boot in Sin City.
October 24, 2018
Episode 196: Kathy Lastrapes
Martin chats with his hilarious and candid mother, Kathy Lastrapes, on her 68th birthday. She talks about experiencing the Watts Riots, getting married at 17, and she even reveals a secret she’s been keeping for the past 50 years.
October 09, 2018
Episode 195: Martin and Liz Save the Oscars
Martin and Liz share their very strong opinions regarding the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ decision to introduce the Academy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Film category, amongst other Oscar changes.
September 17, 2018
Episode 194: Our Favorite Podcasts
Martin and Justine wax poetic about some of their very favorite podcasts, such as My Favorite Murder and Fatman on Batman.
August 07, 2018
Episode 193: Smell Like Cheech & Chong
In a tapestry of conversations spanning from 1/23/18 to 2/7/18, Martin and Justine take the mic into a Chipotle, as well as a Taco Bell Drive thru, while covering topics such as President Trump's first State of the Union Address and Glee actor Mark Salling's suicide.
June 15, 2018
Episode 192: Josh Woods
Josh Woods, acclaimed author of The Black Palace, is Martin's guest. During their chat, Josh and Martin discover they may very well be soulmates as they talk about professional wrestling, publishing, and storytelling. Josh also shares some very flattering thoughts about Dolph the Unicorn Killer & Other Stories.
June 01, 2018
Episode 191: Marvel Cinematic Marathon (PHASE THREE)
Martin and Chanel conclude their Marvel cinematic marathon in preparation for Avengers: Infinity War. Finishing up with PHASE THREE, they re-watched Captain America: Civil War, Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and Thor: Ragnarok. And, on opening day (first thing in the morning) they watched Avengers: Infinity War!
May 11, 2018
Episode 190: Marvel Cinematic Marathon (PHASE TWO)
Martin and Chanel continue their Marvel cinematic marathon in preparation for Avengers: Infinity War. Moving on to PHASE TWO, they re-watched Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Avengers: Age of Ultron.
May 11, 2018
Episode 189: Marvel Cinematic Marathon (PHASE ONE)
Martin and Chanel embarked on an epic Marvel cinematic marathon! They re-watched 14 (of 18) Marvel Studios movies in preparation for Avengers: Infinity War. Starting with Phase One, they re-watched Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, and Marvel's The Avengers.
May 11, 2018
Episode 188: Henry Mosquera
Martin chats with award-winning author, Henry Mosquera. Henry talks about his experience growing up in Caracas, Venezuela, as well as his decision to immigrate to America and how that led him to his career as an author.
April 24, 2018
Episode 187: Share A Slice With Sean
Martin shares the full, uncut, and unfiltered version of his appearance on Episode 55 of "Share a Slice with Sean." Also in this episode, you'll hear three audio excerpts from "Dolph the Unicorn Killer."
March 31, 2018
Episode 186: A Very Smoky Town
In a tapestry of conversations spanning from 12/13/17 to 1/19/18, Martin and [**Justine**](https://www.instagram.com/gornylittledevil/?hl=en) talk about all sorts of things, such as the time Martin taught himself how to make homemade cigarettes as a kid and Justine had to prove to her mom she was willing to kill someone with a butcher knife.
March 14, 2018
Episode 185: Oscars 2018 Preview
It's Oscar season! So, of course, that means Martin got together with his fellow Academy Awards junkie, Liz Hersey, to talk about all the major Oscar nominations. Listen in as they share their insights and make their predictions for the 90th Academy Awards.
March 02, 2018
Episode 184: Time Traveling
Martin and Justine go time traveling! Well...sort of. Just press PLAY and it will all make sense. Maybe. No refunds.
February 05, 2018
Episode 183: Birthdays and Wedding Bells
Martin hits the road for yet another California road trip. He talks to his mom about attending the wrong funeral and he talks to his brother, [**Greg**](http://www.greglastrapes.com/), about their new podcast-in-progress. Martin also enjoys a lovely chat with his nephew, [**Nathaniel**](https://www.instagram.com/nathanielp2/), and his fiancé, Mayra, just a few hours after he proposed.
January 16, 2018
Episode 182: California Road Trip
Martin took a road trip to California with [**Chanel Chakko**](https://www.instagram.com/ditadoll/) and [**Justine Gorny**](https://www.instagram.com/gornylittledevil/). They engage in all sorts of silliness as they drive through the desert, stop at a sketchy gas station, and take a walk through Martin's childhood neighborhood.
December 11, 2017
Episode 181: Ryan Edwards
World-renowned magician and mentalist [**Ryan Edwards**](https://rehandcrafted.com/pages/about-us) is Martin's guest. Ryan talks about performing magic, consulting on TV shows, and designing his very successful line of products for the magic industry.
December 04, 2017
Episode 180: Justine Gorny (and Chanel Chakko)
[**Justine Gorny**](https://www.instagram.com/gornylittledevil/) is back (with a special appearance from [**Chanel Chakko**](https://www.instagram.com/ditadoll/))! Justine talks about the wild adventure of living inside her brain, including having a dead octopus as a pet and hating Mark Ruffalo.
November 27, 2017
Episode 179: Villainy and Vice | Book Club
The Villainy and Vice book club read Martin's book, _Inside the Outside_, and they invited him to join their conversation. (SPOILER ALERT: Martin goes into a lot of detail regarding the story and several of its pivotal plot points, so be warned.)
November 21, 2017
Episode 178: Damien Angelica Walters (and Ben Eads)
Damien Angelica Walters, author of [**_Paper Tigers_**](http://amzn.to/2yJj9fD), is Martin's guest this week. Martin's pal, Ben Eads, also makes an appearance. Ben is the editor of _[**Tales from The Lake Vol.4: The Horror Anthology**](http://amzn.to/2hDbgoP)_ and Damien is one_ _of the featured authors in the book.
November 15, 2017
Episode 177: Stranger-er Things (w/ Liz Hersey)
In the eighth installment of "Stranger-er Things," Martin and [**Liz**](https://twitter.com/LizAnneHersey?lang=en) talk about how the WWE may or may not have stolen their title on the 10/24/17 episode of [_ **Smackdown Live** _](https://youtu.be/OEbysT671sA?t=2m25s). They also talk about Episode Eight of _Stranger Things_: "The Upside Down"
November 06, 2017
Episode 176: Stranger-er Things (w/ Liz Hersey)
In the seventh installment of "Stranger-er Things," Martin and [**Liz**](https://twitter.com/LizAnneHersey?lang=en) talk in-depth about Episode Seven of _Stranger Things_: "The Bathtub"
October 23, 2017
Episode 175: Stranger-er Things (w/ Liz Hersey)
In the sixth installment of "Stranger-er Things," Martin and [**Liz**](https://twitter.com/LizAnneHersey?lang=en) talk in-depth about Episode Six of _Stranger Things_: "The Monster"
October 16, 2017
Episode 174: Las Vegas Shooting
Las Vegas native, Gary Lopez, sits down with Martin to talk about the tragic shooting that happened on the Las Vegas Strip. Gary shares his firsthand accounts from the Strip as he did his best to help injured victims.
October 06, 2017
Episode 173: Stranger-er Things (w/ Liz Hersey)
In the fifth installment of "Stranger-er Things," Martin and [**Liz**](https://twitter.com/LizAnneHersey?lang=en) talk in-depth about Episode Five of _Stranger Things_: "The Flea and the Acrobat"
September 25, 2017
Episode 172: Stranger-er Things (w/ Liz Hersey)
In the fourth installment of "Stranger-er Things," Martin and [**Liz**](https://twitter.com/LizAnneHersey?lang=en) talk in-depth about Episode Four of _Stranger Things_: "The Body"
September 18, 2017
Episode 171: Stranger-er Things (w/ Liz Hersey)
In the third installment of "Stranger-er Things," Martin and [**Liz**](https://twitter.com/LizAnneHersey?lang=en) talk in-depth about Episode Three of _Stranger Things_: "Holly, Jolly"
September 11, 2017
Episode 170: Stranger-er Things (w/ Liz Hersey)
In the second installment of "Stranger-er Things," Martin and [**Liz**](https://twitter.com/LizAnneHersey?lang=en) talk in-depth about Episode Two of _Stranger Things_: "The Weirdo on Maple Street"
September 04, 2017
Episode 169: Stranger-er Things (w/ Liz Hersey)
Welcome to the first installment of "Stranger-er Things," a miniseries in which Martin and his Canadian pal, Liz Hersey, talk in-depth about the brilliant Netflix series _Stranger Things_. This week they discuss "Chapter One: The Vanishing of Will Byers."
August 28, 2017
Episode 168: Motorcycle Mischief
Gary Lopez is back with yet another crazy story involving his newly acquired motorcycle. This particular story involves Gary making the absolute wrong decision after a cop gets involved.
August 21, 2017
Episode 167: Justine Gorny
Martin hangs out with his hilarious friend, Justine Gorny. Justine talks about growing up in Las Vegas, obsessing over lesbian films, and her lifelong love of stand-up comedy.
August 14, 2017
Episode 166: New Book Update
Martin squeezes in some time for a quick update on his forthcoming short story collection _Dolph the Unicorn Killer and Other Stories_. He also talks about the genesis of the book and the personal significance of it in his writing journey.
July 31, 2017
Episode 165: Rewind (A Block of Words)
Take a ride on the Way-Back Machine, all the way back to April 7, 2014, for Episode 10 as Martin walks the audio tightrope by recording solo. He talks about his writing process, Joss Whedon, and why you shouldn't text and drive.
July 03, 2017
Episode 164: Heroes, Villains, and Motorcycles
Gary Lopez is back! He and Martin talk about why some of their favorite TV shows went from great to crap and Gary tells an epic story about his first time riding a motorcycle. (And, weirdly enough, this episode has "Logan" spoilers, so be warned.)
June 19, 2017
Episode 163: Rewind (Nigel McGuinness)
# Take a ride on the Way-Back Machine, all the way back to January 12, 2015, and listen in as Martin chats with **[WWE broadcaster Nigel McGuinness](http://www.wwe.com/superstars/nigel-mcguinness)**. (SPOILER: Nigel has a message for Martin's mom before he leaves).
May 29, 2017
Episode 162: William Bryan Smith
Martin's guest this week is William Bryan Smith, author of [_ **Free Range Men** _](https://mainstreetragbookstore.com/?product=free-range-men). Smith talks with Martin about being a private investigator, earning his MFA from Bennginton College, and teaching literature in the Pennsylvania State Correctional System.
May 23, 2017
Episode 161: Green Eggs and Ham
Introducing...um...what's his name? Martin's friend "Paul" hangs out on the podcast this week and proves to be a virtual man of mystery. "Paul" shares some amazing stories, while avoiding every single question Martin asks.
May 15, 2017
Episode 160: Timothy Sunderland
Timothy Sunderland, author of [_ **Rules for Giving** _](http://amzn.to/2pJrgbm), is Martin's guest this week. Timothy talks about spending 19 months as a police officer, covering the 1984 Olympics, and making a career in the marketing industry (despite never having seen _Mad Men_!).
May 08, 2017
Episode 159: Blondie and the Brit
On April 6, 2017, Martin made his second appearance on [**_Blondie and the Brit_**](https://blondieandbrit.podbean.com/e/martin-lastrapes-episode-81-confessions-of-an-author/), a podcast about writing and publishing hosted by KJ Waters (Blondie) and Suzanne Kelman (the Brit). This is a fun upbeat interview that also has very poignant moments where Martin opens up about the struggles we all face on the writer's journey.
May 01, 2017
Episode 158: M.L Welker
M.L. Welker, author of [**_Blockbuster Blueprint: A Step-by-Step Guide to Crafting a Best-selling Story_**](http://amzn.to/2pe0jeT), talks with Martin about the hidden formula that all blockbuster movies and novels follow. He and Martin also talk about growing up in the Inland Empire.
April 24, 2017
Episode 157: Comic Book Movies
Gary Lopez is back, making his second appearance on the show. He and Martin get into two of their favorite topics: comic books and movies. From the Marvel Cinematic Universe to the DC Cinematic Universe, Martin and Gary cover a lot of geeky superhero ground.
April 18, 2017
Episode 156: Teen Drama Archetypes | PART TWO
Martin continues talking with his hilarious Canadian pal Liz Hersey about her list of [**14 Archetypes of Teen TV Dramas**](http://thelizchannel.blogspot.com/2017/03/14-archetypes-of-teen-tv-dramas.html). Liz continues to break down how all of the characters from your beloved teen shows fall into one of fourteen archetypes, such as "Tyrion Lannister" and "The Slim Shady."
April 10, 2017
Episode 155: Teen Drama Archetypes | PART ONE
Liz Hersey joins Martin to talk about her list of [**14 Archetypes of Teen TV Dramas**](http://thelizchannel.blogspot.com/2017/03/14-archetypes-of-teen-tv-dramas.html). Liz breaks down how all of the characters from your beloved teen shows fall into one of fourteen archetypes, such as "The Katniss Everdeen" and "The James Dean."
April 04, 2017
Episode 154: Gary Lopez
Who in the world is Gary Lopez? If you're not asking that, you should be. And the answer is Gary Lopez is the newest addition to _The Martin Lastrapes Show Podcast Hour_. Why? Take a listen and find out for yourself...
March 27, 2017
Episode 153: Anna LeBaron
Martin's guest is Anna LeBaron, author of the memoir **[_The Polygamist's Daughter_](http://amzn.to/2lR0k88)**. Anna talks about growing up in a murderous polygamist cult, running away at the age of 13, and eventually reclaiming her life.
March 20, 2017
Episode 152: Mark Allan Gunnells
Mark Allan Gunnells is back! He and Martin talk about the Academy Awards, writing gay and straight characters, _Buffy the Vampire Slayer_, and _Missing Richard Simmons_. They also talk about Mark's new novel, [**_The Cult Of_**](http://amzn.to/2ltF3B3) _**[Ocasta](http://amzn.to/2ltF3B3)**_.
March 13, 2017
Episode 151: Oscar Films (2017) | PART TWO
Martin and Chanel are back with PART TWO of their Oscars chat. They finish talking about the other five Best Picture nominees (_Moonlight, Lion, Hacksaw Ridge, Arrival,_ and _Hidden Figures_), while also talking about the 89th Academy Awards ceremony.
March 06, 2017
Episode 150: Oscar Films (2017) | PART ONE
She's back! After a year away from the show, Chanel Chakko is back to chat with Martin about 4 of the 9 films nominated for Best Picture at the 2017 Academy Awards: _Manchester by the Sea, Fences, Hell or High Water,_ and _La La Land. _
February 20, 2017
Episode 149: Oscar Nominees | PART TWO
Martin and his Canadian pal, Liz Hersey, wrap up their epic conversation about all of the major nominees in the 89th Academy Awards.
February 06, 2017
Episode 148: Oscar Nominees | PART ONE
It's Oscar season! So, of course, that means Martin and his Canadian pal, Liz Hersey, got behind the mics and went deep as they talked about all the major nominees in the 89th Academy Awards.
January 30, 2017
Episode 147: Rewind (Las Vegas)
Take a ride on the Way-Back Machine, all the way back to April 29, 2014, and listen in as Martin and Chanel talk about a trip they took to Las Vegas to celebrate Chanel's birthday (SPOILER: Chanel makes some erotically inappropriate comments about a Cirque du Soleil clown).
January 26, 2017
Episode 146: Rewind (Origin Story)
_The Martin Lastrapes Show Podcast Hour_ debuted on January 21, 2014, with "Episode One: Origin Story." Take a ride on the Way-Back Machine and listen in as Martin introduces himself to the podcast universe for the very first time.
January 16, 2017
Episode 145: Squirting Boy and Running Liz
Martin's favorite Canadian, Liz Hersey, is back on the show! Liz and Martin get into the darker side of _Saved by the Bell_, from Screech's lascivious sex tape to Peter Engel's obsession with getting his cast hopped up on speed.
December 12, 2016
Episode 144: Mark Allan Gunnells
Mark Allan Gunnells makes a triumphant return! Mark talks about his new novel _Where the Dead Go To Die_ and his experience collaborating with his co-author, Aaron Dries. Then he and Martin fall down the rabbit hole as they geek out over _Buffy the Vampire Slayer_.
December 05, 2016
Episode 143: John Palisano
John Palisano, 2016 Bram Stoker Award Winner, is Martin's guest this week. John talks about writing horror, being the Vice President of the Horror Writers Association, and what it was like to win the Bram Stoker Award.
November 28, 2016
Episode 142: You're Welcome (Happy Thanksgiving!)
Liz Hersey returns for Thanksgiving...you're welcome! Liz and Martin share tips on blogging and podcasting, offering valuable insights on how to get started, persevere, and ultimately succeed in sharing your voice and finding your audience.
November 21, 2016
Episode 141: Books That Made Great Movies | PART TWO
Martin continues his list of great books that were adapted into great movies! He also tells a story about running away from a bear and the time he made eye contact with Robert Downy, Jr.
November 19, 2016
Episode 140: Books That Made Great Movies | PART ONE
Martin gets into two of his very favorite topics: books and movies. Specifically, he's compiled a list of some of his favorite movies that were adapted from some of his favorite books.
November 18, 2016
Episode 139: Politics, Voting, and America
In the wake of the monumental election that elevated Donald Trump to office of President of the United States, Martin shares his thoughts on the state of hope and optimism. In short, he feels both hope _and_ optimism thanks to people like Jared Rivera.
November 15, 2016
Episode 138: Writing Fear (Live from Hollywood, CA)
Happy Halloween! Martin was invited to join a panel of horror authors at the [**North Hollywood Amelia Earhart Regional Library**](http://www.lapl.org/branches/north-hollywood) on 10/23/16. Along with the other panelists, he talked about writing, publishing, and why horror authors are heroes to the world (you're welcome!).
October 31, 2016
Episode 137: A Very Buffy Halloween
Liz Hersey returns to the show to talk with Martin about their favorite TV show, _Buffy the Vampire Slayer_. Specifically, they talk about the first Halloween episode of _Buffy_, while also digressing into side conversations about Donald Trump, Kim Kardashian, and trick-or-treating.
October 17, 2016
Episode 136: KJ Waters
KJ Waters, author and podcaster, returns to the show! She talks about surviving hurricanes, her novel [**_Stealing Time_**](http://amzn.to/2d15Fp2), and her first year as co-host of [_ **Blondie and the Brit** _](http://www.blondieandbrit.com/http://www.blondieandbrit.com/).
October 10, 2016
Episode 135: Miya Kressin
Miya Kressin, author of [**_The Asylum Saga_**](http://amzn.to/2ccSJM9) trilogy, is Martin's guest this week. Miya talks about publishing with Exciting Press, making young boys uncomfortable, and being her dad's second favorite author. #GiveMartinAChance
September 19, 2016
Episode 134: Michael Van Cleve
Martin's guest this week is comic book writer Michael Van Cleve, author of [_ **Child of the Sun** _](http://amzn.to/2cyzOwg). Michael talks about his childhood influences, his favorite comic book writers, and his secret technique for getting Hollywood executives on the phone.
September 12, 2016
Episode 133: Will Entrekin | PART TWO
In PART TWO of their conversation, [**Will Entrekin**](https://twitter.com/willentrekin) talks about publishing with Martin, the merits of Amazon.com, and why he hates the term "self-publishing."
September 05, 2016
Episode 132: Will Entrekin | PART ONE
Martin finally gets his friend and publishing collaborator [**Will Entrekin**](https://twitter.com/willentrekin) on the podcast. In PART ONE of their conversation, Will talks about reading Stephen King, starting Exciting Press, and writing [_ **The Prodigal Hour** _](http://amzn.to/2bK1qfp).
August 29, 2016
Episode 131: Michael McCarty & Mark McLaughlin
Martin starts within epilogue to Episode 130, giving his thoughts on the amazing UFC fight between Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor. He also enjoys a conversation with Michael McCarty and Mark McLaughlin, co-authors of _[**Dracula Transformed And Other Bloodthirsty Tales**](http://amzn.to/2bvnufk)._
August 22, 2016
Episode 130: Diaz vs. McGregor II
Martin talks about the upcoming UFC fight between Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor, breaking down the inherent storytelling elements that make mixed-martial arts (and prize fighting in general) so very entertaining.
August 15, 2016
Episode 129: Mary Mackey
_New York Times_ Bestselling author [**Mary Mackey**](http://marymackey.com/about-mary-mackey/) talks to Martin about her new novel, [_ **The Village of Bones** _](http://amzn.to/2avbnPO), writing screenplays for Hollywood, and how she got invited to speak at Europe's largest furry convention, ** **** [Eurofurence 2016](https://www.eurofurence.org/EF22/)**.
August 04, 2016
Episode 128: Writing Update
Back on Episode 126, Martin shared his angst about not writing as much as he used to. On this episode, he updates you on his writing progress and talks about a new writing project that developed shortly after recording [**"Existential Angst."**](http://www.martinlastrapesshow.com/episodes/126)
July 30, 2016
Episode 127: Sloppy Seconds
Liz Hersey is back! She and Martin pick up their conversation about favorite TV shows from their adolescence from Episode 124. This time they share the honorable mentions that couldn't quite crack their Top 5 lists.
July 18, 2016
Episode 126: Existential Angst
Martin is a writer...only he's not been writing. On this episode, he shares several of his favorite books and authors in the hopes that it will inspire him to get writing again.
July 11, 2016
Episode 125: Taryn Spates
Taryn Spates, author of [_ **35 by 35: A Runner's Quest** _](http://amzn.to/29l7H0A), is Martin's guest. Taryn talks about running marathons, winning an Emmy Award, and wrestling with her girlfriends.
July 05, 2016
Episode 124: Liz Hersey
[**Liz Hersey**](http://thelizchannel.blogspot.com/) makes a triumphant return to the podcast as she and Martin chat for nearly three hours about their favorite childhood TV shows. Find out which shows made their respective Top 5 lists.
June 15, 2016
Episode 123: Jake Aurelian
This week Martin talks to his friend, award-winning author Jake Aurelian. They talk about their shared affection for "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, Jake's writing process, and his new latest Ripper the Clown novel.
June 09, 2016
Episode 122: Ben Eads
Martin's guest this week is Ben Eads: Action Star. For the first 40 minutes of this episode, Martin is riveted to near silence by an unbelievable story Ben shares. They also talk about writing and whatnot.
June 04, 2016
Episode 121: The Greg + Martin 10 Chat Hour
Martin shares Episodes 5-8 of _[**The Greg + Martin 10 Minute Chat Hour**](http://www.birdandgoldfish.com/gm10/). _He also gives some added commentary to the episodes, taking advantage of Greg not being around to interrupt him.
May 27, 2016
Episode 120: The Greg + Martin 10 Chat Hour
Martin shares Episodes 1-4 of _[**The Greg + Martin 10 Minute Chat Hour**](http://www.birdandgoldfish.com/gm10/). _He also gives some added commentary to the episodes, taking advantage of Greg not being around to interrupt him.
May 22, 2016
Episode 119: Rebecca Jones-Howe
Rebecca Jones-Howe, author of _Vile Men_, is Martin's guest this week. Rebecca talks about growing up in Canada, her road to publication, and writing dark, sexy stories.
May 14, 2016
Episode 118: Diana Wagman | PART TWO
In Part Two of their conversation, critically acclaimed author Diana Wagman talks about her friend Janet Fitch (author of _White Oleander_), her latest novel (_Life #6_), and the awesome clown novel she's working on (which Martin cannot wait to read!).
May 07, 2016
Episode 117: Diana Wagman | PART ONE
Diana Wagman, author of _Life #6_ and _The Care and Feeding of Exotic Pets_ is Martin's guest this week. Diana talks books, screenwriting, and close calls with Hollywood.
April 25, 2016
Episode 116: The Super Jenius Show
Jennifer Ott is back on the show, only this time she's interviewing Martin! Listen to Martin's full appearance on Jennifer's radio program [**_The Super_ _Jenius_ _Show_**](http://www.artistfirst.com/jenniferott.htm). They talk about negative book reviews, indie publishing, and the creative spirit.
April 18, 2016
Episode 115: Jennifer Ott
Martin's guest this week is Jennifer Ott, author of [**_Desperate Moon_**](http://amzn.to/1XmEz8n) and host of _The Super_ _Jenius_ _Show_ on the Artist First Radio Network. Jennifer talks about indie publishing, vampires, and being a radio host.
April 11, 2016
Episode 114: Liz Hersey
Liz Hersey, proud Candian and regular contributor to the podcast, is back on the show this week to chat with Martin about their favorite show, _Buffy the Vampire Slayer_. Specifically, they discuss [**Joss Whedon's Top 10 favorite episodes**](http://www.ew.com/article/2012/05/10/joss-whedon-buffy-top-10-marathon).
March 28, 2016
Episode 113: Celebrating Buffy
This week Martin celebrates _Buffy the Vampire Slayer_, which enjoyed its 19 anniversary. He talks about the profound effect _Buffy_ has had on him, both in his writing and on his views on feminism.
March 23, 2016
Episode 112: Christopher Bernard
Martin's guest this week is the prolifically interesting Christopher Bernard, author of [_ **Voyage to a Phantom City** _](http://amzn.to/1McYalj). Christopher talks about growing both in the country and the city, the difficult task of getting reviews for e-books, and writing about growing into manhood.
March 14, 2016
Episode 111: The Unwrappening
Martin and his big brother, Greg, unleash the first installment of "The Unwrappening," a meta-series where they watch a movie and chat about it. For this inaugural episode, Greg shows Martin Eraserhead for the first time.
March 10, 2016
Episode 110: 88th Oscars Recap
Martin rides solo this week as he recaps the 88th Academy Awards. He gives his thoughts on the controversy surrounding the lack of diversity, Chris Rock's performance as host, as well as all the winners and losers of the night.
March 04, 2016
Episode 109: Oscars Preview (2016)
Martin and Chanel sit down to talk about the Best Picture nominees for the 88th Academy Awards. They talk about their favorite movies and make their predictions. Also, Chanel does an Irish accent.
February 25, 2016
Episode 108: Liz Hersey
Liz Hersey, Oscar nerd and the pride of Canada, joins Martin to talk about the [**nominees for the 2016 Academy Awards**](http://oscar.go.com/nominees). Liz also shares some intimate information about what she does while watching [**Ben Affleck**](http://static.businessinsider.com/image/524c3750eab8ea9f5654fc6a/image.jpg) in _Dazed and Confused_.
February 15, 2016
Episode 107: Richard Thomas
Richard Thomas, author of [**_Breaker_**](http://amzn.to/20PuLWT) is Martin's guest this week. Richard talks about his journey to publication, working with Chuck Palahniuk, and his new literary magazine [**_Gamut_**](https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/richardthomas/gamut-magazine-neo-noir-speculative-literary-ficti).
February 08, 2016
Episode 106: Greg Lastrapes
Martin and his big brother [**Greg**](http://www.birdandgoldfish.com/gm10/) are out on the town, driving around Burbank and recording as they go. They stop for tamales and walk around the mall while they're out, podcasting all along the way.
February 01, 2016
Episode 105: Hozier Day
On October 13, 2015, Martin and Chanel spent 12 hours galavanting around Southern California on their way to see Hozier in concert. And, of course, Martin simply couldn't resist documenting their travels with a podcast.
January 25, 2016
Episode 104: Blondie and the Brit
This week Martin shares the extended version of his conversation on _**[Blondie and the Brit](http://blondieandbrit.podbean.com/e/martin-lastrapes-episode-17-bermuda-or-gotham-city/) **_from January 7, 2016. He also talks about his new YouTube series, [**_The Greg + Martin 10 Minute Chat_** _ **Hour** _](http://www.birdandgoldfish.com/gm10), which he stars in alongside his brother (and sometimes-podcast-guest) [**Greg Lastrapes**](http://www.greglastrapes.com/).
January 18, 2016
Episode 103: Blondie and the Brit
Martin's guests this week are the hosts of the podcast _**[Blondie and the Brit](http://blondieandbrit.podbean.com/)**_, KJ Waters and Suzanne Kelman. KJ and Suzanne talk with Martin about writing, podcasting, and how they started their collaboration.
January 11, 2016
Episode 102: Mark Allan Gunnells
Martin's guest this week is Mark Allan Gunnells, author of [_ **Flowers in a Dumpster** _](http://amzn.to/1OLnhvp). Mark talks about growing up in a small town, his fascination with fantasy and horror, and why he loves zombies.
January 06, 2016
Episode 101: Year in Review (2015)
Martin and Chanel review the year that was 2015. They talk about Caitlyn Jenner, Bowhead whales, _Star Wars_, Steve Harvey, Green Tea, Ronda Rousey, scientific mice, Paris, e-cigarettes, Hulk Hogan, and more!!!
December 28, 2015
Episode 100: Live Podcast
Martin hosts the first ever live episode of _The Martin Lastrapes Show Podcast Hour._ His big brother, [**Greg Lastrapes**](http://www.greglastrapes.com/), sits in as co-host and [**Comic Book Expert Anthony Ray Bench**](https://twitter.com/thisgamecheats) serves expertly as producer. They talk about vampires, Matthew McConaughey, and Las Vegas.
December 21, 2015
Episode 99: Greg Lastrapes | PART THREE
In the third and final installment of this trilogy, Greg talks about singing on _Mad Men_, his affinity for Jim Henson, his budding puppet empire, and his first puppet music video, [**"Don't Let Him In!"**](https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/dont-let-him-in!-single/id1043927536) starring The Four Heads.
December 14, 2015
Episode 98: Greg Lastrapes | PART TWO
Martin listens dutifully as his big brother, [**Greg Lastrapes**](http://www.greglastrapes.com/), talks about his days as an award-winning theatre performer, his near-misses on television and film, and the time he worked for Danny DeVito's production company Jersey Films.
December 07, 2015
Episode 97: Greg Lastrapes | PART ONE
Martin's big brother, [**Greg Lastrapes**](http://www.greglastrapes.com/), steals the show (literally) with a new theme song and monologue, before talking about comic books, discovering filmmaking, and performing on stage as a kid.
December 01, 2015
Episode 96: Stephen King’s Rules for Writers
Martin shares [**"Stephen King’s Top 20 Rules,"**](http://www.openculture.com/2014/03/stephen-kings-top-20-rules-for-writers.html) which originally appeared in his memoir [**_On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft_**](http://amzn.to/1j8vC3M). He also talks about the progress of his current novel, as well as his #1 writing "rule."
November 23, 2015
Episode 95: Donna & Tony Figueroa
Martin enjoys a delightful conversation with Donna and Tony Figueroa. Donna and Tony talk about acting, storytelling, falling in love, and Donna's debut novel [**_Fall Again: Beginnings_**](http://amzn.to/1Ybhsi8).
November 16, 2015
Episode 94: The Vegas Chronicles | Vol. 3
Martin and Chanel look back on their first year of marriage while driving to the Las Vegas Strip for a celebratory dessert. They reminisce on their 6-minute wedding ceremony and try to figure out if they're marriage is legal.
November 11, 2015
Episode 93: Under Construction
Martin and Chanel talk about Halloween 2015, the publication of Martin's fourth novel (_**[The Vampire, the Hunter, and Frank](http://amzn.to/1Mn4sSt)**_), and his latest literary award.
November 06, 2015
Episode 92: Movie Time | Scream
Martin and Chanel watched the 1996 horror classic _Scream_. They talk about _Scream_'s far-reaching impact on the horror genre in Hollywood and the prolific career of horror icon Wes Craven.
October 26, 2015
Episode 91: The Buffy Chronicles (S1 - E6)
Martin and Chanel watch "The Pack," Ep. 6 of _Buffy the Vampire Slayer_, doing an audio commentary along the way. They also discuss the continuing legal woes of _Buffy_ star Nicholas Brendan.
October 19, 2015
Episode 90: Inside the Outside (Audio Reading)
This week, Martin reads from his award-winning and bestselling novel [_ **Inside the Outside** _](http://amzn.to/1MlPmbS)! Meet the lovable cannibal, Timber Marlow, as well as cult leader Daddy Marlow and others, as Martin reads three full chapters from his debut novel.
October 12, 2015
Episode 89: Harrison Smith
Horror filmmaker Harrison Smith is Martin's guest this week. Harrison talks about his films, including [_ **The Fields** _](http://amzn.to/1VtBwyk) and [_ **Camp Dread** _](http://amzn.to/1NchELJ). He also talks about financing films, casting actors, and why [**_Jaws: The Revenge_**](http://amzn.to/1j5Txlj) is the worst movie ever made.
October 05, 2015
Episode 88: Jonathan Yanez
[**Jonathan Yanez**](http://amzn.to/1PIDF2h), bestselling author of _The Elite Series, _is Martin's guest this week. Jonathan talks about being home-schooled, the difficulty of finding an agent, and independent publishing.
September 28, 2015
Episode 87: Jake Aurelian
Award-winning author Jake Aurelian returns to the podcast for a second visit. He talks about being attacked by a drunk guy, being a deranged clown, and the passing of "Rowdy" Roddy Piper.
September 21, 2015
Episode 86: The Vegas Chronicles | Vol. 2
Martin and Chanel took an impromptu trip to Las Vegas and recorded Vol. 2 of "The Vegas Chronicles" while they were there. They cover everything from circus acts and bungee jumping to strip clubs and zombies.
September 14, 2015
Episode 85: K. Scott Lewis
Martin's guest this week is K. Scott Lewis, author of the _[When Dragons Die](http://amzn.to/1JLm1Hj) _trilogy. He tells Martin about growing up in a Navy family, discovering J. R. R. Tolkien, and breaking away from religion.
September 07, 2015
Episode 84: Charlie Stanton
Martin shares the extended version of his appearance on the KSKQ 89.5 FM radio show and podcast _**[Get Behind Me, Now Stay](http://getbehindmepodcast.com/?p=episode&name=2015-06-06_get_behind_me_-_episode_61_-_itunes.mp3)**_, where he was interviewed by the President of **[Just Imagine It Ink](http://www.justimagineitink.com/)**, Charlie Stanton.
August 31, 2015
Episode 83: Jim Grayson
Jim Grayson, author of Trailer Vamp - Love Bites is Martin's guest this week. Jim talks about the unique path that led him to becoming a novelist, outlining versus seat-of-your-pants storytelling, and, of course, vampires.
August 24, 2015
Episode 82: Anthony Ray Bench | PART TWO
In PART TWO of their conversation, Anthony and Martin talk about _Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice_, _Suicide Squad_, the DC Cinematic/Television Universe, _The Avengers: Age of Ultron,_ _Ant-Man_, and Netflix's _Daredevil_.
August 17, 2015
Episode 81: Anthony Ray Bench | PART ONE
Comic Book Expert Anthony Ray Bench makes a triumphant return to the podcast after an unreasonably long absence. In PART ONE of their two-part conversation, Anthony and Martin talk about comics, movies, and San Diego Comic-Con 2015.
August 10, 2015
Episode 80: The Vegas Chronicles | Vol. 1
Martin and Chanel took a road trip to Las Vegas! Just for fun, they decided to podcast about the experience while they were there. Hear all about their dubious hotel accommodations, the sweltering summer heat, and Chanel being naked.
August 03, 2015
Episode 79: Kelly Luce
Award-winning author Kelly Luce is Martin's guest this week. Kelly talks about her book _[Three Scenarios in Which Hana Sasaki Grows a Tail](https://www.amazon.com/Three-Scenarios-Which-Sasaki-Grows/dp/0989275914/ref=as_sl_pc_ss_til?tag=themarlasshop-20&linkCode=w01&linkId=FF3R2JTT5NYNYP2D&creativeASIN=0989275914), _studying Cognitive Science in college, and spending a week in a Japanese jail.
July 27, 2015
Episode 78: Liz Hersey | PART TWO
In Part Two of their chat, Martin tells Liz a scandalous story from his time as a substitute high school teacher, Liz talks about her experience at the Great American Pitchfest, and together they try to figure out how in the hell they actually met.
July 20, 2015
Episode 77: Liz Hersey | PART ONE
This week Martin welcomes back his Canadian pal and fellow _Buffy_ enthusiast [Liz Hersey](https://twitter.com/lizannehersey) to the podcast. Liz talks about crushing on asshole cartoon characters, reading about sex in VC Andrews books, and why Steven Spielberg needs to get a boner.
July 13, 2015
Episode 76: Kevin Lucia
Martin's guest this week is horror author [Kevin Lucia](http://www.kevinlucia.com/). Kevin talks about being a high school teacher, dealing with negative book reviews, and his latest book _[Through a Mirror, Darkly](https://www.amazon.com/Through-Mirror-Darkly-Kevin-Lucia/dp/0994662645/ref=as_sl_pc_ss_til?tag=themarlasshop-20&linkCode=w01&linkId=HUGVHCUAFN27DVBT&creativeASIN=0994662645). _
July 06, 2015
Episode 75: Prologue/Chapter One (AUDIO READING)
This week Martin does an audio reading from [_The Vampire, the Hunter, and the Girl_](https://www.amazon.com/The-Vampire-Hunter-Girl-Trilogy/dp/0985704322/ref=as_sl_pc_ss_til?tag=themarlasshop-20&linkCode=w01&linkId=M43DZRGSSBKCFJJY&creativeASIN=0985704322). Specifically, he reads the Prologue and Chapter One: The Vampire. He also talks about his experience as a panelist on [The Elements of Genre](http://1888.center/the-elements-of-genre-june-27/) panel.
June 29, 2015
Episode 74: Emma Arnold | PART TWO
In the second half of her chat with Martin, comedian [Emma Arnold](http://www.emmaarnoldcomedy.com/) talks about doing standup comedy and being a recovering sex addict. Also, Martin does an audio reading of Emma's article ["Hearts and Bones."](http://www.emmaarnoldcomedy.com/blog/hearts-and-bones)
June 22, 2015
Episode 73: Emma Arnold | PART ONE
The hilarious comedian, author, and beekeeper **[Emma Arnold](http://www.emmaarnoldcomedy.com/)** is Martin's guest this week. Emma talks about growing up in the woods, writing erotica, and how _Jaws_helped teach her about sex.
June 15, 2015
Episode 72: The Buffy Chronicles (S1 - E5)
Screenwriter and fellow Buffy enthusiast [**Liz Hersey**](http://www.thelizchannel.blogspot.com/) joins Martin and Chanel for "The Buffy Chronicles" as they provide commentary for "Never Kill a Boy on the First Date."
June 08, 2015
Episode 71: R.I.P. Michael PonTell
[**Michael PonTell**](http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/ivdailybulletin/obituary.aspx?n=michael-pontell&pid=174928424), a bright and ambitious young writer, passed away on May 12, 2015, at the age of 23. Michael and Martin enjoyed a lively conversation about writing and the state of the publishing industry. Recorded on March 6, 2015.
June 01, 2015
Episode 70: Martin Lastrapes
Chanel Chakko fills in as guest host this week and her guest is award-winning author Martin Lastrapes. Martin talks about reading comics as a kid, his undying love for _Buffy the Vampire Slayer_, and his new book _The Vampire, the Hunter, and the Girl_.
May 25, 2015
Episode 69: Michael McCarty
Michael McCarty, author of _[**Modern Mythmakers: 35 Interviews with Horror & Science Fiction Writers and Filmmakers**](https://www.amazon.com/Modern-Mythmakers-Interviews-Science-Filmmakers/dp/0994662602/ref=as_sl_pc_ss_til?tag=themarlasshop-20&linkCode=w01&linkId=KJT5NJ36EGWCLSTT&creativeASIN=0994662602), _is Martin's guest this week. Michael talks about journalism, fiction writing, and interviewing horror/sci-fi icons.
May 18, 2015
Episode 68: Writing Rules
Martin talks about writing rules, specifically why they suck and why he doesn't agree with any of them. He also shares ["Elmore Leonard's 10 Rules of Writing,"](http://bit.ly/1F0bl7j) giving his personal thoughts on each one.
May 12, 2015
Episode 67: Jasper Bark
Jasper Bark, award-winning and critically acclaimed British novelist and comic book writer, is Martin's guest this week. Jasper talks about getting into trouble in school, being a journalist, and how his wife made it possible for him to pursue a career as a full-time writer.
May 04, 2015
Episode 66: Are You Up?
Martin is joined by a motley crew of guests: His German nephew, his American nephew, his occasional co-host, his mother, his father, and his father-in-law. You will literally laugh and cry before it's over.
April 27, 2015
Episode 65: Tammy Salyer
Tammy Salyer, author of _The __Spectras Arise Trilogy_, talks about her love of Tom Robbins, freelance editing, writing book trilogies, and jumping out of airplanes on purpose.
April 20, 2015
Episode 64: Amanda Headlee
Amanda Headlee, author and blogger, is Martin's guest this week. Amanda talks about living in the middle of the woods, techniques for scaring readers, and the influence of H.P. Lovecraft.
April 13, 2015
Episode 63: James Brown (PART TWO)
James Brown talks about going back to fiction writing, adapting his work into a screenplay, and how the evolution of the publishing industry has affected his career.
April 06, 2015
Episode 62: James Brown (PART ONE)
James Brown, author of _[The Los Angeles Diaries](https://www.amazon.com/The-Los-Angeles-Diaries-Memoir/dp/1582437203/ref=as_sl_pc_ss_til?tag=themarlasshop-20&linkCode=w01&linkId=OWT23R2AKEAHZD4Z&creativeASIN=1582437203) _and _[This River](https://www.amazon.com/This-River-Memoir-James-Brown/dp/1582437211/ref=as_sl_pc_ss_til?tag=themarlasshop-20&linkCode=w01&linkId=AP65YZPGIHPBSFCN&creativeASIN=1582437211),_ talks about_ _struggling in grade school, his mother's criminal activities, the difference between an autobiography and a memoir, and asking Michael Chabon for a blurb.
March 30, 2015
Episode 61: Emily Bleeker
Emily Bleeker, #1 Bestselling author of [_Wreckage_](https://www.amazon.com/Wreckage-Emily-Bleeker-ebook/dp/B00NAJZDIM/ref=as_sl_pc_ss_til?tag=themarlasshop-20&linkCode=w01&linkId=QWJGNAKM4PHZB27V&creativeASIN=B00NAJZDIM), is Martin's guest this week. Emily talks about how surviving cancer inspired her first novel and the journey she went through getting it published.
March 23, 2015
Episode 60: Being an Indie Author
Martin shares his feelings on independent publishing. He also reads the first [rejection letter](http://static1.squarespace.com/static/5303cc47e4b0ef1293faddff/t/54d4e13be4b03633dea28ac9/1423237436076/Rejection.jpg?format=750w) he ever received from a literary agent, as well as his article ["An Indie Author's Manifesto."](http://www.martinlastrapes.com/blog/2012/01/an-indie-authors-manifesto)
March 16, 2015
Episode 59: A Meditation on Horror
Is Martin a horror writer? His answer might surprise you. Along with his meditation on horror, Martin shares an audio interview that Tim Chizmar did with horror icon Tony Todd.
March 09, 2015
Episode 58: D.M. Pulley
D.M. Pulley, author of the #1 bestselling novel [_ **The Dead Key** _](https://www.amazon.com/The-Dead-Key-D-Pulley-ebook/dp/B00LWE0QZM/ref=as_sl_pc_ss_til?tag=themarlasshop-20&linkCode=w01&linkId=FNRDLFP3KVRVP3HF&creativeASIN=B00LWE0QZM), is Martin's guest this week. D.M. talks about struggling to get her novel published, before winning the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award.
March 02, 2015
Episode 57: 2015 Academy Awards
The 2015 Academy Awards have come and gone and so now it's time for Martin and Chanel to tell you all about how much they loved it...or hated it. There's only one way to find out. ( **HINT:** Press Play)
February 23, 2015
Episode 56: Best Picture Showcase | PART 2
Martin and Chanel attended Day 2 of AMC's Best Picture Showcase where they watched _[B](https://www.amazon.com/Boyhood-Blu-ray-DVD-Digital-HD/dp/B00MEQUNIW/ref=as_sl_pc_ss_til?tag=themarlasshop-20&linkCode=w01&linkId=OD4PQIKTTY4PZGFP&creativeASIN=B00MEQUNIW)[oyhood](https://www.amazon.com/Boyhood-Blu-ray-DVD-Digital-HD/dp/B00MEQUNIW/ref=as_sl_pc_ss_til?tag=themarlasshop-20&linkCode=w01&linkId=OD4PQIKTTY4PZGFP&creativeASIN=B00MEQUNIW), [T](https://www.amazon.com/Theory-Everything-Blu-ray-DIGITAL-UltraViolet/dp/B00QFSIIFK/ref=as_sl_pc_ss_til?tag=themarlasshop-20&linkCode=w01&linkId=O77H6REI6CQU3IH3&creativeASIN=B00QFSIIFK)[he Theory of Everything](https://www.amazon.com/Theory-Everything-Blu-ray-DIGITAL-UltraViolet/dp/B00QFSIIFK/ref=as_sl_pc_ss_til?tag=themarlasshop-20&linkCode=w01&linkId=O77H6REI6CQU3IH3&creativeASIN=B00QFSIIFK), [T](https://www.amazon.com/The-Imitation-Game-Blu-ray-Ultraviolet/dp/B00RY86HSU/ref=as_sl_pc_ss_til?tag=themarlasshop-20&linkCode=w01&linkId=B4O27CI4BTILIFUF&creativeASIN=B00RY86HSU)[he Imitation Game](https://www.amazon.com/The-Imitation-Game-Blu-ray-Ultraviolet/dp/B00RY86HSU/ref=as_sl_pc_ss_til?tag=themarlasshop-20&linkCode=w01&linkId=B4O27CI4BTILIFUF&creativeASIN=B00RY86HSU), _and_ [A](https://www.amazon.com/American-Sniper-Blu-ray-Digital-UltraViolet/dp/B00RGZ915C/ref=as_sl_pc_ss_til?tag=themarlasshop-20&linkCode=w01&linkId=PQUK4KN2UZOUHO66&creativeASIN=B00RGZ915C)[merican Sniper](https://www.amazon.com/American-Sniper-Blu-ray-Digital-UltraViolet/dp/B00RGZ915C/ref=as_sl_pc_ss_til?tag=themarlasshop-20&linkCode=w01&linkId=PQUK4KN2UZOUHO66&creativeASIN=B00RGZ915C). _
February 22, 2015
Episode 55: Best Picture Showcase | PART 1
Martin and Chanel attended Day 1 of AMC's Best Picture Showcase where they watched _[The Grand Budapest Hotel](https://www.amazon.com/The-Grand-Budapest-Hotel-Blu-ray/dp/B00JAQJNN0/ref=as_sl_pc_ss_til?tag=themarlasshop-20&linkCode=w01&linkId=JEZLSUYTBYJRNRM3&creativeASIN=B00JAQJNN0)_, [_Whiplash_](https://www.amazon.com/Whiplash-Blu-ray-J-K-Simmons/dp/B00PT3AUYO/ref=as_sl_pc_ss_til?tag=themarlasshop-20&linkCode=w01&linkId=SSMUO4J2N22WYMZP&creativeASIN=B00PT3AUYO), [_Birdman_](https://www.amazon.com/Birdman-Blu-ray-Michael-Keaton/dp/B00RO49JEI/ref=as_sl_pc_ss_til?tag=themarlasshop-20&linkCode=w01&linkId=YMT6YTP7YLNVJ35V&creativeASIN=B00RO49JEI), and [_Selma_](https://www.amazon.com/Selma-Blu-ray-David-Oyelowo/dp/B00S1MYWBW/ref=as_sl_pc_ss_til?tag=themarlasshop-20&linkCode=w01&linkId=AAEILTXCT4NLWVH2&creativeASIN=B00S1MYWBW). They share their thoughts and crack a few jokes along the way.
February 17, 2015
Episode 54: Pre-Oscars Buzz
After an awkward and inappropriate opening three minutes, Martin and Chanel talk about the eight Oscar-nominated films they'll be watching at the [**2015 Best Picture Showcase**](https://www.amctheatres.com/events/best-picture-showcase).
February 10, 2015
Episode 53: Ben Eads
Ben Eads, horror author and all-around great guy, is Martin's guest this week. Ben talks about his new novella, **[_Cracked Sky_](https://www.amazon.com/Cracked-Sky-Ben-Eads-ebook/dp/B00QD89JK0/ref=as_sl_pc_ss_til?tag=themarlasshop-20&linkCode=w01&linkId=CJHMX2RH3Q6VUCIA&creativeASIN=B00QD89JK0)**, and the teacher he horrified with his first story.
February 02, 2015
Episode 52: Tim Chizmar
Tim Chizmar is back and he's brought some audio treats: WWE Superstar **[Rob Van Dam](http://www.wwe.com/superstars/rvd)** doing stand-up comedy and former WWE superstar **[Gangrel](http://www.wwe.com/classics/classic-lists/31-scariest-superstars/page-19)** doing a Q & A. He also talks about his forthcoming podcast, _TMI with TIM_.
January 26, 2015
Episode 51: Sinn Bodhi (aka Kizarny)
Sinn Bodhi (aka Kizarny) talks about his tenure in the WWE, his wrestling promotion Freakshow Wrestling, and what he's learned from his mentor, Jake "The Snake" Roberts.
January 19, 2015
Episode 50: Nigel McGuinness
Nigel McGuinness, former TNA star and current [Ring of Honor legend](http://www.rohwrestling.com/wrestlers/roster/nigel-mcguinness), talks about his life after wrestling and _[L.A. Fight](https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/nigelmcguinness/la-fights), _his new Kickstarter project. He also has a message for Martin's mom before he leaves.
January 12, 2015
Episode 49: Dominic Riggio
Dominic Riggio, author and publisher of _**[The Arcane Awakening](https://www.amazon.com/The-Arcane-Awakening/dp/0615848214/ref=as_sl_pc_ss_til?tag=themarlasshop-20&linkCode=w01&linkId=TSACM76OTW4XIYKM&creativeASIN=0615848214) **_comic book series, talks about how growing up in Detroit and going to 12 years of Catholic school inspired his writing. He also talks about how he came to love comic books and his favorite comic book movies.
January 05, 2015
Episode 48: The Year in Review (2014)
From CM Punk and Ebola to Bill Cosby and North Korea, Martin and Chanel look back at the year that was 2014. Happy New Year!
December 31, 2014
Episode 47: Inlandia Literary Journeys
Martin recalls the [on-camera interview he did for Inlandia](http://www.martinlastrapes.com/blog/2013/11/inlandia-interview-video) in November of 2013. He then plays the audio of his interview, which includes a reading from his novel _Inside the Outside_.
December 22, 2014
Episode 46: The Buffy Chronicles (S1 - E4)
In this edition of "The Buffy Chronicles" Martin and Chanel watch "Teacher's Pet," the fourth episode of _Buffy the Vampire Slayer_. Also, Chanel talks about the time David Hasselhoff touched her ass.
December 17, 2014
Episode 45: The Creative Penn
Martin reads** [the article he wrote](http://www.thecreativepenn.com/2012/03/30/violence-brutality-death-fiction/)** for Joanna Penn's website, _The Creative Penn_, back in 2012, before playing the conversation he and Joanna had on her YouTube channel. Martin also offers a few exciting teasers regarding his upcoming vampire trilogy!
December 08, 2014
Episode 44: Joanna Penn
Joanna Penn, _New York Times_ and _USA Today_ bestselling author, is Martin's guest this week. Joanna tells Martin about how she was able to quit her day job and become a full-time author and entrepreneur. They also chat about her novels, including [**_Pentecost_**](https://www.amazon.com/Pentecost-ARKANE-Thriller-Book-Volume/dp/1481928430/ref=as_sl_pc_ss_til?tag=themarlasshop-20&linkCode=w01&linkId=5TFYZBBFMR3WLJKS&creativeASIN=1481928430) and [**_Desecration_**](https://www.amazon.com/Desecration-Jamie-Brooke-Volume-1/dp/1493622188/ref=as_sl_pc_ss_til?tag=themarlasshop-20&linkCode=w01&linkId=4PU47WENG3YIZNWB&creativeASIN=1493622188).
December 01, 2014
Episode 43: Movie Time | Carlito's Way
Martin and Nathaniel discuss Brian De Palma's _[**Carlito's Way**](https://www.amazon.com/Carlitos-Way-Blu-ray-Digital-Copy/dp/B004ZJZQHE/ref=as_sl_pc_ss_til?tag=themarlasshop-20&linkCode=w01&linkId=KO7XGDILFTQCPEMH&creativeASIN=B004ZJZQHE) _starring Al Pacino and Sean Penn. Martin gushes over one of his very favorite films, while Nathaniel tries to decide whether or not he loved it.
November 25, 2014
Episode 42: Martin and Chanel Get Married
On November 7, 2014, Martin and Chanel got married! Listen in as they tell you all about why they took the big leap, why they kept it a secret, and why they wanted Elvis involved.
November 19, 2014
Episode 41: Stan Lee’s Comikaze 2014
Martin and Comic Book Expert Anthony Ray Bench went to Stan Lee’s Comikaze! Hear their thoughts as they drive to and from the convention, filling you in on their weekend-long adventure.
November 10, 2014
Episode 40: Arlen Schumer
Arlen Schumer, award-winning artist and comic book historian, is Martin's guest this week. Arlen talks about his book, [_ **The Silver Age of Comic Book Art** _](https://www.amazon.com/The-Silver-Age-Comic-Book-ebook/dp/B00NFL9JZ8/ref=as_sl_pc_ss_til?tag=themarlasshop-20&linkCode=w01&linkId=N5OOQSYK3RLWAI7E&creativeASIN=B00NFL9JZ8), his appearance on _**[Comic Book Men](https://www.facebook.com/arlenschumerfanpage/posts/403867842997748)**_, and the importance of Bill Finger to the Batman mythos.
November 03, 2014
Episode 39: Halloween
Martin and Chanel wax poetic over their favorite holiday: Halloween! They talk about the fun of dressing up and how neither of them were allowed to go trick-or-treating as kids. Martin shares his vampire theory and Chanel can't keep her clothes on.
October 30, 2014
Episode 38: The Buffy Chronicles (S1 - E3)
In this installment of "The Buffy Chronicles," Martin and Chanel watch the third episode of [**_Buffy the Vampire Slayer_**](https://www.amazon.com/Buffy-Vampire-Slayer-Complete-Season/dp/B000EHSVKK/ref=as_sl_pc_ss_til?tag=themarlasshop-20&linkCode=w01&linkId=RCGTCLSCPIUI3KV3&creativeASIN=B000EHSVKK): "Witch." Martin tells you which member of the _Buffy_ cast was recently arrested and Chanel makes a dick joke.
October 20, 2014
Episode 37: Jake Aurelian
Jake Aurelian, award-winning author of _**[The Life & Mimes (& Zombie Apocalypse) of Ripper the Clown: The Autobiography of an Unconventional Zombie](https://www.amazon.com/Mimes-Zombie-Apocalypse-Ripper-Clown/dp/1497306175/ref=as_sl_pc_ss_til?tag=themarlasshop-20&linkCode=w01&linkId=TS5YZCNB2BUNN7N4&creativeASIN=1497306175)**, ** ** _is Martin's guest this week. Jake chats about doing stand-up comedy, writing, and being a crazy clown.
October 13, 2014
Episode 36: Movie Time | Annie Hall
Martin and Nathaniel talk about [_ **Annie Hall** _](https://www.amazon.com/Annie-Hall-Blu-ray-Woody-Allen/dp/B006FSRSFQ/ref=as_sl_pc_ss_til?tag=themarlasshop-20&linkCode=w01&linkId=XN5RHSNGZUPCCAX5&creativeASIN=B006FSRSFQ). Nathaniel learns how to pronounce cunnilingus and compares Woody Allen to Phil Jackson. Martin reflects on his love of Woody Allen and his films, while also discussing _Annie Hall'_s importance to the romantic comedy genre.
October 06, 2014
Episode 35: Hal Bodner
Hal Bodner, author of [_ **Bite Club** _](https://www.amazon.com/Bite-Club-Hal-Bodner-ebook/dp/B00J0QCWMO/ref=as_sl_pc_ss_til?tag=themarlasshop-20&linkCode=w01&linkId=FYCARGJQ5E33JU5J&creativeASIN=B00J0QCWMO), is Martin's guest this week. Hal chats with Martin about his days as an entertainment lawyer, how he managed to amuse drug dealers in the barrio with his peacock, and why you should never write a book on a bet.
September 29, 2014
Episode 34: Anthony Ray Bench
Anthony Ray Bench, the official comic book expert of _The Martin Lastrapes Show Podcast Hour_, returns for his second visit. He talks about his experience at the 2014 San Diego Comic Con, before delving into a conversation about the four comic books he assigned Martin to read.
September 22, 2014
Episode 33: Comics on Comics
Martin was a guest on [_ **Comics on Comics** _](http://sideshownetwork.tv/podcastsEpisode.cfm?podcastid=50&episodeID=5058), the show where the greatest comic minds meet the greatest minds in comics. He recaps his experience and shares clips from the appearance. He also makes a potentially offensive joke about Han Solo and vitamin D.
September 15, 2014
Episode 32: The Buffy Chronicles (S1 - E2)
In this installment of "The Buffy Chronicles," Martin and Chanel watch the second episode of [**_Buffy the Vampire Slayer_**](https://www.amazon.com/Buffy-Vampire-Slayer-Complete-Season/dp/B000EHSVKK/ref=as_sl_pc_ss_til?tag=themarlasshop-20&linkCode=w01&linkId=RCGTCLSCPIUI3KV3&creativeASIN=B000EHSVKK): "The Harvest." Martin drools over Charisma Carpenter and Chanel offers to take naked pictures of herself.
September 08, 2014
Episode 31: Terry M. West
Terry M. West, author of [**_Heroin in the Magic Now_**](https://www.amazon.com/Heroin-Magic-Now-Terry-West/dp/1500959499/ref=as_sl_pc_ss_til?tag=themarlasshop-20&linkCode=w01&linkId=3LPCZ6RKOVNIC3WC&creativeASIN=1500959499), is Martin's guest this week. Terry talks to Martin about his early influences, the undervalued world of independent publishing, and his struggle with substance abuse.
September 01, 2014
Episode 30: The Buffy Chronicles (S1 - E1)
Martin and Chanel kick off the debut installment of "The Buffy Chronicles" by watching "Welcome to the Hellmouth," which is the very first episode of [**_Buffy the Vampire Slayer_**](https://www.amazon.com/Buffy-Vampire-Slayer-Complete-Season/dp/B000EHSVKK/ref=as_sl_pc_ss_til?tag=themarlasshop-20&linkCode=w01&linkId=RCGTCLSCPIUI3KV3&creativeASIN=B000EHSVKK). They discuss the episode in real time as they watch it, while also getting into other _Buffy_ minutiae.
August 25, 2014
Episode 29: Movie Time | Kill Bill (Vol. 1 & 2)
Martin and his nephew Nathaniel kick off "Movie Time" with [**_Kill Bill Vol. 1_**](https://www.amazon.com/Kill-Bill-Volume-1-Blu-ray/dp/B004SIP8OI/ref=as_sl_pc_ss_til?tag=themarlasshop-20&linkCode=w01&linkId=GYYH2MXK62OHDAHH&creativeASIN=B004SIP8OI) and [**_Kill Bill Vol. 2_**](https://www.amazon.com/Kill-Bill-Volume-2-Blu-ray/dp/B004SIP8SY/ref=as_sl_pc_ss_til?tag=themarlasshop-20&linkCode=w01&linkId=QG4K5A5MZMCSHXNY&creativeASIN=B004SIP8SY). Martin struggles to explain spaghetti westerns and autoerotic asphyxiation, while Nathaniel wonders why Uma Thurman wouldn't accept Quentin Tarantino's romantic advances.
August 18, 2014
Episode 28: Janet Joyce Holden
[**Janet Joyce Holden**](http://janetjoyceholden.com/), author of the dark fantasy novel _**[Carousel](https://www.amazon.com/Carousel-Janet-Joyce-Holden/dp/0615986625/ref=as_sl_pc_ss_til?tag=themarlasshop-20&linkCode=w01&linkId=5UDOTNUG26Y4CLNJ&creativeASIN=0615986625) **_is Martin's guest this week. Janet talks about how she got her first book deal, the importance of character development in storytelling, and dealing with negative reviews.
August 11, 2014
Episode 27: Raining Out of Buckets
Martin enjoys a lively conversation with his German nephew, Jannis Neunecker, as well as his American nephew, [**Nathaniel Lastrapes**](https://twitter.com/nathanielp2), and his mother, Kathy Lastrapes. Nathaniel tells a dirty joke, Jannis has trouble at the airport, and Kathy talks to the boys about STDs.
August 04, 2014
Episode 26: Rock Riddle (Part 2)
"Mr. Wonderful" Rock Riddle talks to Martin about wrestling psychology, meeting "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, and his friendship with Sylvester Stallone. He also manages to steal a kiss from Chanel who, as she often does, accidentally interrupts the show.
July 28, 2014
Episode 25: Rock Riddle (PART 1)
The original "Mr. Wonderful" Rock Riddle is Martin's guest this week. A professional wrestler since the mid-1970s, Rock talks about a promoter who asked him to break a fan's arm, the old school fraternity of pro wrestling, and how he got "Rowdy" Roddy Piper his first big break.
July 21, 2014
Episode 24: One Righteous Babe
[**Ani DiFranco**](http://www.martinlastrapes.com/blog/2011/08/ani-difranco) is Martin and Chanel's very favorite recording artist. They discuss Ani's epic and controversial 9/11 poem, "Self Evident," as well as how Ani's pioneering efforts as an independent artist inspired Martin to take his publishing destiny into his own hands.
July 15, 2014
Episode 23: Eric J. Guignard (PART 2)
Eric talks to Martin about about the surreal experience of winning the **[Bram Stoker Award](http://www.horror.org/stokers2014/stokers.html)**. They also talk about Eric's anthologies [_ **Tales of Lost Civilizations** _](https://www.amazon.com/Dark-Tales-Lost-Civilizations-Guignard/dp/0983433593/ref=as_sl_pc_ss_til?tag=themarlasshop-20&linkCode=w01&linkId=G2K3CLB3BTCYA36U&creativeASIN=0983433593) and _**[After Death](https://www.amazon.com/After-Death-Eric-J-Guignard/dp/0988556928/ref=as_sl_pc_ss_til?tag=themarlasshop-20&linkCode=w01&linkId=HQYPD6UXBOZU5TK2&creativeASIN=0988556928)**_. Before it's over, you'll find out what Martin's fifth novel is going to be about!
July 07, 2014
Episode 22: Eric J. Guignard (PART 1)
Martin chats with **[Eric J. Guignard](http://ericjguignard.com/index.html)**, [**2013 Bram Stoker Award winner**](http://www.horror.org/stokers2014/stokers.html). They talk about their early struggles in independent publishing, the craft of short story writing, and why it's important that writers must make time to read.
June 30, 2014
Episode 21: Anthony Ray Bench
Comic Book Expert Anthony Ray Bench chats with Martin about superhero movies, the complexity of Lex Luthor, and why you should avoid San Diego Comic-Con. He also talks about interning at Kevin Smith's SModCo podcasting empire.
June 23, 2014
Episode 20: David Congalton
Martin has a conversation with [_ **Authors Anonymous** _](https://www.amazon.com/Authors-Anonymous-Kaley-Cuoco-Sweeting/dp/B00J92616W/ref=as_sl_pc_ss_til?tag=themarlasshop-20&linkCode=w01&linkId=&creativeASIN=B00J92616W) screenwriter David Congalton. They talk about the film, which stars Kaley Cuoco ([_ **The Big Bang Theory** _](https://www.amazon.com/Big-Bang-Theory-Seasons-Blu-ray/dp/B00AQN09VQ/ref=as_sl_pc_ss_til?tag=themarlasshop-20&linkCode=w01&linkId=&creativeASIN=B00AQN09VQ)) and Chris Klein ([_ **American Pie** _](https://www.amazon.com/American-Pie-Blu-ray-DIGITAL-UltraViolet/dp/B00IOHO80E/ref=as_sl_pc_ss_til?tag=themarlasshop-20&linkCode=w01&linkId=&creativeASIN=B00IOHO80E)), including how David came up with the story and why it took 7 years to get made.
June 17, 2014
Episode 19: The Thrifty's Incident
Does everything happen for a reason? Martin talks about his job as an ice cream scooper for Thrifty's when he was a teenager and how a particularly dramatic incident during his tenure there would unwittingly put him on the path to becoming a podcaster.
June 09, 2014
Episode 18: Stronger Than Naughty
Martin and Chanel talk about the _Scavengers in Mourning_ red carpet event and they give their thoughts on _Maleficent_, before ranting about how expensive Disneyland is.
June 03, 2014
Episode 17: Save the World
Martin and Chanel talk about professional wrestling and which wrestlers Chanel would most like to bone. Chanel also drops some knowledge on feminism, as well as why she loves strong female characters in mainstream entertainment, such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Batgirl.
May 27, 2014
Episode 16: Katarina Leigh Waters
Katarina Leigh Waters, former WWE Diva and TNA Knockouts Champion, is Martin's guest this week. They talk about Katarina's career in the WWE, as well as her current transition into acting, screenwriting, and directing.
May 19, 2014
Episode 15: Tim Chizmar
Martin brings back his buddy, Tim Chizmar. Martin and Tim talk about a whole host of topics, from Godzilla and Superman to Tim's new book deal and Martin getting punched in the head. You'll also hear from former WWE Diva and TNA Knockouts Champion, Katarina Leigh Waters.
May 12, 2014
Episode 14: A Relatively Mundane Detail
Martin talks about the 1995 mini-series The Langoliers and the profound influence Stephen King has had on his writing. He also talks about Batman, research, and shopping for books on Amazon.
May 05, 2014
Episode 13: Las Vegas
Martin and Chanel recently took a trip to Las Vegas to celebrate Chanel's birthday. They talk about the trip, as well as some of their past experiences in Las Vegas. Also, Chanel eats a piece of chocolate and makes some erotically inappropriate comments about a Cirque du Soleil clown.
April 29, 2014
Episode 12: Jeryd Pojawa
Jeryd Pojawa is an Academy Award-winning visual effects artist. Martin chats with Jeryd about his career in film, which includes Terminator 2: Judgment Day and Godzilla. They also talk about some of the directors Jeryd has worked with, such as James Cameron and Tim Burton.
April 21, 2014
Episode 11: Tim Chizmar
Martin has a conversation with horror writer Tim Chizmar. Along with being a horror writer, Tim is also a nudist. They talk about Tim's forthcoming fan film Constantine: Hellblazer, professional wrestling, and the nude dating show Tim will soon be starring in on VH1.
April 15, 2014
Episode 10: A Block of Words
In this historic tenth episode, Martin goes solo! He gives some insight into his writing process, specifically how he approaches writing a novel. Before he's done talking, Martin gets a surprise phone call from horror writer Tim Chizmar. He also talks about Joss Whedon, David Mamet, and why you shouldn't text and drive.
April 07, 2014
Episode 9: Cati Porter
Martin chats with Cati Porter, Executive Director of the [**Inlandia Institute**](http://inlandiainstitute.org/). During the course of their conversation, Cati talks about the wonderful work that Inlandia is doing to both preserve and advocate art and culture in the Inland Empire. They also talk about Cati's work as a poet, including her book [_ **Seven Floors Up** _](http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/093241267X/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=093241267X&linkCode=as2&tag=themarlasshop-20).
March 25, 2014
Episode 8: Footsteps: A Short Story (Audio Reading)
Martin presents an audio reading of his short story [**"Footsteps"**](http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008C9WZIG/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B008C9WZIG&linkCode=as2&tag=themarlasshop-20) (published by [**Exciting Press**](http://www.amazon.com/s/?_encoding=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&field-author=Exciting%20Press&linkCode=ur2&search-alias=books&sort=relevancerank&tag=themarlasshop-20) in 2012), which is about a foot fetishist voyeur, a missing father, and a cannibal on a the loose. After the reading, Martin chats with Chanel, offering insights into the story, including what possessed him to write such a creepy tale.
March 18, 2014
Episode 7: Nick Null
Martin chats with his good buddy [**Nick Null**](http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4201603/) on this episode. Nick is a podcaster who, along with Michelle Dowd, hosts _[**Left**](http://leftpodcast.com/). _Martin and Nick talk about the podcast, as well as Nick's other creative interests, including the feature film he starred in, [_ **The Never Daunted** _](http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IGJKPAC/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00IGJKPAC&linkCode=as2&tag=themarlasshop-20).
March 12, 2014
Episode 6: 2014 Academy Awards
Martin and Chanel watched all nine films nominated for Best Picture in the [**2014 Academy Awards**](http://oscar.go.com/nominees) and in this epic two-hour episode they discuss all of them. They also discuss the nominees in the major categories and make their predictions for who they think will win. And, after watching the Academy Awards, Martin and Chanel sit back down to reflect on the show and the winners.
March 04, 2014
Episode 5: S. Kay Murphy (Part 2)
In Part 2 of their conversation, Martin and S. Kay Murphy continue their conversation about her memoir, [_ **The Dogs Who Saved Me** _](https://www.amazon.com/dp/1475195567?tag=themarlasshop-20&camp=0&creative=0&linkCode=as4&creativeASIN=1475195567&adid=1T6RX7AMM72J7AECRHD8&), before getting into her first work of published fiction, [_ **Ghost Grandma** _](https://www.amazon.com/dp/1492776882?tag=insimart-20&camp=0&creative=0&linkCode=as4&creativeASIN=1492776882&adid=0TXKRCCD9A9BCAR3Y2ZK&). They also have a long talk about writing and publishing, including how they deal with negative book reviews.
February 11, 2014
Episode 4: S. Kay Murphy (Part 1)
Martin sits down for a conversation with his dear friend and author, S. Kay Murphy. In Part 1 of this two-part conversation, Martin and Kay talk about the merits of being in Oprah's Book Club versus winning the Pulitzer Prize. They spend most of the episode talking about Kay's memoir, [**_Tainted Legacy_**](https://www.amazon.com/dp/160563803X?tag=themarlasshop-20&camp=0&creative=0&linkCode=as4&creativeASIN=160563803X&adid=1NM119E3ZZ5XDFK77W4D&), which is the story of her great-grandmother, Bertha Gifford...who may or may not have been a serial killer.
February 10, 2014
Episode 3: Dubious Importance
Martin and Chanel recorded this episode on Superbowl Sunday, as they weren't watching the Superbowl. They talk about [**Martin's upcoming reading**](http://www.redlandsdailyfacts.com/arts-and-entertainment/20140130/inlandia-institute-to-present-reading-by-author-martin-lastrapes-in-riverside) at the Riverside Arts Walk, rumors that CM Punk has quit WWE, and the sad news of Philip Seymour Hoffman's death. They also wax poetic about _Almost Famous_.
February 04, 2014
Episode 2: Meet Chanel
Chanel Chakko is Martin's best friend and (occasional) co-host. In this episode you'll learn all about how they first met, the Halloween party where they first kissed, and why soothing traffic may very well have made Chanel fall in love with our hero. They also talk about Tom Robbins, Mousercising, and David Bowie's respectable package.
January 28, 2014
Episode 1: Origin Story
Martin introduces himself, before recounting the story of how he came to be a novelist. You'll find out Martin's views on superhero capes, the Academy Awards, and the teacher who changed his life forever.
January 21, 2014