Rest in Peace, Joe Murphy

Joe Murphy, one of the Kick-Ass Mystic Ninjas and frequent contributor to Michael and Evo’s Wingin’ It podcast, passed away this afternoon after a difficult battle with Leiomyosarcoma.

Cheyenne Wright, creator of the Arcane Times webcomic, drew this excellent tribute that has been making its way around several of my favorite blogs this evening.

Joe and Cap by Cheyenne Wright

Several of Joe’s friends have created a fund to help Joe’s family and to fund research on LMS. If you can, please visit The Joe Murphy Memorial Fund and leave a donation to honor a funny, kind man who was taken from us much too soon.

Bookstuff: Ancestor

Ancestor, the popular podcast novel by Scott Sigler is now available in print at When Sigler originally released the novel in serialized audio form, it had an audience of over 30,000 listeners, including me. I got started a little late, but quickly caught up and—like so many other “ancest-whores”—found myself waiting very impatiently for Scott to release the next chapter.

Ancestor is best described as a blend of science-fiction and horror. Scientists attempting to create an animal whose organs can be transplanted into human beings inadvertently create a pack of monstrosities whose ravenous hunger leads them on a killing spree that leaves the snow-covered ground of a remote island in Lake Superior soaked with human blood. It’s exactly the type of story you’d expect to see featured on The Most Dangerous Night of Television, SciFi Channel’s weekly Saturday night monster movie marathon.

Ancestor is the second of Scott Sigler’s novels to see print; Earthcore (also originally presented as a podcast novel) is also available at All four of Scott’s novels (including Infection and The Rookie) are currently available for free in audio form.