Character Spotlight: Mitchell Felding (photographer) Dark Adult Fiction.

Dependable Mitchell comes with bucket loads of amiability. A joke accompanies most conversations. His warm smiles melt anyone’s ice. There’s a wonderful sense of calm surrounding our reliable, likable protagonist.

Mitchell Felding.

  • Thirty something
  • Married to Samantha Felding (10 years sexless marriage.)
  • Professional Photographer and Photography Teacher
  • Self Employed
  • Good Sense Of Humour
  • Practical

His personable character is welcoming, especially when it’s placed against that of his wife’s, Sam, who spends her time checking her clocks, calendars, and organizing things. She’s extremely officiant but highly strung. This kind of personality mix could be ideal for both of them, but it isn’t. Equitable work/life balances in the Felding home aren’t easy to find. Mitchell is dedicated to his wife, but his efforts to settle her anxieties are never enough. There’s always a new obstruction blocking the path to the bedroom. We look to the past for answers to this struggle.

broken rings

A long-term celibate relationship began their journey. Heartfelt abstinence was meant to be a gift — a well-intended promise of devotion that’d secure their love, forever. Unfortunately, it worked against them. By the time they married, sex had become misunderstood, even feared. It never turned into a form of intimacy. Sex became a weapon of abuse — in an unexpected way.

Counsellor Tony Brindell is helping the couple work on their childless marriage. He believes the issues plaguing it are minor, but he isn’t aware of their depth. Despite Mitchell’s dedication and amiability, they’re of no use to him in the counsellor’s room. Sam’s methodical sense of organising things, doesn’t help either. Neither benefit from the therapy. Both are ill-equipped to move forward. A new kind of objectivity is required. It’s Mitchell who learns to let go of conformity to make the first breakthrough — and solve those five murders reported in the media. He’s sure he knows one of the victims, but Samantha dismisses him in an instant. Fixing his marriage takes priority, but understanding what happened to those women will have to be done on the down-low.

Happy ever after is calling inside the pages of SEETHINGS.

Michael

Five women’s bodies are discovered after the nights of thunderstorms. Their spouses are suspected of the crimes, but it becomes clear that someone else is responsible. There’s no blood and few clues. A storm photographer who specializes in taking pictures of lightning may be the only witness.

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Considering What A Book’s Title Should Be Before Committing To Publishing It

Before SEETHINGS was finished, the novel tried on many other titles. That name didn’t appear until eight years later. During the book’s long development, alternates were applied to assist the author with writing its content. Few were considered to be permanent fixtures. None were planned to appear on any bookshelf.

There are fair and good reasons why a book starts with one title but finishes with another. In SEETHINGS’ case, I used one of my titles as a temporary label, sort of a mission statement, for the purposes of keeping me on track as I wrote the yet unknown story.

In the beginning…

This was SEETHINGS’ very first title and the story was always going to be about a storm. I love a good thunderstorm and wanted to write a great story about one. It was to take centre stage, but how that’d translate into an entertaining story was uncertain. I wrote Stormfront on a post-it note and then stuck it to my computer’s screen. That little yellow tag kept me on-task during the first draft (and it stayed around for another couple of rewrites).

Brrrr!

As is usually the case when I write, something else got added to the original draft. The story soon developed the nucleus of another plot. It paralleled the first one but, while the hot, summer rain dominated the core of the narrative, a chilly relationship story slithered right up against it. I saw the irony in this dichotomy and so I wrote a new title on a fresh post-it note and labelled it as Cold Climates.

Ick!

Attracted to that new second plot, I kept working on developing the chilly relationship between those two characters. My goal was to create six identifiable occasions in the story when the couple’s life soured and their bedroom turned icy. Thank goodness that title didn’t remain. Neither did those six occasions. The key ones stayed while the rest disappeared into oblivion.

SEETHINGS' test-drive title
Long enough for ya?

Stop laughing. This title will make perfect sense after I explain why I chose it. The process was getting really serious at this point. The book had been written ten times and it was due for some real-world testing. A beta-reader journey was the next step. Feedback mattered — not for the book’s title, but the story beyond the cover page that displayed it. I handed my readers the manuscript in a four ring-binder and said nothing of the narrative. This long title fronted it, acting as a type of synopsis and reader screener. If the reader didn’t like the sound of the title, they didn’t get to read the book (some people can’t abide violent stories no matter who writes them!). Those who tolerated the title got to read the story, and then I waited for their comments/reviews to return. The book was never going to be called Pink Tears In The Hot Rain And The Cold Stench Of Death. A real title would come much later.

With the last of the structural edits being finalised, four titles were selected for proofing (I can’t remember one of them — yes, these are mock-ups of the original mock-ups. Those files have gone astray). Each of these simple proofs was printed using the same image on the background, only their titles differed (even the font was the same). I shopped them around to friends, family, book club members, strangers, anyone keen enough to give me an opinion. I didn’t tell them what the story was about (the beta readers weren’t involved), I just wanted a new set of strangers to look at the mock-ups. “Which book title would make you stop and look twice?” I asked.

The votes came back and the book officially became SEETHINGS in mid-2012. Of course, it wasn’t yet ready for the reading market. Sorting out a title was just one step in many more to come. The next thing to consider was a suitable cover graphic (clearly, I didn’t go with the lightning bolt option) but that’s another post for another time.

Until then, enjoy your reading. Michael.

Five women’s bodies are discovered after the nights of thunderstorms. Their spouses are suspected of the crimes, but it becomes clear that someone else is responsible. There’s no blood and few clues. A storm photographer who specializes in taking pictures of lightning may be the only witness.

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Tombstone Muses and Island Kinkiness For Erotic Times Between Sexy Mitchell and Nina

“They actually make love to each other standing-up, and then he takes her foot and places it on one of the other gravestones. That’s when things get really interesting.”

Fiction author Michael Forman is set to launch his third and most bizarre Noirotic novel to date. By replacing a bed with a gravesite, he’s taking a couple’s sexual adventures to a whole new level.

His yet untitled novel will include historic content from the infamous St Helena Convict Settlement found on St Helena Island. It’s an isolated plot of land located in the middle of Moreton Bay, east of Brisbane. Forman, who’s no stranger to the darker side of fiction, is currently researching the island’s history and investigating the details of two cemeteries located on Queensland’s prisoner island.

“I’ve visited St Helena several times and taken many photographs of it. I’m now interested in measuring how long it takes to sail a yacht across Moreton Bay to get to the island, and the distance between the two cemeteries. One is for convicts, the other is for wardens, staff, and their families. My amorous couple will discover these cemeteries and hatch a new sexual fantasy that incorporates both of them. “

According to Forman, St Helena’s graveyard is: “To become the site of some seriously kinky sexual activity.”

Michael Forman

Forman says that what makes the two St Helena‘s graveyards appealing is that both are located on an island and are reachable by a half-hour boat ride. It’s rarely accessed at night. No one lives on the island.

“My highly sexed couple will take a moonlight cruise across the bay. They’ll drop their anchor and go ashore to explore the site and, of course, each other. The island’s isolation will give my enthusiastic lovers the perfect opportunity to express their desires among those, they believe, who knew true naughtiness and punishment. They’ll consider what they do as paying homage to the dead. It’ll raise their stimulation to new levels and, as it peaks, my protagonist will do something that’ll alter the mood. He will take his lover’s foot off one of the convict’s headstones, and then place it on top of one of the civilian’s. It’ll be a shock to find out who that headstone belongs to. Was it done on purpose or by mistake?”

St Helena's Graveyard
Convict Tombstones, St Helena

The St Helena penal settlement was all but abandoned in 1932. During it’s sixty-five years of service, approximately fifty convicts died on the tiny island. The convict’s tombstones are marked with a number, but civilian graves include names, dates, and a brief cause-of-death on them.

The graveyards are fenced but access is available to those who are part of a tour group. Commercial charter operators offer daily trips from the mainland to the island, to see the historic grave sites and the prison ruins which are located nearby.

“I’ve had the benefit of seeing the graveyards after sunset. Under a moonlit night, their tombstones take on a surrealistic, supernatural feel. I give my couple, and readers of adult fiction, a creepy lovemaking adventure they’ll never expect.”

The once dilapidated site is now maintained by local government so all can see a part of Australia’s convict history up close and personal.

Forman says that his new book will be released soon. Readers will be informed on his official site when it’s ready for download. SEETHINGS, his first successful dark fiction novel, is now available on Smashwords for free. Visit here to download and read it immediately.


“Forman’s writing style is artful, with the protagonist Mitchell’s warped thought processes masterfully exposed. The author has a powerful and vivid command of language and his word pictures are stark and disturbingly real.”

– Linda J Bettenay, author of ‘Secrets Mothers Keep’ and ‘Wishes For Starlight’.

How To Hide A Body Properly

It has to be asked. You’ve wondered about this too, right? Don’t be afraid. You’re among friends here. When I was starting out, resources were few and far between. No one showed anything to me. I had to teach myself and make it up as I went along. So, without prejudice, let me tell you the things I learned on the way to becoming a successful serial killer.

Basically, I’m lazy. It’s a character flaw. I’ve never wanted to dig a hole. In the early days, I’d always take the easy way out and find a ditch or a drain. I was so naïve. It kinda makes me laugh today. I was so foolish. I could’ve been caught. Fortunately, luck was with me. Rain fell sometime between the moment I dumped a body and when it was found. I didn’t plan it that way, it just happened. Any evidence I may have left on a body was conveniently washed away. I learned how to improve my ways by refining the process and using the weather to assist my cause.

There are other ways to dispose of bodies, but many of them require effort. Some are simply bad for the environment. This brings me to my way.

There is another way. My way. It comes down to two primary things: 1) Location and 2) Timing. There is a third, but I’ll come back to that.

In the USA, there are 92 people per square mile. That’s 184 eyes looking around that mile at any one time. It’s almost impossible to do anything without someone knowing or photographing it. Get it wrong and it’s all over.

My killing ground has a much lower population density. There’s just 1 person in that same square mile. As a result of this wonderful statistic, I don’t do much with the bodies. I leave them where they fall and let nature do the rest. It works fine. In ten years, I’ve not been caught, and it’s an environmentally friendly practice… but I still choose my times and places for kills very carefully.

The summers are stiflingly hot and humid in my home town of Brisbane. A body that’s open to the climate decomposes fast. If I pick the right night to commit a murder, say, before a drenching thunderstorm, I find that it sorts out most of the evidence immediately. Once the washing is done, all that’s left to finish off the job is some time under a scorching sun. Assuming the body isn’t found at all, it then dissolves into the landscape quick.

And then there are the victims I choose. I go for strangers. They’re nothing to me. They have no historical associations with anything I do or have done. We cross paths one time and that’s it. There aren’t any chain of links to follow, not any that would be obvious anyway.

The Bikeway-Rapist gave me the right idea. He got away with his folly for a long time. Police had no clue who was doing those woman. He made it simple by keeping them random.

But he did two things wrong. He did it in daylight and then he let his victims live. Sure, it’s fine to help yourself to dessert, but it’s important to not get caught eating it! The one set of eyes in that square mile that saw everything remained alive. All it took was someone’s great memory and a good description to change the game for our bikeway rapist.

The moral of this story is: Don’t worry about how to hide a body, look at the kill location and choose the right victim.

Pure Evil and Kindness

Kill strangers in desolate places and let them drop just before the rain falls. -A

“Forman’s writing style is artful, with the protagonist Mitchell’s warped thought processes masterfully exposed. The author has a powerful and vivid command of language and his word pictures are stark and disturbingly real.”

– Linda J Bettenay, author of ‘Secrets Mothers Keep’ and ‘Wishes For Starlight’.

Dungeon of Dark Fiction For Lovers of Creepy Writing

I’d like to welcome you to my pit of evil happenstance. This is where the most innocent of people are lured away from the light and taken deep into the dark recesses of a primeval mind. May your stay be deadly.

Y’know, this dungeon of dark fiction in which I dwell is actually part of a neurosis labyrinth. This is a quiet corner, far away from the prying eyes of the angel do-gooders, the politically correct and those who tch-tch at everything they see and hear. I apply a few sadistic keystrokes, and suddenly they are here with me, bound to my dungeon’s walls. Stripped of their dignity and clothes, I get to probe their flesh with shiny, metal objects and make their minds quiver with vile words. No one out there gets to hear their wonderful screams.

Dungeon of dark fiction - stories and ideas

There’s no romance here. No weddings. No love everlasting. Warm and fuzzy hero righteousness is banned. I provide no clichés. My happy ever after is to watch victims plead for mercy and then kill them regardless what they say. This version of a HEA is a refreshing change to the literary landscape, don’t you think?

Helpless victims and fictional manuscripts aside, churning out stories for dark fiction readers in my mind-dungeon comes with the same problems authors on the surface of the planet have to deal with. We can murder all we like, but we still need a special kind of electricity in the text to make the reader stay with the page. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. And then there’s the marketing, advertising and finding our reading market in the first place. Self-publishing isn’t an easy road.

Somewhere between the creation of a phenomenal story and a reader’s inevitable enjoyment of it, is the editing process. It’s the single largest and most challenging part of any writing project. Watch the video below to meet me and see where the writing comes together.

Michael Forman

Creep you later,

Michael


“Forman’s writing style is artful, with the protagonist Mitchell’s warped thought processes masterfully exposed. The author has a powerful and vivid command of language and his word pictures are stark and disturbingly real.”

– Linda J Bettenay, author of ‘Secrets Mothers Keep’ and ‘Wishes For Starlight’.

SEETHINGS — Dark Fiction And A Special Offer For New Readers

SEETHINGS’ second edition was recently re-released on Smashwords dot com. Navigate here to get yourself a free* copy right now. (*limited time)

(Related Genres) #Darkfiction #Psychologicalthriller #Erotica

Let’s spend a moment describing the story: A photographer who wants to capture the greatest night-lightning photo of all encounters something strange in a forest. He sees a peculiar shape amongst the trees, between the brief flashes of light. There was a shirtless man standing, and a second person on the ground. No! It wasn’t an attack. It was sex. An adventurous couple had taken their kink outdoors, and he’d caught a glimpse of them going at it.

That was pleasure he saw on their faces, not pain. Some folks do peculiar things to keep their spark alive — but they weren’t there when the next bolt of lightning lit up the understory. Perhaps they’d seen him first and left in a hurry. Maybe they were never there to begin with. After all, the shadows were long and the lightning brief. Shrubs can look like almost anything if the light is just right.

Last Summer, a vile creature hunted innocent women on the nights of great thunderstorms. There was no blood, no evidence, but one person may have seen it all — or not.

Hi. I’m Michael Forman, author of SEETHINGS. As I prepare the third (SEETHINGS 3) instalment in the series, I’d like to offer new readers the opportunity to read the first, the start of this dark and violent story for free. It’s available as an e-book from the Smashwords site (every format provided). You are only seconds away from reading SEETHINGS in all its diabolical glory!

Michael Forman

Michael Forman (Author)

Amazon Review by ‘Cat Lady, Nebraska’: While this book starts out slow, with a boorish, unlikable character the focus of the first chapter, and a couple of chapters following which did not seem to flow, leaving me confused, I persevered reading. I’m very glad that I did! After the first few chapters, it became a book I could not put down.

This became one of sexual intrigue flowing from an unhappy, sexless marriage, where the partners are in counseling with a Christian counselor. The protagonist very soon is involved in a steamy affair, and readers are given all the most intimate details of their romps. The protagonist’s other interests – especially of photography, work as a wedding photographer and thunderstorms are also vividly described, as those interests allow the protagonist to meet his lover.

There soon is a dark side to this story. The protagonist terrorizes their marriage counselor, whose years of therapy have not been helpful to solving his problems – at all. In several of the chapters, we read of horrible murders, with their victims found after heavy thunderstorms. There are suppositions by the police of whether there is one murderer or several. In one of these terrible storms, the protagonist and his wife are visiting a couple of their friends, and a description of their home coming down around them. The protagonist gets everyone to safety – although he does not remember his heroic rescue – but merely the menacing presence in the home during the disaster.

Even with a great deal of foreshadowing, I did not see a surprise twist in the ending before I got there.

The book explores the despair of life in a sexless marriage, complete with a spouse insinuating to friends they are “trying” to make a baby, to the crazy-making aspects of the matter. It brings up feminism in an uninviting manner, and there are misogynous tones to this novel. From how the story unfolds, it is apparent how the protagonist got that way.

This was a very good book. I would certainly not recommend it for anyone under 18 because of its adult language, themes, and scenes.

Cat Lady – Amazon

Review by Mike M. Roleystone: Michael has put together a strong, heart beating novel, one which the readers of ‘psychotic thrillers’ will enjoy – for the faint-hearted, leave it alone!

Mike M. Roleystone.

Redeeming Evil Characters

When it comes to lovable evil characters, Hannibal Lector is one I’d like to give one big ‘ol squeeze.

You can’t help but fall in love with the good Doctor’s wit, intellect and sense of propriety. If it weren’t for the odd liver and fava-bean request, you’d be happy to have him over for dinner, to charm and entertain, right?

Writing evil into any narrative comes with certain perils. Some discerning readers can’t abide free-flowing, mindless slashing and burning without an opposing force of goodness to balance it out. To restore sanity, authors give their evil a redeeming quality.

Pure Evil and Kindness

Hannibal Lector is a good example. He has just enough niceness to keep most lovers of dark fiction in-the-room. There’s a despicable element, but it’s offset by bags of amiability. It’s just not right for a character to be bad from sun up to sun down. No one can be that sinister and not have a lovable side tucked away somewhere.

A creative writer adds something extra for their character — the villain commits murder but visits animal shelters to care for orphaned kittens. Suddenly our fiend is likeable, accessible. There’s hope for them after all.

Mitchell Felding has redeeming traits of his own.

No one dies unless there’s an extremely good reason for them to do so. In fact, when he’s not ending a life, he’s helping someone remain alive. In one instance, he rescues a family from a rampaging thunderstorm that annihilates their entire home.

Mitchell’s second redeeming trait is closer to his heart. He adores his wife Samantha. He’ll do anything for her. He’s especially mindful of Samantha’s religious beliefs. Furthermore, he was the one who remained celibate for her while they dated. It wasn’t an easy time, but he kept his promise just as he said he would.

‘Not until I’m married,’ she told him between kisses.

Seven years was too long, but Mitchell loved Samantha. It just so happens that a dark element was seeded into their relationship — and the abstinence continued long after their nuptials were exchanged. The darkness continued to grow with it.

Mitchell has tried everything to chip at the ice, but nothing works. Sam and Mitchell are like oil and water. And now Sam has told her best friend that she and Mitchell are trying for a baby. A child? How can conception occur without intimacy? How can a couple remain best friends when they should be lovers?

The lies to maintain order are just too to much to bear. Something in Mitchell snaps.

I'm going slightly mad!

At first, Mitchell cheats on Sam for immediate gratification. Bored women from emotionally stifling marriages fulfil a basic need. Secretive, curious wives make the best candidates of all. The women, eager to take a break their humdrum’s routine, are attracted to his sense of adventure and candidness. Each agree to trying out his kink.

But sex only begins the process. Mitchell’s darker side wants a different kind of action. The seethed that feeds it runs deep. Rain washes away the intention, and the evidence. That’s convenient — for a serial killer who hides in plain sight.

SEETHINGS is dark, sensual fiction with a few twists along the way. The last one is explosive.

Michael

Five Random Victims
Summer Thunderstorms
Charm Bracelet
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“Forman’s writing style is artful, with the protagonist Mitchell’s warped thought processes masterfully exposed. The author has a powerful and vivid command of language, and his word pictures are stark and disturbingly real.”

– Linda J Bettenay, author of ‘Secrets Mothers Keep’ and ‘Wishes For Starlight’.

Neo-Noir Erotica. The New Black In Dark Storytelling. SEETHINGS.

Vanilla eroticism is known for its predictable plots. Romantics call them happy-ever-afters. Outcomes are expected. Clichéd plots are guaranteed. Someone’s manly chest meets someone’s perfect eyes and hair, and only names and situations change. Couples find their right type of Utopia by The End. Nice. Boring.

Neo-noir erotica is edgier than it’s softer counterparts. It’s arousing and unsettling. A narrative rarely takes a clichéd path or closes the way you’d expect an erotica-story to end. Love, justice, righteousness, good-over-bad, a love-that-conquers-all plot courses don’t easily fit into this genre, not in a conventional way anyway. If you go looking for a HEA, you may find one, but you’ll need to skew your head sideways to see it. Sex is used to tell a broader, deep-seated story from our darker sides. That side seeks a happy-ever-after too and it’s version isn’t so obvious, much less accepted.

When writing SEETHINGS, I purposely lured the reader into my book with a conventional approach to eroticism and then reshaped it. Okay, that part’s easy to digest. It allows this writer’s text to earn some keep. The characters then move together, feeding off their lusts and fears, devouring each other like lovers do — but then one oversteps the mark and a shadow climbs into bed with them. Something is wrong. Sex is in the story, but it’s not always its motive.

Every word in this chapter was crafted to get our lovers together, driven by what drives lust. It’s passionate and electric. It flows well, and I’m proud of how arousing it turned out to be. My toes curl a little thinking about it. The challenge was adding a third character and spoiling the natural order of things. That shadow I mentioned earlier in this post? Working it into the couple’s intimacy was a real challenge. The ending is kind of happy — for an unseen shadow. What about our lovers?

Read SEETHINGS now to unsettle all your thoughts on traditional erotica.

M

“Forman’s writing style is artful, with the protagonist Mitchell’s warped thought processes masterfully exposed. The author has a powerful and vivid command of language, and his word pictures are stark and disturbingly real.”

– Linda J Bettenay, author of ‘Secrets Mothers Keep’ and ‘Wishes For Starlight’.

Hacking Devices To Access Their Cameras and Microphones: ‘Jinker’ Speaks Out.

Jinker says he can hear and see us through our e-devices. He claims to have been doing it for years, while teaching others how to break into our tablets, phones and laptops, to capture real-time audio and visual feeds from our private lives.

Device Hacking via 'Jinking'

Kurdaitcha (alias), an Australian self-proclaimed online stalker and tech-hacker, says that phones, laptops and tablets which are constantly connected to the internet, are vulnerable to a growing and new type of online voyeurism.

Device hacking is fast becoming a popular form of covert entertainment for a different kind of dark-web hacking, known as Jinkering. Jinkers are able to access any electronic device remotely, turn on in-built cameras and microphones without the victim being aware of it.

And he says it’s better than watching reality television.

“The stuff I listen to and see is totally unscripted. The devices go wherever people go. They hear whatever is said in their presence. They are the perfect bugging-device.”

Jinker Kurdaitcha isn’t new to electronic eavesdropping. In the nineties, he says he owned a scanner and would listen to breakups, hookups, phone-sex and employees being sacked. The content was raw and sometimes saucy. Kurdaitcha then moved to the internet and jinked devices that were connected to it.

“In the early days [of the internet] I’d have to wait for someone to dial-up [and log-in] but that’s all changed now. They’re logged-in all the time. I jink an IP address today, and then I have a permanent feed for every day after that.”

Think of Jinkering as device piggy-backing. A Jinker hacks a device’s vulnerable port and then accesses its audio and visual systems. Everything a victim’s device hears and sees is transmitted directly to a Jinker’s computer.

“Most of us [Jinkers] like to watch [victims] but that it isn’t my thing. It’s resource heavy and there’s a chance of being discovered. I’m old school and just enjoy the audio feed. If I hear something juicy, I’ll turn on the camera to have a quick look.”

When asked why Jinker footage or audio hasn’t appeared on the internet, Kurdaitcha says that it all comes down to the code of conduct all dark-webbers live by.

“You won’t see Jinker stuff. Jinkering is seriously secretive. Jinkers won’t share content to the white or grey-web, not ever.”

Interested? More of this is in my novel SEETHINGS 2. – Michael Forman (Author)


A Sailing Affair
Two Random Victims
Childless Couple
Charm Bracelet
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New Dark Fiction Podcasts Recorded by The Author. Tune In And Listen Now.

Excerpts of my high quality fiction have been recorded by myself (Michael Forman) for your listening enjoyment. Plug in your earphones, press play, and enjoy the creepiness. I talk about love, marriage, sex, and the stories I write weaving these topics together to create my psycho-thrillers. The episode list is growing each week.

Michael

Not all of it is creepy. Some of it is light-hearted. It all depends on the topics I cover during the podcast and the anecdotes I come up with when recording them. Personal writing experiences are included, as well as tips I’ve used to keep the stories fresh and strong. So, please join me on The Dirty Rabbit Hole Podcast with your favourite podcast app now. (RSS version instead)

-Michael Forman (Author.)