Sorry to immediately have another panel episode for the midmonth, but we're still reeling from Erin's pregnancy, and things will be a little touch-and-go for a few months as we settle into having the baby around. You'll probably be hearing more A.F. than the others, and maybe even some new voices helping fill the gaps while the whole maternity thing is still fresh.

We will have a new Stoke the Fire episode on July 1. For now, enjoy the first of our recorded panels from Balticon 50: Creating Believable Villains with Maria Snyder. It is a longer one than we're used to (an hour 20 minutes as opposed to the usual 50 minutes) and there's some visual stuff you won't be able to see (unless you have some sort of magical powers) but there is a ton of great information here. Enjoy!
A. F. just got back from Balticon, and there is much sleep to be had. There will be tons of great audio in the year to come, between panels, interviews, and other fun. But for now, it's time to play another bit of Seasoning from last year's Balticon.

A. F. and Erin interview JRD, Jaymay, and Opopanax from SkinnerCo and the Flash Pulp podcast.

Follow that up with a brand new Mystery Meal of the creation of the monster in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.

Bumper- Nobilis Reed of theNobilis Erotica Podcast
Promo- Kickstarter for Genrenauts Season 1 by Michael R. Underwood

It's almost time for Balticon 50, so here's the last of the panels we recorded at Balticon 49!

Since this was recorded, a decision has been made about whether our Grillmistress Erin will be at Balticon. Sadly, she will not be in attendance. A. F. will still be there, so don't be surprised if you get  a microphone shoved in your face!
It's May, and the Potcast crew is bringing you a new Main Ingredient story!

"Osiris O'Cyrus and the Nexus of Hells" by James Silverstein

Occult investigator Osiris O'Cyrus regales an English gentleman of an adventure into the nature of Hell. But the tale hits a little close to home when an inhuman creature is revealed.

Special thanks to Kevin McLeod of Incompetech for the music.
"The Complex" Kevin MacLeod (
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

After that, we have a brand new Mystery Meal! Erin reads a marred version of "Paul Revere's Ride" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

And stick around after the credits for a surprise!

Bumper- Charlie Brown, author of Quarter Moon
Promo- Mental Graffiti by Scott E. Pond
It's episode 28, and A. F. is working hard on your next Main Ingredient story, so Erin is at the helm! Some of the audio quality turned out crap, due to being rushed. Hopefully this won't happen again. Sorry, folks!

First, she brings you the last bits of interview A. F. had back in October with the Archmage Ed Greenwood. It's not much, and the audio is a little wonky, and there's not really an intro, but you get the idea. There is a little bit of fun that we just really didn't want you to miss out on.

After that, Erin brings you more Botched Recipes!

We've had another challenge issued for a Cookoff! Austin Malone (you might remember him from our Valentine's episode in 2015) has challenged Scott Roche (you might remember him from our VERY FIRST episode) to a write-off for prompt #8- Aliens have given you a supersense. How do you use it?

2500 words or less, due June 30, when prompt #8 will be closing anyway. Hold onto your hats and get ready for it! And keep your eyes peeled for another open submissions Cookoff this summer!

Don't forget to check out our Patreon!

Bumper- Paul E. Cooley, author of The Black, The Black: Arrival, and The Street, among other things
Promo- Best Served Cold by John G. Walker

It's April Fool's Day, and we're not doing an April Fool's episode because we've grown into adults now.

Not really, but this is a real episode.

First up is a Main Ingredient story based on a Stoke the Fire prompt. Prompt #4- A company has just received an order of "fledges." They did not order these.

We present "F.L.E.D.G.E.S." by Scott Roche
Special thanks to Paul K. Ellis for lending his voice for this story.

After that, we bring back the Food Critic segment. A.F. tells all about Genrenauts by Michael R. Underwood. The first two novellas of the series, "The Shootout Solution" and "The Absconded Ambassador" both get 5 out of 5 spoons!

Our final segment is a Mystery Meal, torturing the infamous duel scene from Alexandre Dumas's The Three Musketeers.

Some announcements!
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Prompt #7 is now closed. Brand new is Prompt #9, given to us by none other than Ed Greenwood!

You wake up alone at night with bite marks on your legs. What's eating you?

Finally, we release the results of our first Cookoff Challenge! Who won, David "Doc Blue" Wendt or JRD Skinner? You'll have to listen to find out. Thanks for voting, and keep your eyes peeled for our first public Cookoff!

Promo- Balticon
Bumper- P.C. Haring
We're back with our fifth Balticon Bonus episode, featuring panels from Balticon 49! This time, we bring you the How to Intelligently Torture Your Characters panel. Enjoy!

Bumper- Tim Dodge
It's about time A. F. disappeared so Erin could bring you some Botched Recipes. Not a lot of preamble on those. Time to see once again how dumb our hosts are.

Following that is an interview with the vivacious and amazing Starla Huchton, author of the Flipped Fairy Tales, the EVOLUTION trilogy, the Endure series... and a lot more. Go check out her work!

Prompt #7 closes at the end of March, so get your stories submitted!

Voting for our Cookoff Challenge ends March 23rd, so go get in your votes on Twitter @meltingpotcast and our Facebook page!

Bumper- Scott Roche
Promo- Liberty Station by Terry Mixon
First of all, sorry this episode is a week(ish) late. Our recording space lacked sufficient silence for us to get this episode done on time. Then work happened, so A. F. didn't have tons of time to produce audio. Lots of sorry all around.

We promised it would happen, and the day has arrived! We're here with our first Cookoff Challenge! Back in November, David "Doc Blue" Wendt challenged JRD Skinner to a write-off. Erin and A. F. laid the ground rules. No more than 2500 words. Valentine's Day love theme, and one of the main characters in the relationship had to be a cryptozoological or mythological creature. Well, the results are in, so here are the stories.

"Love Cryptoamerican Style" by David "Doc Blue" Wendt
"Heart of Stone" by JRD Skinner

YOU get to vote on the winner! Check Twitter @meltingpotcast for a poll where you can vote for your favorite, and we'll have a place you can vote on our Facebook page, as well! So yes, you can each get TWO votes! Our three intrepid hosts will announce their individual picks when we reveal the winner on April 1. Our hosts' votes also each count twice, just because we're special. Voting will remain open until March 23!

The winner of the Cookoff will win a The Melting Potcast T-shirt!

We do plan to have more Cookoffs in the future, some that are open to the public!

Don't forget to check out our Patreon. Help us make the Potcast better, and you can get some awesome TMP swag!

Bumper- Dave Robison of the Roundtable Podcast
Promo- Supervillain Corner
You may remember Chris A. Jackson from our special November episode when his book HELLMAW: DRAGON DREAMS was released.

Well, Mr. Prolific Writer Man has ANOTHER book out today! PIRATE'S PROPHECY is now available!