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Join us as we welcome Steve Sabatka to the show, whose debut Young Adult horror/science fiction novel just hit the stores, MISTER FISHBACK'S MONSTER, in the tradition of late night monster flicks and the magical films of Ray Harryhausen! Prepare for a fun ride tonight as Francy Weatherman, Joe Flynn, Dawn Proctor, Nicholas Grabowsky, possible visits from B-actor John Link and horror writer Tom Sawyer, and listener call-ins chat with this wonderful new writer! With a special opening tribute to the late Gene Wilder.
“See ravenous beasts from the dawn of time! Gun packin’ roller derby queens! Chattering freaks, belched up from the ocean floor! Bug-eyed Martian bullies! Political intrigue! Corporate corruption! Bigfoot! Blood! Guts! Pam Grier!”
When Steve Sabatka was five years old, he saw the original, classic King Kong for the first time. He hasn’t been the same since. As a kid, Steve started making 8mm movies, animating clay dinosaurs in miniature jungles, and dreaming of becoming the next Ray Harryhausen. But by the time Steve was a senior in high school, stop motion had become a dying art. Steve started writing – and dreaming of being the next Ray Bradbury.
When he was in college, Steve met Fay Wray in person at a film festival in Dallas, Texas. So effusive was his praise and appreciation for Ms. Wray, that the aging actress felt it prudent to alert theater security guards. Happily, no charges were preferred. Steve also met his childhood idol, Ray Harryhausen - and actually shook the hand that gave frame-by-frame life to Mighty Joe Young, and Gwangi. Steve lives in Newport, Oregon, just a few blocks from the ocean, and teaches at Newport High School – home of the Cubs. Mister Fishback’s Monster is his first published book.