By Nathan Marchand
With the first episode of Kaijuvision Radio soon to be released, Brian and I decided it’d be a good time to let you, listeners, get to know us a bit more. As part of that, we’ll be sharing some of our previous projects that will be relevant to your interests.
As my bio mentions on my author website, I’m a professional writer. I discovered my talent for storytelling in middle school English when I was assigned to write a “fanciful story,” so I wrote one about my toys coming to life and fighting each other. Think of it as a geekier, action-oriented version of Toy Story. I then attended Taylor University Fort Wayne, where I earned a B.A. in professional writing under the tutelage of Dr. Dennis E. Hensley, one of the foremost writing instructors in the country. Interestingly, my first e-mail was on a now long-defunct website called www.GodzillaFans.com, which is what I used to correspond with “Doc,” and he would bring that up for years afterward. Anyway, I learned how to be a freelance writer, journalist, and novelist, among other things.
As a longtime fan of things like Star Trek, comic books, and, of course, Godzilla, it won’t surprise you that my first novel, Pandora’s Box, which was published in 2010 by Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy, was a military science fiction book. I’d actually started writing it before I went to college, scrapped much of that first incomplete draft, revised it some during college, and finished it after graduation. Since then, I’ve become a hybrid author, having been both traditionally published and self-published. Here’s a list of most of my books.
Two of my books are about kaiju. One is a novella entitled Destroyer. I co-authored it with me and Brian’s mutual friends (and fellow podcasters) Natasha Hayden, Timothy Deal, and Nick Hayden. As the summary on my website says,
Dr. Steiner and his daughter Eva build a towering cyborg to end a long war. It possesses the image of a dragon, the brain tissue of a dead T-Rex, and more weaponry than an army. Dubbed “Rex-1,” the cyborg’s mission is to destroy military targets in Moscow. Followed by its creators and commanders and controlled by telepathic technology, Rex-1 wreaks havoc, smiting enemies like a demonic god. Then the unthinkable happens. Rex-1 goes berserk and attacks the ship transporting the Americans. Crashing behind enemy lines in the heart of Moscow, Dr. Steiner and his group are caught in the middle of Rex-1′s rampage. Now with distrust and madness tearing his fellow survivors apart, Dr. Steiner has only one goal: Destroy Rex-1!
It was inspired by a Godzilla film. Can you tell which one? It was 2002’s Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla. I thought the concept of Mechagodzilla having a biological CPU and going berserk was rife with story potential, but the filmmakers wasted the idea. So, my novella explores that while also being an intense character-driven thriller. You can hear me read an excerpt from it on this episode of the Derailed Trains of Thought podcast.
My other kaiju-related book is actually a short story anthology: The Worlds of Nathan Marchand. The last tent-pole story is a kaiju tale set in a post-apocalyptic world where the surviving humans live underground and worship a kaiju as a god. However, a young man and his younger twin siblings dare to venture the surface to escape using flying machines, but the twins are attacked while flying one of those machines and crash in the heart of the city. Their brother must then elude the monster while flying a hang glider to save them. It was inspired by the stark imagery of The Return of Godzilla. The story was originally written for an anthology called Mammoth Monster Mayhem.
Besides all this writing, I’ve also dabbled in YouTube videos. While I’ve put my channel on (temporary) hiatus while Brian and I work on our podcast, I’ve produced around 80 or so videos for it. I did four different shows: “But I Digress…” (main show about creativity and film/book reviews), “Digressions” (fun random videos), “NERD RAGE!” (a show where I rant about geek-related things), and “Ankle Pickers” (a show about fighting games). I made three kaiju-related videos, which you can watch below. It consists of two reviews a top five list (which I would compile differently now, I think).
Well, that’s enough about me. Next week, it’s Brian’s turn!