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Amy On The Radio – Wednesday, October 14th – Aaron Gulyas – Origins of Modern Conspiracy Culture


Aaron Gulyas

Since 2017, Aaron Gulyas has produced and hosted The Saucer Life, a podcast which explores the history, lore, and culture of flying saucer belief. He is the author of several books including Extraterrestrials and the American Zeitgeist (“A significant contribution to the body of literature on the UFO phenomenon in general and the contactee movement in specific”- Journal of Popular Culture), Conspiracy Theories: The Roots, Themes, and Propagation of Paranoid Political and Cultural Narratives (“an updated and well researched genealogy of some of the most enduring tropes of conspiracy lore”- Nova Religio), and The Paranormal and the Paranoid: Conspiratorial Science Fiction Television (“a helpful volume, and one that should be appreciated by scholars”- The Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts). He has also written or edited a vast number of articles and books on much more boring subjects. Gulyas teaches history in Michigan, where he lives with his very, very patient family.


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Amy On The Radio – Wednesday, October 7th – Chris Semtner – Edgar Allan Poe


Chris Semtner

The Curator of the Edgar Allan Poe Museum in Richmond, Virginia, Chris Semtner has written several books and chapters on topics including Edgar Allan Poe, visual art, crime fiction, and cryptography in addition to contributing articles to, Resources for American Literary Studies, Crime Writers’ Chronicle, and The Edgar Allan Poe Review. He has curated critically acclaimed exhibits for museums and galleries across the country with his Library of Virginia exhibit Poe: Man, Myth, or Monster earning the praise of The New York Times.

As curator of the Edgar Allan Poe Museum, his exhibits for the Poe Museum brought that institution recognition and honors from TIME Magazine, USA Today, and several others. Semtner has collaborated on Poe-inspired performances with groups including the Latin Ballet of Virginia, the Friends of Shockoe Hill Cemetery, and the Garth Newel Music Center. Semtner has been interviewed on BBC4, PBS, Travel Channel, Military History, NPR, CNN, and other networks and featured in The New York Times, American Road Magazine, and several other publications.

He regularly speaks about a variety of unusual, obscure, and macabre subjects to groups of all ages at a variety of venues around the United States, from the Steampunk World’s Fair to the Library of Congress, and as far away as Japan. Chris Semtner is an internationally exhibited fine artist whose paintings have entered numerous private and public collections including the Virginia Historical Society, the City of Baltimore, and the University of Maryland.


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Amy On The Radio – Wednesday, August 12th – Ben Kamphaus (PATTERNSHIFT)


Benjamin Kamphaus is a science fiction author, music producer, and software engineer living in the Front Range of Colorado. He has a PhD in Geography from SUNY Buffalo, completed with an interdisciplinary focus that ranged from archaeology to artificial intelligence. His early professional career was situated at the intersection of the space, earth, social, and information sciences. He currently splits his time between family, software, AI, the outdoors, judo, philosophy of mind, and his creative pursuits, which include his electronic music project PatternShift. As PatternShift, he composes synthesizer music set in the same worlds as his fiction. When not in Colorado, he can be found traveling the world in search of a good cup of coffee.


PatternShift is the cinematic synthwave project of science fiction author Benjamin Kamphaus. His music is instrumental, evocative, and expansive, interweaving elements of dark and space ambient with retrowave drive. When not writing and producing music, he can be found slinging code, sailing the solar wind, or hiding out at one of his favorite haunts, Oneiri Station, in the Vaskania system.


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