Now the tribute:
I never met P.G. Holyfield, and I do not think we have corresponded either. However his Murder at Avedon Hill was a very influential full cast podcasted novel. I loved the Tolkien meets Agatha Christie vibe. I loved his two podcasts from SpecFic Media., Beyond the Wall, a Game of Thrones podcast and Consumption, a general pop culture podcast.
In my various Podcasting oriented blog articles on The Recovering Ubergeek blog, I mention Mr. Holyfield. First in February 22nd, 2013's Fun with Podcasting I said this, "Chooch and Viv can be heard on SpecFic Media’s Beyond the Wall Podcast (http://specficmedia.com/
In July 17th, 2013's More Fun with Podcasting I wrote up the Beyond the Wall Podcast.
"SpecFic Media’s Beyond the Wall Podcast
This is a Game of Thrones round table discussion Podcast. P.G. Holyfield is the moderator and it includes Chooch, Viv, Nuchtchas, and Christiana Ellis. They cover each episode each week. They go into in depth discussion of the characters and plot points. All but Chooch have read the books. Chooch being the newbie gives a fresh perspective to the show. They do not take themselves too seriously. There is also a video version on YouTube. They only podcast during the regular run of the show. They usually have a pre-season and a post-season episode as well. They include clips from the show they are discussing. They have fun with interesting polls in which they audience can participate. For instance how many Freys are mentioned or shown in an episode. If you enjoy Game of Thrones, you may have a good time with Beyond the Wall from SpecFic Media. During the regular Game of Thrones Season, they are on a weekly schedule."
In November 13th, 2013's Podcasty Goodness I wrote up about P.G. Holyfield in general mentioning Consumption and Murder at Avedon Hill.
"Murder at Avedon Hill/ Tales of the Children/ SpecFicMedia/ P.G. Holyfield
P.G. Holyfield started with his fantasy murder mystery Murder at Avedon Hill. The he continued with Tales of the Children an Anthology that covers the deities of the Murder at Avedon Hill Universe. Two or so years ago he founded SpecFicMedia, which started with the Beyond the Wall Game of Thrones podcast. He also is a host on the new panel show Consumption also on SpecFicMedia. Holyfield’s fiction is very moody and atmospheric. He was very capable of fusing Mystery with Fantasy without either genre suffering any issues. He is a wonderful host and worth the listen."
His work was a bright beacon through a very dark time in my life. I am sad I will never be able to thank him in person. I still am thankful I found his work and was able to spread the word. Buy his book. I can never show enough appreciation for this gentleman.