Scott Carl Sigler is a contemporary American author of science fiction and horror as well as an avid podcaster. Originally from Michigan he now resides in San Francisco, California with his wife and two dogs.
Raised in Cheboygan, Michigan Sigler's father passed his love of classic monster movies along to his son. His mother, a school teacher, encouraged his reading offering him any book he wanted. Sigler wrote his first monster story, "Tentacles", at the age of eight.
Sigler didn't travel far for college having attended Olivet College (Olivet, MI) and Cleary College (Ann Arbor, MI) where he earned a BA in Journalism and a BS in Marketing. Scott has had a varied career path having worked fast food, picking fruit, shoveling horse manure, a sports reporter, director of marketing for a software company, software startup founder, marketing consultant, guitar salesman, bum in a rock band, and social media strategist before turning in his corporate ID to write fiction full time.
Use of Technology
EarthCore was originally published in 2001 by iPublish, an AOL/Time Warner imprint. With the novel doing well as a promotional ebook, Time Warner was planning on publishing the novel. With the economic slump following September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Time Warner did away with the imprint in 2004, Scott decided to start podcasting his novel in March, 2005 as the worlds first podcast only novel to build hype and garner an audience for his work. Sigler considered it a "no brainer" to offer the book as a free audio download. Having searched for podcast novel's and finding none, Sigler decided to be the first. A shameless self-promoter and worker of viral marketing, Sigler was able to get EarthCore offered as a paid download on iTunes in 2006.
After EarthCore's success (EarthCore had over 10,000 subscribers), Sigler released Ancestor, Infection, The Rookie, Nocturnal, and the Bloodcast series of short stories via podcast. Currently he is producing his next series, The Crypt.
Pushing boundaries, Sigler released an Adobe PDF version of Ancestor on Monday 19th March 2007 through Sigler's own podcast as well as others. Ancestor was released on April 1, 2007 to much internet hype and, despite having been released two weeks earlier as a free ebook, reached #7 on Amazon.com's best-seller list and #1 on Sci-Fi, Horror and Genre-Fiction on the day of release.
Scott Sigler was featured in a New York Times article on March 1, 2007 by Andrew Adam Newman. It was covering authors using podcasting innovations to garner a broader audience.
Awards & Achievements
|2006: Hero - Finalist for the Parsec Award in Best Fiction (Short)|
|2007: The Rookie - Finalist for the Parsec Award in Best Speculative Fiction Story (Novel Form)|
|2008: Infected - Recipient of the Founder's Choice Award from Podiobooks.com|
|2008: Red Man - Recipient of the Parsec Award in Best Speculative Fiction Story (Short Form)|
|2008: Kissyman - Finalist for the Parsec Award in Best Speculative Fiction Story (Short Form)|
|2008: The Crypt Ep.2 - error3 reconstruct - Finalist for the Parsec Award in Best Speculative Fiction Story (Short Form)|
|2008: Passenger - Finalist for the Parsec Award in Best Speculative Fiction Story (Novella Form)|
|2008: Snipe Hunt - Finalist for the Parsec Award in Best Speculative Fiction Story (Novella Form)|
|2009: Contagious - Earned a spot on the New York Times Best Seller's list for the U.S. hardcover release of Contagious|
|2009: Contagious - Recipient of the Founder's Choice Award from Podiobooks.com|
|2009: Nocturnal - Recipient of the Founder's Choice Award from Podiobooks.com|
|2009: Eusocial Networking - Recipient of the Parsec Award in Best Speculative Fiction Story (Novella Form)|
|2009: Contagious - Finalist for the Parsec Award in Best Speculative Fiction Story (Long Form / Novel)|
|2010: Contagious - Recipient of the Our History Project Literary Excellence Award in Best Audio Book - Silver Award|
|2010: The Tank - Recipient of the Parsec Award in Best Speculative Fiction Story (Short Form)|
|2010: Infected - Finalist for the Parsec Award in Best Speculative Fiction Story (Long Form)|
|2010: Title Fight - Finalist for the Parsec Award in Best Speculative Fiction Story (Novella Form)|
|2010: The Crypt - Finalist for the Parsec Award in Best Speculative Fiction Magazine or Anthology Podcast|
Sigler calls King a master craftsman, who writes from the "regular guy" strata from which he hails. "His older stuff had no pretense, no "higher message," no “I’m extremely important” attitude, just rock-solid storytelling and character development. He also would whack any character at any time, and that’s what hooked you in – when characters got into trouble, you didn’t know if they’d live, unlike 99% of the books out there that are trying to develop franchise characters."
According to Sigler, "The Sea Wolf totally changed my views on life".
Sigler saw King Kong (1976 version) when he was a little kid. He said it, "Scared the crap out of me. I hid behind my dad’s shoulder and begged to leave the theatre. As soon as we were out, I asked when we could see it again – that was the moment I knew I wanted to tell monster stories. I wanted to have that same impact on other people."
Written Material / Podcasts / Theatrical Works
Books In Print
Scott Sigler (1998) Asp Technocracy (Silent Death, the Next Millennium) Iron Crown Enterprises
- EarthCore (2005)
- Ancestor (2006)
- Infection (2006)
- The Rookie (2007), originally aired from from September 25, 2006 to April 24, 2007
- Nocturnal (2008), aired from October 31st 2007 to December 2nd 2008
- Contagious (2009), sequel of Infection. Aired from December 7th 2008 to May 31st, 2009
- The Crypt (2009), story set in The Rookie universe
- The Starter (2010), sequel to The Rookie
- The All-Pro (2011), third book in the The Rookie universe
- "Seigeshire" "White Wolf Magazine" Issue 21
- "Kumite" (1994) "Adventurer's Club Magazine" Issue 24
- "Number One With a Bullet" (1997) "Monsters from Memphis" anthology (ISBN 978-1880964217) , and "Bloodcast" feed
- "Chuckles Mulrooney, Attorney for the Damned", (2006) Episode 57, Escape Pod podcast
- "Hero" (2006) Episode 35, Escape Pod podcast
- "Bag Man" (2006) Episode 1, Pseudopod podcast and "Bloodcast" feed
- "Splashing Contest" Flesh & Blood magazine, and "Bloodcast" feed
- "Sacred Cow" (2007) "Bloodcast" feed
- "Great Snipe Hunt, The" (2007) "Bloodcast" feed
- "Kissyman" (2007) "Bloodcast" feed
- "Iowa Typhoon" (2007) "Bloodcast" feed
- "Eusocial Networking" (2009)
- "Hunter Hunterson & Sons" (2011) Blood is Red anthology
- Earthcore II: Mt. Fitzroy was officially announced at the September 2006 Portable Media Expo (now renamed "The Podcast & New Media Expo") in Ontario, California. The podcast sequel to Earthcore follows a heavily-armed team led by the surviving Patrick O'Doyle as they head off to the other known Rocktopi site at Mt. Fitzroy, Argentina. While no official release date has been announced, the author stated it would be out approximately one year from the date of the 2006 Expo, which will now be pushed back due to other book releases.
- Nocturnal, release of a reworked story line from the originally podcasted novel.
- On episodes released the week of June 5th 2006, Sigler and fellow podcast novelist J. C. Hutchins announced a contest called "Share The Pain" in which listeners are to identify the six instances in which the storyline of Sigler's Infection podcast novel collide with that of Hutchins' 7th Son. The contest was run by Sigler, Hutchins and Podcast Pickle.
- Scott Sigler has made mention of another Scott Sigler, who performs as a clown and has apparently been mistaken for Scott the author. Strangely or suspiciously, the "other" Scott Sigler's clown name is Mookie, the same as Scott's dog.
- In the premiere episode Sacred Cow on Stranger Things, Sigler played the voice of Bishop Kirland's personal assistant and can be seen with a large pair of steel scissors.
- Soupbone the Wonder Pimp, one of Scott's alter-egos
- Francis Dominic Olivieri?, yet another alter-ego
- Pope Siglericus XXX?, one additional alter-ego
- General Siglerisimo?, one can never have enough alter-ego's
- Techtard, coined term