Author Mark Tullius speaks his mind and shares his writing: Horror, Sci-fi, Suspense, and nonfiction MMA.


My special guest is Kelly Aiello, a registered holistic nutritionist (RHN) and Brain Health Coach, and the host of the Nutritional Nerd podcast.

She shares how her husband's traumatic brain injury affected their lives and led her into researching nutrition to help brain health.

She goes over some of the most important steps a person should do to improve their brain health through nutrition.

For more information on Kelly and the services she offers, go to

While there you can sign up for her newsletter for free nutrition tips and such. I've already signed up and recommend it.

At the end of the episode you can listen to the short story "Twenty-Third District" which is taken from 25 Perfect Days and narrated by David Thompson.

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It felt being great being back home and going over the latest developments. In this episode I discuss:

The Try Not to Die series. Just read through The Wizard's Tower, fixing up Dethfest scenes, and starting the rewrite of the Wild West. Also discuss two new books added to the series.

Where I'm at with the traumatic brain injury book. Just received the first incredible blurb and the version translated into German.

Talk of finally getting 10th Planet Whittier opened.

What I get from my 5-mile walks in the morning, playing guitar, and taking care of myself.

The positive experience with a hypnotist. I have a few more sessions scheduled with her and will then bring her on the show to talk about it.

(15:45) Includes the short story "One Last Bedtime Story" taken from 25 Perfect Days and narrated by David Thompson.

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My special guest is Johnny "Cupcakes" Campbell, an MMA fighter, bjj brown belt, and all-around awesome individual. Johnny's fight at Cage Titans 9 years ago was what turned me back into a fan of the sport. We had a great first interview a few days after that and another at Brown University a few years later.

It was great catching up with Johnny after his latest win at Bellator. We discussed:

  • His willingness to take fights on short notice.
  • Overcoming negative thinking and dark thoughts.
  • How at 34 he is in peak performance, physically and emotionally.
  • Loyalty to his gym South Shore Sportfighting in Rockland and his coach Bill Mahoney.
  • Why he fights and his plans after he retires.
  • If he worries about brain health.
  • What he gets out of playing video games.

Also includes the short dystopian story "Two Minutes to Midnight"

For more on Johnny: Follow him at:

IG @johnnyccmma

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What a fun conversation with Mat Santos, a lifelong martial artist, devoted family man, and co-author in the Try Not to Die series.

Mat, the owner of Team Santos Fighting Academy, is one of the brightest and funniest black belts I've had the pleasure of hanging out with.

In this episode we discuss:

Connections made through martial arts.

Skill acquisition.

Overcoming obstacles due to the pandemic.

Raising our sons and understanding our fathers.

The importance of participation trophies.

Why I no longer get drunk or high before recording podcasts, and why I'm rethinking that approach.

The highest compliment you can give a Rhode Islander and the quickest way to start a fight with one.

(1:34:50) The short story "Twenty-Twenty" from 25 Perfect Days and narrated by David Thompson.

For more on Mat and his academy check out:

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My special guest is Dr. Mike Simpson, the author of the upcoming book Honed: Finding Your Edge as a Man Over 40, the host of The Mind of the Warrior podcast and the man behind Greybeard Performance supplements, fight gear, and first aid kits.

We talk about traumatic brain injuries, CTE, PTSD, and improving both your brain health and overall health.

(43:40) Includes "30 Day Program" a short story taken from 5 More Perfect Days and narrated by John Anthony Davis. For more info on Doc - For info on Greybeard Performance -

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I had a fantastic conversation with Scott Gazzoli, the host of the popular podcast Causing the Effect. Scott's podcast is focused on the true exploration of your mind and body and it was a blast picking his brain. In our talk, he offers advice to help me with my meditation and exercise struggles, we discuss our cannabis and psychedelic use, love for heavy metal, rage issues, and much more.

Check out Scott's podcast Causing the Effect -

(51:58) Also includes the short story "Four Percent" taken from 25 Perfect Days and narrated by David Thompson. 

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My special guest is filmmaker Michael Plaster. Michael is a fellow 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu purple belt under Eddie Bravo and has collaborated on a few projects with me.

I brought him on to discuss his chronic depression and how he has overcome it by having his hormones regulated by Dr. Mark Gordon from Millennium Neuro-Regenerative Centers. This is the same protocol I followed that gave me incredible relief from the depression I'd experienced. Michael never understood why he was depressed until listening to Dr. Gordon and linking it to his early traumatic brain injuries.

To check out Michael's films and podcasts go to

Also be sure to check out his Instagram at @plaster10p

(41:20) Also includes the short story "Nine Months Later" taken from 25 Perfect Days and narrated by David Thompson.

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My special guest is Canadian Comedian Noor Kidwai.

I was recently a guest on Noor's podcast God Yay or Nay and wanted to continue our conversation over here. Noor shares how much writing has helped him, how he has benefited from psychedelics, why he's interested in spirituality and consciousness, and how it all feeds his comedy.

(49:25) Includes the short story "Thirteenth on the List" taken from 25 Perfect Days narrated by David Thompson For more on Noor checkout

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In this special episode, I talk with Joey Hauss and his wife Lindsay after they led me through a powerful breathwork, meditation, and ice bath session. We discuss what led Joey to become a Level 2 Certified Instructor of the Wim Hof Method and why breathing, meditation, and cold immersion can help us heal. To learn more about Joey and his classes, check out (43:00) At the end of the talk, I share the short story "US-89N4X" which is from 5 More Perfect Days and narrated by John Anthony Davis.

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Quick update on what's up next for the podcast and my writing class. Includes the short story "Dead Spot" from Untold Mayhem narrated by Michael David Axtell

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