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Everything is Awesome Episode 94 – The Pied Piper (Michael Sceptre)

The story of The Pied Piper is a classic. A man rids a town of rats, doesn’t get paid, and steals all the children from the town. Typical classic storytelling, but what happens after? Author Michael Sceptre wondered the same thing and decided to figure it out. On the show, we discuss writing, the darkness of The Pied Piper, and of course his new book, The Pied Piper – Love and Redemption.

ABOUT THE PIED PIPER

In 1284, while the town of Hamelin was suffering from a rat infestation, a piper dressed in multicolored clothing appeared, claiming to be a rat-catcher. He promised the mayor a solution to their problem with the rats. The mayor, in turn, promised to pay him for the removal of the rats. (According to some versions of the story, the promised sum was 1000 guilders.) The piper accepted and played his pipe to lure the rats into the Weser River, where all but one drowned.[citation needed]

Despite the piper’s success, the mayor reneged on his promise and refused to pay him the full sum (reputedly reduced to a sum of 50 guilders) even going so far as to hint that he brought the rats himself in an extortion attempt. The piper left the town angrily, vowing to return later to take revenge. On Saint John and Paul’s day, while the Hamelinites were in church, the piper returned dressed in green like a hunter playing his pipe. In so doing, he attracted the town’s children. One hundred and thirty children followed him out of town and into a cave and were never seen again.

ABOUT ‘THE PIED PIPER – LOVE AND REDEMPTION’

The Pied Piper is stranded on an island somewhere near the invisible ocean, where all the fish have escaped from the humans. He is riddled with guilt, over the missing children, and cant cope. Hamelin is in trouble again and they need help. The Pied Piper stupidly does a deal with the fish which he now can’t keep. To fix it he has to go back to Hamelin as he cant go elsewhere—there is a bounty on his head for his actions. He sets off for Hamelin, survives death, but upon entering Hamelin, suspicion is aroused when a mysterious man wants to purchase earthworms—when the fisherman of Hamelin can’t even catch anything! He is caught and council is held to decide what to do with him. While in prison he falls in love with a girl whom it turns out he took her sister away!

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Kevin M. Gallagher, Jr

Kev is the co-founder of Crude Humor Studios and That's Entertainment. He also writes, produces, and directs their skits, shorts, and web series, while sharing managing editor duties for That's Entertainment.

Kev is the host of the podcast, Everything is Awesome and is the co-host of The Zombcast. He is the former host of the podcasts Happy Hour with Steel Tip, Creepcast, Happy Hour, 30 Minute Outsider, The Muff Squad, That's Entertainment, 215th Entertainment Presents: Sounds of Philly, Academic Nerds, and OuaT: The Unofficial Once Upon a Time Podcast.

Kev also writes for Dark Knight News and is working on a science fiction series.

Most of all, Kev is a dad to two wonderful children.
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