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Conversations with the biggest names in horror fiction. A podcast for horror readers who want to know where their favourite stories came from . . . and what frightens the people who wrote them.

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    112 – Jamie Flanagan & Stories as Companions for Loneliness

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2022 65:36


    The best and spookiest season starts in earnest, this year on Talking Scared. Our guest is Jamie Flanagan, actor, screenwriter, and part of the team who delivered such televisual delights as The Haunting of Bly Manor, Midnight Mass and now, The Midnight Club.With The Midnight Club due to land on Netflix worldwide this Friday – I rejigged the schedule to sneak in a chat with Jamie about his work on the show, his relationship with horror-maestro director, Mike Flanagan, and some of the magic that bubbled to the surface in Midnight Mass. Jamie pulls back the veil on the mythical ‘writers room'. He talks about the difficulty of getting anything to screen. And we talk, of course, about the influence of Stephen King.It's a pleasant detour this week, away from books, without leaving the literary entirely behind.Enjoy!The Midnight Club is released worldwide on Netflix, October 7th.  Other books mentioned in this episode include:The Midnight Club (1994), by Christopher Pike The Mist (1980), by Stephen KingHouse of Leaves (2000), by Mark Z. DanielewskiSupport Talking Scared on Patreon Come talk books on Twitter @talkscaredpod, on Instagram, or email direct to talkingscaredpod@gmail.com Support the show

    111 – Alexis Henderson and Hot Marxist Bloodletting

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2022 67:46


    It's not only vampires that drink blood. That's what we find out on this week's episode. Our guest is Alexis Henderson – author of The Year of the Witching and now, her sophomore novel, House of Hunger. It's a luscious, lurid tale of dark fantasy, blood and sex. Y'know … all the good stuff.Oh, and it's one of my favourite books of the year.Alexis and I discuss the collision of horror and fantasy, the erotics and politics of blood, and the double standards when it comes to female perversion. We also talk a little about a certain Bloody Countess, who plays a big part in the background of House of Hunger. Enjoy!House of Hunger is released September 27th by Ace Books   Other books mentioned in this episode include:A Dowry of Blood  (2022), by S.T. Gibson The Year of the Witching (2021), by Alexis HendersonSupport Talking Scared on Patreon Come talk books on Twitter @talkscaredpod, on Instagram, or email direct to talkingscaredpod@gmail.com Support the show

    110 – Clay McLeod Chapman and Unhealthy Obsession with Clear Plastic Tarps

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2022 74:10


    Wanna get haunted?That's the delightful proposition offered by Clay McLeod Chapman's Ghost Eaters – a novel of ghosts, grief and ghastly narcotics. Just take one pill and you can sell all the phantoms that surround you. What a premise! It's Clay's second time on Talking Scared and he's always welcome. There are few more honest, open, and thoughtful writers out there. This time around we go deep, into the real emotional core of Ghost Eaters, talking about lost friends and long-ago dreams. We discuss 90s indie art, postmodernism's pains-in-the-ass, and our drug experiences (turns out we're lame).Oh, and there are Machine Elves. What are Machine Elves, you ask? Listen to find out. Enjoy!Ghost Eaters is released September 20th by Quirk Books  Other books mentioned in this episode include: Between Two Fires (2012), by Christopher Buehlman Whisper Down the Lane (2021), by Clay McLeod Chapman – (episode 32)The Secret History (1992), by Donna TarttInfinite Jest (19960, by David Foster WallaceSupport Talking Scared on PatreonCome talk books on Twitter @talkscaredpod, on Instagram, or email direct to talkingscaredpod@gmail.com Support the show

    109 – Gemma Amor and The Big Mental Health in Horror Bonanza

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2022 115:22


    The time has finally come to go to the scariest place imaginable – the inside of the human mind. Thankfully, we have a friend to accompany us on this most hideous of trips. I'm joined this week by Gemma Amor, author of the brand-new techno-horror FULL IMMERSION. It's a book that deals with trauma, psychosis and experimental treatment, and it's the perfect springboard for an epic conversation about mental health in horror.Gemma and I cover the autobiographical elements of her novel and how it helped her recovery. I lay bare my own neurosis and explain why this genre is not necessarily a safe space. And Gemma explains the dangerous reality of being a woman in the horror game. If that all sounds a tad sombre, don't worry – there is also chat about the Uncanny Valley, Men in Black, Creepypasta and Black Mirror. As well as the pros and cons of pushing over racist statues.It's a long episode this one. You won't get this level of self-indulgence every week. But it was just too good a conversation to cut short.Let's head into my head, it's scary there!!Enjoy!Full Immersion is released September 13th by Angry Robot Read Gemma's essay - The Female Experience of FearSupport Talking Scared on PatreonCome talk books on Twitter @talkscaredpod, on Instagram, or email direct to talkingscaredpod@gmail.com Support the show

    108 – Hailey Piper and Ambulatory Brain Monsters

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 6, 2022 64:32


    Finally, she's here!After months of waiting for schedules and book releases to align, Hailey Piper is on the show. She's here to talk about both of her 2022 releases – each is a kidnapping experience. The novella Your Mind is a Terrible Thing takes us up into the void and into creepy inner space. Her forthcoming novel No Gods for Drowning transports us somewhere else entirely. Hailey lets me blather on about social commentary and metaphor before reminding me gently that sometimes it's ok to enjoy the story. We talk about concise world-building (how!!), zombie capitalism, police brutality, anxiety and body autonomy, and why Queer characters don't need an agenda to be worthy of inclusion.By the time this goes live Hailey has probably written another two books!! But for now, I'm just delighted to have her on the show to discuss these two.Enjoy!Your Mind is a Terrible Thing was released May 2022 by Off Limits Press; No Gods for Drowning is published September 7th, 2022 by Polis Books.Other books mentioned in the episode include: Crime Scene (forthcoming 2022), by Cynthia PelayoThe Possession of Natalie Glagow (2018), by Hailey PiperBenny Rose the Cannibal King (2020), by Hailey Piper Support Talking Scared on Patreon Come talk books on Twitter @talkscaredpod, on Instagram, or email direct to talkingscaredpod@gmail.com Support the show

    107 – Zin E. Rocklyn and the Commonality of Pain

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2022 52:48


    Time to get weird and wiggy and wondrous.Our guest this week is Zin E. Rocklyn, author of many short fictions, and her (very) recently award-winning novella Flowers for the Sea.It's an afro-speculative blend of science fiction, horror, fantasy, myth, dystopia, pre-history and apocalypse – all confined to a single boat in a big, bad ocean, and all told within 100 pages.Phew – it's dense!Zin and I cover a lot this week. We barrel through her the twin crises of reproductive rights and climate change – and look at how inequality is a huge component of both. We talk about writing the body, evoking smell and how pain has many uses.That sounds dark. It is. But there is also light, including an unexpected reference to an old British sitcom, the juxtaposition of Zin and Hyacinth Bouquet made me laugh!!Enjoy this one.Flowers for the Sea was released October 2021, by Tor Other books mentioned in the episode include:We Are Here to Hurt Each Other (2022), by Paula D. AsheSpectral Hue (2019), by Craig L. GidneyNo Gods for Drowning (2022), by Hailey Piper“My Genre Makes a Monster of Me”, by Zin E. Rocklyn (2018) in Uncanny Magazine, 24 Support Talking Scared on Patreon Come talk books on Twitter @talkscaredpod, on Instagram, or email direct to talkingscaredpod@gmail.com Support the show

    106 – Gwendolyn Kiste and the Madwomen Bite Back

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2022 68:37


    Get your bell bottoms, your peace sign, your tie dye and your … crucifix!This week's guest is Gwendolyn Kiste and her new novel, Reluctant Immortals, transports us to San Francisco in 1968, the summer after the Summer of Love, when the sun is setting on the hippie movement. Into this chaos comes a quarter of iconic Gothic characters, ready to fight it out all over again.Like the book, the surface of this conversation belies its inner darkness. Yes we talk hippies. Yes we talk Haunted Hollywood. Yes we talk cheesy movies. But we also get into the horrific implications of vampires for sexual consent, the true hideous power of the patriarchy, and how women are weaponised against women.There is substantial conversation about domestic and sexual abuse in the second half of the conversation. Just a warning in case this is a problem for you. It's a tough conversation, but a good one.Enjoy!Reluctant Immortals is released in North America on August 23rd by and in the UK on November 22nd by Titan.Other books discussed in this episode include:Something Borrowed, Something Blood-soaked (2018), by Christa CarmenTo Be Devoured (2019), by Sarah TantlingerThe Rust Maidens (2018), by Gwendolyn Kiste“The Eight People Who Murdered Me (Excerpt from Lucy Westenra's Diary)”, by Gwendolyn Kiste, Nightmare Magazine, issue 86, (2019)“The Woman Out of the Attic, by Gwendolyn Kiste, in Haunted House Short Stories (2019)Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex-Drugs-and-Rock 'N Roll Generation Saved Hollywood (1998), by Peter BiskindSupport Talking Scared on PatreonCome talk books on Twitter @talkscaredpod, on Instagram, or email direct to talkingscaredpod@gmail.com Support the show

    105 – Agatha Andrews and Danger-Bangs in Haunted Houses

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 16, 2022 64:45


    This week we're crossing the podcast streams again – and broadening our reading at the same time.Agatha Andrews is the host of She Wore Black, a Texas-based podcast of Gothic, Mystery and Horror. She's also my horror-podcasting buddy, the romantic yin to my dark, depraved yang. And she knows a thing or two about Gothic Romance.It turns out it's not all virgins in nightgowns (though they do make an appearance). Agatha talks me through the complex, overlapping relationships between Romance, Gothic, horror and erotica. We talk about how love combines with fear, why happy endings are an ironclad rule and the joy of the Danger-Bang. She also helps me navigate some recent twitter beef that had me utterly confused.This is a little diversion for the show, a ramble down a different path for this week. But hey, give love a chance!(plus, we also talk about House of Leaves)Episodes of She Wore Black are released weekly and you can find Agatha at @sheworeblackpodOther books discussed in this episode include:The Haunting of Maddy Clare (2012), by Simone St. JamesMexican Gothic (2020), by Silvia Moreno GarciaThe Hacienda (2022), by Isabel CañasGoddess of Filth (2021) by V. Castro Support Talking Scared on PatreonCome talk books on Twitter @talkscaredpod, on Instagram, or email direct to talkingscaredpod@gmail.com Support the show

    104 – Michael J. Seidlinger and Strange Footsteps at Midnight

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2022 73:24


    Are your doors and windows locked? Good. ‘Cos this one is going to scare you!This week I'm joined by Michael J. Seidlinger, author of the new home-invasion nightmare, Anybody Home. You've read this scenario before – invasion, torture, death and suffering – but never like this.  We talk about why home invasion is so singularly frightening, about the role of movies and lenses in our hyper-surveillant culture, we disagree on the current state of experimental fiction, and Michael gives perhaps the most startling answer yet to the question of where did the idea for this book come from… All that, plus my rantings on the morality of torture porn, some really geeky video game chat, heavy metal metaphors, and an afterword containing some important questions for the future of this show.  Enjoy! Anybody Home is published August 16th by CLASH booksOther books discussed in this episode include:The Shards (2023), by Bret Easton EllisHoarders (2021), by Kate DurbinFrank (2002), by R. M. Berry“The Death of the Author” (1967), by John Barthes – read here Support Talking Scared on Patreon Come talk books on Twitter @talkscaredpod, on Instagram, or email direct to talkingscaredpod@gmail.com Support the show

    103 – Giving Kids Swords: A Middle Grade Special w/ with Ally Malinenko, Dan Poblocki & Lora Senf

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2022 98:55


    What scared you as a kid? Monsters? Ghosts? The thing in your closet? The perilous state of the environment and the terrible carbon footprint of children's toys?If it's any of the former then you're in good company. (If it's the latter then boy did we need you in 1987!) This week's guests understand the fear that makes the childlike mind tick and tock, they know how to get under young skin, and they know how to inject a little hope into the horror. Ally Malinenko, Dan Poblocki and Lora Senf are three of the finest middle-grade authors around. Their books, This Appearing House, Tales to Keep You Up at Night and The Clackity present three very different kinds of nightmares to challenge, inspire and slightly terrify readers age 8-12.In this middle-grade special we dive deep into each of their book, to examine how horror works for younger readers. When does a lot become too much? And what can we say to the gatekeepers and politicians who would rather these precious children not read such awful things. It's an important question, cos, after all, kids are the ones who are going to have to both survive and save this world – so let's at least prepare them with some horrors they can conquer in the here and now.This is a longer episode, and a slightly left-turn. But it's also a lot of fun and surprisingly dark. Enjoy!The Clackity is published June 28th by AtheneumThis Appearing House is published August 16th by Katherine Tegen BooksTales to Keep You Up at Night is published August 16th by Penguin WorkshopOther books discussed in this episode include:Hoodoo (2015), by Ronald L. SmithHide and Don't Seek, and Other Very Scary Stories (20212), by Anica Mrose RissiGhost Love (2020), by Dennis MahoneyThe Nest (2015), by Kenneth OppellIt Looks Like Us (2022), by Alison AmesLiars Room (2021), by Dan PoblockiThe House With a Clock in Its Walls (1973), by John BellairsWait Till Helen Comes: A Ghost Story (1986), by Mary Downing Hahn“The Raft”, in Skeleton Crew (1985), by Stephen King The Haunted Book (2012), by Jeremy DysonTo find out more about my friend Amy Sarthou and her Portable Magic project to increase inclusive school reading – you can follow her on instagram at PortableMagic_reads_booksSupport Talking Scared on PatreonCome talk books on Twitter @talkscaredpod, on Instagram, or email direct to talkingscaredpod@gmail.com Support the show

    102 – Nina Nesseth and How the Gross-Out Can Save Your Life

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 26, 2022 74:02


    Do you like scary movies? Yes, course you do – you're listening to a horror podcast.Okay, cliched horror quote asides – this week is something a little different for the show. It's been a minute since we've had some non-fiction, and how better to scratch that itch-for-facts than with a discussion of BRAINZZZZZ?Our guest is Nina Nesseth: scientist, researcher and author of Nightmare Fuel: The Science of Horror Films. It does what it says on the cover. Nina guides us through a century of horror cinema, looking at how we, as a species, react neurologically and physiologically to scenes of blood, violence and carnage. Think of it, perhaps, as a tour of the most haunted house of all, the human mind. We dissect everything ­– movies, culture, eyeballs (prepare yourself!), and the trailer for Rob Zombie's The Munsters. We also talk about communicating science in the new age of anti-rationality, how our brains can tell screens and real life apart, the best ever decade for horror, and we mock the phrase elevated horror in all the ways that stupid term deserves. Enjoy!Nightmare Fuel: The Science of Horror Films was published on July 19th by Tor NightfireOther books discussed in this episode include:Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers (2003), by Mary RoachFound Footage and The Appearance of Reality (2014), by Alexandra Heller-Nicholls Support Talking Scared on PatreonCome talk books on Twitter @talkscaredpod, on Instagram, or email direct to talkingscaredpod@gmail.com Support the show

    101 – Nat Cassidy and Who Asked for a Body Anyway?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 19, 2022 69:49


    We're heading into largely uncharted horror waters this week with our guest Nat Cassidy. Nat's debut horror novel, Mary: An Awakening of Terror dares to confront one of the last true taboos of horror fiction. No, it's not cannibalism, or necrophilia, or the bowel movements of Tucker Carlson … no… it's the menopause. That's right. Female physiology. The horror, the terror, think of the children!!!Nat and I talk about why horror shies away from the topic of middle age and menopause, and why he was inspired to tell this story when he was just thirteen years old. We talk about Stephen King and Carrie and their lasting influence. And we look back at the worse year of Nat's life, and how it helped fuel the writing of Mary.We also promise (and fail) to talk about Bruce Springsteen, our shared north star. Watch this space for more on that in the future.Enjoy!Mary: An Awakening of Terror is published on July 19thth by Tor NightfireOther books discussed in this episode include:We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families (1998), by Philip GourevitchCarrie (1974), by Stephen KingParasite (1980), by Ramsey CampbellSupport Talking Scared on PatreonCome talk books on Twitter @talkscaredpod, on Instagram, or email direct to talkingscaredpod@gmail.com Support the show

    100 – Paul Tremblay and the First-Person Asshole Narrator

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 12, 2022 69:59


    DUM DUM DUM!!! 100 episodes!! We did it. We reached an utterly abstract threshold together guys and we are DELIGHTED to be here. I'm also delighted to welcome Paul Tremblay back to the show for a neat bit of circularity (as he was the one to kick things off way back in episode 1). Paul's new novel, The Pallbearer's Club came out just at the right time to make him the 100th guest. I'm convinced he planned it that way.It's a tale of weird adolescence, New England folklore, Punk Rock and loneliness. Sounds typically bleak right? Well it is, but it also has jokes, a heartwarming friendship and argumentative notes in the margins – so it's both a homecoming and a departure for Paul.We talk about his early desire to be a musician, his obsessions with misinformation, the art of fictionalising the truth, and the fear that inspires his uniquely uncanny set-pieces.Oh, and we also mention a certain film adaptation that may be in the works.Enjoy!The Pallbearers Club was published on July 5th by William Morrow and Titan BooksOther books discussed in this episode include: The Bus on Thursday (2018), by Shirley BarrettLunar Park (2005), by Bret Easton EllisA Confederacy of Dunces (1980), by John Kennedy TooleHouse of Leaves (2000), by Mark Z. DanielewskiOur Share of Night (2023), by Mariana EnriquezSupport Talking Scared on PatreonCome talk books on Twitter @talkscaredpod, on Instagram, or email direct to talkingscaredpod@gmail.com Support the show

    99 – T. Kingfisher and the Fungus-Punk Epidemic

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 5, 2022 68:16


    It's been a rough couple of weeks. So, let's have a laugh: Poe-style!Our guest is T. Kingfisher. She's an expert in taking dry, dark horror classics and investing them with newfound life. In What Moves the Dead she manages to find the gruesome joy in even the most dolorous of text. What Moves the Dead reconfigures and reapproaches Poe's classic, “The Fall of the House of Usher.” It updates the year, introduces some gender fluidity, and even adds Beatrix Potter's aunt. Yes, this is not your usual rewrite.It also involves mushrooms. Lots and lots of mushrooms.Consequently, we talk a lot about mycology – but we also get plenty of other fun stuff. Like whether we enjoy explanations in horror, how Albanian inheritance laws inspired her novella's gender dynamics, and how her grandmother would have excelled at polygamy had it been invented.This episode is a sprinkle of zest into the rancid stew of life. Enjoy!What Moves the Dead is published on July 12th by Tor NightfireOther books discussed in this episode include: The Twisted Ones (2019), by T. KingfisherThe Hollow Places (2020), by T. KingfisherPerdido Street Station (2000), by China MievelleMexican Gothic (2020), by Silvia Moreno GarciaSupport Talking Scared on PatreonCome talk books on Twitter @talkscaredpod, on Instagram, or email direct to talkingscaredpod@gmail.com Download Novellic on Google Play or Apple Store.Support the show

    98 – Tim McGregor and Blaming the Danish

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2022 70:38


    Things are a bit fishy this week, as I'm joined by long-time friend-of-the-show Tim McGregor (@TimMcGregor1) to talk about the long history of fish-tailed women and why we find them so frightening … and sexy! Tim's forthcoming novella, Lure, is a mermaid story with bite! No Ariel here; Sebastian the Crab is hiding. Instead it's about the war of attrition between a brutal patriarchal settlement and the sea-she-creature who holds them to account.(a little fitting for this week's misogyny-a-thon in the Supreme Court) As well as mermaid lore, we also talk about Tim's upbringing in the Ontarian wilds … and his father's axe … as well as disagreeing on heroes and villains, and delving into Tim's experiences on the periphery of one of the year's biggest horror meltdowns.  Enjoy! Lure is published on July 18th by Tenebrous PressOther books discussed in this episode include:Between Two Fires (2012), by Christopher BuelhmanInto the Drowning Deep (2017), by Mira GrantAll the Murmuring Bones (2021), by Angela Slatter – (episode 29)The Essex Serpent (2016), by Sarah PerryThe Monsters of Templeton (2008), by Lauren GroffSupport Talking Scared on PatreonCome talk books on Twitter @talkscaredpod, on Instagram, or email direct to talkingscaredpod@gmail.com Download Novellic on Google Play or Apple Store.Support the show

    97 – A Monstrous Roundtable, with Ellen Datlow, Nathan Ballingrud, Chikodili Emelumadu & Joe R. Lansdale

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 21, 2022 72:54


    This week on Talking Scared it's monsters all day, every day. To celebrate the release of Screams From the Dark: 29 Tales of Monsters and the Monstrous, we gather around the campfire with editor Ellen Datlow and three of her contributors – no less than Nathan Ballingrud, Chikodili Emelumadu and the great Joe R. Lansdale.As a result, this is not your average Talking Scared episode. There is interruption, overlap, argument much good humour. Amidst the chaos we still manage a fascinating conversation about the creatures that lurk in the wilds and those who walk amongst us. We talk about what makes a monster, why we love them, and where they fit in our modern hyperconnected world.(and they have the audacity to tell me that Bigfoot isn't real!)Enjoy!Screams From the Dark: 29 Tales of Monsters and the Monstrous was published on June 7th by Tor NightfireOther books discussed in this episode include:The Wilds (2014), by Julia ElliotOrmeshadow (2019), by Priya SharmaSundial (2022), by Catriona WardRoad of Bones (2022), by Christopher GoldenAnd Then I Woke Up (2022), by Malcolm Devlin (episode 87)The Last Storm (2022), by Tim LebbonEden (2020), by Tim LebbonAnybody Home (2022), by Michael SiedlingerCunning Women: A Feminist Tale of Forbidden Love After the Witch Trials (2021), by Elizabeth LeeHemingway's Widow: The Life and Legacy of Mary Welsh Hemingway (2022), by Timothy ChristianThe Writer's Crusade: Kurt Vonnegut and the Many Lives of Slaughterhouse-Five (2021), by Tom RostenAfrican Monsters: Volume 2 (2015), edited by Margret Hellgadotir and Jo Thomas. Support Talking Scared on PatreonCome talk books on Twitter @talkscaredpod, on Instagram, or email direct to talkingscaredpod@gmail.com Download Novellic on Google Play or Apple Store.Support the show

    96 – Stephen Lloyd and Cutting the Treacle

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 14, 2022 58:46


    We're closing out our (very) loose trilogy of episodes devoted to sinister schools and magical children. This week it involves pentagrams and witch-burnings, which are always a good time.Our guest, Stephen Lloyd, is better known for his comedy than his horror. He has spent a career crafting some of the biggest sitcoms of the century (some of which helped my marriage survive lockdown). Now, he has turned his pen to something much less wholesome, in his first novel, Friend of the Devil.We talk about Satanism and D&D and the aftermath of Vietnam – all that stuff that made the 80s such a goddamn fun decade for so many. But we also look at how those tendrils reach into the present set of existential crises. Socio-political shi*tshows aside, Stephen discusses the difference between writing horror and writing comedy, he explains the inner workings   of a TV writer's room – and how penning a novel in isolation is a whole other thing. I even ask him for advice on screenwriting, because my ill-conceived ambition knows no bounds…Enjoy! Friend of the Devil was published on May 30th by G.P. PutnamOther books discussed in this episode include:The Book of the New Sun (1980-83), by Gene WolfScreenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting (1979), by Syd FieldAdventures in the Screen Trade (1983), by William GoldmanSupport Talking Scared on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/TalkingScaredPodCome talk books on Twitter @talkscaredpod, on Instagram, and TikTok or email direct to talkingscaredpod@gmail.com Download Novellic on Google Play or Apple Store.Support the show

    95 – J.M. Miro and Throwing Your Arms Around the Monsters

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 7, 2022 77:55


    This week we go to magic school, but there isn't a f***ing owl or a talking hat in sight.Instead, it's a much more macabre affair, as J. M. Miro begins his trilogy of dark sorcery with Ordinary Monsters. J. M. goes by a different name in his other, more prosaic writing life, but here, with us, in the blood and the shadows he writes as his second self. Which is a long-winded and torturous way to say this is a pseudonym.We talk about the creative and practical reasons behind that, as well as his tragic family history, his obsession with Victorian London, female detectives in history and how to write a compelling action scene.And we manage to do all that without saying a single hateful or prejudiced thing. Imagine!Enjoy!Ordinary Monsters was published on June 7th by Bloomsbury and Flatiron Books Other books discussed in this episode include:By Gaslight (2016), by Steven Price (AKA J.M. Miro)Lampedusa (2019), by Steven PriceBlood Meridian (1985), by Cormac McCarthyThe Forgotten Beasts of Eld (1974), by Patricia A. McKillipWashington Black (2018), by Esi EdugyanSupport Talking Scared on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/TalkingScaredPodCome talk books on Twitter @talkscaredpod, on Instagram, and TikTok or email direct to talkingscaredpod@gmail.com Download Novellic on Google Play or Apple Store.Support the show

    94 – Scott Hawkins and a Dog-Eat-Lion World

    Play Episode Listen Later May 31, 2022 63:21


    This week we go behind the curtain to look at the inner workings of a bona-fide modern classic. Our guest is Scott Hawkins, whose debut novel, The Library At Mount Char delighted genre fans back in 2015. Now, to commemorate its first UK publication, Scott joins me for a conversation about its many madcap secrets.We talk about everything from cosmic ethics to kidney stone –  he gives us a little until-now-unknown backstory on some of the most mysterious characters, and I take umbrage at how awfully he treats the poor, poor pooches that guard his goddamned library!!This is a lovely conversation about the loveliest book you've ever read … that contains scenes of children being roasted alive.Enjoy!The Library At Mount Char was published in the UK on 10th May, by Titan BooksOther books mentioned in this episode include:We Are All Completely Fine (2014), by Daryl GregoryThe Stand: The Complete and Uncut Edition (1990), by Stephen KingTitus Groan: Book One of the Gormenghast Trilogy (1946), by Mervyn PeakeSharp Teeth (2007), by Toby BarlowRed Dragon (1981), by Thomas Harris. The Mote in God's Eye (1974), by Jerry Pournelle and Larry NivenThe Hunger (2018), by Alma KatsuIndifferent Stars Above: The Harrowing Saga of the Donner Party (2009), by Daniel James BrownSupport Talking Scared on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/TalkingScaredPodCome talk books on Twitter @talkscaredpod, on Instagram, and TikTok or email direct to talkingscaredpod@gmail.com Download Novellic on Google Play or Apple Store.Support the show

    93 – Kiersten White and Freedom from the Hope of Youth

    Play Episode Listen Later May 24, 2022 69:11


    Here I come, ready or not!Our guest this week is Kiersten White. She's the award-winning author of numerous macabre YA fictions, but now she's making her debut in adult fiction (not that kind!) with Hide – a tale of life-or-death hide-and-seek.It's a fantastic premise to begin with. Think The Hunger Games meets Squid Game, or any other kind of game but nastier and with more socio-political heft.Yeah, that's right. Once again on Talking Scared the guest and I deconstruct society, in particular the capitalist nightmare that is at the core of Kiersten's novel. We talk about economic inequality horror, American fairytales, the conflict between boomers and millennials, and the difference between mazes and labyrinths. I even ask some good questions about craft.We laugh a lot, but be warned, there is a burning rage behind this book.Enjoy!Hide is published on May 24th by Penguin and Del ReySupport Talking Scared on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/TalkingScaredPod Come talk books on Twitter @talkscaredpod, on Instagram, and TikTok or email direct to talkingscaredpod@gmail.com  Download Novellic on Google Play or Apple Store.Support the show

    92 – Anne Heltzel and a Big Pile of Dead Baby Dolls

    Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2022 69:28


    This week's episode couldn't have come at a more pertinent time. As women's reproductive rights come under assault in the US, as Roe V Wade gets rolled back and fat, sweaty men in suits make rules they will never have to obey – I'm joined by a writer who wrote a book about the cult of having babies.Anne Heltzel is the author of Just Like Mother, a contemporary Gothic techno-thriller about fertility, pressure, choice and cults. Okay, the real-world context may be heavy, but the book is a blast. It's both a surface-level thriller and a deep indictment of the way that modern life has got us all under pressure and running just to keep up.Anne and I talk about the creepiness of dolls, whether we give too much importance to twists, our shared experiences of feeling off-course in our twenties, and how everything, anything can be a cult if you just tweak it hard enough.Enjoy!Just Like Mother is published on May 17th by Tor Nightfire Other books mentioned in this episode include: In the Dream House (2019), by Carmen Maria MachadoRosemary's Baby (1967), by Ira LevinThe Seven Visitation of Sydney Burgess (2021), by Andy MarinoIt Rides a Pale Horse (2022), by Andy Marino You can download your free copy of Ash by Dan Soule from Amazon in your region until May 19th.  Support Talking Scared on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/TalkingScaredPodCome talk books on Twitter @talkscaredpod, on Instagram, and TikTok or email direct to talkingscaredpod@gmail.com Download Novellic on Google Play or Apple Store.Support the show

    91 – Jason Rekulak and Pencil Crayon Jump Scares

    Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2022 61:05


    Do think kids' drawings are creepy? They are, right? All big smiles and suns with eyes and weird flowers the size of people… and the dead girls in the background.Right? Our guest this week has built a whole horror story around these little paper nightmares.  Hidden Pictures is a novel that blends text and image in ways that I've never seen done before, or never as well. It's a story of childhood imagination, suburban murder and summer terror. Think Gone Girl with Crayola ghosts.Jason and I talk about lots of things – the rise of 1% horror; the relationship between image and text, and how to adapt an experimental book for audio. We get into the fairy tale details that I missed, and ask kid's imaginary friends are just so damn freaky. Trust me, you'll never look at your little cherub's artistic offerings the same way ever again.EnjoyHidden Pictures is published on May 10th by Flatiron Books and Sphere.Other books mentioned in this episode include:The Impossible Fortress (2017), by Jason Rekulak A Kiss Before Dying (1953), Ira LevinHorrorstör (2014), by Grady HendrixPride and Prejudice and Zombies (2009), by Seth Grahame-SmithMiss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children (2011), by Ransom RiggMy article in Esquire on ‘The 50 Best Horror Novels of All Time'Support Talking Scared on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/TalkingScaredPod Come talk books on Twitter @talkscaredpod, on Instagram, and TikTok or email direct to talkingscaredpod@gmail.com Download Novellic on Google Play or Apple Store.Support the show

    90 – Isabel Cañas and Running Barefoot Through Books

    Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2022 78:59


    It's a week of deep-dives, haunted-houses and academic horror-stories this week on Talking Scared.Our guest is Isabel Cañas. And she's having the busiest week known to (wo)mankind. Not only is she defending her doctoral thesis on Medieval Turkish Poetry, she also has the small matter of her debut novel – a sweetly sinister piece of Latin Gothic called The Hacienda We talk about everything that could possibly have influenced the novel. From the creepy house she once lived in, to her worldwide travels and her academic studies. It also plays a part – but nothing more so than a childhood spent reading. As well as diving deep into what made Isabel who she is, we also talk about Latinx horror generally, about mixing Catholicism with something even stranger, how she will never be frightened by the same things as Stephen King, and why it's so important to keep the literary door ajar once you've kicked it open. It was a pleasure to speak to Isabel. I can't believe she found the time. Enjoy The Hacienda is published on May 3rd by Berkley Other books mentioned in this episode include:Mexican Gothic (2020), by Silvia Moreno Garcia (episode 3)This Strange Way of Dying (2013), by Silvia Moreno GarciaThe House of Hunger (2022), by Alexis Henderson Support Talking Scared on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/TalkingScaredPodCome talk books on Twitter @talkscaredpod, on Instagram, and TikTok or email direct to talkingscaredpod@gmail.com Download Novellic on Google Play or Apple Store.Support the show

    89 – Alma Katsu and the Hatred that Never Seems to Die

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 26, 2022 72:50


    This week Alma Katsu brings her brand of immaculate historical horror to Talking Scared.After the The Hunger upped the ante on the Donner Party, and The Deep gave us a sinking feeling about the Titanic, Alma is back with The Fervor – a book too dark to write a pun about.It's a tale of haunting and conspiracy during   the years of Japanese internment in the US. Spanning multiple states, and multiple POV's, it weaves a story of anger, prejudice and hate that seems all too familiar today.We talk a lot about the history of internment and anti-asian prejudice in the US, about Alma's heritage and career, and the unique perspective it gives her on the topic. But don't worry, just as it's all about to get worryingly serious –the spider demons pop in to lighten the mood!Enjoy!Other books mentioned in this episode include:The Hunger (2018), by Alma KatsuThe Deep (2020), by Alma KatsuThe Pallbearer's Club (2022), by Paul TremblayThe Devil Takes You Home (2022), by Gabino IglesiasThe Indifferent Stars Above: The Harrowing Saga of the Donner Party (2009), by Daniel James BrownThe Fervor is published on April 26th, by G.P. Putnam. It will be released in the UK in October, by Titan. Support Talking Scared on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/TalkingScaredPodCome talk books on Twitter @talkscaredpod, on Instagram, and TikTok or email direct to talkingscaredpod@gmail.com Download Novellic on Google Play or Apple Store.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/talkingscaredpod)

    88 – V. L. Valentine and The Difficult Second Ghost Story

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 19, 2022 67:02


    After much recent politickin' and metaphor – we're back with a good old-fashioned, honest-to-goodness ghost story. And from a friend, no less.V. L. Valentine came on the show last year (ep.31) to talk about her debut medical horror whodunnit, The Plague Letters. Now she's back with her sophomore novel, a ripe Gothic treat called Begars Abbey. It plays with the tropes beautifully. There are secret rooms, sinister histories, mad old relatives, torture, crypts, sinister servants and lots of ghosts. Why the shift, from surgeons to spooks, you may ask.Well, Vikki and I talk about that. As well as what she learned between book 1 and 2, the elements of pacing, writing problematic women in the age of twitter, the macabre history of old dungeons and the perilous evils of Downton Abbey (ok – that last one is more my soapbox).Also, Vikki takes me to task about not yet finishing my own novel. Consider me chastened and now writing!Enjoy! Begars Abbey is published on April 26th, by Viper.Support Talking Scared on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/TalkingScaredPodCome talk books on Twitter @talkscaredpod, on Instagram, and TikTok or email direct to talkingscaredpod@gmail.com Download Novellic on Google Play or Apple Store.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/talkingscaredpod)

    87 – Malcolm Devlin and the Brexit Zombie Story

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 12, 2022 59:08


    I promise this week isn't a pandemic novel. I know … we all need a break.No, Malcolm Devlin's And Then I Woke Up IS about a disease, but not one that makes you cough, vomit or melt. Instead it's a disease (drum roll), OF THE MIND!! But even then, it's not what you think – no rage monsters here. Well, not really.Instead, this novella is a perfect allegory of how narratives can infect, distort and corrupt. How reality is contingent, and how the truth is more elusive by the day. All that, with zombies (sorta) Malcolm is a very polite man. So polite that he lets me use his book as a jumping-off point for all manner of cracked pseudo-philosophical theories. I basically forget the first rule of podcasting – DON'T talk more than the guest.Sorry.But when I give Malcolm chance to speak, he says great things. We talk about everything from the power of story and culture, to the problems with zombie narratives and how, in times of horror, Left and Right wing doesn't necessarily mean what you think. Plus, we reminisce about the blue/gold dress illusion, the Bath Salts Cannibal, and other great noughties memes. Enjoy! And Then I Woke Up is published on April 12th, by Tor.Other books mentioned in this episode include:Unexpected Places to Fall From, Unexpected Places to Land (2021), by Malcolm DevlinThe Wake (2013), by Elizabeth Knox“The Truth of Fact, the Truth of Feeling”, by Ted Chiang – found in Exhalation (2019) Support Talking Scared on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/TalkingScaredPodCome talk books on Twitter @talkscaredpod, on Instagram, and TikTok or email direct to talkingscaredpod@gmail.com Download Novellic on Google Play or Apple Store.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/talkingscaredpod)

    86 – Alan Baxter and a Stranger in a Strange Town

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 5, 2022 71:17


    Alan Baxter is the Lord of Weird Australia. I said it before, he liked it, so I'll say it again. Alan Baxter is the Lord of Weird Australia.Perhaps nothing he has written is as weird, or as Australian as the stories set in and around the town of Gulpepper. He took us there in The Gulp and now he's taking us back in The Fall, the second collection of linked novellas outlining the town and its weird inhabitants.Bear in mind, when I say nothing he's written is as weird or as Australian – this is a man who wrote a book about a homicidal kangaroo!So yeah, The Gulp and The Fall are weird. Weird as hell. Weirdness on toast (with or without vegemite). We talk about that weirdness, about how to make it work and when to reign it in or let it ride. We talk the beauty and threat of Australian wilderness and the monstrous potential of the ocean. We talk winging it when it comes to mythology and how even Alan isn't sure where Gulpepper goes next.We talk about all sorts of things. It's a blast. Enjoy! The Fall: Tales from the Gulp 2 is published on April 12th.Other books mentioned in this episode include:The Gulp (2021), by Alan BaxterThe Roo (2020), by Alan BaxterThe Fisherman (2016), by John LanganThe Great and Secret Show (1989), by Clive BarkerThe Grief Hole (2016), by Kaaron WarrenSupport Talking Scared on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/TalkingScaredPodCome talk books on Twitter @talkscaredpod, on Instagram, and TikTok or email direct to talkingscaredpod@gmail.com Download Novellic on Google Play or Apple Store.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/talkingscaredpod)

    85 – Emma Stonex and the Light That Never Goes Out

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 29, 2022 70:43


    Imagine it's just you and two other people stuck in a single building for weeks on end. Everyone's bad habits on display. How long would it take you to turn murderous?That's just one of the possible questions asked in Emma Stonex's The Lamplighters. Inspired by the real-world vanishing of the Flannan Isle Lighthouse keepers, but full of incident and weirdness all it's own, The Lamplighters is equally poetic and paranoid, gentle and cruel, haunting and horrifying. It may be the best thing I've read this year.It will either make you want to move to a lighthouse immediately, or never again set foot anywhere but dry land. Emma and I talk about the sea, about bad places and lonely buildings, and we come back again and again to the inexhaustible metaphor of the lighthouse.It all gets very lyrical, but we do also use the word “bonkbuster” at one point, to puncture the profundity.This is a truly fantastic book, and a great conversation with someone who shares our love for the windswept, memory-stained places of the world. Enjoy! The Lamplighters is published in paperback on March 1st in the US and March 31st in the UK.Support Talking Scared on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/TalkingScaredPod Come talk books on Twitter @talkscaredpod, on Instagram, and TikTok or email direct to talkingscaredpod@gmail.com Download Novellic on Google Play or Apple Store.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/talkingscaredpod)

    84 – Dark Stars Roundtable, with John F.D. Taff, Livia Llewellyn & Josh Malerman

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 22, 2022 91:10


    This week is an orgy of horror. There are four of us. That makes it an orgy right? (I've never been to one – never got the invitation).Ahem … sorry.  I'll start again.This week I am joined by not one, but THREE guests. John F. D. Taff, Livia Llewellyn, and of course, Josh Malerman. We could call them stars from the firmament of horror. Dark Stars perhaps.That would be fitting, considering that's what they are here to discuss (amongst many, many things). Dark Stars is a benchmark spook fest. An anthology of fiction that attempts to set the tone for where we are in our collective horror moment. John is the editor, Josh and Livia are contributors – amongst nine other names from the very forefront of the genre. Each story is different, with few tropes, little tradition and zero constricting theme. It's just a collection of darkness, depravity and delight.John, Livia and Josh are old friends, old battle-companions from the horror vanguard. As such I'm essentially redundant this week. I just turned the show over to them and got out of the way. I make an attempt at order and structure – we talk about making horror weird as hell, about drawing fiction from life, about how we use and abuse tropes in this new horror landscape, but mostly it's about community, friendship and weird, perverse joy in being creepy together.Oh, and Josh and I talk bad drug experiences, whilst Livia joins my fight to put sex back in horror!Enjoy!Dark Stars: New Tales of Darkest Horror is published on May 10th by Tor Nightfire in the US and Titan in the UK.Other books mentioned in this episode include:Dark Forces: New Stories of Suspense and Supernatural Horror (1980), ed. Kirby McCauleyThe House Next Door (1978), by Anne Rivers SiddonsRooster (2021), by John C. FosterDark Factory (2022), by Kathe KojeEvery Dead Thing (1999), by John ConnollyGhoul ‘n' the Cape (2021), by Josh MalermanSupport Talking Scared on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/TalkingScaredPodCome talk books on Twitter @talkscaredpod, on Instagram, and TikTok or email direct to talkingscaredpod@gmail.com Download Novellic on Google Play or Apple Store. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/talkingscaredpod)

    83 – Simone St. James and Good Time, True Crime

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 15, 2022 61:49


    Hey horrorfam – ready for a good ol' murder mystery? Y'know, with ghosts…Our guest is Simone St. James, the doyenne of ‘Supernatural Suspense' (as the marketeers love to call it). Her 2020 smash hit The Sundown Motel put her name up in lights, and her latest – The Book of Cold Cases keeps it there, shining cold and bright.It's a tale of murder, media and misogyny –  told in the classic dual-timeline manner that seems to feature in all good supernatural suspense novels – and it features a female serial killer (or is she?), a haunted house (or is it?) and a VERY millennial true crime blogger (or is… yes, yes she is!)It was exactly the kind of story that I needed to blow the nuclear cobwebs off in our freshly frightening times. Simone and I talk about the struggle of plotting, and its rewards for enjoyable stories. We wonder why we don't get more female serial killers in fiction and the complexity of flipping gender roles within genre. We also tussle with the troubles of setting horror in Canada.…oh, and I try to convince her to start a podcast.Enjoy!Support Talking Scared on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/TalkingScaredPodCome talk books on Twitter @talkscaredpod, on Instagram, and TikTok or email direct to talkingscaredpod@gmail.com  Download Novellic on Google Play or Apple Store.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/talkingscaredpod)

    82 – Mike Meginnis and Things You Should Do Before You Die

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 8, 2022 68:41


    Are you ready for another apocalypse? Covid and nukes not enough for ya? Well here you go then. Something slightly different.  Mike Meginnis' Drowning Practice is an odder than usual end-of-days. It's a book in which everyone knows that time is up, and yet they just don't seem to care. There are few (I won't say zero) ravening lunatics in this book – but the more chilling realisation is that even at the end of the world, you still have to go to work.Mike and I talk about art and NFT monkeys, about poisoned capitalism and how his book mirrors our own pre-apocalyptic malaise. We also talk about the link between depression and creativity, and we have a friendly disagreement about whether the protagonist of this book is a deeply sinister character.This is a gentler end-of-days than most, but no less horrifying in its implications.Enjoy!Drowning Practice is published March 15th by Ecco Books. Other books mentioned in this conversation include:The Men (2022), by Sandra NewmanNever Let Me Go (2005), by Kazuo IshiguroLunar Park (2005), by Bret Easton EllisSupport Talking Scared on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/TalkingScaredPodCome talk books on Twitter @talkscaredpod, on Instagram, and TikTok or email direct to talkingscaredpod@gmail.com  Download Novellic on Google Play or Apple Store.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/talkingscaredpod)

    81 – Tyler Jones and Old Eyes in Young Faces

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 1, 2022 69:12


    Tyler Jones' Burn the Plans reminds me of the first time I picked up Stephen King's Night Shift. I didn't know who this King guy was, only that his stories were varied, scary, funny, awful and sweet and sweetly awful. In short, a great time. Burn the Plans is the same.The collection dashes from an ever-so-American-Gothic farm to a bloodsoaked art gallery, CIA psychic experimentation to invisible Frankensteinian limb-monsters. Tyler's imagination runs amok and breaks the crockery.We talk about small presses and self-publishing, the discipline of being your own editor, the writing from the POV of kids and the problems with perfect prose.We also discuss the collection's theme – that life isn't safe, that we should learn to expect the unexpected, be ready to live with (and survive crisis). That message has never been so clear as in recent news … and if you listen to this episode, please stick around for my outro as I have something to say, and dedications to make.Enjoy! Burn the Plans was published February 28th by Cemetary Gates Media Other books mentioned in this conversation include:Criterium (2020), by Tyler JonesAlmost Ruth (2021), by Tyler JonesThe Bone Clocks (2014), by David MitchellThe Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet (2010), by David MitchellConsider This (2020), by Chuck PalahniukFrom a Buick 8 (2002), by Stephen KingSupport Talking Scared on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/TalkingScaredPodCome talk books on Twitter @talkscaredpod, on Instagram, and TikTok or email direct to talkingscaredpod@gmail.com Download Novellic on Google Play or Apple Store.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/talkingscaredpod)

    80 – Gretchen Felker-Martin and Bustin' Everyone's Balls

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 22, 2022 65:20


    Have you ever wondered what fresh testicles taste like? No? I don't believe you.Our guest this week wants to get you thinking about it … well, that and many more important things. Gretchen Felker-Martin is the author of Manhunt – potentially the most buzzed-about horror novel of 2022. The story follows a pair of trans- protagonists through a blighted landscape of monstrous men and militant feminists – with the prized scrotal orbs being the key to continued life, and the pursuit of happiness.Quite a lot to chew on, right (I'll stop!). On top of that pulpy set up, the book goes deep, turning the end-of-the-world into the perfect allegory for anti-trans thinking, but also sparing much empathy for the confused, the ignorant and the self-loathing. It's an angry book, but a thoughtful one. Gretchen and I talk about love and hate, about the fear of involuntary transitioning, about victimhood and caring and fighting back against facism. I went in expecting a polemic but ended the conversation feeling strangely better about the world.I hope you do too.Enjoy!Manhunt is published February 22nd by Tor NightfireOther books mentioned in this conversation include:Tell Me I'm Worthless (2021), by Alison Rumfitt“The Screwfly Solution” (1977), by Alice SheldonIT (1986), by Stephen KingGretchen's interview with Heat Death can be found here.  Support Talking Scared on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/TalkingScaredPodCome talk books on Twitter @talkscaredpod, on Instagram, and TikTok or email direct to talkingscaredpod@gmail.com Download Novellic on Google Play or Apple Store. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/talkingscaredpod)

    79 – Leon Craig and the Queerness at the Bottom of the Well

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 15, 2022 67:56


    February's focus on the best new Women-in-Horror continues with Leon Craig and her debut collection, Parallel Hells. Leon is a North London writer with a globalised imagination. She's been published all over the place, but is also a member of the Future's in the Making, Queer writer's collective. That perspective is inescapable in this collection. Wherever her stories take us, from an Eastern European pogrom, to a Viking settlement, or a BDSM dungeon frequented by denizens of the underworld – Leon maintains an outsider's eye and a clear knowledge of the deliciously Gothic possibilities of Queerness.We talk Jewish folklore, emotional angst, mid-20s ennui, and the bright, healthy, happy side of sadomasochism. All that with some demonic-inflection and a good dose of the odd and downright weird. What's not to like?Enjoy!Parallel Hells is published February 17th by Sceptre Books.Support Talking Scared on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/TalkingScaredPodCome talk books on Twitter @talkscaredpod, on Instagram, and TikTok or email direct to talkingscaredpod@gmail.com Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/talkingscaredpod)

    78 – Thomas Olde Heuvelt and the Mountains of (My) Madness

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 8, 2022 67:22


    This week is my personal Everest. Thomas Olde Heuvelt, bestselling Euro-horror whizzkid author of HEX, joins me to to talk about his newest novel – Echo. It's a story of mountaineering, and madness, and monsters of the soul.If you follow me on any form of social media you may have seen that this book utterly distressed me. I can't even say why myself; it just tweaked a nerve. Echo is a wonderfully easter-egg-laden novel, full of references to other horror masterworks. As you'll hear in this conversation, that is no surprise. Thomas knows what he's doing. He knows how to twist the knife (or the climbing axe) for maximum effect.We talk about mountains, of rock and of the mind. We talk about the role that those grand peaks play in horror through the ages, and how his own relationship with the mountains is one of both fascination and terror – whereas, for me, it's just the latter. We also discuss writing horror in translation, about the role of erotic love in horror fiction, and the creepy mountain stories that led to the creation of this nightmarish book.Enjoy!Other books mentioned on the show include:Into Thin Air (1997), by John Krakauer (a phenomenal non fiction account of disaster on Everest)Touching the Void (1988), by Joe SimpsonThe Raw Shark Texts (2007), by Stephen HallMaxwell's Demon (2021), by Stephen Hall Support Talking Scared on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/TalkingScaredPodCome talk books on Twitter @talkscaredpod, on Instagram, and TikTok or email direct to talkingscaredpod@gmail.com Download Novellic on Google Play or Apple Store.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/talkingscaredpod)

    77 – S.A. Barnes and Every Direction is Down

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 1, 2022 69:19


    In space no one can hear you read! This week our guest is S.A. Barnes – who's new novel Dead Silence answers the (stupid) question, once and for all, of whether horror can take place in space. It's a tale of a blue-collar crew, who encounter more than they reckoned for when salvaging a fabled spaceship. You think you've seen this play out before, I know.  You haven't.Stacey and I talk about all things “space-horror”, from the looming shadow of Alien and Event Horizon, to the most truly terrifying thing you can now encounter in orbit: a tech bro. We also talk romance in horror, Scottish ghosts, classic X Files episodes, what makes for a great haunted house (corners, amongst other things), and we both lament our shared anxiety when we hear a sound we can't recognise.This is just a pure fun book, and delightful conversation that boldly goes … etc, etc. Dead Silence is published on February 8th by Tor Nightfire.Enjoy! Support Talking Scared on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/TalkingScaredPodCome talk books on Twitter @talkscaredpod, on Instagram, and TikTok or email direct to talkingscaredpod@gmail.com Download Novellic on Google Play or Apple Store.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/talkingscaredpod)

    76 – Ally Wilkes and Good Reasons to be Afraid of the Dark

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