Thursday, May 23, 2024

E130: THE LAMPLIGHTER with Crystal J. Bell

NEW EPISODE! Today I have Crystal J. Bell on to chat about her YA Gothic novel, THE LAMPLIGHTER, about a young woman in a coastal village where sinister things lurk in the woods, the fog, the ships, and the people of the town. It’s a book that revels in gothic atmosphere while centering new story elements. Listen wherever you get your podcasts.

Tuesday, May 14, 2024

E129: THE HONEY WITCH with Sydney Shields


Today I have debut author, Sydney Shields, and I’m releasing this episode early because she was such a delight and her book, ⁠THE HONEY WITCH⁠, hit every note that many of us need right now. I simply couldn’t wait to share this conversation with all of you. We chat about aging, wisdom, feminism, body autonomy, tattoos, and bees. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did. 

Thursday, May 9, 2024

E128: Katherine Arden and THE WARM HANDS OF GHOSTS

Today I have Katherine Arden on the show to discuss THE WARM HANDS OF GHOSTS, her lastest book that explores historical horror set during World War I. We discuss ghosts and memory, common ground with fantasy and horror, and her thoughts on the early 20th century and steampunk. 

Thursday, May 2, 2024

E127: Gwendolyn Kiste and THE HAUNTING OF VELKWOOD

Today, Gwendolyn Kiste returns to the show to discuss ⁠THE HAUNTING OF VELKWOOD⁠, her lastest book about childhood friends that return to their haunted neighborhood decades after escaping it. We discuss the brutality of youth, the gothic and stasis, as well as horror through the lens of older women.

The following are trailers to both movies discussed on the show, RIVER'S EDGE and BAD BOYS

Thursday, April 25, 2024

E126: Nalini Singh and ARCHANGEL'S LINEAGE


Today, Nalini Singh joins me to talk about ARCHANGEL’S LINEAGE, her lastest book in her Guild Hunter series. We discuss genre merging, the immortal appeal of angels as characters, her writing schedule, and what’s next in her Psy-Changeling series. 

The following are links include a preorder link for PRIMAL MIRROR, as well as the thrillers we discussed in the episode.

Thursday, April 18, 2024

E125: The Cuban-Floridian Gothic of Chanel Cleeton

Today, Chanel Cleeton joins me to talk about HOUSE ON BISCAYNE BAY, her new book that explores gothic through a Cuban-Floridian lens. We discuss the difference of writing this novel after her previous and popular historical fiction books that also center Cuban characters and history, and we have fun discussing how she created gothic atmosphere with opulence and peacocks. 

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Thursday, April 11, 2024

E124: Selkies and Midwives with Rose Sutherland

Today, Rose Sutherland joins me to talk about A SWEET STING OF SALT, her new book that’s a historical fiction retelling of The Selkie Wife fairy tale. We discuss the origin story for this novel, her nuanced use of language, and creating queer stories with happy endings. I have ⁠A SWEET STING OF SALT⁠, as well as other books mentioned in the episode, in my Bookshop if you want to support both the podcast as well as independent bookstores nationwide.

- Movies mentioned in the episode are "Les Miserable" and "The Secret of Roan Inish."