Ink Heist - A Podcast for Readers of Dark Fiction

Episode 1.09 Digging into The Fearing Book Two: Water & Wind with John F.D. Taff

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Shane Douglas Keene and Rich Duncan talk about a variety of subjects related to the horror and crime genres. We also talk to a variety of authors and other guests about different topics including books, diversity, and the craft of creating high-quality dark speculative fiction.
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1.12.2 - "How to Stay Afloat When Drowning," Written and Read by Daniel Braum
This week, we had a great time talking with Daniel Braum and also had an Ink Heist first! We broke this episode into two parts because we talked to Daniel for roughly three hours and to accommodate the special format of this episode. In Part One, we got to talk to Daniel about a wide variety of topics including his new Cemetery Dance novel The Serpent's Shadow, the creation of the Spirits Unwrapped anthology, narrative structures and some exciting news regarding his Night Time Logic series and Ink Heist. In Part 2, Daniel was kind enough to do a live reading of his short story "How To Stay Afloat While Drowning", which first appeared in Pareidolia, which was edited by James Everington and Dan Howarth and released by Black Shuck Books. It's an incredibly powerful story and we are proud to be able to host the first live reading of this story for Daniel. We had a great time recording with Daniel and we could've easily talked to him for another few hours. This was an amazing conversation and a truly special episode for Ink Heist. Check out our conversation with Daniel now right here on Ink Heist or on your favorite streaming service.
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October 15, 2019
Episode 1.12.1 - Night Time Logic with Daniel Braum
This week, we had a great time talking with Daniel Braum and also had an Ink Heist first! We broke this episode into two parts because we talked to Daniel for roughly three hours and to accommodate the special format of this episode. In Part One, we got to talk to Daniel about a wide variety of topics including his new Cemetery Dance novel The Serpent's Shadow, the creation of the Spirits Unwrapped anthology, narrative structures and some exciting news regarding his Night Time Logic series and Ink Heist. In Part 2, Daniel was kind enough to do a live reading of his short story "How To Stay Afloat While Drowning", which first appeared in Pareidolia, which was edited by James Everington and Dan Howarth and released by Black Shuck Books. It's an incredibly powerful story and we are proud to be able to host the first live reading of this story for Daniel. We had a great time recording with Daniel and we could've easily talked to him for another few hours. This was an amazing conversation and a truly special episode for Ink Heist. Check out our conversation with Daniel now right here on Ink Heist or on your favorite streaming service.
1:57:45
October 15, 2019
Episode 1.11 - Exploring the Darkness with Laird Barron
This week, we had a great time talking with Laird Barron, an author who skillfully blends horror and crime and has built one of the genre's most intriguing universes and characters. We got to talk to Laird about a wide variety of topics including the relationship between horror and noir, how the Coleridge novels have evolved since Blood Standard, diversity in the genre, and the upcoming third Isaiah Coleridge novel Worse Angels. We had a great time recording with Laird and we could've easily talked to him for another few hours as he's easy to talk to and extremely knowledgeable about all things literature. We hope to have him on again in the future as we kept thinking of stuff we wanted to talk about long after we wrapped recording. This was an amazing conversation and if you wanted to learn a little bit more about the new Isaiah Coleridge novel, you've come to the right place. Check out our conversation with Laird now right here on Ink Heist or on your favorite streaming service.
2:19:04
October 8, 2019
Episode 1.10 - Tearing Into the Heart With Chad Lutzke
This week, we had a great time talking with horror author Chad Lutzke, whose brand of emotional horror resonates with readers long after the story is over. We got to talk to Chad about his new Crystal Lake Publishing novella The Pale White, how empathy informs his characters, writer collaborations, and some of his upcoming books. We had a blast recording with Chad and are planning a second conversation with him in the near future to take a deeper dive into his works. Shane and I are planning a review of The Pale White, but don't wait to order your copy. It's a deeply emotional story that is unlike anything you will read this year. The Pale White is a powerful, must-read story of friendship and survival as three girls - Alex, Stacia, and Kammy - endure the hell of sex trafficking for years until they finally have a chance to escape. Check out our conversation with Chad now right here on Ink Heist or on your favorite streaming Visit Chad's Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/ChadLutzke Music graciously provided by Secret Smoker
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October 1, 2019
Episode 1.09 Digging into The Fearing Book Two: Water & Wind with John F.D. Taff
This week, we are sharing our second conversation with horror author John F.D. Taff as part of our recurring “In This Episode…” series focused on The Fearing. Each book in The Fearing will have its own episode where we take a deep dive into the events of the story and uncover some behind the scenes insight from John. This time around, we take an in-depth look at Book Two, Water and Wind. We talk to John about some new characters that kickstart Water and Wind, the different types of horrors that begin creeping into the story, the progression of the characters we’ve already met, and some awesome insight into John’s current projects. Just a word of warning for those who have yet to read Water and Wind – we go fairly in-depth into that scene that took every reader by surprise. We had a blast talking to John as always and if you missed our previous conversations, you can check it out at the link below or through your favorite podcast service. The Fearing is proving to be the reading event of the year and we hope you will continue to join us as we sit down with Taff throughout the rest of the year to dissect each book.
1:39:39
September 24, 2019
Episode 108 - A conversation with Scott Thomas, author of Kill Creek and Violet
This week, we had a great time talking with horror author Scott Thomas, who burst on to the horror scene in 2017 with the release of his debut novel Kill Creek. We got to talk to Scott about both Kill Creek and Violet, his relationship with Inkshares, his love of horror films, and the style of horror he approaches in his work. We had a blast recording with Scott and hearing about his journey to writing horror novels and learning what went into making Kill Creek and Violet, two novels that absolutely floored us when we read them. Be sure to pre-order Violet ahead of its official release next week. This is an eerie psychological horror story that is an excellent way to kick off your Fall reading list! Check it out now right here or on your favorite streaming service.
1:38:37
September 17, 2019
Episode 107 - A conversation with Michelle Garza
This week, we had a great time talking with horror author Michelle Garza, who collaborates with her sister Melissa Lason to create some truly engaging, visceral and fun horror stories as The Sisters of Slaughter. We got to talk to Michelle about their upcoming books Isolation and Tapetum Lucidum, the origin of their nickname, their love of monsters and desire to tackle a variety of styles. We had a blast recording this as there were plenty of laughs and we even share some stories about how our family tried to scare us. We think you’re going to enjoy this episode and be sure to pre-order Isolation and Tapetum Lucidum as they release in October, just in time for Halloween! Check it out now right here or on your favorite streaming service.
1:20:22
September 10, 2019
Episode 106 - Rich and Shane: Screaming Into the Abyss
This week, we don't have a guest joining us. Instead, we decided to record a solo episode where we interview each other and generally just rave about the books, films and music that have been moving us lately. We thought it would be a lot of fun and give us an opportunity to let our readers get to know us better. I think we accomplished both of those goals as we both laughed so hard we were crying and couldn't breathe. Join us as we talk about why we love the horror genre and what the community means to us, our writing, books we feel need more love, why crime and horror work so well together and some upcoming podcast guests. We also talk about our massive collaborative playlist we made on Spotify to sort of replace Sunday Slices, which you can listen to here. This episode features a variety of genres and spans multiple decades and we think it's perfect for long drives, discovering new music, or just hanging out. We had a blast recording this and hope everyone enjoys the show this week. Check it out now right here or on your favorite streaming service.
2:00:54
September 3, 2019
Episode 105 - A Conversation With Josh Malerman
This week we have the honor of speaking with the creative genius behind Bird Box, Unbury Carol, Black Mad Wheel, and Inspection. Join us as we walk the Trail with Josh Malerman, discussing books, creativity, elasticity, and the health and state of the horror genre, along with a bevy of other topics. Josh is a candid, high-energy artist whose creativity knows no bounds and whose heart is as big as the moon. This was one of our favorite recording sessions to date and it's a must-hear episode that you do not want to miss. There are things here that you haven't heard before. Check it out now right here or on your favorite streaming service.
1:56:32
August 27, 2019
Episode 104 - Digging deep into The Fearing Book One: Fire and Rain with John F.D. Taff
This week, we are sharing our second conversation with horror author John F.D. Taff as part of our recurring "In This Episode..." series focused on The Fearing. Each book in The Fearing will have its own episode where we take a deep dive into the events of the story and uncover some behind the scenes insight from John. Our first conversation with John centered around the overall concept of The Fearing and the ideas that inspired it. This time around, we take an in-depth look at Book One, Fire and Rain. We talk to John about the characters we first meet in Fire and Rain and their potential arcs, the core concepts of how fear is used in the story, and what fears would come for each of us if we found ourselves in The Fearing universe.
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August 13, 2019
Episode 103 - A Conversation with Laurel Hightower
This week, Rich and Shane talk with horror author Laurel Hightower, who recently released her debut novel Whispers in the Dark through Journalstone/Trepidatio. Laurel talks about getting Whispers in the Dark published, the horror community, her upcoming projects, family dynamics and mutual book buying obsessions among a host of other topics. We had a blast talking to Laurel and would like to thank her for joining our show. She's incredibly kind, one hell of a good conversationalist, and a highly intelligent and talented author who writes the kind of darkness we all love. If you have yet to read her work, unfuck that ASAP.  The excellent song, "Crushed by Air" is used by permission, courtesy of the band Secret Smoker. Check out the full album, Terminal Architecture at https://protagonistmusic.bandcamp.com/album/terminal-architecture-lp
1:14:35
August 6, 2019
Episode 102: A Very Irreverent Conversation With Hunter Shea
We had some minor issues with Hunter's audio but we had a blast with this conversation and it's well worth a listen. Hunter Shea, THE monster man, talks about working with Don D'auria, Flame Tree Press, his most recent novel, CREATURE, and his new novel, SLASH, coming October 24 to your favorite booksellers. Also, Rich Duncan enters into a wrestling match with three rat dogs.
1:32:11
July 23, 2019
Episode 101: The Fearing with John F.D. Taff
In this episode Rich and Shane talk with John F.D. Taff about his new serial novel, The Fearing, what it's like to work with Grey Matter Press, and authors that make the indie movement the strongest force in horror fiction today. You can listen to Ink Heist in multiple different locations, including on inkheist.com
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July 8, 2019
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