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Ink Heist - A Podcast for Readers of Dark Fiction

Ink Heist - A Podcast for Readers of Dark Fiction

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Shane Douglas Keene, Laurel Hightower, and Rich Duncan talk about a variety of subjects related to the horror and crime genres. We also talk to authors and other guests about different topics including books, diversity, and the craft of creating high-quality dark speculative fiction. We're also a bunch of irreverent smartasses.
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Episode 2.55 - Dancing in the Shadows with J. Daniel Stone
This week we're excited to welcome J. Daniel Stone to the show to discuss his latest novel, Stations of Shadow, which is out now through Lethe Press. We talk about his works, including Stations of Shadow, Blood Kiss, and The Absence of Light. Daniel is a must-read author and all three of those titles are must-read books. Oh, and this is a must-listen episode. We had a blast with Daniel and, as usual, learned a ton of stuff along the way.
1:29:08
October 20, 2020
Episode 2.54 - A Penchant for Pine Cones with Laurel, Rich, and Shane
This week, we went a little off-script and decided to record an impromptu solo show, which was just what the three of us needed to unwind after a stressful week. In typical Ink Heist fashion, this episode was filled with plenty of laughs and I'm pretty sure the three of us had hurt stomachs from laughing so hard. It was a wide-ranging conversation that covered a ton of random topics and we think you'll find plenty of new artists to check out and some helpful writing tips. Just a few of the things we talked about this episode was the work of Kenneth Patchen, if we think about genre when we write, recommendations outside of the Horror genre, what type of fan-fiction we'd write, and more. We had a blast recording this episode and it's always fun when the three of us get together and just hang out. We hope you enjoy the episode and maybe discover some new artists.
1:20:27
October 13, 2020
Episode 2.53 - Crunchy Calimari with Daniel Braum
We're happy to welcome Matt Wildasin of Grindcast as our special guest host, talking with the amazing Daniel Braum. This was a sweet episode that was more like having two guest authors than an actual guest host. We had a blast and so will you.
1:33:48
October 6, 2020
Episode 2.52 - Drinking the Kool-Aid with J. Danielle Dorn
Don't miss this episode with the amazing and hilarious J. Danielle Dorn. We talk about their novel from Inkshares, Devil's Call, short stories, crime fiction, and other topics ranging from great characters being assaulted by Kool-Aid plotlines to, well, Kool-Aid plotlines. To describe this episode as raucous would be the understatement of the year. We had a blast.
1:17:11
September 29, 2020
Episode 2.51 - Against the Knife with Tiffany McDaniel
This amazing author we're talking to today became one of Shane's number one author crushes over the course of a single book. Ink Heist highly recommends BETTY and this incredibly talented author and we recommend you take time to listen to the brilliance that is Tiffany McDaniel
1:25:21
September 22, 2020
Episode 2.50 - Skate or Die with Jessica Guess
This week we're excited to welcome Jessica Guess to the show to discuss her debut novella, Cirque Beserk, which is out now through Unnerving Books. Cirque Berserk is one of the books that makes Unnerving's incredible Rewind or Die series, which captures the glory days of VHS horror. The novel takes place at an infamous, abandoned carnival called Cirque Berserk where 30 years prior, a group of teens went on a killing spree before vanishing into thin air. Now, a group of friends seeking one last night of adventure visit the park to see if the urban legends are true and the night quickly descends into nightmare territory. Cirque Berserk is a blast to read and one of the most fun horror stories we've read in awhile. It's got a haunted carnival, buckets of blood, plenty of surprises and basically anything a horror fan could ask for. Looking for something fun to kickstart Halloween? Grab a copy of Cirque Berserk and buckle up for a wild ride. Throughout the course of the episode, we talked about 90s horror films, Cirque Berserk, favorite slasher kill scenes and a lot of other stuff you don't wanna miss! We had a blast with this episode and we think you will too.
1:32:14
September 17, 2020
Episode 2.49 - Campfire Stories with Andrew Pyper
This week we're excited to welcome Andrew Pyper to the show to discuss his latest novel, The Residence, which is out now through Skybound Books. The Residence is a terrifying story about a haunting that plagues President Franklin Pierce and his wife Jane in the wake of an unimaginable tragedy on their way to Washington D.C. Pyper expertly weaves fact and fiction to create a gripping historical horror novel that is packed with truly creepy and unsettling scenes that are sure to give you chills. While this novel is a must-read at any time of the year, the atmosphere in The Residence is perfect for the upcoming Halloween season. Throughout the course of the episode, we talked about The Residence, The Fox Sisters, short stories, and a lot of other stuff you don't wanna miss! We had a blast with this episode and we think you will too.
1:43:39
September 15, 2020
Episode 2.48 - Paul Michael Anderson Talks Books and Stories, Movies and Slashers, and Super Long Titles That Drive Michael Bailey Fucking Nuts ...er, with Paul Michael Anderson
This week we're excited to welcome Paul Michael Anderson to the show to discuss his latest novella, Standalone, which is out now through Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing. If you're a fan of the Slasher genre, Standalone should be on your radar and it's an essential addition to your library. It's an inventive and genre-bending take on the genre that utilizes traditional tropes but warps them in fun ways that you definitely won't see coming and makes for one of the most fun reads of 2020. Trust us when we say you should order a copy without thinking twice. It's that good. Throughout the course of the episode, we talked about STANDALONE, being blurbed by Jack Ketchum, Taylor Swift mash-ups and a lot of other stuff you don't wanna miss! We had a blast with this episode and we think you will too. After you listen, be sure to check out Paul's story "Everything Feels Wrong Without You", which is set in the same universe as Standalone.
1:43:15
September 10, 2020
Episode 2.47 - Purely for the Poison with Eboni Dunbar and Caitlin Starling
Join us for this exceptional episode with guests Eboni Dunbar and Caitlin Starling. These two exceptional authors both have brand new novellas out through Nean Hemlock Press. Throughout the course of the episode, we talked about Stone and Steel, Yellow Jessamine, FIYAH Literary Magazine and FIYAH Con, Neon Hemlock,  graphic novel memoirs, fantasy world-building in Fantasy, poisons
1:28:07
September 9, 2020
Episode 2.46 - Shut Up and Eat Your Shredded Wheat with Jonathan Janz
This week we're excited to welcome Jonathan Janz to the show to discuss his latest novel, The Raven, which is out now through Flame Tree Press. The Raven is an action-packed journey through a post-apocalyptic nightmare world where familiar monsters - werewolves, vampires, witches, satyrs- rule the world. Dez McClane doesn't have any special powers, but that doesn't stop him from setting out on a quest for justice. Seriously, this book has everything a horror fan could ever want and is a pulse-pounding thrill ride from start to finish. Throughout the course of the episode, we talked about The Raven, relationships, bleak endings, some exciting news about Halloween Gods and so much more. If you want to check out the hilarious blog post from Janz's wife that Shane references in this episode, you can check that out here: Chicken Curry, Boy Pee, and Not Killing Your Spouse. We hope you enjoy this episode as much as we did!
1:42:18
September 8, 2020
Episode 2.45 - Denver Easter Omelettes with David Heska Wanbli Weiden
In this episode, we talk with David Heska Wanbli Weiden about writing, crime fiction, what defines an ideal childhood, and a slew of other topics you want to know more about. Trust me. We had a great time recording with him and we learned a lot from him. You will too. Pick up his new novel, WINTER COUNTS, and see why this new author became an instant Ink Heist favorite.
1:23:08
September 3, 2020
Episode 2.44 - Pinecones and Unicorns with Keith Rosson
This week we're excited to welcome genre-bending author Keith Rosson to the show to discuss his latest novel, Road Seven, which is out now through Meerkat Press. Rosson's work is an impressive melting pot of genres and styles that defy easy classification, but his unique and imaginative voice is present in all of them, creating gripping reads that are compulsively readable. If you're new to Rosson's work, check out his story  "Their Souls Climb the Room" for free on Ink Heist.  Throughout the course of the episode, we talked about Road Seven, blending genres, writing broken characters, his design work, and so much more. We hope you enjoy this episode as much as we did!
1:31:32
August 27, 2020
Episode 2.43 You Probably Think This Poem Is About You with Bianca X
Today, we're happy to welcome the multitalented, ultra-expressive artist, performer, and poet Bianca X to the podcast to talk about her work, her philosophies and approaches to life and art, and the poem as higher art, story refined.
1:42:40
August 25, 2020
Episode 2.42 - Carpathian Nightmares with John Hornor Jacobs
This week we're excited to welcome John Hornor Jacobs to the show to promote his latest release, Murder Ballads and Other Horrific Tales, which is out now through Journalstone. Throughout the course of the episode, we talked about the influence of music in his works, his upcoming project A Gentleman of Carpathia, the strengths of the novella format, and had a great discussion about foreign films. We hope you enjoy this episode as much as we did!
1:39:37
August 20, 2020
Episode 2.41 - When Darkness Calls with Jon Bassoff
This week Shane Douglas Keene goes one on one with the amazing and versatile Jon Bassoff, author of The Drive-Thru Crematorium, Corrosion, and The Lantern Man. We had a great chat about all things Bassoff and dark fiction. Tune in.
52:23
August 18, 2020
Episode 2.40 - When Country Wasn't Cthulhu with John Langan
Today we have a fucking amazing conversation with the great John Langan. Want to get schooled in the art of cosmic horror, it's practitioners, and the craft of writing, among a cornucopia of other great topics? Click the play button and let the education begin!
1:55:04
August 13, 2020
Episode 2.39 - The Art of Fear with John F.D. Taff and Matthew Corley
This week we talk to John and Matthew about their joint project comprised of John's novella The Fearing: Fire and Brimstone, and Matthew's RPG based on it. Learn something about the book, the history of it, and what it takes to make a villain...well, villainous.
1:42:23
August 11, 2020
Special Episode: At the Crossroads with Shane and Rich
In this episode, we wish Laurel Hightower a happy one year anniversary with Ink Heist. Yep, It's already been a year since the first time she was on the podcast. We're happy to have her as a member of our family and our team, and we're also happy to take a little time to talk a bit about CROSSROADS by Laurel Hightower.
28:35
August 6, 2020
Episode 2.38 - The Grail Always Enters First with S.H. Cooper
We had a blast talking with S.H. Cooper about her work, Indiana Jones movies, novellas, women in horror, and a whole slew of other topics. Don't miss this one, folks. It's gut-busting hilarious but also packed with information.
1:45:49
August 4, 2020
Episode 2.37 - Six Flags Over Devil's Creek with Todd Keisling (SPOILERS)
In this episode, we dive deep into Devil's Creek with Todd Keisling and also discuss a bevy of other topics, some interesting and informative, some hilarious, and some both. This is a spoiler-heavy episode.
1:46:24
July 28, 2020
Ink Heist Presents: NIght Time Logic Episode 2, with Jeffrey Ford and Daniel Braum.
Here's a great conversation between two amazing authors and a reading from the great Jeffrey Ford. You're going to want to give this one a listen ASAP. It's shaping up to be a great series so far.
1:32:58
July 23, 2020
Episode 2.36 - A Conversation with Michael Clark
This week we welcome Michael Clark to the show. Among other things, we talk about strategic book marketing, why all the best ghosts are women, and a teaser on what he's working on next. Tune in here or on your favorite podcast streaming service.
1:32:39
July 21, 2020
Episode 2.35 - Mature Thoughts with Josh Malerman and special guest John F.D. Taff
This week we have a very special show for you as we welcome Josh Malerman back to the show to celebrate the upcoming release of the highly anticipated sequel to Bird Box, Malorie, which hits shelves on July 21st. Throughout the course of the episode, we touched on growing through failure and working through self-doubt, some of the themes that influenced Malorie, his thoughts on short fiction, to name a few things. We were also happy to have John F.D. Taff  join us and surprise Josh. Listening to him and Josh talk to each other about writing is a jolt of creative energy and we hope you love it as much as we did. It's always a great time hanging out with Josh and John and there are a ton of great stories and nuggets of advice that you definitely don't want to miss!
1:54:50
July 17, 2020
Episode 2.34 - Leading Into Darkness with Stephen Graham Jones
This week, we're joined by special co-host and friend of the show, Tracy Robinson. For those who don't know her, Tracy contributes to both Ladies of Horror Fiction and Sci-fi & Scary. The four of us had an amazing conversation with Stephen Graham Jones, whose new novel The Only Good Indians, is out now through Gallery/Saga Press. During this episode, we explore some of the themes of The Only Good Indians, the importance of a first-line, creating writing playlists, and more that you won't want to miss. You guys are going to dig the fuck out of this one.
2:21:36
July 14, 2020
Episode 2.33 - Plush Cthulhu Slippers with F. Paul Wlison
Step into a pair of plush Cthulhu slippers as we talk with Horror legend F. Paul Wilson, who has written well over 50 books in a variety of genres and has crafted a career spanning mythology that has appeared in his standalone works as well as the Repairman Jack and Adversary Cycle series. We had a blast talking to Paul and discussing his writing career, his latest release Signalz, Cosmic Horror and so much more. This is a must-listen episode for both new and long-term fans alike as Paul shared some great insight into his career. We hope you enjoy the conversation as much as we did and don't forget to pick up a copy of Signalz!
1:28:24
July 7, 2020
Episode 2.32 - Dissecting the Apocalypse with Paul Tremblay and Special Guest Host Tracy Robinson
Ink Heist is happy to welcome Tracy Robinson back to the show as we have this candid, entertaining, and highly informative conversation with Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts, Cabin at the End of the World, and his newest release, Survivor's Song. If you don't yet know what Paul Tremblay or Survivor's Song are about, here's a chance to unfuck that. Give this a listen, then go buy some books from your favorite indie bookseller.  Music provided by the band Secret Smoker
1:33:45
July 2, 2020
Episode 1.31 - Practically Uncut with Todd Keisling
Today on the Ink Heist podcast we're talking to author Todd Keisling about a whole brigade of interesting topics, chief among them, his new novel from Silver Shamrock Publishing, Devil's Creek. If you don't have that novel in hand yet, do go unfuck that, and listen to this, the first of many episodes to come with Todd. We barely scratched the surface of this epic horror novel this time around, but in the episodes to come we'll be diving deep. Oh, and while you're listening, keep the hashtag #MidnightBaptism in mind. We have a very special contest with some badass horror bling up for grabs.  Special thanks to Secret Smoker for allowing us to use their music.
1:48:38
June 30, 2020
Episode 1.30 - Xtra-Strength Explicit with Max Booth III and Lori Michelle
This week, we're excited to welcome Max Booth III and Lori Michelle of Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing to the show! Max and Lori are almost superhuman in the amount of projects they take on in indie publishing from running Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing and their fiction magazine Dark Moon Digest to doing their own writing, podcasting, formatting books, and so much more. It was a lot of fun to hang out with them and talk about their various projects and some of the behind the scenes editorial stuff at Perpetual Motion Machine. Max and Lori have consistently put out some of the best and most original dark fiction in the genre today and if you haven't picked up one of their books yet, well, what are you waiting for? During the course of the episode, we discuss Hannibal, Lori's background in publishing, their editorial process together at PMMP, Lost Contacts, how they acquire books, Paul Michael Anderson's Standalone, the inspiration for We Need To Do Something, Night Frights, upcoming projects, Max breaks down ejaculation terms, interviewing Joe Lansdale, favorite podcasts and so much more.
1:51:19
June 25, 2020
Episode 1.29 - Cocktails at the Sundowner with Jessica Laine
This week, we're excited to welcome Jessica Laine to the show to talk about her writing and her upcoming reading series co-hosted with Angel Luis Colón, Two Bad Apples Present Reading for Relief. This is an exciting event loaded with readings from some of the best writers working in fiction today and will take place on both Thursday, June 25th and Friday, June 26th at 7 p.m. EST. Trust us when we say this is an event you'll want to be a part of, so click the link and reserve your spot today. We had an absolute blast talking with Jessica, who became one of our favorite writers after we read her genre-bending story "The Sundowner" in the stunning anthology ¡PA'QUE TU LO SEPAS! and "Lust to Love" in Murder-A-Go-Go's . If you haven't read either anthology, we highly recommend picking up copies of both. Also, Jessica references a story based on a personal ghost story called "Lily of the Valley", which you can read online at The Norwegian American. During the course of the episode, we discuss the genesis of "The Sundowner", being a part of ¡PA'QUE TU LO SEPAS! , submitting to anthologies, the Two Bad Apples Reading series, living in Minnesota, lifting up diverse voices, the genres that influence her writing, a potential series with Margarita from "The Sundowner", the impact of the pandemic on writing, a personal ghost story, and so much more.  NOTE: This starts mid-conversation due to recording errors at the start. We felt the conversation was too interesting to cut out so it we left it as-is.
1:28:30
June 23, 2020
Episode 2.28 - Michael David Wilson, Gator Wrangler
This week, we're excited to welcome Michael David Wilson to the show to celebrate the release of his brand new debut novella The Girl in the Video which is out now through Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing. Chances are if you're a fan of horror fiction, you're already well aware of Michael as he is the founder of the website and podcast This Is Horror, which has run for 350 episodes and counting and features him and Bob Pastorella interviewing some of the biggest names in the genre. It's a great podcast and one of the biggest influences on our show and if you aren't already a listener, head over and dive into some of their previous episodes. The Girl in the Video is a terrifying story that Michael has pitched as "The Ring meets Fatal Attraction for the iPhone generation", and I don't think there is a better description for it. Without delving into spoilers, I will say that Michael taps into isolation and the fears about our digital privacy to craft a pretty gripping premise that might make you want to delete all of your social media profiles. If you haven't checked it out, definitely pick up a copy. During the course of the episode, we discuss the beginnings of the This Is Horror Podcast, dealing with anxiety, interview styles, profanity, discussing ejaculation with Max Booth III, the origins of The Girl in the Video, negative reviews, a possible The Girl in the Video film, dealing with the pandemic, isolation and technology as themes, The House of Bad Memories, favorite Peep Show scenes, Peeper Ritual, Bob Pastorella being his prizefighter, what he's into lately,  and so much more.
2:10:06
June 16, 2020
Episode 2.27 - What the Fish Went Through with Kathe Koja
This week, we're excited to welcome Kathe Koja to the show to celebrate the release of her new collection Velocities and the upcoming re-release of The Cipher, both on Meerkat Press. This was a truly special conversation as Kathe's work has had a huge impact on all three of us as Horror fans and she is truly a master of the genre. Her works have a legendary reputation among genre fans, and for good reason. Her prose has a darkly poetic quality and is infused with a raw, unfiltered energy that crackles on every page and consumes readers, keeping them immersed in the unique worlds and the lives of her characters until the very last page. This was an engaging conversation with one of our favorite authors and we're excited to be able to share it with you. We had a great time and learned so much from Kathe, we look forward to having her on the show again in the future. If you have yet to read Kathe's work, a good place to start would be Velocities. It 's a perfect showcase of the many different styles she writes in. During the course of the episode, we discuss The Dark Factory, immersive narratives, collaborating with other artists, bringing your experiences to books as a reader, social isolation, how horror can tackle different emotions, the history of The Cipher at Dell Abyss, handling stories that get shelved, battling your craft, Velocities and the story selection process, working with Meerkat, discussing Dr. Seuss, a plan for a Velocities live event, options, humor in horror and so much more.
2:11:30
June 11, 2020
Episode 2.26 - What Became of Richie Duncan? with Glenn Rolfe
This week, we're excited to welcome Glenn Rolfe to the show to celebrate the release of his latest novel, Until Summer Comes Around, which is out now through Flame Tree Press. Until Summer Comes Around is a perfect summer read as Glenn sets his story in Old Orchard Beach and infuses the magic of summer vacation throughout the course of the novel. When Rocky meets November, the two quickly fall for each other and are determined to make the most of their time together. However, November's family harbors a dark secret that threatens to destroy their relationship. There are a lot of Joyland vibes in Until Summer Comes Around, so if you loved the atmosphere of that book, definitely pick up a copy of Rolfe's latest. During the course of the episode, we discuss his start in publishing, pitching revisions on the fly, the creative process, Old Orchard Beach, punk rock, Don D'Auria, and so much more. Check out our conversation now right here on Ink Heist or on your favorite streaming service.
1:40:45
June 9, 2020
Episode 2.25 - Straight Murder Business with Adam Cesare
This week, we're excited to welcome Adam Cesare to the show to talk a little bit about his upcoming YA novel, Clown in a Cornfield, which comes out August 25th through HarperTeen. Clown in a Cornfield is one of the most anticipated Horror novels of the year and after reading it and getting a chance to talk to Adam about the origin of the story, the hype is VERY justified. This novel is Cesare's unique take on the Slasher genre and rest assured, he holds nothing back in this one. It's got a great cast of characters Cesare runs through a gauntlet of brutal, bloody mayhem. Trust us, this is one of the most entertaining horror novels of the year and is the perfect addition to your reading list as summer starts its transition to fall. As always, we had a blast chatting with Adam who is one of the nicest people in Horror, and we hope to have him on the show again in the future. During the course of the episode, we discussed Mercy House, his love of Slashers, YA Horror, the theme of generational issues, the inspiration for Frendo, writing in a set piece/cinematic style, his Project Black T-shirt YouTube channel, Temple Hill optioning Clown in a Cornfield, the differences between pitching his YA book and his other books, what meme the book would be, his future writing in YA, the differences in writing shorts vs novels, convention stories, Project Black T-shirt and self-publishing, and so much more. Check out our conversation now right here on Ink Heist or on your favorite streaming service.
1:47:39
June 2, 2020
Bonus Episode - Walking the Red Brick Road with Josh Malerman, Chris Campbell, and Shane Douglas Keene
This week, we have a very special episode to share with you where we take a deep dive into Josh Malerman's serial novel Carpenter's Farm and the art that came to life around it. Carpenter's Farm has been taking the horror community by storm not just because it's an amazing novel (which it is), but also because of the incredible art that it inspired it and its unique serialized format. That's why we were excited and honored to host this conversation between three of the creative forces behind Carpenter's Farm - Josh Malerman, Shane Douglas Keene and Chris Campbell. One of the highlights of this conversation was hearing how Shane's vivid, evocative poetry and Chris' mesmerizing score influenced the novel's creation and also how the novel influenced their works of art. During the course of the episode, we discussed the symbiotic nature of Carpenter's Farm, creating art on a fast schedule, phantom deadlines, how the current lockdown inspired and shaped Carpenter's Farm, how they all met and started collaborating, future collaborations, the color scheme pattern behind the novel, the theoretical casting of a  Carpenter's Farm adaptation, and a listening party to part of Chris' score and a live reading of a poem by Shane. This was such an inspiring episode and if you're looking for some behind the scenes insight on how it all came together, this is the show for you! Check out our conversation now right here on Ink Heist or on your favorite streaming service.
1:51:35
May 28, 2020
Episode 2.24 - Criminally Weird with Laird Barron.
This week, we're excited to welcome back Laird Barron to the show to talk a little bit about his brand new Isaiah Coleridge novel, Worse Angels, which is available now through G.P. Putnam's Sons. We're huge fans of Laird's work both in the horror and crime fields and Worse Angels finds Barron bringing those two genres together for a compulsively readable novel that features the classic elements of pulp fiction filtered through his unique brand of fiction. Just like the last time we had Laird on the show, we talk a lot about writing and publishing, but we also cover a variety of other topics as well. During the course of the episode, we discussed the process of putting emotion into his characters, Laird's conscious decisions on style, Coleridge's mortality, dealing with the episodic nature of a series, living with your characters, building a body of work, the music of Vitskär Süden, a story about Karl Edward Wagner, watching old boxing matches and how it influences his writing, drawing from different influences, and so much more. Check out our conversation now right here on Ink Heist or on your favorite streaming service.
1:59:08
May 26, 2020
Episode 2.23 - Angels and Doves with Laurel, Rich, and Shane
This week, we  were joined by a special co-host and friend of the show, Tracy Robinson! For those who don't know her, Tracy contributes to both Ladies of Horror Fiction and Sci-fi & Scary. The four of us had an amazing conversation with Stephen Graham Jones, whose new novel The Only Good Indians, drops on July 14th. We don't want to spoil that episode too much, but you'll definitely want to tune in when the episode goes live in July. To tide you over until then, we decided to do a standalone episode where we tease the Stephen Graham Jones interview, talk about Laird Barron's Worse Angels and Lonesome Dove, interactions with wildlife, what we're reading, the films The Eclipse and The Horsemen,  and Laurel's upcoming new story. Be sure to tune in next week when we welcome back Laird Barron to the show! Check out our conversation now right here on Ink Heist or on your favorite streaming service.
1:13:37
May 19, 2020
Episode 2.22 - Drunk Dialing the Abyss with Todd Keisling
This week, we took a break from our regularly scheduled programming and decided to crack open a few drinks and hang out with friend of the podcast Todd Keisling. It was a pretty informal conversation, but we do have an exciting announcement from Todd about one of his books during this episode you won't want to miss. Some of the things we touched on this week were Weird Fiction, the challenges of writing during the quarantine, Silver Shamrock Publishing, Poltergeist Press, a shoutout to the "Does the Dog Die in This?" podcast, Sci-fi & Scary's Twisted Anatomy Open Call, a special announcement from Todd, and more. Check out our conversation now right here on Ink Heist or on your favorite streaming service.
1:47:30
May 12, 2020
Episode 2.21 - 3 Saints and a Shitshow with Three Drunk People
This week, we went a little off-script and decided to record an impromptu solo show. We occasionally veered off course, which is totally on brand, but it was a really fun and honest conversation where we just sat around talking about various aspects of the craft of writing. While we agree on a lot of things, I still thought it was fun to see how we approached certain things as we're all at different stages of our writing journey and hope you find it interesting too. Some of the things we touched on this week were the benefits of reviewing for those interested in writing fiction, writers starting their journey, Laurel growing up in a writing household, getting over fear, "lost" works, Shane's poetry, Josh Malerman's Carpenter's Farm, authors that influence our own writing, the origins of how we named the website and so much more. Check out our conversation now right here on Ink Heist or on your favorite streaming service.
1:37:03
May 5, 2020
Bonus Episode - Crime Noir author Timothy Miller reads from City of Hate
Here is the first of our author readings. Timothy Miller has a very pleasant reading voice that grabs you right away.
11:42
April 29, 2020
Episode 2.20 - In the Murder Castle with Sara Tantlinger and Matt Corley
This week, we're excited to have the opportunity to record a special episode with Matt Corley and Sara Tantlinger about a very cool project they have in the works. For those who don't know them, Matt is a writer who specializes in RPG gamebooks and who has also launched his own publishing company, Saturday Morning Scenarios. Sara is a writer, a poet, editor, and teacher whose works include the Bram Stoker Award-winning poetry collection The Devil’s Dreamland: Poetry Inspired by H.H. Holmes, To Be Devoured and Love for Slaughter. She also edited the upcoming anthology, Not All Monsters, from Strangehouse. The exciting project they are getting ready to release is the H.H. Holmes inspired novella The Devil's City and the accompanying RPG game, Horror in the Windy City. We often think of books being adapted into movies or TV shows, but I really think that Matt is on to something fun and unique by adapting literary works into immersive RPG games. The conversation with both of them was fascinating as we had a lot of fun as always but also learned what goes into creating an immersive project like The Devil's City and Horror in the Windy City. They are currently running a Kickstarter until Thursday, April 30th to help fund the project and we HIGHLY recommend backing it if you are able. The story and game are great and there are some gorgeous illustrations that will make it a must-own for horror fans. Here's a link to the Kickstarter: The Devil's City Kickstarter. During the episode, we talked about Sara's interest in H.H, Holmes, the collaboration process of The Devil's City, Matt's introduction into RPGs and his publishing company's goals, what goes into a successful Kickstarter, the benefits of outlines, adapting books into RPGs, the community aspect of building Horror in the Windy City, upcoming projects, and so much more. Check out our conversation with Matt and Sara now right here on Ink Heist or on your favorite streaming service.
1:36:01
April 28, 2020
Episode 2.19 - Celebrating 15 Years of Cutting Block Books
This week, we're excited to have the opportunity to record a special bonus episode of the podcast to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Cutting Block Books! Cutting Block Books has put out a slew of great books and anthologies, including the Single Slices series, the Horror Library series, Shadows Over Main Street Vol.1 and Vol.2, Horror is Our Business by Joe R. and Kasey Lansdale, The Seven Deadliest....and you get the picture. They have received numerous Stoker nominations and have been consistently releasing great books for years now featuring some of the most talented voices in the genre. We were lucky enough to be able to sit down and chat with Cutting Block Books Editor-in-Chief Patrick Beltran as well as D. Alexander Ward and John F.D. Taff to get the history of Cutting Block Books and a deeper dive into The Seven Deadliest, which the three of them collaborated on. This was a great episode that is packed with a ton of valuable publishing information, so you definitely don't want to miss this episode! During the episode, we talked about the formation of Cutting Block Books, the genesis of Seven Deadliest, collaborative editing, the importance of a good attitude with talent, discussing open calls and pitch calls, the importance of anthologies, financing anthologies, advice for those looking to start a publishing company, and so much more. Check out our conversation with Patrick, John and D now right here on Ink Heist or on your favorite streaming service.
1:43:53
April 23, 2020
Episode 2.18 - Sirens of the Deep with Alma Katsu
This week, we're excited to have the opportunity to chat with Alma Katsu, author of The Taker series, The Hunger and her new novel, The Deep. Alma is known for her work blending historical events with chilling horror, starting with the Donner Party in The Hunger and the Titanic and Britannic in The Deep. Alma is a master at transporting readers back in time and using true events to craft atmospheric horror that insidiously consumes readers' imaginations throughout the reading experience. The Deep is a truly mesmerizing book that all three of us at Ink Heist are currently falling in love with and unable to put down for very long. Alma does a great job of weaving in the suggestion of the supernatural, allowing readers imaginations to run wild and The Deep is an evocative take on the Gothic tradition. If you haven't already, definitely grab a copy of The Deep, it's the sort of novel you can lose yourself in. During the episode, we talked to Alma about re-imagining historical events, her writing journey, Westerns, the difficulties of breaking out, launching a book during the pandemic, upcoming works including a spy series, women's rights as a theme in The Deep, which character she relates to most in The Deep, dealing with dual timelines and so much more. Check out our conversation with Alma now right here on Ink Heist or on your favorite streaming service.
1:33:17
April 21, 2020
Episode 2.17 - What Lurks in the Shadows with Tim Meyer
This week, we're excited to have the opportunity to chat with Tim Meyer, author of Kill Hill Carnage, The Switch House, Dead Daughters, and so many more books. Dead Daughters is his new novel with Poltergeist Press and hits shelves on April 16th. This was a book that we all loved here at Ink Heist and definitely became one of our favorites. Dead Daughters begins with a father discovering a picture depicting the murder of his daughter in his mailbox. Only he knows it can't be her, because he just put her to bed a few minutes ago. From there, Meyer takes readers on a terrifying journey into a family's worst nightmare with plenty of twists and turns that make it one of the most addictive reads of 2020. Trust us when we say if you think you know where this story is going, prepare to have your expectations blown out of the water. If you haven't already, pre-order a copy of Dead Daughters - you won't regret it. During the episode, we talked to Tim about getting his writing start with comic scripts and screenplays, The Switch House script, difference in adaptations, Goosebumps and Animorphs, the inspiration for Sharkwater Beach, Jaws, the genesis of Dead Daughters, working with Poltergeist Press, buying so many books his tire light went on, author collaborations, hating Tom Brady, and so much more. Check out our conversation with Tim now right here on Ink Heist or on your favorite streaming service.
1:20:05
April 14, 2020
Episode 2.16 - Echoes of Familiar Woods with Hank Early and Ian Pisarcik
This week, we have a special episode for you as we had TWO guests on this week, Hank Early and Ian Pisarcik. We are a huge fan of Hank's Earl Marcus series and Ian's debut novel Before Familiar Woods is one of the best books we've read so far in 2020. Both authors write realistic characters that you can't help but be invested in and are masters at crafting vivid settings that are every bit as vital to the fabric of the story as the characters that populate them and can be viewed almost as another character. All three of us agree that when you pick up a book from either Pisarcik or Early, you might as well clear your schedule because you won't be putting them down anytime soon. This also marks the first time (I think) we've had two guests on the show at the same time. Which was pretty cool, especially when Ian and Hank had a conversation with each other about writing and publishing. During the episode, we talked about rural noir, the importance of setting, influences, mixing in horror, the true inspiration behind Before Familiar Woods, our upbringing and reading, their experience writing their debut novel, inspirations, publishing during the pandemic, and so much more. Check out our conversation with Hank and Ian now right here on Ink Heist or on your favorite streaming service.
2:02:07
April 7, 2020
Episode 2.15 - A Library of Screams with Ken McKinley
This week, we're excited to have the opportunity to chat with Ken McKinley, the owner, and Editor-in-Chief of Silver Shamrock Publishing. Silver Shamrock is approaching its one year anniversary and has quickly become one of the Horror genre's premier independent presses, putting out high-quality releases from both veterans of the genre and authors who are publishing their first book. We are huge fans of Silver Shamrock books and were excited to get a chance to talk to Ken and pick his brain about Silver Shamrock and publishing in general. During the episode, we talked about how he founded Silver Shamrock, the role of social media, James Newman's role in Silver Shamrock's origins, Midnight in the Graveyard, how he avoided the pitfalls of other indie presses, his long-running open call policy, taking care of authors, info on the Gord Rollo releases, IPAs,  a story about how he got to work with his favorite author Robert McCammon, and so much more. Check out our conversation with Ken McKinley now right here on Ink Heist or on your favorite streaming service.
1:40:14
March 31, 2020
Episode 2.14 - Is This Thing On? With Rich and Shane
This week, we decided to do things a little differently and record a bonus solo show episode! As everyone knows, things are getting rough out there and many of us are quarantined to our homes and aren't able to do our normal routines as we try to keep ourselves and our families and friends safe. If you're anything like us, chances are you've been reading a lot and streaming more movies and TV shows than you feel comfortable admitting. That's okay because we're all in the same boat! That being said, Shane and I decided to share some of the books and movies we've been enjoying lately. A lot of great Horror movies from other countries, upcoming and currently available books, there is a little bit of everything in this episode. The best part is that ALL of the movies we recommended are currently available on a streaming platform, so if you already have Netflix or Prime, you're good to go. If you don't, we also list a few from Tubi, which is a 100% free app to use if you don't mind the occasional commercial. We hope you find some cool new stuff to check out and help stave off the boredom and please, share your recommendations with us too!
40:54
March 26, 2020
Episode 2.13 - See You, Outback with Alan Baxter
This week, we're excited to have the opportunity to chat with Alan Baxter, who has written numerous works of genre-bending dark fiction including his most recent short story collection Served Cold and the blood-soaked Creature Feature The Roo. Alan is one of our favorite writers and we love the way he blends various genres in his work to great gripping stories that keep you on the edge of your seat. Also, as big fans of Manifest Recall, we were thrilled to hear Alan was revisiting Eli Carver in a follow up novella, Recall Night, later this year. We had a lot of fun hanging out with Alan this week and can't wait to have him on again in the future!  During this episode, we talked about how he got involved in martial arts, The Australian Shadows Award, Served Cold, how he started working with Grey Matter Press, working with different publishers, the Horror scene in Australia, The Roo, sequels and so much more. Check out our conversation with Alan Baxter now right here on Ink Heist or on your favorite streaming service.
1:13:13
March 24, 2020
Episode 2.12 - Blades, Booze, and Badass Women with V. Castro
This week, we're excited to have the opportunity to chat with V. Castro, who recently released her new novel Hairspray and Switchblades through Unnerving as part of their Rewind or Die series. Violet's book is an absolute blast to read and had all three of us hooked from the first page. She puts a fresh spin on familiar horror tropes, conjures up plenty of unsettling scenes and crafts a memorable cast of badass characters. We had a lot of fun hanging out with Violet this week and talking about horror and laughing together. During this episode, we talked about the origin of Hairspray and Switchblades, Eddie Generous and the Rewind or Die series, her early experiences with horror, erotic horror, the importance of inclusion in publishing and so much more. We also talked quite a bit about some of her upcoming projects and you definitely don't want to miss that part of the conversation. She is working on so many cool sounding things that we can't wait to get our greedy hands on! Check out our conversation with V. Castro now right here on Ink Heist or on your favorite streaming service.
1:33:12
March 17, 2020
Episode 2.11 - Fuck Off, Randy with Special Guest Todd Keisling
This week, we started the show with the intention of running a solo show, but we decided to cold call Todd Keisling while he was signing copies of his upcoming Dim Shores release, Scanlines, which led to one of our funniest episodes yet. By the end of the episode, we all had tears in our eyes from laughing so hard. We kicked off the show by talking about Ian Pisarcik's stunning debut novel, Before Familiar Woods, which hits shelves today. If you haven't already pre-ordered a copy, definitely go out and pick it up. It's a richly detailed, atmospheric noir novel with some of the most realistic characters we have read in recent years. Don't be surprised to see it pop up on a lot of "Best of" lists at the end of the year. Then we called up friend of the show Todd Keisling and had a blast hanging out with him for a few hours. We talked about Faces of Death, his hometown, Hellier and other paranormal stuff, Noir at the Bar and a whole lot more. Check out our conversation with Todd now right here on Ink Heist or on your favorite streaming service.
1:52:00
March 10, 2020
Episode 2.10 - Beers and Fears with Armand Rosamilia
This week, we're excited to have the opportunity to chat with Armand Rosamilia, a prolific author with over a hundred books to his name, including the recently released The Beast from Severed Press. We had a lot of fun talking to Armand, who has a great sense of humor and some really great stories. During this episode, we talked about Beers and Fears, paying it forward, his early influences, writing for a B-movie horror studio and so much more. Check out our conversation with Armand now right here on Ink Heist or on your favorite streaming service.
1:31:58
March 3, 2020
Episode 2.09 - Mother Always Liked Him Best with Chad Lutzke
This week, we're excited to have the opportunity to chat with author Chad Lutzke, who is getting ready to release the first book in The Neon Owl series on February 28th. The Neon Owl is a bit of a departure for Chad and finds him putting his own spin on the noir genre. We had the pleasure of reading an advance copy and we're confident you'll love it as much as we did. The Neon Owl has a cast of memorable characters and plenty of humor that makes it a compulsively readable novel that will leave you clamoring for the next books in the series. We had a lot of fun talking to Chad again and learning a bit more about his writing process. During this episode, we talked about the influences of The Neon Owl, collaborating styles, poo humor, the joy of discovery while writing without an outline, the autobiographical nature of The Same Deep Water As You, "mumblecore" films, ambiguous endings, his punk zine Cornflake Overdose, and so much more. Check out our conversation with Chad now right here on Ink Heist or on your favorite streaming service.
1:44:40
February 25, 2020
Episode 2.08 - The Luminous Depths of the Soul, with Caitlin Starling
This week, we're excited to have the opportunity to chat with author Caitlin Starling, who wrote the thrilling genre hybrid The Luminous Dead. The Luminous Dead is a stunning debut novel that all of us at Ink Heist fell in love with when we first read it and it holds a very special place on our "All-time Favorites" shelf. Caitlin creates memorable characters and creates a tense, creepy atmosphere by using the isolation of the caves to drive the plot and create scenes of psychological and physical horrors that will have you on the edge of your seat. We had a lot of fun talking to Caitlin and as always, we take away some very valuable writing advice. During this episode, we talked about interactive elements in storytelling, the blending of sci-fi and horror, how she creates characters, fan fiction, different versions of The Luminous Dead, and writing communities. We also take a deep dive into Portland culture with Shane and Caitlin as our guides and learn about The Goat Blocks and electric lettuce. Check out our conversation with Caitlin now right here on Ink Heist or on your favorite streaming service.
1:41:44
February 18, 2020
Episode 2.07 - Journey to the Weird Places with Hailey Piper
This week, we're excited to have the opportunity to chat with horror author Hailey Piper, who wrote the outstanding novellas The Possession of Natalie Glasgow and Benny Rose, The Cannibal King. Hailey's work is excellent and highly imaginative with The Possession of Natalie Glasgow featuring one of the most unique takes on the possession genre we've ever read and Benny Rose, The Cannibal King putting a splatterpunk spin on urban legends. We had a lot of fun talking to Hailey and as always, we take away some very valuable writing advice. During this episode, we talk about urban legends, possession stories, exploring different subgenres, the dangers of nostalgia, keeping momentum in a story, diversity in publishing, her upcoming debut novel, and so much more. She also has a funny yet handy descriptor of Dark Fantasy that we totally want to use from now on! Check out our conversation with Hailey now right here on Ink Heist or on your favorite streaming service.
1:44:02
February 11, 2020
Episode 2.06 - Transition to Darkness with John C. Foster and Linda Jones.
This week, we are excited to bring you a very special episode of the Ink Heist podcast. For the first time in Ink Heist history, we had TWO guests join us for the show. This week we got to chat with accomplished actor and audiobook narrator Linda Jones and author John C. Foster, whose work blends elements of horror and crime noir to create devastating dark fiction. We always have fun on the show, but this was a great conversation that was not only informative but full of laughter and good times. If we ever get the chance to record an episode live, Linda and John are at the top of the list. It was a lot of fun and we hope you guys have just as much fun listening. We talked to them about crime, John's new Ink Heist column "Crime Wave", what goes into creating audiobooks, the benefits of having trusted people be your sounding board, cooking and a whole lot more.  Keep an eye out for John's upcoming crime novel Rooster, which will be coming out soon via Grey Matter Press. Also, check out some of the books Linda Jones has narrated, she is a phenomenal talent. Horror fans may want to start with the audiobook versions of John F.D. Taff's The Fearing or John C. Foster's The Isle. Check out our conversation with John and Linda now right here on Ink Heist or on your favorite streaming service.
1:51:50
February 4, 2020
Episode 2.05 - Brian Kirk Will Haunt You
This week, we sit down with author Brian Kirk, author of the Flame Tree Press novels Will Haunt You and We Are Monsters. We talked to Brian about psychological horror, metanarratives, the supernatural properties of Will Haunt You, and the creation of We Are Monsters. We had a blast talking about all things horror and he has some truly original and exciting ideas about pushing his own work and the horror genre in exciting new directions. We highly urge you to pick up a copy of both of his books if you don't have them already, they are engaging books that toy with the boundaries of reality. Check out our conversation with Brian now right here on Ink Heist or on your favorite streaming service.
1:52:04
January 28, 2020
Episode 2.04 - One on One: Shane Douglas Keene with Todd Keisling
Today we’re happy to bring you this bonus episode of the podcast with a conversation between Shane Douglas Keene and Todd Keisling. They talked about Todd’s new novel Devil’s Creek from Silver Shamrock Publishing, Scanlines from Dim Shores, and illustration as well as some exciting news for 2021. This is a fantastic, informative conversation with one of our most talented horror authors. Don’t miss it!
1:38:36
January 23, 2020
Episode 2.03 - 3 Bozos and a Straight Razor
This week on the Ink Heist podcast, we had one of our most fun episodes yet. We properly introduced Laurel as our permanent co-host and I think I speak for Shane too when I say asking her to join the podcast is one of the best decisions we've ever made. She fits right into our brand of craziness and she tells a story this week that left all of us in stitches. Welcome again Laurel and thanks for putting up with us! We decided to do an "Ask Us Anything"  episode this week, where we opened things up to allow readers to submit questions and help guide the show. We talked about some of the things we've been enjoying lately, Laurel's latest book, our picks for the Stoker ballot if we were judges, and some of the guests we have planned for the next few weeks of 2020. It seems like every week we say we had a blast recording and that's because it's true. By the end of this week's episode, I had tears streaming down my face I was laughing so hard. Thank you guys for listening as always, and be sure to check out our conversation right here on Ink Heist or on your favorite streaming service.
1:53:38
January 21, 2020
Episode 2.02 - A Dark Night of the Soul with Samantha Kolesnik
This week is a special one as we are joined by our new co-host, Laurel Hightower! We're excited to have Laurel join the Ink Heist podcast and she'll be joining us when she can in the future. This week, we sit down with author Samantha Kolesnik. Samantha's debut novel, True Crime, comes out tomorrow through Grindhouse Press and it's one you don't want to miss. It's been garnering well deserved praise in the Horror community and is a jaw-droppingly good novel that explores the darkness that lurks within humanity and reminds us a bit of Jack Ketchum's work.  We talked to Samantha about the character-driven nature of True Crime, how to navigate what people want from art, how she connected with Grindhouse Press and the philosophical questions of good and evil. We had a blast talking with Samantha and urge you to pick up a copy of True Crime. Trust us, this is a special novel you don't want to miss.  Check out our conversation with Samantha now right here on Ink Heist or on your favorite streaming service.
1:16:44
January 14, 2020
Episode 2.01 - The Abyss Screams Back
This week, we launch Season 2 of the Ink Heist podcast! We decided to kick off 2020 with a solo show where we talk about some of the things we have in the works for the upcoming year. Shane and I had a lot of fun talking about some of our most anticipated 2020 releases, a discussion of Samantha Kolesnik's True Crime, independent publishers and the movie Starred Up. We also talk about reaching the void for the second week in a row, which is kind of an unsettling trend the past few weeks! Shane and I had a blast as always and we're excited to bring you guys another season of the podcast with some exciting new guests. Check out our first show of Season 2 now right here on Ink Heist or on your favorite streaming service.
1:46:28
January 7, 2020
Episode 1.24 - A Year of Darkness with Laurel Hightower
This week, we have a very special episode as we wrap up the first season of the Ink Heist podcast. Shane and I originally planned to take a few weeks off around this time before launching Season 2, but we love doing these so much we kept scheduling right up until the end of the year. So fear not, there won't be any breaks for the podcast as we start Season 2 with John Foster and Linda Jones on January 7th! For our final episode, we were lucky to have one of our first guests and friend of the podcast Laurel Hightower join us as a special guest host. We had a blast talking with Laurel on Episode 3 and we were excited to be able to have her on the show again to just hang out.  We look back on previous episodes of the podcast, some of the writing advice we took from the show, talk about a slew of our favorite reads from 2019, and some of the books we're looking forward to in the upcoming year. We cover a ton of topics and books, so if you have any gift cards burning a hole in your pocket, this is the episode for you! We all had a blast hanging out and by the end of the show, we descended into gut-busting laughter. As we close out 2019, we want to take this time to thank everyone for supporting Ink Heist. The kind words of support have been humbling and hearing people say they've discovered books through Ink Heist is the greatest compliment we could ask for. A big thank you to all of our readers, listeners, and authors who help make Ink Heist possible. You inspire Shane and me more than we can put into words. Here's to a great New Year and we have some big things planned for you guys in 2020! Check out our "Year-End" show now right here on Ink Heist or on your favorite streaming service.
1:45:48
December 31, 2019
Episode 1.23 - Fear and Loathing with John F.D. Taff
This time around, we take an in-depth look at the final installment of The Fearing, Earth and Ember. As we wrap up our podcast series on The Fearing, we talk to John about the overall themes throughout the series, the resolution of numerous character arcs, the climactic meeting of Monday and Adam, the influence of the show Hellier, and much more. We are also honored to share some exciting and exclusive news from Taff himself about an upcoming project. Those who follow John on social media probably know that John had an idea for a sequel to The Fearing. Well in this episode, John gives listeners an exciting behind the scenes look at what that sequel is going to look like and some of the ideas that it explores. Trust us when we say this sounds incredibly exciting and if you enjoyed this journey, you're going to love what Taff has in store for you. It's always a fun time when we sit down to record these episodes with John and if we could, we'd have him on every week! Now that we have wrapped up our series on The Fearing, we are already scheming up ways to have John on again as soon as possible. We'd like to take this time to thank John for asking us to take part in these episodes to discuss The Fearing. It was an honor to help promote this awesome book that holds a special place on our bookshelves. 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.
2:04:42
December 24, 2019
Episode 1.21 - Red Lady, Red Lady, Show us Your Face
This week, we had a great time talking with Damien Angelica Walters, whose gripping new novel, The Dead Girls Club, is out now through Crooked Lane Books. We talked to Damien extensively about The Dead Girls Club, the origin of The Red Lady, the benefits of outlining, the importance of female “coming of age” novels, her exciting Work in Progress, and so much more. We had a lot of fun talking with Damien, who is easily one of our favorite writers when it comes to both novels and short stories. Don’t be surprised to see The Dead Girls Club high on our “End of the Year” lists. Shane and I definitely look forward to having her on again in the future. Check out our conversation with Damien now right here on Ink Heist or on your favorite streaming service.
1:27:39
December 10, 2019
Episode 1.20 - The Dark Magic of Jeremy Hepler
This week, we had a great time talking with Jeremy Hepler, who recently released his second novel, Cricket Hunters, with Silver Shamrock Publishing. We talked to Jeremy extensively about Cricket Hunters and  The Boulevard Monster, working with Silver Shamrock and Bloodshot Books, his experience reading slush, the humorous story about how he came up with "cricket hunting" and so much more. We had a lot of fun talking with Jeremy, who is super easy to talk to and gives some great writing advice. Shane and I definitely look forward to having him on again in the future. Check out our conversation with Jeremy now right here on Ink Heist or on your favorite streaming service.
1:42:51
December 3, 2019
Episode 1.19 - Surrealist Scares with Betty Rocksteady
This week, we had a great time talking with Betty Rocksteady, who recently released her first short story collection, In Dreams We Rot, with Trepidatio Publishing. We talked to Betty about In Dreams We Rot and some of the themes, her illustration style, lucid dreaming, cartoons, Boy Meets World, and a host of other topics. I had a lot of fun talking with Betty and we shared quite a few laughs. Shane and I definitely look forward to having her on again in the future. Check out our conversation with Betty now right here on Ink Heist or on your favorite streaming service.
1:19:44
November 26, 2019
Ink Heist Presents - Night Time Logic Featuring Peter Straub and Daniel Braum
This week we're happy to present this conversation between Daniel Braum and the great Peter Straub at the Lovecraft Bar in NYC. There are no words to express how much this means to us or how fantastic it is. Peter is a highly intelligent, engaging, and often funny individual and when it comes to favorite authors, well, they don't get any more goddamn esteemed than this. Do yourself, and us, a favor and give this one a listen ASAP. It's sure to become one of your new favorite things. And this is just the first of what we hope will be many episodes in this series of interviews so you're going to want to watch this space.
1:27:21
November 23, 2019
Episode 1.18 - The Looming Darkness with John F.D. Taff
This week, we are sharing our fourth 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 Three, Air and Dust. This time around, we talk to John about the progression of Mark and Monday’s relationship, the introduction of human threats, the arrival of The Darkness, how The Fearing has influenced some of Taff’s upcoming works, and much more. We go pretty deep into Air and Dust, but we also kind of go off script and just talk to John about things he’s working on and writing in general. It’s always a fun time when we sit down to record these episodes with John and if we could, we’d have him on every week! 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 soon to talk about the culmination of The Fearing with Earth and Amber, which releases this Tuesday.
1:31:09
November 12, 2019
Episode 1.17 - An Evening of Lovelorn Skunks and Dick Spiders with Max Booth III
This week, we had a great time talking with Max Booth III, who has written Carnivorous Lunar Activities, The Nightly Disease, How to Successfully Kidnap Strangers to just name some of his books. In addition to writing, Max also runs Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing and Dark Moon Digest with his partner Lori Michelle and hosts two podcasts, Castle Rock Radio and Ghoulish. Our conversation with Max was full of laughs and occasionally took a turn for the surreal. We talked to Max about his writing inspirations, how he teamed up with Fangoria for Carnivorous Lunar Activities, the origin story of PMMP,  his upcoming Cemetery Dance novel Touch The Night, and a host of other topics. And yes, skunks AND Dick Spiders both make an appearance.  This was an amazing conversation and one of the most fun episodes we've recorded. This is one episode you don't want to miss, trust me. Check out our conversation with Max now right here on Ink Heist or on your favorite streaming service. Support Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing on Patreon!
1:41:22
November 5, 2019
Episode 1.16 - Where the Fuck is the Off Button? With Shane and Rich
In this episode, Shane and I fly solo once again and make fools of ourselves on air for your listening enjoyment. We want to make these solo episodes a regular part of the podcast and we decide to open ourselves up to reader questions to help drive each episode. In this one, we talk about how we handle horror with kids, talking about the technical aspects of writing vs. storytelling, Stephen King, our favorite local indie stores, and what it would take to get Shane to sing on air. Also, if you're looking for a good laugh, I do an impression of a witch AND Steven Seagal. This was an amazing conversation and one that you won't want to miss, trust me. Check out our conversation with now right here on Ink Heist or on your favorite streaming service. You may note a reference toward the end of the cast where will mention Shaun Hamill. That episode aired Tuesday before last but this one was not ready for prime time yet.
51:43
November 1, 2019
Episode 1.15 - Feral Asses and Desert Dreams with Nicholas Day
This week, Shane had a great time talking with Nicholas Day, who has written Nobody Gets Hurt and Other Lies, At the End of the Day I Burst Into Flames and most recently Grind Your Bones to Dust. Shane's conversation with Nick was a lot of fun to listen to and covered a wide variety of topics. Shane talked to him about his writing style, marketing your work as an indie author, the impact of his debut Necrosaurus Rex, and the real life inspirations behind Grind Your Bones to Dust. This was an amazing conversation and one that you won't want to miss, trust me. Check out our conversation with Nicholas now right here on Ink Heist or on your favorite streaming service.
1:32:03
October 29, 2019
Episode 1.14 - A Song For Puerto Rico with Angel Luis Colón
This week, we had a great time talking with Angel Luis Colón, who is an incredible crime author who has written The Blacky Jaguar novella series, The Fantine Park novella series, and Hell Chose Me. Our conversation with Angel was engaging and covered a wide variety of topics. We talk to him about his writing style, the new benefit anthology for Puerto Rico ¡PA'QUE TU LO SEPAS!, representation for the Latinx community, his own podcast The Bastard Title and take a deep dive into Hell Chose Me. We had a great time recording with Angel who is incredibly easy to talk to and has a great sense of humor! We easily could have talked to him for a few more hours and would love to have on the show again soon. This was an amazing conversation and one that you won't want to miss, trust me. Check out our conversation with Angel now right here on Ink Heist or on your favorite streaming service. As always, podcast intro and outro music are courtesy the band Secret Smoker.
1:58:35
October 23, 2019
Episode 1.13 - An Exercise in Monstrosity with Shaun Hamill
This week, we had a busy weekend recording new episodes for you guys. We have two new episodes for you this week, featuring great conversations with debut novelist Shaun Hamill and crime author Angel Luis Colón . We had a great time talking with Shaun about A Cosmology of Monsters, which is a remarkable debut that follows the Turner family over the period of many decades as they are hunted by forces outside of their comprehension. Shane and I both fell in love with this book from the opening line and it truly is a magical reading experience and one of the year's best novels. In our conversation, we talk to Shaun about his writing background, the power of a great first line, symbolism in A Cosmology of Monsters, and what he's working on next. We had a great time recording with Shaun, who's an incredibly talented writer that we're sure you will be hearing about A LOT in the years to come. Check out our conversation with Daniel now right here on Ink Heist or on your favorite streaming service.
1:53:26
October 22, 2019
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.
1:03:42
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
1:05:40
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.
1:02:06
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
48:26
July 8, 2019