Episode 106 - Rich and Shane: Screaming Into the Abyss
An episode of Ink Heist - A Podcast for Readers of Dark Fiction
By Ink Heist
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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