Ink Heist - A Podcast for Readers of Dark Fiction

Ink Heist - A Podcast for Readers of Dark Fiction

By Ink Heist
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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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 1.22 - Monsters, Madness, and More with Matt Hayward and Special Guest Host, Sadie Hartmann
This week, we have a very special episode. We welcome Sadie Hartmann aka Mother Horror as a guest host as we talk with Matt Hayward, whose stellar new collection, Various States of Decay, just dropped via Poltergeist Press. We talked to Matt extensively about Various States of Decay and A Penny For Your Thoughts, collaborating with Robert Ford, "hurting" readers, Irish mythology, Clive Barker and Jack Ketchum, and the origin of Welcome to the Show. We all had a blast and a big thank you to Sadie for being a great guest host and for Matt for staying up super late (early?) to be on the show. With the news about the characters from A Penny For Your Thoughts, now we just have to work on getting Robert Ford on the show! Check out our conversation with Matt now right here on Ink Heist or on your favorite streaming service.
1:30:12
December 17, 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