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She Wore Black

By Agatha Andrews

A gothic, mystery and horror podcast.
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E55: Possession and Religious Horror with C.S. Humble
E55: Possession and Religious Horror with C.S. Humble
Today I have C.S. Humble on the show to talk about his new religious horror book, “All These Subtle Deceits,” out now from Sadie Hartman’s “Dark Harts” series. The book feels very much like a cross between “The Exorcist” and Neil Gaiman’s “Sandman.” It follows an excommunicated priest who tries to rid people of the ghosts and demons that haunt them. One woman’s possession proves especially difficult in the first of this five part series. We chat about influences from catholicism, art, literature, and current politics. We also talk about the process of writing, and pulling from our “personal wells” as writers. It’s a rich conversation and it was a pleasure to chat with C.S. Thank you for joining us today.
59:50
December 01, 2022
E54: Turning A Famous Ghost Story into A Novel with Celso Hurtado
E54: Turning A Famous Ghost Story into A Novel with Celso Hurtado
Today, is a special episode from my final live program at Lark and Owl Booksellers in Georgetown, Texas. I invited author, Celso Hurtado, to talk about his award winning book, “The Ghost Tracks.” He won the International Latino Book Award for this story that takes place around the famous haunted San Antonio train tracks. He answers questions both about his book and the legend that inspired it. You can order signed copies of “The Ghost Tracks” from Lark and Owl Booksellers by emailing them at salesfloor@larkandowlbooksellers.com or use my bookshop.org link to support the show, as well as independent bookstores nationwide. That’s at bookshop.org/shop/sheworeblack. You can also help out the show by following She Wore Black on Twitter and Instagram, and leaving me a review wherever you get your podcasts. Thanks for joining me today.
29:37
November 22, 2022
E53: Tim McGregor, Comic Books and "Taboo in Four Colors"
E53: Tim McGregor, Comic Books and "Taboo in Four Colors"
Today, I’ve invited author, Tim McGregor, to talk about his new novella, “Taboo in Four Colors,” that takes place in the comic book industry of the 1960s and 70s. It’s a gruesome and compelling look at how far two people will go for love. The second half of our conversation does contain spoilers, though, if you want to skip that part until you’ve read the book. You can order Tim’s books using my bookshop.org link to support the show, as well as independent bookstores nationwide. That’s at bookshop.org/shop/sheworeblack. You can also help out the show by following She Wore Black on Twitter and Instagram, and leaving me a review wherever you get your podcasts. Thanks for joining me today.
31:57
November 17, 2022
E52: Rachel Harrison and the Fangs of Female Rage
E52: Rachel Harrison and the Fangs of Female Rage
Today, I’ve invited author, Rachel Harrison, to talk about her book, “Such Sharp Teeth,” but I love all her work so we really chat about all of it. This is one of my most cherished conversations because we talk so honestly about how her work reflects the female experience. We dive deep into what that looks like through her stories, revealing the complexity behind her charm. I want to issue a content warning. We address assault and the emotional aftermath starting about 14 minutes in, so if you want to skip ahead 5 minutes, we get to other feminist topics as well as things that make us laugh. It’s a conversation I really needed and I’m so glad I get to share it with you. You can order her books using my bookshop.org link to support the show, as well as independent bookstores nationwide. That’s at bookshop.org/shop/sheworeblack. You can also help out the show by following She Wore Black on Twitter and Instagram, and leaving me a review wherever you get your podcasts. Thanks for joining me today.
01:02:18
November 10, 2022
E51: The Craft of Writing Gothic Romance with Diana Biller
E51: The Craft of Writing Gothic Romance with Diana Biller
Today, I’ve invited author, Diana Biller, to talk about the craft of writing gothic romance. Her book, The Widow of Rose House, became an instant hit with gothic romance fans because she combined beloved tropes with new ideas. All of her work is smart, sexy, funny and enchanting, and I learned a lot from our conversation. We do talk about writing sex, so you may want earbuds if you’re listening near children or co-workers. You can order her books using my bookshop.org link to support the show, as well as independent bookstores nationwide. That’s at bookshop.org/shop/sheworeblack. You can also help out the show by following She Wore Black on Twitter and Instagram, and leaving me a review wherever you get your podcasts. Thanks for joining me today.
59:19
November 03, 2022
E49.5: Telling True Ghosts Stories - A Live Podcast Interview with Leanna Renee Hieber and Andrea Janes
E49.5: Telling True Ghosts Stories - A Live Podcast Interview with Leanna Renee Hieber and Andrea Janes
Today I bring you a bonus episode about a wonderful nonfiction book, “A Haunted History of Invisible Women: True Stories of America’s Ghosts.” It’s one of the best books I’ve read about ghosts in American history and regional myth, with thoughtful analysis that centers women as both subject and storytellers. I did this as part of a series of “live” podcast episodes I was invited to do at Lark and Owl Booksellers in Georgetown, Texas as part of their October programming, so you’ll occasionally hear customers in the background. I was also sick during production, so I was tuning in via zoom, but this is really a wonderful conversation that I’m proud of and I can’t wait to hear your feedback on both the episode and the book. You can order “A Haunted History of Invisible Women” using my bookshop.org link to support the show, as well as independent bookstores nationwide. That’s at bookshop.org/shop/sheworeblack. You can also help out the show by following She Wore Black on Twitter and Instagram, and leaving me a review wherever you get your podcasts. Thanks for joining us today.
53:01
October 31, 2022
E50: Edgar Allan Poe's Enduring Appeal with Sara Crocoll Smith
E50: Edgar Allan Poe's Enduring Appeal with Sara Crocoll Smith
Today I chat with Sara Crocoll Smith about Edgar Allan Poe. She just won the Saturday Visitor Award from the Poe Museum for the first in her “Love Letters To Poe” anthology series, “A Toast to Edgar Allan Poe.” I will put purchase links in the show notes, as well as links to other Poe resources discussed in the episode. Thanks for joining us today.
30:23
October 27, 2022
E49: Kink Positive Gothic Suspense with Briana Una McGuckin
E49: Kink Positive Gothic Suspense with Briana Una McGuckin
Today I chat with Briana Una McGuckin about her kink-positive gothic suspense novel, “On Good Authority.” If you are listening to this in proximity of children and are not yet ready to answer questions about kink, I suggest you listen with ear buds. Though not explicit, this conversation is honest and it was wonderful to chat with someone who wrote about it so beautifully. You can order “On Good Authority” using my bookshop.org link to support the show, as well as independent bookstores nationwide. That’s at bookshop.org/shop/sheworeblack. You can also help out the show by following She Wore Black on Twitter and Instagram, and leaving me a review wherever you get your podcasts. Thanks for joining us today.
44:02
October 20, 2022
E48: The Women of Frankenstein in "Unnatural Creatures" with Kris Waldherr
E48: The Women of Frankenstein in "Unnatural Creatures" with Kris Waldherr
Today I chat Kris Waldherr. We discuss her novel, “Unnatural Creatures,” a retelling of Frankenstein from the point of view of the women in the story. We also chat a bit about her journey and success with self-publishing after decades working for the biggest publishing houses. You can order “Unnatural Creatures” using my bookshop.org link to support the show, as well as independent bookstores nationwide. That’s at bookshop.org/shop/sheworeblack. You can also help out the show by following She Wore Black on Twitter and Instagram, and leaving us a review wherever you get your podcasts. Thanks for joining us today.
42:10
October 14, 2022
E47.5: "Ghost Stories from Black Voices" Live Podcast with RJ Joseph and Johnny Compton
E47.5: "Ghost Stories from Black Voices" Live Podcast with RJ Joseph and Johnny Compton
Today I bring you a special episode, a recording from my live podcast event with RJ Joseph and Johnny Compton at Lark and Owl Booksellers in Georgetown, Texas. We discuss “Ghost Stories from Black Voices,” including their own work as well as what inspired them. I didn’t include their readings from their work for the sake of time, but that’s also one of the special things you get when you come to a live event. I hope to see you at one soon! RJ’s book is currently available to order using my bookshop.org link to support the show, as well as independent bookstores nationwide. That’s at bookshop.org/shop/sheworeblack. You can also help out the show by following She Wore Black on Twitter and Instagram, and leaving us a review wherever you get your podcasts. Thanks for joining us today.
53:55
October 10, 2022
E47: Rachel Hawkins/Erin Sterling talks Witchy Rom-Coms and New Takes on Gothic Classics
E47: Rachel Hawkins/Erin Sterling talks Witchy Rom-Coms and New Takes on Gothic Classics
Today I chat with suspense author Rachel Hawkins, known in the romance community as Erin Sterling. We talk about both her suspense and her witchy rom-coms, as well as her inspiration from gothic classics. You can order any of her books using my bookshop.org link to support the show, as well as independent bookstores nationwide. That’s at bookshop.org/shop/sheworeblack. You can also help out the show by following She Wore Black on Twitter and Instagram, and leaving us a review wherever you get your podcasts. Thanks for joining us today.
01:02:04
October 06, 2022
E46: Kalynn Bayron talks Middle Grade Vampires, Young Adult Witches, and Representation
E46: Kalynn Bayron talks Middle Grade Vampires, Young Adult Witches, and Representation
Today I chat with middle grade and young adult author, Kalynn Bayron. We talk about her upcoming middle grade vampire novel, “The Vanquishers,” and her new young adult novel “This Wicked Fate,” the second book in her witchy “This Poison Heart” series. Both of these books celebrate Black and queer characters, and we chat about the joy that comes with seeing them in stories that are fun and involve the whole family. You can order any of her books using my bookshop.org link to support the show, as well as independent bookstores nationwide. That’s at bookshop.org/shop/sheworeblack. You can also help out the show by following She Wore Black on Twitter and Instagram, and leaving us a review wherever you get your podcasts. Thanks for joining us today.
36:37
September 29, 2022
E45: Simone St. James talks Ghosts, Gothic and Romance
E45: Simone St. James talks Ghosts, Gothic and Romance
Today I get to talk to an author you’ve heard me discuss numerous times on the podcast, Simone St. James. She’s an icon for me so it was really special to be able to discuss her collective works with her. We talk about everything from writing sex to building dread, and I know I certainly learned a lot. You can order any of her books using my bookshop.org link to support the show, as well as independent bookstores nationwide. That’s at bookshop.org/shop/sheworeblack. You can also help out the show by following She Wore Black on Twitter and Instagram, and leaving us a review wherever you get your podcasts. Thanks for joining us today.
01:10:16
September 22, 2022
E44: Kelly Barnhill talks Dragons, Fairy Tales, and Animal Spouses
E44: Kelly Barnhill talks Dragons, Fairy Tales, and Animal Spouses
Today, I’m a little beside myself. It was my absolute dream to talk to Kelly Barnhill and it was such a treat to finally have that dream realized. I’ve been a fan of her short fiction and middle grade writing for years, and she indulged me in a lengthy conversation about one short story in particular, “Mrs. Sorensen and the Sasquatch.” We also discuss her new novel, “When Women Were Dragons,” as well as her upcoming novella, “The Crane Husband.” This conversation felt like a real lesson on craft and fairytale and wonder, and I’m so thankful to Kelly for her time and wisdom. You can order any of her books using my bookshop.org link to support the show, as well as independent bookstores nationwide. That’s at bookshop.org/shop/sheworeblack. You can also help out the show by following She Wore Black on Twitter and Instagram, and leaving us a review wherever you get your podcasts. Thanks for joining us today.
01:05:58
September 15, 2022
E43.5: Tiffany Meuret and "Little Bird"
E43.5: Tiffany Meuret and "Little Bird"
Today, I’ve invited author, Tiffany Meuret, to talk about her book, “Little Bird,” an unusual story that has a talking skeleton and plants with a mind of their own. We discuss cozy horror, gardens as metaphor, and the world of publishing with small presses. You can order your copy of “Little Bird” using my bookshop.org link to support the show, as well as independent bookstores nationwide. That’s at bookshop.org/shop/sheworeblack. You can also help out the show by following She Wore Black on Twitter and Instagram, and leaving us a review wherever you get your podcasts. Thanks for joining us today.
29:23
September 13, 2022
E43: Ruben Degollado Author Interview
E43: Ruben Degollado Author Interview
Today, I’ve invited author, Ruben Degollado, to talk about his book, “The Family Izquierdo,” a multigenerational story that follows a family that lives on the Texas/Mexican border. We discuss authentic representation, mental health, curses, brujos, curanderas, Selena and menacing grackles. This book captured the nuance of the people and places of south Texas beautifully. You can order your copy of “The Family Izquierdo” using my bookshop.org link to support the show, as well as independent bookstores nationwide. That’s at bookshop.org/shop/sheworeblack. You can also help out the show by following She Wore Black on Twitter and Instagram, and leaving us a review wherever you get your podcasts. Thanks for joining us today.
51:57
September 08, 2022
E42: Gwendolyn Kiste Author Interview
E42: Gwendolyn Kiste Author Interview
Today, I’ve invited author, Gwendolyn Kiste, to talk about her book, “Reluctant Immortals,” her novel that blends Jane Eyre and Dracula for a hippie, feminist story about reclaiming autonomy from the men who stole it. This was such a creative, moving and fun read that I can't recommend enough. You can order your copy of “Reluctant Immortals” using my bookshop.org link to support the show, as well as independent bookstores nationwide. That’s at bookshop.org/shop/sheworeblack. You can also help out the show by following She Wore Black on Twitter and Instagram, and leaving us a review wherever you get your podcasts. Thanks for joining us today.
39:51
September 01, 2022
E41: April Yates and Writing Sapphic Gothic Romance
E41: April Yates and Writing Sapphic Gothic Romance
Today, I’ve invited author, April Yates to talk about her book, “Ashthorne,” a sapphic gothic romance set in a remote English manor that has hidden secrets. We talk about the recently discovered caves in England that inspired her story, as well as a desire for positive representations of gay love in gothic romances. You can order your copy of “Ashthorne” using my bookshop.org link to support the show, as well as independent bookstores nationwide. That’s at bookshop.org/shop/sheworeblack. You can also help out the show by following She Wore Black on Twitter and Instagram, and leaving us a review wherever you get your podcasts. Thanks for joining us today.
20:03
August 25, 2022
E40.75: The Erotic Horror of "Marionette" by Antonia Rachel Ward
E40.75: The Erotic Horror of "Marionette" by Antonia Rachel Ward
Today, I’ve invited author, Antonia Rachel Ward to talk about her new novella, “Marionette.” I want to issue content warnings for both this book and the episode, which are sexually explicit. The book has violence, mutilation and dubious sexual consent. We don’t discuss these things in detail, but we discuss the content as the horror she intended. Once you understand her intentions, everything in the book makes sense. “Marionette” is not currently available in my online bookshop, but you can support the podcast with book purchases made with my link. That’s at bookshop.org/shop/sheworeblack. You can also help out the show by following She Wore Black on Twitter and Instagram, and leaving us a review wherever you get your podcasts. Thanks for joining us today.
24:02
August 18, 2022
E40.5: The Books of Stephen King with Neil McRobert from Talking Scared Podcast
E40.5: The Books of Stephen King with Neil McRobert from Talking Scared Podcast
Today, I’ve invited Neil McRobert, from the Talking Scared podcast, to talk about Stephen King. I’ve spent decades loving King’s book “On Writing,” and have always held a special place in my heart for “Stand By Me,” based on the King novella, “The Body,” but I’ve not read anything else. I also know that some of my listeners love gothic but are afraid to try other horror, so Neil is here with recommendations for readers like us. It was a real treat chatting with him and I can’t wait to hear feedback from those of you who try a King book based on Neil’s suggestions. I will have my online bookshop set up with a list based on these recommendations if you want to support the podcast, as well as independent bookstores nationwide. That’s at bookshop.org/shop/sheworeblack. You can help out the show by following She Wore Black on Twitter and Instagram, and leaving us a review wherever you get your podcasts. Thanks for joining us today.
01:04:20
August 12, 2022
E40: "Neil Gaiman and 'Sandman'" with guest Randy Ham
E40: "Neil Gaiman and 'Sandman'" with guest Randy Ham
Today, I’ve invited my friend and Director of the Odessa Arts Council, Randy Ham, to talk about Neil Gaiman and his “Sandman” comic book series as we get ready for the launch of the Netflix show. We chat about how we became friends and met Neil Gaiman together at a Texas Library Association conference almost ten years ago, and how that helped bring innovative literary programming to his small west Texas community. We reflect on his event with Neil in front of a packed auditorium, and discuss the Sandman series and how we think it will translate to screen. Around the one hour mark, I accidentally refer to the wrong sibling of the Endless. I refer to the character Desire when I meant to say Delirium. That happens when siblings are involved in a long story, but I apologize for the mistake. You can order Neil Gaiman books using my bookshop.org link to support the show, as well as independent bookstores nationwide. That’s at bookshop.org/shop/sheworeblack. I also want to add that you can help out the show by following She Wore Black on Twitter and Instagram, and leaving us a review wherever you get your podcasts. Thanks for joining us today.
01:26:14
August 04, 2022
E39: Stacie Murphy Author Interview
E39: Stacie Murphy Author Interview
Today, I’ve invited author, Stacie Murphy to talk about her Guilded Age paranormal mystery novels, “A Deadly Fortune” and “The Unquiet Dead.” We talk about haunted histories, researching historical fiction and the current relevancy of historical topics. You can order your Stacie Murphy’s books using my bookshop.org link to support the show, as well as independent bookstores nationwide. That’s at bookshop.org/shop/sheworeblack. You can also help out the show by following She Wore Black on Twitter and Instagram, and leaving us a review wherever you get your podcasts. Thanks for joining us today.
39:36
July 28, 2022
E37.5: LIVE with V. Castro and LP Hernandez!
E37.5: LIVE with V. Castro and LP Hernandez!
Today I’m bringing you a recording of my live podcast event with V. Castro and LP Hernandez at Lark and Owl Booksellers in Georgetown, TX. We had a great time as they answered questions from both me and the audience, and did short readings from their works. Lark and Owl does have signed copies of their books if you wish to order from them, which I hope you do since it’s important to support bookstores that support horror. I’ll put buy links in the show notes. I want to personally thank my dear friend Rachael Jonrowe, one of the owners of Lark and Owl Booksellers, and LP Hernandez and V. Castro for driving in from San Antonio to make this happen. I hope you all enjoy this episode as much as we enjoyed the event. Thanks for joining me today.
01:00:57
July 22, 2022
E38: Elissa Grossell Dickey Author Interview and Rhonda Williamson with Safer Path Family Violence Shelter
E38: Elissa Grossell Dickey Author Interview and Rhonda Williamson with Safer Path Family Violence Shelter
I need to begin with a content warning for domestic violence, a central topic in today’s book. I’m bringing you a two-part episode to discuss “Iris in the Dark,” a new book by Elissa Grossell Dickey. The first part of the episode is with the author of this eerie suspense novel that has a touch of romance, an important element for me as I navigated the difficult topic of domestic violence in our main character’s past. The second part is with a long-time friend of mine, Rhonda Williamson, who is the director of Safer Path, the family violence shelter in Pleasanton, Texas. I wanted her input on this novel, as someone who has made it her life’s work to help women and children in these situations. I will include buy links for the book and donation links to Safer Path in show notes. Any donations you can make are greatly appreciated. Thank you for joining us today.
57:48
July 21, 2022
E37: "Haunted House" Novels with Paulette Kennedy
E37: "Haunted House" Novels with Paulette Kennedy
Today, I’ve invited author, Paulette Kennedy, back to the show to talk about my favorite gothic trope, “Haunted Houses.” You all know Paulette’s book “Parting the Veil,” which is also a wonderful haunted house book that I encourage all fans of gothic fiction to read. You can order your copy of “Parting the Veil” using my bookshop.org link to support the show, as well as independent bookstores nationwide. That’s at bookshop.org/shop/sheworeblack. You can also help out the show by following She Wore Black on Twitter and Instagram, and leaving us a review wherever you get your podcasts. Thanks for joining us today.
01:12:22
July 14, 2022
E36: Wendy Dalrymple and "The Ghost and Mr. Moore"
E36: Wendy Dalrymple and "The Ghost and Mr. Moore"
Today, I’ve invited author, Wendy Dalrymple, back to the show to talk about her novella, “The Ghost and Mr. Moore,” her gothic romance set in the historical town of St. Augustine, Florida. You can order your copy of “The Ghost and Mr. Moore” using my bookshop.org link to support the show, as well as independent bookstores nationwide. That’s at bookshop.org/shop/sheworeblack. You can also help out the show by following She Wore Black on Twitter and Instagram, and leaving us a review wherever you get your podcasts. Thanks for joining us today.
22:45
July 07, 2022
Birthday Bonus Episode! Spooky Summer Books with PN Hinton
Birthday Bonus Episode! Spooky Summer Books with PN Hinton
Today, I’ve invited friend and contributing editor at Book Riot, PN Hinton, back on the show to talk about Spooky Summer books. This episode is a birthday treat for us both, so I hope you enjoy it. I’ll link to the recommended books in my online bookshop if you want support the show, as well as independent bookstores nationwide. That’s at bookshop.org/shop/sheworeblack. You can also help out the show by following She Wore Black on Twitter and Instagram, and leaving us a review wherever you get your podcasts. Thanks for joining us today.
54:32
July 04, 2022
E35: Emma Stonex Author Interview
E35: Emma Stonex Author Interview
Today, I’ve invited Emma Stonex to talk about “The Lamplighters,” her mystery novel set on a lonely lighthouse in England in the 1970s. We discuss spooky history, the allure of the dangerous sea, and her experience writing salacious bonk buster books before tackling this gothic mystery. You can order your copy of “The Lamplighters” using my bookshop.org link to support the show, as well as independent bookstores nationwide. That’s at bookshop.org/shop/sheworeblack. You can also help out the show by following She Wore Black on Twitter and Instagram, and leaving us a review wherever you get your podcasts. Thanks for joining us today.
45:51
June 30, 2022
S2E27: Gothic and Fairy Tales with Erin Craig
S2E27: Gothic and Fairy Tales with Erin Craig
Today, I’ve invited beloved YA author, Erin Craig, to discuss favorite tropes that are found in both Gothic and Fairy Tales. Many of you know Erin from her beautiful gothic retellings of fairy tales, "House of Salt and Sorrows," and "Small Favors," so she was the ideal person to have on for this chat, plus she was so much fun! We talk about how these genres merge and discuss several books that I will link to in my online bookshop. That's at www.bookshop.org/shop/sheworeblack  Thanks for joining us today! 
01:04:11
June 23, 2022
CROSSOVER EPISODE with Smart Bitches, Trashy Books Podcaster, Sarah Wendell
CROSSOVER EPISODE with Smart Bitches, Trashy Books Podcaster, Sarah Wendell
Today, is my first crossover podcast with podcaster and author, Sarah Wendell, from Smart Bitches, Trashy Books. I’ve listened to her romance book podcast for years so I am thrilled to have this podcasting icon on my show. We talk about podcasting, deep dive into genre and the metaphorical meaning of various tropes, and she has some spooky romance recs. I will link to the books in show notes using my online bookshop if you want to support the show, as well as independent bookstores nationwide. That’s at bookshop.org/shop/sheworeblack. You can also help out the show by following She Wore Black on Twitter and Instagram, and leaving us a review wherever you get your podcasts. Thanks for joining us today.
56:51
June 21, 2022
S2E26: "The Ghost Bride" Buddy Read with Desiree M. Niccoli
S2E26: "The Ghost Bride" Buddy Read with Desiree M. Niccoli
Today, I’ve invited friend and author, Desiree M. Niccoli to do a buddy read with me. We discuss the book, “The Ghost Bride,” by Yangsze Choo, compare the novel to the Netflix adaptation, and share our favorite sexy smooch moments of the book. If you want to read “The Ghost Bride” after all of our squeeing, you can order your copy using my bookshop.org link to support the show, as well as independent bookstores nationwide. That’s at bookshop.org/shop/sheworeblack. I also want to add that you can help out the show by following She Wore Black on Twitter and Instagram, and leaving us a review wherever you get your podcasts. Thanks for joining us today.
44:25
June 16, 2022
S2E25: Riley Sager Author Interview
S2E25: Riley Sager Author Interview
Today, I’ve invited author, Riley Sager to talk about his book, “The House Across the Lake,” a mystery novel that explores Hitchcockian voyeurism with an unreliable narrator, and includes a classic Sager twist you don’t see coming. I want to issue a trigger warning for both the book and the show, since the main character is an alcoholic. We discuss this at 14 minutes and 20 seconds into the episode, so if you want to avoid listening to that, skip ahead a few minutes. I have a fun bonus question for him in the second half that you may want to stick around for. You can order your copy of “The House Across the Lake” using my bookshop.org link to support the show, as well as independent bookstores nationwide. That’s at bookshop.org/shop/sheworeblack. I also want to add that you can help out the show by following She Wore Black on Twitter and Instagram, and leaving us a review wherever you get your podcasts. Thanks for joining us today.
28:50
June 09, 2022
S2E24: Megan Collins and "The Family Plot"
S2E24: Megan Collins and "The Family Plot"
Today I interview mystery author, Megan Collins. We talk about her most recent book, “The Family Plot,” a novel I had a lot of fun reading and have been sharing with all my friends. It has a spooky house, detailed and gruesome dioramas, and a family obsessed with True Crime. You can buy “The Family Plot” using my bookshop.org link to support the show, as well as independent bookstores nationwide. That’s at bookshop.org/shop/sheworeblack. You can also help out the show by following She Wore Black on Twitter and Instagram, and leaving us a review wherever you get your podcasts. Thanks for joining us today.
37:25
June 02, 2022
Bonus Episode! Book Retail and Library Q&A with Alex Woodroe
Bonus Episode! Book Retail and Library Q&A with Alex Woodroe
This episode is the second part of my interview with author and editor, Alex Woodroe, who is one of the geniuses behind the indie horror treasure that is Tenebrous Press, so it dives right into the middle of our previous conversation. We look at the book industry from the retail and library side, and she actually interviews me with questions from other writers for most of this one. We focus on how book retailers and libraries discover your books and put them into the hands of readers. You can buy “In Somnio,” the book mentioned in the previous episode, using my bookshop.org link to support the show, as well as independent bookstores nationwide. That’s at bookshop.org/shop/sheworeblack. I also want to add that you can help out the show by following She Wore Black on Twitter and Instagram, and leaving us a review wherever you get your podcasts. Thanks for joining us today.
53:35
May 30, 2022
Bonus Episode: Uvalde, V. Castro, and "Latinx Screams."
Bonus Episode: Uvalde, V. Castro, and "Latinx Screams."
Today’s episode is an impromptu interview with V. Castro about a Uvalde, Texas charity book sale she and Cynthia Pelayo are doing with their anthology of Latinx horror writers, called “Latinx Screams.” Cynthia is also working on another anthology that will be released in October for the same purpose, so stay tuned for their social media for that info. I do want to make a correction in my show. I am talking about politicians and redistricting, and I said Lloyd Benson, when I meant to say Lloyd Doggett. I apologize for that blunder, but the information in the story is still correct. I will post links in show notes for the book, as well as some charities that are also relevant to Uvalde and gun violence. Thanks for joining us today.
32:56
May 28, 2022
S2E23: Alex Woodroe on "In Somnio" and Tenebrous Press
S2E23: Alex Woodroe on "In Somnio" and Tenebrous Press
Today, I’ve invited author and editor, Alex Woodroe, who is one of the geniuses behind the indie horror treasure that is Tenebrous Press. We talk about “In Somnio,” their collection of modern gothic short stories, as well as the innovative place they have carved out as a young publisher. I’ve divided this episode into two parts, so transitions aren’t quite the same as in a normal show. The second episode is a look at the book industry from the retail and library side. She actually interviews me for that one, so stay tuned for that show that if you’re interested in finding out how book retailers and libraries find your books and put them into the hands of readers. You can buy “In Somnio” using my bookshop.org link to support the show, as well as independent bookstores nationwide. That’s at bookshop.org/shop/sheworeblack. I also want to add that you can help out the show by following She Wore Black on Twitter and Instagram, and leaving us a review wherever you get your podcasts. Thanks for joining us today.
48:36
May 26, 2022
S2E22: LP Hernandez Interview
S2E22: LP Hernandez Interview
Today, I’ve invited author, LP Hernandez, who I was lucky enough to meet at Ghoulish Book Festival in San Antonio prior to our recording. We talk about his upcoming novella, “Stargazers,” as well as his short story collection, “The Rat King,” which you can buy using my bookshop.org link to support the show, as well as independent bookstores nationwide. That’s at bookshop.org/shop/sheworeblack. You will can also find links to more of his stories at https://lphernandez.com/links I also want to add that you can help out the show by following She Wore Black on Twitter and Instagram, and leaving us a review wherever you get your podcasts. Thanks for joining us today!
36:26
May 19, 2022
S2E21: "Anne Rice" with Josh Malerman
S2E21: "Anne Rice" with Josh Malerman
CW: incest and pedophelia in Anne Rice's work is discussed Today, I’ve invited horror author, Josh Malerman, to talk about Anne Rice. He has been reading through her books and wanted to chat about both her vampire and witch series. I was more than happy to oblige. We talk about her craft and world building, as well as the impact she had on horror, but we also take an honest look at some of her problematic elements both on and off the page. I am really happy with this well-rounded discussion and I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did. It was a real treat for me. I’ve included some Josh Malerman and Anne Rice titles in my online bookstore at bookshop.org/shop/sheworeblack. Any purchase you make using my link will help towards the costs of the podcast. You can also help out the show by following She Wore Black on Twitter and Instagram, and leaving us a review wherever you get your podcasts. Thanks for joining us today.
01:34:36
May 12, 2022
S2E20: Carolyne Topdjian Interview
S2E20: Carolyne Topdjian Interview
Today, I’ve invited author, Carolyne Topdjian, to talk about her fun and spooky gothic novel, “The Hitman’s Daughter.” We squee over the parts that sizzle, and talk about the joy of indulging gothic's melodrama. There are family secrets, a haunted hotel, a surprising amount of action, and a slightly ambiguous ending that leaves us eagerly awaiting book 2! What a good time! You can find "The Hitman's Daughter" at most bookstores, or you can get it through my online bookshop to support both the podcast and independent bookstores nationwide. That's at bookshop.org/shop/sheworeblack.
31:19
May 05, 2022
S2E19: Erotic Horror with V. Castro
S2E19: Erotic Horror with V. Castro
Today, I’ve invited author, V. Castro to talk about Erotic Horror and the merging of genre. We examine the definitions of Erotica and how it differs from Erotic Horror, discuss the significance of the sub-genre in the context of a broader conversation about consent and agency over our bodies and sexual identity. We use Castro's stories for this discussion and she shares what we can look forward to from her in the coming months. You can order copies of any of the books mentioned on this episode using my bookshop.org link to support the show, as well as independent bookstores nationwide. That’s at bookshop.org/shop/sheworeblack. I also want to add that you can help out the show by following She Wore Black on Twitter and Instagram, and leaving us a review wherever you get your podcasts. Thanks for joining us today.
43:06
April 28, 2022
S2E18: Alma Katsu Author Interview
S2E18: Alma Katsu Author Interview
Today, I’ve invited author, Alma Katsu to talk about her book, “The Fervor,” her most recent historical horror novel, this time set in a Japanese internment camp during WWII. You can pre-order your copy of “The Fervor” using my bookshop.org link to support the show, as well as independent bookstores nationwide. That’s at bookshop.org/shop/sheworeblack. I also want to add that you can help out the show by following She Wore Black on Twitter and Instagram, and leaving us a review wherever you get your podcasts. Show notes can be found on our website at www.sheworeblackpodcast.com  Thanks for joining us today.
58:39
April 21, 2022
S2E17: Mary Shelley with Kris Waldherr
S2E17: Mary Shelley with Kris Waldherr
Today, I’ve invited author, Kris Waldherr to talk about Mary Shelley, the beloved gothic icon who penned Frankenstein as a teenager and whose life was truly stranger than fiction. Kris has a book coming out this fall, called “Unnatural Creatures,” which is about the women of Frankenstein, and she will be back for a deep dive into that novel later this year. If you want to support the podcast and the cost that goes into show production, you can buy books at our online bookstore at bookshop.org/shop/sheworeblack. Any purchase you make from that link will also help support independent bookstores nationwide. For updates on the podcast, you can visit my website or follow us on Twitter and Instagram. If you have a moment, please leave a review wherever you get your podcasts. Links to the books discussed in the podcast can be found in our show notes at the website, www.sheworeblackpodcast.com Thanks for joining us today.
55:49
April 14, 2022
S2: Bonus Episode! Book Banning with Carolyn Foote from FReadom Fighters
S2: Bonus Episode! Book Banning with Carolyn Foote from FReadom Fighters
Today, I’ve invited librarian and anti-censorship activist, Carolyn Foote from FReadom Fighters, to talk about the state of book banning in America, especially in Texas, and what authors and readers can do to combat this. As a former librarian myself, this subject is important to me. You’ll hear how dire the situation is, tales of ridiculous things happening in school board meetings, and I share some crazy experiences I had with censorship and book challenges. We present action items for you to take and I hope this inspires you to help curb the tide of book bans that are primarily silencing people of color and the LGBTQ community. I will have some challenged books featured on my bookshop.org storefront if you want to help support the show, as well as independent bookstores nationwide. That’s at bookshop.org/shop/sheworeblack. You can also help out the show by following She Wore Black on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, and leaving us a review wherever you get your podcasts.
01:05:32
April 12, 2022
S2E16: Isabel Canas Author Interview
S2E16: Isabel Canas Author Interview
Today, I’ve invited author, Isabel Canas, to talk about her book, “Hacienda,” a very gothic haunted house story that takes place in 1830s Mexico. You’ll be able to hear just how excited we both were about doing the show. I hope you enjoy our conversation about this book, Latinx representation, hot priests and how she came to write horror. You can pre-order your copy of “The Hacienda” using my bookshop.org link to support the show, as well as independent bookstores nationwide. That’s at bookshop.org/shop/sheworeblack. I’ve put the book under my Gothic and Mystery suggestions. I also want to add that you can also help out the show by following She Wore Black on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, and leaving us a review wherever you get your podcasts. Thanks for joining us today.
01:34:18
April 07, 2022
S2E15: Charish Reid Author Interview
S2E15: Charish Reid Author Interview
Today, I’ve invited author, Charish Reid to talk about her book, “I’ll Come Back for You,” a novel that is as scary as it is sexy. Two sisters inherit their grandmother's haunted B&B, and one sister invites a famous ghost hunting show to help purge the ghost while the other sister gets a second chance at romance with an old crush. Like I said, scary and sexy! It’s pretty obvious we had a great time, and I hope you share this joy with others by spreading the word about the She Wore Black podcast. You can also help out the show by following She Wore Black on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, and leaving us a review wherever you get your podcasts. Thanks for joining us today.
44:30
March 24, 2022
S2E14: Interview with Nicole Eigener and Beverley Lee
S2E14: Interview with Nicole Eigener and Beverley Lee
Today, I’ve invited the wonderful gothic authors Nicole Eigener and Beverly Lee to talk about their joint story, “Crimson is the Night.” Many of you know Nicole from her lush vampire novel, “Beguiled by Night,” and Beverly’s fans have followed her through her “Gabriel Davenport” vampire series as well as other novels. We talk about their shared project, some writers they adore, as well as finding success as independent authors.
28:31
March 10, 2022
S2E13: Sherry Thomas Author Interview
S2E13: Sherry Thomas Author Interview
Today, I’ve invited author of the very popular Lady Sherlock mystery series, Sherry Thomas. We talk about how she came to create a fresh adaptation of a beloved classic character and series, her roots as a romance author, and a bit about the craft of writing mystery. The 6th book in the series, titled “Miss Moriarty, I presume” is out now, and be on the lookout for the 7th book later this year. I also want to acknowledge that there are parts of the show where the audio is a little wonky but the Sherry was great so don’t let that get in the way of a great listen.
35:47
March 03, 2022
S2E12: Alex Woodroe Author/Editor Interview
S2E12: Alex Woodroe Author/Editor Interview
Today, I’ve invited author and editor of dark speculative fiction, Alex Woodroe. Her writing and editing credits are too many to list in the intro, but I specifically wanted to talk to her today about her collaboration with Brigits Gate Press on their anthology, “A Quaint and Curious Volume of Gothic Tales.” We also talk about her experience as a writer from Romania and how that’s impacted her career, as well as her dreams for fellow Romanian writers. I had the best time with this interview and am so glad you all tuned in for this one.
44:15
February 24, 2022
S2E11: "Widow of Rose House" Buddy Read with Wendy Dalrymple
S2E11: "Widow of Rose House" Buddy Read with Wendy Dalrymple
Today, I’ve invited author Wendy Dalrymple back to the show for a Buddy Read on the popular gothic romance novel, “The Widow of Rose House” by Diana Biller. I wanted to round out the Valentine’s episodes with a closer look at a book known for being spooky as well as a proper romance. Since Wendy writes gothic romance, including the novella “The Ghost and Mr. Moore,” I thought she would be the perfect person to buddy read this one with me. I will link to both this book and Wendy’s in the show notes.
30:56
February 17, 2022
S2E10: Gothic Romance with PN Hinton
S2E10: Gothic Romance with PN Hinton
On this episode, Book Riot contributing editor, PN Hinton, joins me to talk about Gothic Romance. We break down the differences between gothic and gothic romance, as well as offer recommendations, links to which can be found in show notes on our website.
44:33
February 10, 2022
S2E9: Monster Romance with Desiree M. Niccoli
S2E9: Monster Romance with Desiree M. Niccoli
It's February! She Wore Black is doing a few episodes that discuss the merging of gothic and horror with romance, starting with a discussion on the recent success of Monster Romance as a sub-genre of both. Desiree M. Niccoli has a vicious mermaid novel out this fall with City Owl Press, titled "Called to the Deep," and a novella, "Given to the Ghoul" out now. Thanks for listening!
51:27
February 03, 2022
S2E8: Paulette Kennedy Author Interview
S2E8: Paulette Kennedy Author Interview
Join me as I talk to debut gothic novelist, Paulette Kennedy. We talk about her book, "Parting the Veil," what we love about gothics, and what's coming from her later this year. Links will be in show notes to books and authors we discussed in the episode.
34:39
January 27, 2022
S2E7: Femme Fatales with PJ Hoover
S2E7: Femme Fatales with PJ Hoover
Listen as I talk to PJ Hoover about her crossover from middle grade and YA fantasy to adult horror with her short stories in the Castle of Horror anthologies, including their most recent collection she edited on Femme Fatales. Links to the books can be found in show notes on our website.
19:51
January 20, 2022
S2E6: Mimi Matthews Author Interview
S2E6: Mimi Matthews Author Interview
Listen as I interview Mimi Matthews about her gripping gothic novel, "John Eyre." We discuss her switch from romance to gothic, how she used her skills as a historical romance writer to craft a dark and brooding story that is a nod to both "Jane Eyre" and "Dracula," and all the things we love about the gothic genre. We also discuss her new novel, "The Siren of Sussex." 
45:22
January 13, 2022
S2E5: Upcoming Books of 2022 with Book Riot's PN Hinton
S2E5: Upcoming Books of 2022 with Book Riot's PN Hinton
Listen as I welcome back Book Riot contributing editor, PN Hinton to discuss books that we are most looking forward to in 2022. Links to the books discussed in the episode will be in the show notes.
43:50
January 05, 2022
S2E4: Gothic Stories in Untraditional Settings
S2E4: Gothic Stories in Untraditional Settings
Listen as I chat with author, Wendy Dalrymple, about books that have all our beloved gothic tropes but have untraditional settings. Books mentioned here will be listed in show notes on our website, www.sheworeblackpodcast.com 
28:48
December 23, 2021
S2E3: Hester Fox Author Interview
S2E3: Hester Fox Author Interview
On this episode, I speak with gothic fiction author, Hester Fox. We discuss the gothic genre, her upcoming novel, "A Lullaby for Witches," and a sneak peek into the book she is currently writing. 
34:27
December 16, 2021
S2E2: Nicole Eigener Author Interview
S2E2: Nicole Eigener Author Interview
I hope you enjoy this interview with author, Nicole Eigener. We talk about her creative and beautiful vampire novel, "Beguiled by Night," the resurgence of horror as a genre, and a cool upcoming project she has in store with Author Beverly Lee. Thanks for listening!
39:21
December 09, 2021
S2E1: Holiday Horror Books with guest PN Hinton
S2E1: Holiday Horror Books with guest PN Hinton
Join us for a chat with guest and Book Riot Contributing Editor, PN Hinton, as we discuss Holiday Horror and Mystery book recommendations. All books and links will be in the show notes at www.sheworeblackpodcast.com
35:05
December 02, 2021
Katherine Catmull Author Interview
Katherine Catmull Author Interview
In this episode, I interview friend and author, Katherine Catmull, on her sinister short stories and her novels, "Summer and Bird" and "The Radiant Road."
33:19
November 20, 2021
Jennifer Donaldson Author Interview
Jennifer Donaldson Author Interview
Listen as I talk with Jennifer about how her literary background at the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas translates in her work as ghost writer for Veronica Mars books and as a YA thriller writer.
29:29
November 20, 2021