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The This Is Horror Podcast is a weekly show for readers, writers, and creators hosted by Michael David Wilson and Bob Pastorella. We interview writers, artists, publishers, editors, and creatives every week. We have interviewed over 100 creatives including Chuck Palahniuk, Joe Hill, Joe R. Lansdale, Charlaine Harris, Ellen Datlow, David Moody, Jennifer Lynch, Gemma Files, and Josh Malerman.

This Is Horror Podcast Michael David Wilson and Bob Pastorella

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    • 4.9 • 21 Ratings

The This Is Horror Podcast is a weekly show for readers, writers, and creators hosted by Michael David Wilson and Bob Pastorella. We interview writers, artists, publishers, editors, and creatives every week. We have interviewed over 100 creatives including Chuck Palahniuk, Joe Hill, Joe R. Lansdale, Charlaine Harris, Ellen Datlow, David Moody, Jennifer Lynch, Gemma Files, and Josh Malerman.

    Cynthia Pelayo on Children of Chicago, Blending Genres, and Into The Forest And All The Way Through

    Cynthia Pelayo on Children of Chicago, Blending Genres, and Into The Forest And All The Way Through

    In this podcast Cynthia Pelayo talks about Children of Chicago, blending genres, Into The Forest And All The Way Through, and much more. 



    [3:17] Ryan Whitley, via Patreon, asks how being in or among horrific real-life circumstances alters the effectiveness of horror fiction

    [14:41] Victor LaValle, via Patreon, asks about blending aspects of real life events with the purely fictional in stories

    [19:14] Into The Forest And All The Way Through: research, sensitivity, and creativity

    [26:44] Writing routine and day

    [32:05] Blending genres

    [47:06] Things that are uniquely Chicago

    [51:21] First experiences with story

    [1:04:14] Advice to eighteen-year-old self

    [1:05:52] Connect with Cynthia

    [1:06:35] Final thoughts



    Full podcast show notes available here: https://www.thisishorror.co.uk/tih-413-cynthia-pelayo-on-children-of-chicago-blending-genres-and-into-the-forest-and-all-the-way-through



    Support This Is Horror Podcast on Patreon here: https://patreon.com/thisishorror

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Cynthia Pelayo on Chicago, Writing About Villains, and Feeling Like You Don’t Belong

    Cynthia Pelayo on Chicago, Writing About Villains, and Feeling Like You Don’t Belong

    In this podcast Cynthia Pelayo talks about Chicago, people who feel like they don't belong, writing about villains, and much more.



    [4:20] Early life lessons growing up in inner-city Chicago

    [26:30] Writing about villains

    [36:25] What can we do for people who feel like they don’t belong

    [46:28] Cina’s support network

    [54:36] Self-care

    [1:01:45] Parenting



    Full podcast show notes available here: https://www.thisishorror.co.uk/tih-412-cynthia-pelayo-on-chicago-writing-about-villains-and-feeling-like-you-dont-belong



    Support This Is Horror Podcast on Patreon here: https://patreon.com/thisishorror

    • 1 hr 11 min
    This Is Horror Awards 2020

    This Is Horror Awards 2020

    In this podcast we announce and speak with the winners of the This Is Horror Awards 2020.



    [3:25] Novel of the Year

    [8:32] Novella of the Year

    [23:11] Short Story Collection of the Year

    [38:35] Anthology of the Year

    [59:35] Fiction Magazine of the Year

    [1:27:24] Publisher of the Year

    [1:29:22] Fiction Podcast of the Year

    [2:02:20] Nonfiction Podcast of the Year

    [2:32:32] Cover Art of the Year



    Full podcast show notes available here: https://www.thisishorror.co.uk/tih-411-this-is-horror-awards-2020



    Support This Is Horror Podcast on Patreon here: https://patreon.com/thisishorror

    • 3 hrs
    Hailey Piper on Queen of Teeth, Post-Pandemic Horror Writing, and Unfortunate Elements of My Anatomy

    Hailey Piper on Queen of Teeth, Post-Pandemic Horror Writing, and Unfortunate Elements of My Anatomy

    In this podcast Hailey Piper talks about Queen of Teeth, Unfortunate Elements of My Anatomy, post-pandemic horror writing, and much more. 



    [2:55] Unfortunate Elements of My Anatomy

    [6:03] Queen of Teeth

    [28:54] Film adaptations

    [39:12] Toughest story to write in the collection

    [51:56] What should Hailey be kinder to herself about

    [54:59] Ryan Whitley, via Patreon, asks how the pandemic will affect horror writing for the next 5–10 years

    [1:00:36] Where can listeners connect with Hailey

    [1:01:27] Final thoughts



    Full podcast show notes available here: https://www.thisishorror.co.uk/tih-410-hailey-piper-on-queen-of-teeth-post-pandemic-horror-writing-and-unfortunate-elements-of-my-anatomy



    Support This Is Horror Podcast on Patreon here: https://patreon.com/thisishorror

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Hailey Piper on The Possession of Natalie Glasgow, Benny Rose, the Cannibal King, and Making Horror Gay AF

    Hailey Piper on The Possession of Natalie Glasgow, Benny Rose, the Cannibal King, and Making Horror Gay AF

    In this podcast Hailey Piper talks about The Possession of Natalie Glasgow, Benny Rose, the Cannibal King, making horror gay as fuck, and much more. 



    [4:21] The haunted woods in New York

    [7:01] Early life lessons growing up

    [11:29] Reading Jurassic Park

    [16:24] TV shows and movies watched as a kid

    [19:39] Impact of IT

    [26:51] First story submitted for publication

    [33:24] The Possession of Natalie Glasgow

    [42:00] Benny Rose, the Cannibal King

    [49:16] Horror is healing

    [53:59] Making horror gay as fuck



    Full podcast show notes available here: https://www.thisishorror.co.uk/tih-409-hailey-piper-on-the-possession-of-natalie-glasgow-benny-rose-the-cannibal-king-and-making-horror-gay-af



    Support This Is Horror Podcast on Patreon here: https://patreon.com/thisishorror

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Kev Harrison on Below, Fear of Horses, and The Importance of Travel

    Kev Harrison on Below, Fear of Horses, and The Importance of Travel

    In this podcast Kev Harrison talks about Below, his fear of horses, the importance of travel, and much more.



    [3:11] Below

    [9:44] Jess, a YouTube sensation

    [12:23] Would you rather be stuck down a mine or stuck with a YouTuber

    [16:09] Social media: a force for good or bad

    [22:42] Therapy

    [28:04] Johann Thorsson, via Patreon, asks about the short story in the next ten years

    [36:36] Favourite short story writers

    [38:29] Anthologies that have been there for more than ten years

    [42:22] Thomas Joyce, via Patreon, asks about prioritising work

    [46:00] Traditional vs indy vs self-publishing considerations

    [54:11] Thomas Joyce, via Patreon, asks if Kev ever feels like he's failing

    [55:30] Luke Kondor asks about metal bands and storytelling

    [57:15] Dan Howarth, via Patreon, asks about the importance of travel for writers

    [1:00:30] Forthcoming novella

    [1:02:30] Advice to eighteen-year-old self

    [1:03:23] Best writing advice

    [1:03:59] Why is Kev scared of horses

    [1:07:47] Ross Jeffery YouTube Show

    [1:08:49] What Kev hopes people say about him when he’s not in the room

    [1:11:48] Connect with Kev

    [1:13:12] Final thoughts



    Full podcast show notes available here: https://www.thisishorror.co.uk/tih-408-kev-harrison-on-below-fear-of-horses-and-the-importance-of-travel



    Support This Is Horror Podcast on Patreon here: https://patreon.com/thisishorror

    • 1 hr 18 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

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I believe that my skills as a writer have improved as a result of consistently listening to this podcast.

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merlesroom ,

Lively, intelligent discussions and the best interviews

I'm a recent supporter and fan of this show. My interest is in literary horror and every cast so far has inspired me. The host has a great informal manner with the guests that makes them seem at ease, so the interview questions elicit very interesting responses developing into enjoyable and intelligent discussions.

Alma_Matters ,

Excellent and Informative

I have been listening to the "This is Horror" podcast for several months now - going back and listening to all of the previous episodes and hanging on for the new episodes each week.

As a fan of the genre the podcast is a great opportunity to hear those working within the genre talk freely about their work and practice. Each guest is given the space to explore their opinions and process in detail and it makes for excellent listening for anyone who is a fan of the genre. Credit to the hosts, Michael and Dan, for creating a relaxed, informal atmosphere which promotes this open and frank discussion. Also, as someone who is attempting to write, the podcast has been both informative and inspirational.

This is a great podcast which provides a wealth of information and honest advice. I highly recommend it.

Keep up the good work.

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