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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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    • 4.8 • 19 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.

    Gemma Amor on Cruel Works of Nature, Mental Health and Creativity, and Writing for Audio

    Gemma Amor on Cruel Works of Nature, Mental Health and Creativity, and Writing for Audio

    In this podcast Gemma Amor talks about Cruel Works of Nature, mental health and creativity, writing for audio, and much more.



    [3:11] Prepping for interview

    [10:13] Social media and mental health

    [15:50] Early life lessons growing up

    [23:52] Writing from a young age/first experiences with story

    [46:24] Becoming a professional writer

    [50:40] Writing as a tool to hep with mental health

    [51:35] Cruel Works of Nature

    [56:13] Writing for audio market

    [58:16] What it would take to go with a traditional publisher



    Full podcast show notes available here: https://www.thisishorror.co.uk/tih-387-gemma-amor-on-cruel-works-of-nature-mental-health-and-creativity-and-writing-for-audio



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

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Sara Tantlinger on Not All Monsters, Lessons Learned Compiling an Anthology, and Eroticism and Horror

    Sara Tantlinger on Not All Monsters, Lessons Learned Compiling an Anthology, and Eroticism and Horror

    In this podcast Sara Tantlinger talks about Not All Monsters, lessons learned from compiling an anthology, balancing eroticism and horror, and much more.



    [3:25] Not All Monsters anthology

    [8:45] Biggest lessons from compiling an anthology

    [20:26] Blurbing books

    [29:36] David Busboom, via Patreon, asks about balancing eroticism and horror

    [37:31] Taking inspiration from everything

    [40:01] Found poetry

    [42:00] Followed by vultures

    [43:51] Writing routine

    [48:05] What Sara hopes people say about her when she’s not in the room

    [48:52] Advice to eighteen-year-old self

    [50:20] Something Sara should be kinder to herself about

    [55:21] What frightens Sara

    [59:18] Top two priorities in life right now

    [1:00:38] Connect with Sara

    [1:00:57] Final thoughts



    Full podcast show notes available here: https://www.thisishorror.co.uk/tih-386-sara-tantlinger-on-not-all-monsters-lessons-learned-compiling-an-anthology-and-eroticism-and-horror



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

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Sara Tantlinger on Cradleland of Parasites, Discovering Horror, and the Pittsburgh HWA Chapter

    Sara Tantlinger on Cradleland of Parasites, Discovering Horror, and the Pittsburgh HWA Chapter

    In this podcast Sara Tantlinger talks about Cradleland of Parasites, discovering horror, the Pittsburgh HWA Chapter, and much more.



    [3:30] Early life lessons

    [13:28] Discovering horror, Rob Zombie, and ouija boards

    [25:43] First time creating art

    [30:45] Grandfather and feral dogs

    [33:50] A house on the hill in the woods

    [39:45] H. H. Holmes inspiration

    [44:36] Cradleland of Parasites and the Black Plague

    [57:00] Release and promotion during pandemic

    [1:02:16] Pittsburgh HWA chapter



    Full podcast show notes available here: https://www.thisishorror.co.uk/tih-385-sara-tantlinger-on-cradleland-of-parasites-discovering-horror-and-the-pittsburgh-hwa-chapter



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

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Rena Mason on The Evolutionist, Swimming with Sharks, and Working in the Operating Theatre

    Rena Mason on The Evolutionist, Swimming with Sharks, and Working in the Operating Theatre

    In this podcast Rena Mason talks about The Evolutionist, swimming with sharks, working in the operating theatre, and much more.



    [2:37] The Evolutionist

    [22:29] Black Cranes: Tales of Unquiet Women

    [27:31] Thai-Chinese descent

    [39:30] Swimming with sharks

    [47:03] Working in the operating theatre

    [58:38] Sarah Read, via Patreon, asks about realism in stories and personal experiences

    [1:23:08] Connect with Rena

    [1:23:44] Final thoughts



    Full podcast show notes available here: https://www.thisishorror.co.uk/tih-384-rena-mason-on-the-evolutionist-swimming-with-sharks-and-working-in-the-operating-theatre



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

    • 1 hr 27 min
    Rena Mason on Where the Wild Things Are, Uncanny Experiences, and Life Lessons

    Rena Mason on Where the Wild Things Are, Uncanny Experiences, and Life Lessons

    In this podcast Rena Mason talks about Where the Wild Things Are, uncanny experiences, life lessons, and much more.



    [3:00] Reading Where the Wild Things Are and caring more for the monsters than Max

    [5:44] Moving around and living in different places

    [9:31] Strange and uncanny experiences

    [19:42] Relationship with family

    [27:48] Horror movies in formative years

    [33:26] Early life lessons



    Full podcast show notes available here: https://www.thisishorror.co.uk/tih-383-rena-mason-on-where-the-wild-things-are-uncanny-experiences-and-life-lessons



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

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Jeff Strand on Autumn Bleeds into Winter, Self Promotion, and Publishing

    Jeff Strand on Autumn Bleeds into Winter, Self Promotion, and Publishing

    In this podcast Jeff Strand talks about Autumn Bleeds into Winter, self-promotion, publishing, and much more.



    [3:15] Being prolific as a full time writer

    [9:14] Success of My Pretties

    [14:38] Autumn Bleeds into Winter

    [27:00] Trad vs. indy publishing

    [29:48] Timeframe from finishing to publishing book

    [59:10] Might Stephen, via Patreon, asks about self promotion

    [1:03:07] Luke, via Patreon, asks about Sick House and planning stories

    [1:06:15] Working with Thunderstorm Books

    [1:13:07] Lucas Milliron, via Patreon, asks about balancing the horrific, gross, and funny

    [1:14:54] Beta readers and comedic elements

    [1:16:14] Advice to eighteen year old self

    [1:20:17] Connect with Jeff Strand



    Full podcast show notes available here: https://www.thisishorror.co.uk/tih-382-jeff-strand-on-autumn-bleeds-into-winter-self-promotion-and-publishing



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

    • 1 hr 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

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.

Asimura ,

Brilliant and Informative Podcast

Horror writers talking about their books and their writing mechanisms. It's just amazingly informative. I'm hooked. Keep up the great work. I'm so pleased I found you.

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