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Every month (or so), Tenebrous Kate and Jack Guignol cover the weirdest, kinkiest, and most outrageous fiction we can unearth. The books discussed range from classics of gothic literature to startling works of new weird, from romantic potboilers to horror epics, from cult favorites to obscure pulp treasures. Join us for a smarter-than-average look at WAY-weirder-than-average books.

Bad Books for Bad People Tenebrous Kate and J. Guignol

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    • 4.9 • 60 Ratings

Every month (or so), Tenebrous Kate and Jack Guignol cover the weirdest, kinkiest, and most outrageous fiction we can unearth. The books discussed range from classics of gothic literature to startling works of new weird, from romantic potboilers to horror epics, from cult favorites to obscure pulp treasures. Join us for a smarter-than-average look at WAY-weirder-than-average books.

    Flash for Freedom! - A lovable rogue?

    Flash for Freedom! - A lovable rogue?

    George McDonald Fraser’s long-running Flashman series follows the adventures of Sir Harry Paget Flashman, a self-confessed scoundrel, as he navigates the landscape of the mid-nineteenth century. Jack and Kate jump in at the deep end with Flash for Freedom, the third book in the series that finds Flashman enmeshed in the North American slave trade. Buckle up for a tale that leans all the way into the permissive pulp style of the early 1970s!
    Is the past really a different country? At what point does an antihero tip over into just plain old villain? Just how much atrocity can be forgiven if a dude has the right kind of facial hair? Find out the answers to these questions and many more in this episode of Bad Books for Bad People.
    As promised, here’s a link to the Lady Klingon ad Kate mentions in the episode.
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    Find us at BadBooksBadPeople.com, on Twitter @badbooksbadppl, Instagram @badbooksbadpeople and on Facebook. Got questions, comments or feedback? Email us at badbooksbadpeople@gmail.com You can discover where to get all the books featured on Bad Books for Bad People on our About Page.

    • 1 hr 35 min
    Valley of Plenty 7: The Lady in the Lake

    Valley of Plenty 7: The Lady in the Lake

    Welcome to the Valley of Plenty! In these green and gentle pastures, Jack explains the plots of stories from the Witcher series to Kate, who feels like she already completed her tour of duty in this particular fantasyland. In this bite-sized episode, Jack explains what he's learned about the world portrayed in Andrzej Sapkowski's The Lady of the Lake, the final novel in the epic saga of Geralt of Rivia and his various adventures and... not-so-adventures.
    What does a meet-cute look like in fantasy France? Will drunk-flying vampire Regis make it out of the climactic battle alive? And what do our hosts think of the finale’s numerous shocking revelations?
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    Find us at BadBooksBadPeople.com, on Twitter @badbooksbadppl, Instagram @badbooksbadpeople and on Facebook. You can discover where to get all the books featured on Bad Books for Bad People on our About Page.
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    • 54 min
    Manhunt - Having a Ball(s) After the Apocalypse

    Manhunt - Having a Ball(s) After the Apocalypse

    Gretchen Felker-Martin’s debut novel Manhunt drops the reader into a post-apocalyptic future where a hideous disease has turned men into cannibal rapists while pitting transwomen against radical feminists. Join Jack and Kate on this splattery suspense journey through the many ways that people are awful to other people.
    Why are nail guns so viscerally gross? Is heroism conducted under cover of night really heroism at all?  Was the real villain “internet culture” all along? All these questions and more will be explored in this episode of Bad Books for Bad People.
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    Find us at BadBooksBadPeople.com, on Twitter @badbooksbadppl, Instagram @badbooksbadpeople and on Facebook. Got questions, comments or feedback? Email us at badbooksbadpeople@gmail.com You can discover where to get all the books featured on Bad Books for Bad People on our About Page.

    • 1 hr 29 min
    The Keep - Creep versus Creeps in WWII

    The Keep - Creep versus Creeps in WWII

    F. Paul Wilson’s 1981 novel The Keep has one of the great pulp story setups: Nazis versus vampires … but it turns into something a little different. When Nazis occupy a castle in Romania, they unwittingly unleash an ancient evil and set the stage for an epic confrontation between supernatural powers that have clashed throughout the course of human history. Join Jack and Kate as they venture into this epic battlefield of historical horror!
    Have you seen the Smith and Jones “Nazi Generals” sketch yet? What energy does the name “Glenn” exude? Who is cooler: Dracula’s friend or a wizard from Atlantis? And what does Donkey Kong have to do with all of this? All these questions and more will be explored in this episode of Bad Books for Bad People.
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    Find us at BadBooksBadPeople.com, on Twitter @badbooksbadppl, Instagram @badbooksbadpeople and on Facebook. Got questions, comments or feedback? Email us at badbooksbadpeople@gmail.com You can discover where to get all the books featured on Bad Books for Bad People on our About Page.
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    • 1 hr 32 min
    On Stranger Tides - Let's Get Piratical

    On Stranger Tides - Let's Get Piratical

    Tim Powers’ 1987 novel On Stranger Tides weaves a swashbuckling adventure combining buccaneers, voodoo, and romance set in the golden age of piracy. But fear not, because reading the words “avast matey” just now in this description is the only piratical talk you’ll encounter. Join Jack and Kate as they hit the high seas and discuss this rip-roaring slice of speculative fiction.
    Why have your hosts encountered so many puppeteer protagonists? How does this book deftly avoid the pitfalls of other occult thrillers? What is the worst kind of metal that exists? All these questions and more will be answered in this episode of the podcast.
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    Find us at BadBooksBadPeople.com, on Twitter @badbooksbadppl, Instagram @badbooksbadpeople and on Facebook. Got questions, comments or feedback? Email us at badbooksbadpeople@gmail.com You can discover where to get all the books featured on Bad Books for Bad People on our About Page.
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    • 1 hr 19 min
    Valley of Plenty 6: The Tower of the Swallow

    Valley of Plenty 6: The Tower of the Swallow

    Welcome to the Valley of Plenty! In these green and gentle pastures, Jack explains the plots of stories from the Witcher series to Kate, who feels like she already completed her tour of duty in this particular fantasyland. In this bite-sized episode, Jack explains what he's learned about the world portrayed in Andrzej Sapkowski's The Tower of the Swallow, the fourth novel in the ongoing saga of Geralt of Rivia and his various adventures and... not-so-adventures.
    Who gets a really trashy tattoo? What's that vampire guy named Regis up to this time around? And how do winter sports come into the picture?
    BBfBP theme song by True Creature 
    Find us at BadBooksBadPeople.com, on Twitter @badbooksbadppl, Instagram @badbooksbadpeople and on Facebook. You can discover where to get all the books featured on Bad Books for Bad People on our About Page.
    Clicking the link above gets us a wee Amazon commission that goes towards our hosting fees and tech costs, but we support your book-reading habits whatever they look like!

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
60 Ratings

60 Ratings

mlrun ,

Love these hosts.

This is the podcast I could listen to all day every day!

Obizmid ,

A portal to weird 2AM conversations at Denny’s in 1995…

I love this podcast. I feel like the hosts are from my exact end-slice of Generation X, so in addition to enjoying the discussion of the books they find, I get a hit of nostalgia. My sense is that they are both smarter than I am, but, like, a couple of shots of whiskey or something would quickly bridge the gap. They’re the people who might have intimidated me at the beginning of a party where people were wearing black and smoking cloves, but, by the end of the night we’d all be singing the theme song to Growing Pains, you know?

Rob Nephew ,

Bad books, good times

This podcast is both intelligent and funny. It’s an entertaining show, and it’s the only podcast that I’ve listened to and actually sought out any of the books that they’ve discussed. Highly recommended.

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