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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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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.

    Episode 48: The Sound of His Horn - What If the Nazis Won WWII?

    Episode 48: The Sound of His Horn - What If the Nazis Won WWII?

    The Sound of His Horn is a 1952 speculative fantasy novel by Sarban (pen name of English diplomat John William Wall). British POW Alan Querdillon is catapulted through time after attempting to escape from the clutches of the Nazis. He finds himself in a future controlled by fascists, trapped in the holding of the larger-than-life Reichsforester Count von Hackelnberg and subject to unimaginable terrors. Jack and Kate explore this strange and disturbing vision of post-WWII life. 
    What strange perversions lurk within the walls of the isolated schloss?  Will your hosts ever get bored of riffs on "The Most Dangerous Game?" What dark cattle-related secrets will be revealed during this episode? All these questions and more will be answered in this month's episode of Bad Books for Bad People.
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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.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Episode 47: The Lustful Turk - What Did Victorians Fap To?

    Episode 47: The Lustful Turk - What Did Victorians Fap To?

    The Lustful Turk is an 1828 pornographic adventure that presents readers with a cornucopia of semi-consensual sexual scenarios, fully intended to be read in a one-handed manner. Written by an anonymous writer at a time when publishing and selling pornography came with the risk of stiff legal penalties, this bodice-ripper tracks the turgid horizontal career of Ali, the Dey of Algiers, who ravishes his way through a veritable EU of virginal  concubines. Jack and Kate explore a world of highly specific and uncomfortable fantasies as they probe this classic of erotic literature.
    How many virginities does a woman have? How elaborate is too elaborate when it comes to sex schemes? Do all Catholics imprison women in convents? All these questions and more will be answered 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. You can discover where to get all the books featured on Bad Books for Bad People on our About Page.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Best of the First Half of 2020

    Best of the First Half of 2020

    Jack and Kate look at what they've read and watched in the first half of 2020 and make some recommendations in the world of books and beyond. The rules of engagement are simple: the hosts each choose one movie, album, TV show, book and "wild card" from any category that was the best experience of its kind encountered during the first half of the year.
    Ranging from hideous cinematic abjection to music for The Toughest Of The Goth Kids to various ghosts that may or may not require busting, your hosts meander through the high-brow, the low-brow, and everything in between.
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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.

    • 1 hr 24 min
    Episode 45: Sorcerer of the Wildeeps - Sword, Sorcery, and Surprising Poignancy

    Episode 45: Sorcerer of the Wildeeps - Sword, Sorcery, and Surprising Poignancy

    Kai Ashante Wilson's 2015 novel The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps establishes a new and vibrant fantasy world that draws inspiration from African culture. This sword and sorcery tale depicts the journey of Demane, a gifted healer and fighter who hides numerous secrets, as he helps guard a caravan against enemies of the mortal and supernatural varieties.
    What are the similarities and differences to traditional fantasy tropes found in this book? How is language and dialog deployed to depict its characters? Are there limitations to shared warrior brotherhood? Kate and Jack explore all these questions and more in the latest episode of Bad Books for Bad People.
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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.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Valley of Plenty 3: Land of Horny Magic

    Valley of Plenty 3: Land of Horny Magic

    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 short story collection The Sword of Destiny. Does Geralt of Rivia become an interesting character? How horny are sorcerers? Is destiny the boss of Geralt after all? Tune in and find out!
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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.

    • 31 min
    Powers of Darkness - Icelandic Dracula Is Different Dracula

    Powers of Darkness - Icelandic Dracula Is Different Dracula

    Bram Stoker's iconic creation Dracula has been translated into numerous languages, but as it turns out, some of these translations are more like adaptations. One such adaptation is Iceland's Powers of Darkness (Makt Myrkranna) by Valdimar Ásmundsson, originally published in serialized format in 1900 - 1901 in an Icelandic newspaper. The story introduces new characters, shifts the emphasis of the plot, and focuses on a satanic Euro-conspiracy plot.
    How much of Powers of Darkness incorporates Bram Stoker's early draft ideas for Dracula? What if Dracula had a coven of evil ape men living in his basement? Does this Dracula even drink anybody's blood? All these questions and more will be explored on this episode of Bad Books for Bad People.
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    • 1 hr 8 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
45 Ratings

45 Ratings

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.

Pequod Herbie ,

Brilliant.

Fascinating and intelligent analysis of horror/occult/pulp/Decadent novels ranging from those with no socially redeeming qualities (“Incubus”), to long forgotten (or little known) gems (“Alraune”), to books with deeply layered subtexts (“The Torture Garden”) . Always fun, always brilliant. Has really expanded my horizons. Best podcast ever!

Johnny Karma ,

It’s good to be bad.

The world needs more podcasts like this. Jack and Kate always serve up a healthy dose of snark and wit with every book they look at, from the good (The Final Programme), the bad (Prince Lestat and the New Age something or other), and the just plain ugly (Ready Player One). My daily commute is about an hour one way, and one of my favorite ways to pass the miles is to tune in and listen to these two yammer on about awesomely weird books.

Just listen. ‘Nuff said.

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