89 episodes

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

    • Arts
    • 4.9 • 62 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.

    Episode 63: Pharos the Egyptian - Mummies, Himbos, and Gratuitous Violins

    Episode 63: Pharos the Egyptian - Mummies, Himbos, and Gratuitous Violins

    Guy Boothby’s 1899 novel Pharos the Egyptian is a gothic horror tale that finds a hapless British artist crossing paths with a sinister elderly man who seems to have some connection to ancient Egyptian culture. Join Jack and Kate on a globe-trotting adventure filled with intrigue, magic, romance, and Neapolitan loafers.
    Is there a difference between magical Egyptian hypnotism and garden-variety gaslighting? Why are all German pharmacists so annoying? What are the unspoken dangers of weed? All these questions and more will be explored in this episode of Bad Books for Bad People.
    BBfBP theme song by True Creature. 
    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 30 min
    Best of 2022

    Best of 2022

    Jack and Kate look at what they've read and watched in the year that was 2022 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, and book that was the best experience of its kind, regardless of when it was actually produced. Spoiler: very little of what’s discussed was actually produced in 2022.
    Join your hosts for a discussion that ranges from tales of bloody revenge to swashbuckling action to CIA mind control experiments in the 1960s.
    BBfBP theme song by True Creature. 
    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 20 min
    Three Act Tragedy - Murder, Cozy Grandma Style

    Three Act Tragedy - Murder, Cozy Grandma Style

    Agatha Christie’s clever and charming mystery novels have been loved by generations of readers, spawning PBS Mystery icons like Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. Jack and Kate discuss Christie’s 1935 novel Three Act Tragedy, which chronicles a series of cocktail party poisonings among Britain’s upper crust that draws the attention of quirky Belgian investigator Hercule Poirot.
    Is it rude to turn down a party invitation that might lead to your untimely demise? Is there room for a meet-cute while a multiple murderer is on the loose? Did the butler, in fact, do it? All these questions and more will be explored in this episode of the podcast.
    BBfBP theme song by True Creature. 
    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 26 min
    Ghost Story - Nothing to Sneeze At

    Ghost Story - Nothing to Sneeze At

    Peter Straub’s 1979 novel Ghost Story is widely regarded as one of the finest examples of American horror writing, boasting Stephen King as one of the book’s biggest fans. Jack and Kate dig into this tale of buried trauma and supernatural menace in a quest to see whether this classic of the genre meets their esoteric aesthetic expectations.
    Who’s the a*****e if your brother decides to marry your witchy ex-girlfriend? Why are women always preventing men from getting really comfy chairs? Is a sinus infection the secret hero of our tale? All these questions and more will be explored in this episode of the podcast.
    BBfBP theme song by True Creature. 
    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 31 min
    Between Two Fires - Medieval Times Were Bad, Actually

    Between Two Fires - Medieval Times Were Bad, Actually

    It’s no secret that 14th Century Europe was not a very fun place to be. Christopher Buehlman’s 2012 novel Between Two Fires leans all the way into the hideousness of plague, war, and famine while adding in a heaping helping of medieval horror. Jack and Kate jump into this apocalyptic landscape, which takes them from France to Hell and back again.
    Does this book reveal the secret origin of the stag party? What even is grimdark? All these questions and more will be explored in this episode of the podcast.
    BBfBP theme song by True Creature 
    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 28 min
    Episode 58: Wolfen - Werewolf? They're wolf!

    Episode 58: Wolfen - Werewolf? They're wolf!

    Whitley Strieber may be best known for documenting his harrowing encounters with extraterrestrials, but before Communion, he wrote modern takes on classic monsters. In his debut novel Wolfen, he tells the story of two cops stalked by werewolves amidst the urban decay of 1970s New York City. Jack and Kate take a journey that they hope will give them the lycanthropic flavors that they crave. 
    Just how does a dog trainer acquire an encyclopedic knowledge of animal prints? What is the purpose of vampire sign language? Where does the New York Post fit into the food chain? All these questions and more will be explored in this episode of Bad Books for Bad People.
    BBfBP theme song by True Creature 
    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 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
62 Ratings

62 Ratings

AsenathMB ,

Brilliant look at underanalyzed books

I love this podcast’s erudite and insightful look at the lurid underbelly of genre fiction. It also introduced me to Michael McDowell, who’s rapidly becoming one of my favorite authors. 10/10, very high recommendation.

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?

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