Shane Douglas Keene, Laurel Hightower, and Rich Duncan talk about a variety of subjects related to the horror and crime genres. We also talk to authors and other guests about different topics including books, diversity, and the craft of creating high-quality dark speculative fiction. We're also a bunch of irreverent smartasses.
Episode 3.30 - Around the Campfire with Neil McRobert
This week, we're excited to welcome Neil McRobert, host of the Talking Scared Podcast to the show to talk all things Horror! Talking Scared Podcast is described as "Conversations with the biggest names in horror fiction. A podcast for horror readers who want to know where their favorite stories came from . . . and what frightens the people who wrote them" and I can't think of a better introduction to Neil's show than that. He launched Talking Scared in the fall of 2020 and has been consistently releasing engaging, highly informative interviews that should appeal to every fan of the genre. Each episode of the show is the perfect balance of laid-back conversation and in-depth dives on both the genre and the author's works. We've been following Neil pretty much from the start and his show is definitely a favorite here at Ink Heist. If you aren't already tuning in to Talking Scared Podcast, look them up on your favorite podcast service and check it out! It's an essential listen for any horror fan.
Throughout the course of the episode, we talked about the Talking Scared Podcast, studying Gothic Fiction, character-driven stories, the works of Stephen King, recommendations, and so much more! We had a great time recording this episode and hanging out with Neil. We hope you guys enjoy the conversation as much as we did!
Episode 3.29 - Beasts on the Moors with Lex H. Jones
This week, we're excited to welcome Lex H. Jones to the show to celebrate his most recent release, the short story collection Whistling Past the Graveyard, which hit shelves earlier this year through Burdizzo Books. We're excited to have Lex on the show since he has written in a variety of different styles including horror, crime and even a children's book. That book, 2019's The Old One and The Sea, finds Lex taking Lovecraft's well-known mythology and crafting it into something totally unique. It's a captivating story about friendship and acceptance that's perfect for horror fans looking to share their love of the genre with their kids. I recently finished reading it to my daughter and every night she was excited to visit the world of Howard and Oolu. This was a great conversation where we covered everything from writing to cryptids and if you haven't checked out any of Lex's work, you're definitely missing out.
Throughout the course of the episode, we talked about writing in different genres, the supernatural, Whistling Past the Graveyard, The Old One and the Sea, atmosphere in horror, and so much more! We had a great time recording this episode and hanging out with Lex. We hope you guys enjoy the conversation as much as we did!
Episode 3.28 - Playing Phantom Pianos with Josh Malerman
This week, we have a very special show for you as we’re joined by special guest host and friend of Ink Heist, Brennan LaFaro. This week, we welcome Josh Malerman back to the show to celebrate the upcoming release of the highly anticipated novel Pearl, which hits shelves October 12th through Del Rey and the limited edition Ghoul N' The Cape, which is due out in December through Earthling Publications. It was a joy to sit down again with Josh, an imaginative storyteller whose enthusiasm for writing and the Horror genre is infectious. Pearl is Malerman channeling the spirit of vintage horror paperbacks and creating his most straight-up, in your face horror novel yet. We had the privilege of reading this one early and trust us when we say this one is packed with enough nightmare fuel to make it an essential read for the Halloween season. In addition to his upcoming releases this year, Josh was kind enough to share some details about a few of his unpublished works like that you don't want to miss!
Throughout the course of the episode, we talked about Pearl, Ghoul N' The Cape, currently unpublished works, artistic momentum, Spin a Black Yarn, and so much more! We had a great time recording this episode and hanging out with Josh. We hope you guys enjoy the conversation as much as we did!
Episode 3.27 - The Third Wheel of the Trike
This week on the podcast we had a great conversation with Brennan LaFaro, Kenneth Cain, and Ken McKinley of Silver Shamrock Publishing to celebrate the release of Brennan's debut novella Slattery Falls, which is out now through Silver Shamrock Publishing! Slattery Falls follows college friends and amateur ghost hunters Travis, Elsie, and Josh as they stumble across the history of the Weeks House, the most haunted location of their career. The house has sat vacant for hundreds of years, but the history of the events loom over the small town of Slattery Falls. Following a frightening encounter miles away, the group finds themselves thrust into the heart of the Weeks House for one last case and coming face to face with a sinister presence. This was a truly special episode as it's the first time we've had a debut author and their publisher on the show at the same time, following the writing process from conception to publication. If you're looking for a fast-paced, engaging story that takes traditional haunted house tropes and flips them on their head, you definitely need to add Slattery Falls to your TBR list!
Throughout the course of the episode, we discuss Slattery Falls, the editing process, rejections, storytelling styles, recommendations and so much more! We had a great time recording this episode and hanging out with Brennan, Kenneth, and Ken. We hope you guys enjoy the conversation as much as we did!
CONTENT WARNING: Shane drops a C-word in this episode, proves himself too lazy to edit it out so it is still there.
Episode 3.26 - Back From the Dead...Again with Rich and Shane
This week on the podcast we had a great conversation with...ourselves! It's been a few episodes since our last solo show and we had a short break in our schedule, so we decided to enjoy a nice summer weekend with some drinks, jokes, and recommendations! We've been reading a ton of great books lately along with our stead diet of genre film and TV and decided this week would be the perfect time to share some of that with our listeners in a different format we've done in the past. We also address some behind-the-scenes stuff with the podcast, Shotgun Logic, self-editing work and our usual ramblings. Below, you'll find a list of some of the things we talked about in this episode.
Beverley Lee The House of Little Bones
Catherine McCarthy Immortelle
Eric LaRocca Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke
Christina Henry Near The Bone
The work of Ross Jeffery
Episode 3.35 - Do Monsters Have Souls? with Mary SanGiovanni and Matt Wildasin
This week, we're excited to welcome Mary SanGiovanni and Matt Wildasin to the show to talk horror, writing and everything in between! Mary SanGiovanni and Matt Wildasin are two amazing authors that horror fans are undoubtedly familiar with through their unique and terrifying books and also as podcasters. They are currently hosts of The Ghost Writers Podcast , along with Dave Thomas and Somer Canon, and were also members of The Horror Show with Brian Keene. The Ghost Writers Podcast is a must-listen show for anyone who is interested in horror fiction, whether as a fan or as a writer. It's loaded with great practical advice on writing and the publishing industry that has definitely helped us more than once. Not only is it informative, but you can tell everyone is genuinely friends with one another and the show is also loaded with humor and recommendations of things to check out (both good AND bad, as you'll find out later in this episode!). As a fan of both Mary and Matt's writing and The Ghost Writers Podcast, it was a pleasure and an honor to be able to sit down with them and talk about their work and the horror genre in general. Rather than link to all of their individual books, I'll list links to both of their author pages on Amazon. If you're unsure of what your next read will be, check out their page and pick up some of their books. You won't be disappointed!
Throughout the course of the episode, we discuss cosmic horror, podcasting, post apocalyptic fiction, THE EVERYWHERE HOUSE, DARK WORDS, bad horror movies, and so much more! We had a great time recording this episode and hanging out with Mary and Matt. We hope you guys enjoy the conversation as much as we did!
Only a couple episodes in but I can already tell this is my new favorite horror cast. The interviews are so great, such funny and genuine and intelligent hosts!
Shane and Rich are two rising stars in the book critic industry... for good reason. They have a wide presence on all of social media and I've been following them for months now. These podcasts are outstanding with valubale flavor and great comedy!