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LOTF 79: T'he Night House' feat. Bob Pastorella
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This episode was recorded at the end of 2021 as is our annual tradition, but these times have gotten to us and we are very behind at updating the feed. Regardled, we are delighted to welcome Bob Pastorella back to the show to discuss The Night House! This December movie chat is officially an annual LOTF podcast tradition (ahem yes we know it's June.)
Listen. Bob Pastorella is a genius. Seriously. He is so smart. Our discussion of this film wouldn’t be nearly as intelligent without his insightful perception—and his thorough understanding of the genre. We had such a great time talking to Bob about this film to wrap up our 2021 lineup (which you now get to enjoy in mid-2022, lmao.)
Find Bob: Website | Twitter
Purchase They’re Watching!
LOTF 78: Horror Girls Night Out with Jessica Guess & Hailey Piper
Okay, so it wasn’t really a “girls night out”—but it really did feel like one! In truth, Hailey Piper and Jessica Guess joined Mackenzie Kiera and me on Zoom (I was in my pajamas—I can’t speak for the other ladies!) but this is one of the most fun conversations we’ve ever had on the show. It was a great time, filled with lots of laughs—and some deep reflections.
We talked about some of our favorite reads from 2021—and we also wet pretty deep on the connections between the romance and horror genres. It’s a fantastic conversation that got me really thinking for long after, and I think you’ll really enjoy it.
We last spoke to Hailey Piper in episode 54, and Jessica Guess in episode 60. If you want more of their personal and individual stories, feel free to check those conversations out!
Also, thank you so much for your patience in waiting for new episodes. It’s been a really rough year for me so far, with several illnesses (including cover) and physical set backs. We had to take an unintended hiatus but please know: we are planning a ton more exciting content for our 2022 season!
Root Magic by Eden Royce
Sometimes We’re Cruel
The Loving Dead by Amelia Beamer
The Writhing Skies by Betty Rocksteady
Someone to Share my Nightmares With Sonora Taylor
Night Bitch Rachel Yoder
We Are Wolves anthology
Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse
Spoiler Alert (book)
The Forest by Lisa Quigley
Immortals After Dark series - Kiss of the Demon King
When Things Get Dark - Edited by Ellen Datlow
Evil Dead Remake
I Know What You Did Last Summer show
LOTF 77: When Things Get Dark with Ellen Datlow
We want to remind you that we have a Patreon! We offer cool rewards at every tier, including early, ad-free episodes; bonus written, audio, and video content from special guest authors; and the Patrons-Only podcast LOTF After Dark. Head on over to patreon.com/ladiesofthefright for all the gory details!
As ever, it is a pleasure to host Ellen Datlow on our show. This time, she’s back to discuss two brand new anthologies: When Things Get Dark: Stories Inspired by Shirley Jackson and Body Shocks: Extreme Tales of Body Horror. In what is, at this point, our annual catch-up call with Ellen, we talk about a lot more than that. She shares a bit about current NYC life amidst a pandemic, the horror movie that scarred her for life, and so much more.
Other Ellen Datlow Favorites
The Devil and the Deep
Echoes: The Saga Anthology of Ghost Stories
Final Cuts: New Tales of Hollywood Horror and Other Spectacles
Find Ellen: Website | Twitter
LOTF 76: Tropisode #8 | Forests with Katherine Silva
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For our eighth tropisode, we're talking FORESTS with debut author Katherine Silva.
Katherine Silva is a Maine author of dark fiction, a connoisseur of coffee, and victim of cat shenanigans. She is a two-time Maine Literary Award finalist for speculative fiction and a member of the Horror Writers of Maine, The Horror Writers Association, and New England Horror Writers Association. Katherine is also a founder of Strange Wilds Press, Dark Taiga Creative Writing Consultations, and The Kat at Night Blog. Her latest book, The Wild Dark, is now available wherever books are sold.
AND as you all know, Lisa Quigley is a horror author and pagan witch. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of California, Riverside’s low-residency MFA program in Palm Desert. Her work has appeared in such places as Unnerving Magazine, Journal of Alta California, and Automata Review. She is the co-host of the award-winning horror fiction podcast Ladies of the Fright. Hell’s Bells (2020) and Camp Neverland (2021) from Unnerving are her novellas. The Forest is her debut novel. Lisa lives in New Jersey with one handsome devil and two wild monsters. Find her at www.lisaquigley.net.
Forest Group Reads
The Forest by Lisa Quigley
The Wild Dark by Katherine Silva
Forest Book and Film Mentions
The Wizard of Oz (film and book)
The Forest by Lisa Quigley
The Wild Dark by Katherine Silva
The Ritual by Adam Neville
The Night Will Find Us by Matthew Leions
Pines by Blake Crouch
The Blair Witch Project
The Fiends and the Furrows folk horror anthology
Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer
Strange Grace by Tessa Gratton
The Neverending Story
The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King
Women Who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes
The Bear in the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
The Changeling by Victor LaValle
Find Katherine: Website
LOTF 75: A New Era of Horror with Joe Monti, Editorial Director at Saga Press
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A Note on the Term “BIPOC”
In this episode, Joe uses the term “BIPOC” and at the top of the show, I read a quote from Rachel Ricketts’ powerful book Do Better: Spiritual Activism for Fighting and Healing from White Supremacy, in which she beautifully clarifies the term, why it’s used, and the nuance of experience it contains (in her book, Rachel modifies the term to BI&PoC, to help us remember what the phrase is intended to represent: Black, Indigenous, and People of Color.) I hope this clarification supports our listeners who maybe weren’t previously aware, and I highly recommend Rachel Ricketts’ book (and her work!) to anyone interested in dismantling the internalized, harmful system of white supremacy from within themselves first.
Well, this episode was a TREAT to record, and Joe Monti is a delight to talk to. He is the award-nominated editorial director of Saga Press, working with bestselling and esteemed authors Charlaine Harris, Stephen Graham Jones, Rebecca Roanhorse, and Ken Liu, to name a few. He fell in love with the literature of fantasy and science fiction at an early age and never let go.
This is the first time we’ve ever had a book (novel) editor on the show, and not only was it awesome to hear about Joe’s journey to Saga, it was also really cool to hear how he approached editing one of the horror world most beloved horror books of 2020: The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones. Joe also talks about what he looks for when selecting books for his list—aka how he just KNOWS when a book is for him. Joe also declares he has a knack for predicting book trends, so it was really fun to hear his predictions for the future of horror! We hope you enjoy this episode as much as we did.
Find Joe: Website | Twitter
LOTF 74: Fright Girl Summer with V. Castro and Sonora Taylor
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In this episode, we have a great conversation with the powerhouse women duo behind Fright Girl Summer, a safe and welcoming place for marginalized genders and voices. It was a pleasure to speak with V. Castro and Sonora Taylor about the importance of amplifying diverse voices in horror and beyond. We also discuss why horror is an excellent genre for exploring themes of identity and sex, as well as dismantling harmful systems and stereotypes from the inside out. And so much more! Enjoy.
Find V: Website | Twitter | Instagram
Find Sonora: Website | Twitter | Instagram
Buy V’s books:
Hairspray and Switchblades
Goddess of Filth
Queen of the Cicadas
Buy Sonora’s books:
Little Paranoias: Stories
The One That Got Away: Women of Horror Anthology Volume 2
Tons Of Fun!
I first discovered Ladies of the Fright through their feature on an episode of the Books in the Freezer podcast. I’ve been listening for months and I love every episode. Lisa and McKenzie have a fresh and unique take on all things horror and dark fantasy. I recommend this podcast to everyone!
These lovely ladies are rad to listen to, follow, and stay interested! They are killing this genre, which happens to be my fav!
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