Three horror writers and their guests riff on objects, inspiration, and those ideas that scratch at the door, miaowing to be let in.
Season 1 guests include JS Breukelaar, Ellen Datlow, Brian Evenson, Kathe Koja, John Langan, Garth Nix, Dan O'Malley, Lynda E. Rucker, Melinda Smith, Paul Tremblay, Sean Williams and more!
The cat is back! Ring in the new year with an episode of numinous dimensions, starring this week's special guest, the illimitable Lynda E. Rucker.
In which the cats go deep and get Pavlovian with the singular and extraordinary Brian Evenson, author of The Glassy, Burning Floor Of Hell and Song For The Unravelling Of The World. Kaaron is transported by a box of treasures, Aaron gets lost in Seattle, and Joseph invents the bogus concept of 'Projectionism.' Brian escorts visitors to the grave of H.P. Lovecraft and shows off his Edgar Allen Poe bobblehead. We learn about the power of getting lost, mull on the joys of misperception, and share real experiences with things that definitely are not there. We explore the transformative potential of the 'strange moment,' the lifting of dudgeons with a dollar bill, and the invocation of doing 'the thing' – whatever it may be. The joy and theatre of cinema is considered. Also the toxically bleak philosophies of Thomas Ligotti. Through the distorted lens of a Skype call, everyone wonders whether Brian is, in fact, a psychopath.
DISCLAIMER: Let The Cat In does not endorse going out and getting deathly sick for the purposes of inspiration. So don't do it: wear a fkn mask ppl!
Some of the bitsies riffed on in this show include:
Brian's flash fiction masterpiece, No Matter Which Way We Turned, which you can read for free at peopleholding.com. The brilliant travelogue of Zodiac Mindwarp's Mark Manning and the KLF's Bill Drummond taking a cardboard cutout of Elvis to the North Pole is called Bad Wisdom – and is recommended reading for every triplord who wanted to change the world by doing something pointless and fantastic. Ligotti's book of soul-crushing philosophy (among other things) is The Conspiracy Against The Human Race. Strictly not to be read in a state of delusional influenza. The creator of the Brian Evenson figure and busts is age designer and illustrator Yves Tourigny. Asylum, is the Robert Bloch anthology horror movie. Come To Daddy sounds freakin' awesome – immediately add to your TBW pile! Check out the episode page for pics and bits.
Welcome, welcome! Step right up! Come feast your ears on the most delectable, the most memorious, the most professional podcast we've aired to date. In this show we hang with the wonderful JS Breukelaar, author of The Bridge, Collision, and American Monster, and mull on lost and forgotten things. Kaaron is transported by a smell, Aaron behaves inappropriately with a latex mask, and Masonic bling makes Joseph look like a wanker. Jenny is trolled at Christmas and tells tale of the ring held together by a thousand pot roasts. Divers topics are considered: the writer's relationship with time; converting grief into art; the infinitude of lizards. Aaron brings a bonus mystery.
Kaaron couldn't find a reference to the ancient lizard (in support of Joseph's "Because it's utter bollocks" theory). But she did find this story about another really old lizard – Ol' Rip The Horned Toad. What do you reckon?
Check out the episode page for more pics and bits.
In which a podcast muddles through lockdown with the incontrovertible Paul Tremblay. In this week’s show, Kaaron revisits a macabre swimming hole, Joseph gets down with the kids, and Aaron sobs into his keyboard. Paul shares his first art love, his passion for first-person assholes, and the inspiration for his new novel, The Pallbearers’ Club. We learn about Meatloaf’s broken leg, crowd-surfing possums, and the sartorial habits of fighting fish. Existential revelations about buried mixtapes are unearthed. Bob Mould won’t go out for pizza. Paul writes himself into a story. Everyone steals Paul’s identity.
Some of the oddments picked out in this week’s episode include:
William Kennedy O'Toole's Confederacy of Dunces Sarah Levine's Treasure Island!!! Shirley Barrett's The Bus On Thursday The Jeffrey Ford story about a roadside museum is called “Word Doll,” from his 2016 collection A Natural History of Hell. The Scorpions album after Love At First Sting is Savage Amusement. And bring on the existential angst with Garfield Minus Garfield. Check out the episode page for pics and bits.
In which we get the snake vibe with special guest – our first from overseas, and the recent past – the unparallelable John Langan. In this week’s show, Aaron compares his writing process to a movie about Sarah Palin, Kaaron focuses on the details, while Joseph imagines everyone naked – with disastrous results for his powers of public speaking. John tries his damnedest not to overuse ‘that’ and gets cloned from a mosquito in amber. We learn about finding your voice, the value of play, the importance of rewarding your imagination, and a treasury of meaningful remedies for burnout. We learn about con men and the faked life, John’s metaphor for consciousness, and the profound morality of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Everyone makes a binding pact to never again eat sausages at Kaaron’s.
Some bits and bobs mentioned in this week’s show:
Kate Wilhelm’s Storyteller Emmanuel Carrère’s The Adversary: A True Story of Monstrous Deception Chuck Wendig on the Talking Scared Podcast The idea of the Golden Thread comes from the introduction to William Stafford’s The Darkness Around Us Is Deep: Selected Poems, edited by Robert Bly. (But there’s also a great video extract of Stafford and Bly discussing the idea.) Check out the episode page for pics and bits.
Episode 5 – Lei
In which we welcome the sensational Melinda Smith to our most sensuous, saucy and salacious episode to date! Joseph shares his toilet books and Kaaron shrieks in a bar, while Aaron flogs the pants he's wearing for a mere 50c. Everyone holds sexists to account for their misogyny, and rails against knee-jerk retribution in fiction. Melinda's lei triggers discussion of curses, spurning and Sharon's shit honeymoon to Bali. We learn about the ways in which the pandemic has affected our ideas of intimacy, and of the horrors and enlightenment on Ashley Madison. Everyone has a sneaky peek inside P.R. Ploppit's secret commercial fiction sexy-times novel.
Some other odds and ends from this episode include:
The Ernie Awards Black Mirror, S2E1 "Be Right Back" Jennifer Egan's A Visit From The Goon Squad Run Lola Run Daniel Handler's All The Dirty Parts Check out the episode page for pics and bits.