434 episodes

The This Is Horror Podcast is a weekly show for readers, writers, and creators hosted by Michael David Wilson and Bob Pastorella. We interview writers, artists, publishers, editors, and creatives every week. We have interviewed over 100 creatives including Chuck Palahniuk, Joe Hill, Joe R. Lansdale, Charlaine Harris, Ellen Datlow, David Moody, Jennifer Lynch, Gemma Files, and Josh Malerman.

This Is Horror Podcast Michael David Wilson and Bob Pastorella

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    • 4.8 • 139 Ratings

The This Is Horror Podcast is a weekly show for readers, writers, and creators hosted by Michael David Wilson and Bob Pastorella. We interview writers, artists, publishers, editors, and creatives every week. We have interviewed over 100 creatives including Chuck Palahniuk, Joe Hill, Joe R. Lansdale, Charlaine Harris, Ellen Datlow, David Moody, Jennifer Lynch, Gemma Files, and Josh Malerman.

    Toby Harvard on The Greasy Strangler, Come To Daddy, and Paprika Ridge Chips

    Toby Harvard on The Greasy Strangler, Come To Daddy, and Paprika Ridge Chips

    In this podcast Toby Harvard talks about The Greasy Strangler, Come To Daddy, paprika ridge chips, and much more.



    [2:59] Where did it all start?

    [10:55] Creative partnership with Jim Hosking

    [12:59] The Greasy Strangler

    [17:35] Dialogue

    [23:03] Come to Daddy script

    [35:30] Logistics of collaborating with Jim

    [39:50] Typical workday and balancing projects

    [46:56] EMERGENCY QUESTION: Greasiest thing put on body

    [51:43] Degreasing in the car wash

    [56:04] Paprika ridge chips

    [1:02:24] Layers beyond the laughter



    Full podcast show notes available here: https://www.thisishorror.co.uk/tih-425-toby-harvard-on-the-greasy-strangler-come-to-daddy-and-paprika-ridge-chips



    Support This Is Horror Podcast on Patreon here: https://patreon.com/thisishorror

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Catherine Baab-Muguira on Edgar Allan Poe, Life Lessons, and Marketing Advice

    Catherine Baab-Muguira on Edgar Allan Poe, Life Lessons, and Marketing Advice

    In this podcast Catherine Baab-Muguira talks about Edgar Allan Poe, life lessons, marketing advice, and much more.



    [3:05] First experiences with reading and writing

    [15:21] Life lessons growing up

    [19:00] Poe For Your Problems origin story

    [24:25] Two lessons from Poe For Your Problems

    [35:45] Ryan Holiday

    [47:10] Novels

    [51:47] Becoming a parent and being more sensitive to books with children

    [55:13] Current WIPs

    [57:59] Marketing lessons from Ryan Holiday

    [1:03:07] Copywriting secrets for writers class

    [1:05:45] Advice to eighteen-year-old self

    [1:10:29] Lessons living and studying in New Zealand

    [1:16:10] Something Cat should be kinder to herself about

    [1:25:04] What frightens Cat

    [1:27:35] Daily habits and morning rituals

    [1:30:49] Is Poe here forever?

    [1:32:27] Best writing advice given

    [1:35:00] Personal philosophies

    [1:35:43] Best horror movies and books of the last ten years

    [1:38:52] What Cat hopes people say about her when she’s not in the room

    [1:39:38] Connect with Cat

    [1:40:15] Final thoughts



    Full podcast show notes available here: https://www.thisishorror.co.uk/tih-424-catherine-baab-muguira-on-edgar-allan-poe-life-lessons-and-marketing-advice



    Support This Is Horror Podcast on Patreon here: https://patreon.com/thisishorror

    • 1 hr 44 min
    Jarod Barbee on Death’s Head Press, And Hell Followed, and Stygian Sky Media

    Jarod Barbee on Death’s Head Press, And Hell Followed, and Stygian Sky Media

    In this podcast Jarod Barbee talks about Death’s Head Press, And Hell Followed, Stygian Sky Media, and much more. 



    [2:52] First experiences watching horror movies

    [5:39] Some of the early books Jarod read

    [7:26] Early life lessons growing up

    [10:09] The army

    [13:01] Death’s Head Press formation

    [15:42] Early mistakes

    [20:59] And Hell Followed anthology

    [23:18] BDSM

    [28:33] Will DHP publish quiet horror

    [34:10] Putting out audiobooks

    [35:04] Stygian Sky and IPG distribution deal

    [41:21] Special editions

    [43:18] Working offshore in West Africa

    [50:25] Stygian Sky Media

    [58:04] Roles at DHP

    [1:15:05] Audiobook logistics

    [1:19:59] Where does Jarod see himself in five years

    [1:26:24] Advice to eighteen-year-old self

    [1:29:15] What should Jarod be kinder to himself about

    [1:30:31] What frightens Jarod

    [1:31:26] What Jarod hopes people say about him when he’s not in the room

    [1:33:01] Personal philosophies

    [1:34:38] Survival horror video games

    [1:44:27] Connect with Jarod



    Full podcast show notes available here: https://www.thisishorror.co.uk/tih-423-jarod-barbee-on-deaths-head-press-and-hell-followed-and-stygian-sky-media



    Support This Is Horror Podcast on Patreon here: https://patreon.com/thisishorror

    • 1 hr 51 min
    Richard Kadrey on Comic Book Writing, Coop Heist Novels, and Angel Scene

    Richard Kadrey on Comic Book Writing, Coop Heist Novels, and Angel Scene

    In this podcast Richard Kadrey talks about comic book writing, the Coop Heist novels, Angel Scene, and much more.



    [2:42] What’s next for Richard

    [5:19] Collaborative process

    [12:05] Crazy things in Houston, Texas

    [17:23] Comic book writing

    [20:10] Typical daily/weekly routine

    [27:39] The Coop novels

    [34:09] Pseudonym considerations

    [39:13] Most overtly horror story

    [43:44] Angel Scene

    [49:20] What frightens Richard

    [50:53] Advice to eighteen-year-old self

    [54:34] Connect with Richard

    [55:24] Final thoughts



    Full podcast show notes available here: https://www.thisishorror.co.uk/tih-422-richard-kadrey-on-comic-book-writing-coop-heist-novels-and-angel-scene



    Support This Is Horror Podcast on Patreon here: https://patreon.com/thisishorror

    • 1 hr
    Richard Kadrey on Sandman Slim, Story Ideas, and Fighting Horses

    Richard Kadrey on Sandman Slim, Story Ideas, and Fighting Horses

    In this podcast Richard Kadrey talks about Sandman Slim, story ideas, fighting horses, and much more. 



    [2:53] Horse incident

    [10:40] Early life lessons

    [14:09] The first story Richard wrote

    [19:25] Pursuing writing professionally

    [25:20] Sandman Slim

    [43:56] Covers and aesthetic of Sandman Slim

    [47:35] Photography and Holgas

    [51:38] Importance of keeping notes and story ideas



    Full podcast show notes available here: https://www.thisishorror.co.uk/tih-421-richard-kadrey-on-sandman-slim-story-ideas-and-fighting-horses



    Support This Is Horror Podcast on Patreon here: https://patreon.com/thisishorror

    • 59 min
    Sonora Taylor on Horror Misconceptions, Film, and Being Kind to Yourself

    Sonora Taylor on Horror Misconceptions, Film, and Being Kind to Yourself

    In this podcast Sonora Taylor talks about horror misconceptions, film, being kind to yourself, and much more. 



    [3:06] Interest in film

    [9:22] Considering traditional publishing

    [25:22] Horror misconceptions

    [35:50] Advice to eighteen-year-old self

    [42:50] What should Sonora be kinder to herself about

    [59:09] One thing Sonora would change in her life

    [1:01:33] Personal philosophies

    [1:03:34] Connect with Sonora



    Full podcast show notes available here: https://www.thisishorror.co.uk/tih-420-sonora-taylor-on-horror-misconceptions-film-and-being-kind-to-yourself



    Support This Is Horror Podcast on Patreon here: https://patreon.com/thisishorror

    • 1 hr 9 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
139 Ratings

139 Ratings

Davidgthatguy ,

A must listen for literary horror fans

Whether you’re a reader or a writer, you must check this out.

Every episode is like sitting around with good friends talking about the latest batch of horror.

Best for listening over a cup of coffee ☕️

Steve-O-2-0 ,

Leftist dweebs.

This podcast is about the supremely awkward hosts flexing their cringe leftist politics, thinking it'll get them social currency and "in" with the guests. It's embarrassing. However, it does have some merit in that it tells me authors to avoid supporting at all costs. There were like three episodes in a row where I'd be listening to some struggling writer I'd never heard of and think, "interesting, maybe I'll give their books a shot". But then they'd all start shooting their mouths off about their toxic polities and that went right out the window, and the writer moved to "never support no matter what". Helpful podcast if you want to know just how hateful and political some writers are, I guess.

LuAnnDG ,

Always Fantastic

I recently found this podcast mid year last year, and it’s just fantastic. Always super interesting, always engaging content and questions. And I am really looking forward to getting through all of the backlog content!

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