DD Episode 112: Gwendolyn Kiste and Raw (2017)

Ep112-Thumbnail.jpg


This episode, Jason and Michael talk with Gwendolyn Kiste and delve into her work. They discuss The Rust Maidens along with the stories in And Her Smile Will Untether The Universe. They also discuss her independent filmmaking career, writing about relationships, and how to nail down enough ambiguity without losing the reader.

Then Jason and Michael discuss the 2017 French movie, Raw.

Visit Gwendolyn online: http://www.gwendolynkiste.com/

Visit Darkness Dwells online: www.wheredarknessdwells.com

Music heard: Night Child by Electric Wizard

Time:

Intro: 00:00

Gwendolyn Kiste Interview: 00:07:48

Raw Discussion: 01:09:30

Thanks for listening, everyone! If you enjoyed the episode, please consider leaving a review on iTunes or Stitcher.

————————————————-

Main Gwendolyn Kiste Questions And Topics:

1. I was reading an interview with you in Black Static where you discussed your childhood. You mentioned locking yourself away and reading books on weekends and over the summer break. I can certainly relate! What were those books you read back then, and which ones made you want to become a writer?

2. You also mentioned that you were an independent filmmaker earlier on? What movies?

3. Is this a career path you’re still pursuing at all?

4. Are there any movies you’d say influenced your writing?

5. You write beautifully about friendships in your fiction, so I’m guessing that you must have had some close friends growing up?

6. A lot of your stories have a strong sense of loss and longing. Without my being too nosy, I was wondering why these themes attract you?

7. Your Fiction is a little difficult to classify. I hesitate at calling it weird fiction because there’s certainly horror in there. If you were to classify your fiction, what would it be?

8. Were you surprised when the HWA nominated your collection, AND HER SMILE WILL UNTETHER THE UNIVERSE, for a Stoker?

9. The Clawfoot Requiem, which is in Untether the Universe, has one of the strongest openings I’ve ever read. How did you come to write that one?

10. The Man in the Ambry reminded me of older, classical ghost stories, though we never really know what exactly is going on. That kind of ambiguity gets me excited. It’s immersive for the reader, involving them. Some readers want things explained for them, though. Considering a lot of the fiction of yours I’ve read hold that mystery or ambiguity, I was wondering if you get any negative feedback for it?

11. Ambiguity is tough to get right. I think that you handle it perfectly because it feels like the answers are all there, and the more you think about it, the more unsettling it feels. When writing, how do you figure out what information to let the reader in on and what to let them try and figure out for themselves to achieve this?

12. How many drafts do you typically go through before you feel a story is complete?

13. All the stories in Untether the Universe that I’ve read (I’m only at the halfway mark at this time) have a very original feel to them. How do you keep each story fresh?

14. Although you grew up in a small town in Ohio, your debut novel, The Rust Maidens, is about a young woman who grew up in the decaying industrial part of Cleveland. Part of the rust belt. Was Cleveland close to where you grew up? And are there any similarities between your own childhood and that of Phoebe Shaw’s?

15. There’s so much truth-telling in Rust Maidens. So much symbolism. I truly think that it would do well being taught in high schools not just because of the symbolism, but also the historical aspects of unions and industrial battles we saw taking place in the late 1970s and early 1980s. What was the research like?

16. Did you set out to write a book with these deep, sociological themes?

17. There’s also some really good scary scenes. Like where our hero is stuck in a mansion. Very creepy! How do you approach creating scenes that scare the reader?

18. I mentioned Black Static earlier. With them, you published the short story Songs To Help You Cope When Your Mom Won't Stop Haunting You And Your Friends, which is related to Rust Maidens. Which story came first?

19. I love the song choices you list in that story. Do you listen to music while writing?

20. You’ve also have a novella you released with Broken Eye Books in 2017. It’s called Pretty Marys All in a Row. I have not read this one yet but plan to ASAP. Can you tell us what it’s about?

21. February is, as you know, women in horror month. You’ve been writing a series about women horror writers on your blog, called Fear and the Feminine, where you interviewed women horror writers. Can you tell us more about this project?

22. I think that horror and science fiction is where women writers are most often forgotten or dismissed as serious writers. Why is it this way in your opinion?

23. What do you think we can do to help educate readers that there are women who not only write horror, but write it well?

24. What advice would you give young women writers just starting out?

25. Where can readers find you online?

----------------------------------------------

RAW 2017

Director:

 Julia Ducournau

Writers:

Julia Ducournau (screenplay)

Stars: 

Garance Marillier - as Justine

Ella Rumpf - as Alexia

Rabah Nait Oufella - as Adrien

Synopsis:

Justine is a first-year veterinary student. Her elder sister is studying the same course at the university. Justine was raised a strict vegetarian but, as part of the hazing rituals, is forced to eat meat. Initially this has adverse effects but she soon develops a craving for meat...particularly human flesh.


DD Episode 110: Steve Rasnic Tem & Halloween (2018 Reboot)

IMG_2059.PNG

Welcome to the show! On this episode, we welcome legendary short story writer and novelist Steve Rasnic Tem to discuss his latest collection, out now by Omnium Gatherum. The collection is called Everything Is Fine Now, and you can purchase it with this link, or the link below. Jason and Michael discuss the stories within with Steve, how darker fiction often turns away horror fans, what makes horror fans, existential dread in dark fiction, love and loss, along with some great writing tips.

Then Michael and Jason discuss the 2018 reboot of the Halloween franchise staring Jamie Lee Curtis. Does it live up to Michael and Jason’s expectations? Find out!

Find Steve Rasnic Tem online: www.stevetem.com

Buy his books: https://www.amazon.com/Steve-Rasnic-Tem/e/B001JRYPX6

Buy Everything Is Fine Now: https://www.amazon.com/Everything-Fine-Now-Steve-Rasnic-ebook/dp/B07L9JMSQY/

Visit Omnium Gatherum: http://www.omniumgatherumedia.com/

Thanks to Steve Rasnic Tem for the wonderful conversation and thanks to you for listening in.

Music Heard: Night Child by Electric Wizard

DD Episode 109: Where To Start Reading Stephen King Discussion

King.jpg

This podcast, Jason and Michael discuss where to start if you’re interested in reading Stephen King but don’t know where to start. This is the first of our series on Stephen King, so stay tuned.

The guys also discuss how using a timer can help pump up your word count.

DD Episode 107: Writing with Outlines & Horror Book Influences

Horror BOOKS.jpg

On this podcast, Jason and Michael discuss how Jason outlined the novel he's working on right now including discussion on dealing with that middle slump, and then he and Michael discuss the books that influenced them most. Why? Because those books were what shaped us as readers and writers.

Thanks for listening!

DD Episode 101: Michael H. Hanson & Insidious: The Final Key

Mikephoto-224x300.jpg

Michael H. Hanson drops by to help Darkness Dwells' Month of C.H.U.D. where we discuss creating shared worlds, Sha' Daa and what's next in the series, writing horror poetry, and the C.H.U.D. Lives Tribute anthology.

Then Jason and Michael discuss the latest in the James Wan universe, Insidious: The FInal Key.

Visit Michael online: http://www.northcountrypoet.com/NorthCountryPoet/Welcome.html

 

Music Heard: 

Ophidian Womb by Absent

DD Episode 99: Kerry Alan Denney & Psychopaths (2017)

valepromo3_orig.png

Kerry Alan Denney returns to discuss his new novel, Beyond the Vale. They also discuss how to avoid author intrusion, drafting your novel, marketing tips, and life after death. 

Then Jason and Michael discuss the 2017 Mickey Keating film Psychopaths.

Visit Kerry online: http://www.kerrydenney.com/

 

Music Heard

Drowning by Monster Magnet. Buy their new album here!

DD Episode 98: Tamara Thorne & The Invitation (2015)

Tamara Thorne.jpeg

Horror writing legend Tamara Thorne talks with Jason and Michael where they discuss her books and her collaboration with Alastair Cross. They also discuss Ray Bradbury, swap ghost stories and discuss her own podcast she hosts with Alastair Cross, Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! 

Then Jason and Michael discuss the 2015 movie The Invitation.

 

Visit Tamara Online: https://www.tamarathorne.com/ 

Music heard

Blood on Satan's Claw by Alastor

DD Episode 97: Mercedes M. Yardley & The Ritual (2017)

MercedesYardley.jpg

To celebrate Women in Horror month, Jason and Michael talk with Mercedes M. Yardley where they discuss the unfortunate need for a month dedicated to women in horror, what makes a strong female character, voodoo dolls, the ever intrusive unsolicited dick pick (seriously dudes, don't do this!), advice for young women horror writers, and so much more. Then Michael and Jason Netflix and chill with the Adam Neville adapted novel The Ritual.

 

Visit Mercedes online: 

https://abrokenlaptop.com/

https://www.amazon.com/Mercedes-M.-Yardley/e/B006B9MFA2/

Music Heard: 

Singularity by Steinsopp

Ritual Poster Art.jpg

DD Episode 96: 2017 vs 2018

NosferatuShadowFINAL.jpeg

We're back! Sorry for the delay everyone! This episode Jason and Michael discuss their favorites and biggest disappointments in movies for 2017. They had planned on talking about books, too, but ran out of time. They did, however, get a preview in for both books and movies coming this year that both hosts are excited about.  

 

Please check out the Stories For Ghosts blog!

Music heard:

Enemy by Alastor

Stay tuned as Darkness Dwells will celebrate Woman in Horror month in both blog and upcoming podcast episode formats.

DD Episode 95: Crossroads 3 & Stranger Things 2

CRIII.jpg

Edd Sowder, Shannon Perrine, Kerry Alan Denney, and L. Bachman join us this episode to discuss the anthology series, Crossroads, and more specifically the third installment, Monsters Under Your Bed, by Burning Willow Press. 

Jason and Michael then kick off their shoes, discuss the irrational fear of sharks bitting one's feet while sleeping in bed, and Stranger Things 2. 

Music Heard 

Dear Lucifer by Monolord

 

STII.jpg

DD Episode 92: J.G. Faherty & Ben Eads & IT (2017)

Faherty.jpg

This episode is packed full of goodies. First up, Jason talks with Ben Eads and J.G. Faherty about Tales From the Lake Vol. 4! Then Jason and Michael discuss the 2017 adaptation of Stephen King's novel IT.  Time to grab a beverage and dig in!

Catch J.G. Faherty online: http://www.jgfaherty.com/

And be sure to get a copy of his book, The Cemetery Club, as it truly is a great Halloween read!

Catch Ben Eads online: http://beneadsfiction.com/

Eads.jpg

And be sure to check out his novella, Cracked Sky!

Please check out Crystal Lake Publishing's IndieGoGo campaign: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/crystal-lake-publishing-the-next-chapter-horror#/

 

Music Heard:

Vokonis Plague by Vokonis

IT.jpg

DD Episode 86: Frank Martin & Get Out (2017)

This week, Jason can't remember names or titles as they talk with author Frank Martin and then discuss the 2017 film, Get Out. 

Check out Frank's Amazon store page: https://www.amazon.com/Frank-Martin/e/B017DVXLHC/

 

Song: Sticky Fingers by Youngblood Supercult's new album, The Great American Death Rattle. Get it here: http://youngbloodsupercult.bandcamp.com/album/the-great-american-death-rattle

DD Episode 83: L. Bachman plus Baskin (2015) & The Void (2017)

Picture from horror-movies.ca

Picture from horror-movies.ca

L. Bachman stops by for a quick chat with Jason and Michael. They talk everything from her new short story The Painting of Martel to advice for new writers. Plus, she gives us some exclusive news! 

Jason and Michael then talk about two movies. Baskin (2015) and The Void (2017)

 Lots of great information and a lot of fun discussion. Grab a coffee, a tea, a cola, and join in!

Music Heard:

Dawntide's Breeze by Valkyrie

Summon the Moon by Windhand

DD Episode 68: Halloween Memories and the Best/Worst Stephen King Adaptations

It's October. That means it's Halloween month for The Darkness Dwells team. To celebrate, Jason and Michael discuss their favorite Halloween memories. They also do a top/worst five lists of Stephen King Adaptations. 

 

 

Music Heard:

This Is Halloween - Marilyn Manson

Shattering Inner Journeys - The Gaslamp Killer

DD Episode 65: Rob Shepherd

This week, Jason and Michael are joined by their good friend and fellow author Rob Shepherd. They talk about everything dark and hiding in the shadows within horror culture including Carolina clowns sightings and Rob's body of work thus far. 

Visit Rob Online:

https://www.facebook.com/TheRobShepherd

Music heard:

Cirice by Ghost

Brass Goggles by Steam Powered Giraffe

DD Episode 61: Damien Angelica Walters & Reviews of Psycho Sanitarium and Cell (2016)

Damien Angelica Walters discusses her novel, Paper Tigers, along with her short stories, including her story that appears in Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories. Keith Chawgo comes by to talk Pyscho: Sanitarium. Jason then tells his feelings about the new Stephen King adaptation of his novel, Cell.

Time to grab that beverage and get comfy, because it's going to be one hell of a ride. 

 

 

Find Damien Angelica Walters Online:

http://damienangelicawalters.com/

Music Heard

Like 100.000 Sunsets by Weird Owl

Computer Age by Neil Young

DD Episode 60: Mercedes M. Yardley

Mercedes M. Yardley stopped by to chat it up with Jason. They talk about the writing life, her works, sad and evil robots, and evil Skype interrupting their conversation while said sad/evil robots have their way with poor Jason.

Jason and Michael discuss some horror news, including John Carpenter's return to the new Halloween franchise, the Puppet Master franchise, Day of the Dead vs Dawn of the Dead, George Romero's Star, Karen Black, and Vincent D'Onofrio. 

Mercedes Yardley online:

Website: http://mercedesyardley.com/

Amazon.com store: http://www.amazon.com/Mercedes-M.-Yardley/e/B006B9MFA2 

Music Heard:

Wisdom of Doom by Void of Sleep

Sad Robot by Pornophonique

DD Episode 59: Ramsey Campbell & Monsterland Review

Ramsey Campbell was kind enough to stop by the Darkness Dwells Podcast land and talk about what we all love: horror fiction. We discuss a little of its roots, where it's going, cosmic horror, a few of his novels, and his short story that appears in the new Crystal Lake Publishing anthology Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories.

Jason goes solo to discuss Annabelle Part 2 and a hairy Dwayne Johnson.

Keith Chawgo also stops by to review Monsterland by Michael Phillip Cash.

Beverage time! 

Music Heard:

Die Pracht der Nacht by The Gothic Jazz Orchestra

Black City Skyline by Bohren and Der Club of Gore

Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories is now available at Amazon.com

 

 

DD Episode 58: David Nickle & Eidolon Avenue Review

Jason talks with award-winning author, David Nickle, where they discuss his day job as a journalist in Toronto, covering municipal politics and therefore Rob Ford stories. They also discuss his works and accomplishments. 

Jason and Michael discuss The Walking Dead and The Conjuring 2.

Clare de Lune drops by to review Eidolon Ave by Jonathan Winn. 

It's another jam-packed episode! That means beverage time! 

Find David Nickle online:

Blog: http://davidnickle.blogspot.ca

ChiZine Profile: http://chizinepub.com/author/davidnickle

Mucic Heard:

Burn the Witch by Radiohead

Higgs Boson Blues by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

DD Episode 57: Guest Kerry Alan Denney

Jason and Michael are joined by author Kerry Alan Denney. It's the first time they've had a guest on for the entire episode, and it was a lot of fun. They talk about Stephen King, Dean Koontz, the Amityville House real estate, The Conjuring 2, Tim Curry and the new choice of actor for Pennywise the Clown. We also discuss Kerry's books, especially his newest, Marionettes.

It's another giant episode filled with great conversation. So grab a coffee, a tea, a soda pop, or a beer, and join in.

Find Kerry online:

Website: http://www.kerrydenney.com

Music Heard:

Shringara by Samsara Blues Experiment

Metropolis Pt. 1 by Dream Theater