DD Episode 112: Gwendolyn Kiste and Raw (2017)

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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.

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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?

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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 111: Doungjai Gam & Suspiria (2018)

This episode Jason and Michael have a chat with Doungjai Gam, discussing her collection of short fiction and poetry, Glass Slipper Dreams, Shattered. They also discuss how to write flash fiction, how to make shorter pieces of fiction and poetry have more of an emotional effect, going to conventions, Necon, discrimination and sexism within the community, and so much more.

Visit Doungjai online: https://doungjaigam.wordpress.com/

Jason and Michael then discuss the new Suspiria movie and compare it to the original. Did they like it? Did they hate it? Listen in and out! Warning, there are some spoilers in the discussion. Times are below.

Time:
Intro: 00:00
Doungjai gam Interview: 5:30
Suspiria Discussion: 50:17
Suspiria Spoiler: 1:07:55 - 1:09:00
Outro: 1:20:00

Music Heard: Night Child by Electric Wizard.

Thank you for listening! Please leave a comment or an audio recording to darknessdwellspodcast@mail.com

You can also visit us online: www.wheredarknessdwells.com

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

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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

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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

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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 106: Matt Hayward & Welcome To The Show Anthology

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This week a bit of a shorter episode but it's a special one, folks!  Jason talks with author/musician Matt Hayward about his new anthology Welcome to the Show that he did with Crystal Lake Publishing, releasing Friday, August 3, 2018.

 

 

 

 

Check out the Anthologies table of contents:


Alan M Clark – What Sort of Rube
Jonathan Janz – Night and Day and in Between
John Skipp – In the Winter of No Love
Patrick Lacey – Wolf with Diamond Eyes
Bryan Smith – Pilgrimage
Rachel Autumn Deering – A Tongue like Fire
Glenn Rolfe – Master of Beyond
Matt Hayward – Dark Stage
Kelli Owen – Open Mic Night
Matt Serafini – Beat on the Past
Max Booth III – True Starmen
Somer Canon – Just to be Seen
Jeff Strand – Parody
Robert Ford – Ascending
Adam Cesare – The Southern Thing
Brian Keene – Running Free
Mary SanGiovanni – We Sang in Darkness

Song heard: Blizzard Spaceship by Apodemus

 

 

 

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DD Episode 105: Josh Matthews & Ghostwatch (1992)

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Josh Matthews, AKA Scott M. Baker, drops by to talk about his fascinating life, how to approach writing a series, pantsing vs plotting, marketing, and his Hell Gate series by Burning Willow Press. The third instalment is released just next month.

Jason and Michael then discuss the 1992 BBC film, Ghostwatch.

Visit the Hell Gate series online: http://hellgatesaga.blogspot.com 

Visit Scott Baker (Josh's real name) online: http://scottmbakerauthor.blogspot.com

Song Heard: 

Dominion/Mother Russia by Sisters of Mercy 

We warned you this cover is awful!

We warned you this cover is awful!

DD Episode 104: Burning Willow Press & Annihilation (2018)

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On the 104th episode, Darkness Dwells revisits the staff of Burning Willow Press to discuss the inside scoop of what it's like running an independent publishing house. Guests include Edd and Kindra Sowder, L. Bachman, and Kerry Alan Denney. 

 

 

Visit Burning Willow Press online: https://www.burningwillowpressllc.com/

Jason and Michael then switch gears to discuss the brilliant 2018 film Annihilation.

Music Heard:
Unmask The Spectre by YOB

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DD Episode 102: Tim Waggoner & XX (2017)

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On this episode, Tim Waggoner drops by to discuss his story for the C.H.U.D. Lives Tribute anthology. While we had him we also discussed his work with tie-ins and how one goes about finding work in such a field, such as utilizing Kindle Worlds. They also discuss a little about Tim Flanagan! 

Meanwhile, Jason and Michael discuss The Nocturnal Reader's Box subscription, used bookstores, Rob Zombie's next movie, sexual abuse in Hollywood, and the 2017 movie, XX, an anthology horror movie written and directed by four different women.

It's a giant episode! Time to grab your favourite beverage and dig in!

Find Tim Waggoner online: 

Check out The Nocturnal Reader's Box: https://www.thenocturnalreadersbox.com/

Kindle Worlds: https://kindleworlds.amazon.com/

Music Heard:

Evil Desire by Dirty Grave

Thank you for listening!

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

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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 100: J.G. Faherty & Are We Not Cats (2016)

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This is our 100th episode! To celebrate, Jason is taking a month-long journey to promote his short story, Dweller Messiah, appearing in The C.H.U.D. Lives Tribute Anthology! First up is an interview with J.G. Faherty where they discuss his story in the anthology, applying themes to short stories, how horror movies from the 80s influenced his work, and so much more. 

Then Jason and Michael have a discussion on the 2016 film Are We Not Cats. Do they tear this movie to pieces, or did they like it? Find out.

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

Order The C.H.U.D. Lives Tribute Anthology:  http://getbook.at/CHUD

Music Heard:

False Faith by Weird Tales

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

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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)

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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)

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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

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DD Episode 96: 2017 vs 2018

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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

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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

 

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DD Episode 94: Halloween 2017 with Mark Gunnells & John Palisano

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It's our 2017 Halloween special episode, where Jason and Michael welcome Mark Allan Gunnells and John Palisano and discuss Halloween in all its glory. 

Jason and Michael then discuss the 2017 movie, The Houses October Built 2.

 

Visit Mark online: http://markgunnells.livejournal.com

Visit John online: https://johnpalisano.wordpress.com

Music Heard

This is Halloween by Broken Peach

Bark at the Moon by Ozzy Osbourne

Also, both Jason and Michael have stories out this month! Check it out:

Ravenwood

Ravenwood

Group Hex Vol. 2

Group Hex Vol. 2

DD Episode 93: David Dunwoody, Ben Eads, They Look Like People (2015)

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Jason is joined again by Ben Eads, who brought David Dunwoody with him. The three talk more about Tales From The Lake Vol. 4 by Crystal Lake Publishing and David's works.

Jason and Michael also discuss the 2015 movie They Look Like People, where Michael shows us what it's like to be schizophrenic.

Another giant episode, so grab those beverages and prepare!

Catch David Dunwoody online:   https://sites.google.com/site/thacf13/

Crystal Lake Publishing: http://www.crystallakepub.com/

Ben Eads: http://beneadsfiction.com/

Music Heard:

Sanctuary by Elder

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