DD Episode 115: Matt Hayward & Rob Ford and Brain Damage (1988)

Matt Hayward and Rob Ford discuss their collaboration on their recent book, A Penny For Your Thoughts, where they discuss collaborating and how they approached writing a novel together.

Then, Jason and Michael discuss the insanity that is the 1988 movie Brain Damage.

It's an episode about addiction and collaboration.

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

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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/

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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

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DD Episode 87: A Tribute to George A. Romero

We lost a legend on July 16, 2017. George Romero not only made awesome zombie films, he also helped create the zombie subgenre as we know it today. Jason and Michael, both big fans of his work, say goodbye the only way they know how or can, by discussing his movies.

R.I.P. George. 

 

Songs Heard:

Day of the Dead opening theme by John Harrison

Father Midnight by Earth

 

 

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 79: A Tribute to Bill Paxton

This week, Jason and Michael pay tribute to the supporting actor who helped make genre movies so much fun. RIP Bill Paxton!

Music Heard:

Reach and World Without Walls by Martini Ranch.

 

Below are the  clips added in this episode. The Best of Chet is best watched, though it also works well just listening to it. 

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 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 20: Exists (2014)

Welcome to The Darkness Dwells Podcast episode 20. This week, Jason travels back in time to discuss the 2014 film Exists with Michael.

There are also the horror movie news and horror literature new releases of which are not from the past. Plus there is some awesome news about Stephen King.

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Music heard on this episode:

Grind by Alice in Chains

I am Nothing by Electric Wizard

Thank you for listening! See you next week!