LOTF 37: Ray Cluley on Ocean Terrors, Mermaids, and Water for Drowning

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Did you know that we've started a Patreon that includes lots of cool rewards at every tier, including special bonus content? Check it out! And grateful shout out to our higher tier patrons, who you can find on twitter at @S_M_Fedor, @theeliryder, and @NathanBlixt.

In episode 37, we chat with author Ray Cluley. The conversation celebrates his novella Water for Drowning, originally published by This Is Horror in 2014 and recently adapted into an audiobook narrated by RJ Bayley. Our conversation spans so much more than that though, and we get into things like why the ocean is so terrifying, the lure & appeal of mermaids (including a discussion about a friend of ours who wrote a hilarious piece of mermaid erotica), the necessity of making a living while pursuing the writing dream, and the thrill of reading outside the genre occasionally.

Show Notes

Find Ray: TwitterWebsite

Buy Water for DrowningNovellaAudiobook

LOTF 36: Summer Scares 3 with Kiera Parrott

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Did you know that we've started a patreon that includes lots of cool rewards at every tier, including special bonus content? Check it out! And grateful shout out to our $10 patrons, who you can find on twitter at @S_M_Fedor and @theeliryder.

This episode is our THIRD installment of a series covering the Summer Scares library summer reading program. The Horror Writers’ Association has partnered with Book Riot and Library Journal to curate the Summer Scares reading list, which includes three books each in the Adult, YA, and Middle Grade categories. We have already discussed the Adult selections in episode 32, and the YA selections in episode 34. Joining us today to talk about the middle grade selections is Kiera Parrott, a reviews director at Library Journal and School Library Journal.

The middle grade picks for the 2019 Summer Scares program are:

Doll Bones by Holly Black (Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2015)

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll (Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2014)

The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste (Algonquin Young Readers, 2016)

Show Notes:

Find Kiera: Twitter

To discover more regarding the Summer Scares program, check out the Summer Scares information website.

Special thanks to our patrons: Bob Pastorella, S.M. Fedor, Eli Ryder, and Nathan Blixt!

LOTF 35: Tropisode #3 | The Devil with Bracken MacLeod

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First things first: we have finally started a Patreon! We would like to give a special shoutout to S.M. Fedor, who has joined the Patreon at the $10 level. Find him on twitter at S_M_Fedor.

If you’re interested in our Patreon, check it out over at patreon.com/ladiesofthefright. We would be thrilled to have you join us at any level, and we are offering cool rewards at every tier. The most exciting of which is our Patrons-only podcast, LOTF After Dark which is accessible to Patrons at every tier. We also have our first challenge going! When we hit our first 20 patrons, we’ll be doing a patrons-only giveaway!

Alright, one last bit of “housekeeping” before we get on with the show: This week is Stoker Con! Mackenzie & I are in Grand Rapids this weekend. Make sure you look us up! We are on two panels: Friday 5/9 from 2:15pm-3:15pm Podcasting 101 for Librarians Day as panelists.  On Saturday 5/10 11am-12pm we are moderating Why Does Horror Matter? With Gabino Iglesias, Stephen Graham Jones, Kathryn McGee, and Becky Spratford—which we are also recording to air on the podcast.

Show Notes:

In this episode, we are thrilled to bring you our third Tropisode! Today’s episode is all about the Devil. As you know, with these episodes we invite a guest with some expertise on the trope we’re exploring. Today, we’re happy to welcome Bracken MacLeod to the show.

We’ve brought Bracken onto the show because of his graduate studies (a million years ago) in philosophy and comparative religion, but also his own formative youth during the height of the Satanic Panic, he has a particular fondness for the character of the Devil. We think you’ll find his expertise valuable!

Essential Devil Reading

Paradise Lost by John Milton

Lucifer: The Devil in the Gateway by Mike Carey

Falling Angel by William Hjortsberg

Demons edited by John Skipp

Sefira and Other Betrayals by John Langan - the short story "At Home in Devil's House" 

The Devil and Winnie Flynn by Micol Ostow

Wounds by Nathan Ballingrud - the novella "The Atlas of Hell"

The Master in Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

The History of the Devil - a play by Clive Barker

Books of Blood by Clive Barker - the short story "Down Satan"

Devil Movies Mentioned

The Prophecy

Angel Heart

The Devil's Candy

Find Bracken: FacebookTwitterWebsite

Special thanks to our patrons, Bob Pastorella & S.M. Fedor!