LOTF 17: The Changeling, by Victor LaValle

In this episode we’re discussing Victor LaValle’s The Changeling, which is about “One man’s thrilling journey through an enchanted world to find his wife, who has disappeared after supposedly committing an unforgivable act of violence, from the award-winning author of the The Devil in Silver, Big Machine and The Ballad of Black Tom."

Show Notes

  • Mackenzie has an exciting announcement!
  • Lisa talks about how this book examines how fucking scary social media and our technology-driven lives are and made it scarier than it already is.
  • Lisa discusses "the pivotal scene" in the book
  • Mackenzie talks about word choice and repetition, and how that’s a fairy tale thing. Lisa agrees and discusses the repetition of Apollo's dream.
    • This Is Horror podcast episode 161, interview with Victor LaValle
  • Lisa discusses echoes of great authors.
  • Mackenzie ponders the purpose of the North Brother Island in the book
  • Mackenzie rants: The fact that Emma is a witch is never fucking used! Not REALLY. Lisa counters this with her own thoughts.
  • Mackenzie and Lisa each share what they learned from this book.
  • Favorite quotes.
  • Favorite parts.
  • Thank you to Audra Figgins for your recent iTunes review! We are so grateful for the support.

LOTF 16: What Should Be Wild, by Julia Fine

Mackenzie and Lisa discuss What Should Be Wild, the debut novel by Julia Fine.

Book description: 

In this darkly funny, striking debut, a highly unusual young woman must venture into the woods at the edge of her home to remove a curse that has plagued the women in her family for millennia—an utterly original novel with all the mesmerizing power of The Tiger’s Wife, The Snow Child, and Swamplandia!

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LOTF 15: Tropisode #1 :: VAMPIRES :: with Natalie Ferrigno

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This is the first in a sub-series of episodes that explore specific horror tropes in detail — Tropisode #1: Vampires. We plan to do one of these episodes about once a quarter. We talk about vampires with a vampire expert, Natalie Ferrigno, who also happens to be a fellow UCR Palm Desert alumna. In addition to talking about vampires (where they've been, where they are, where they're going) we also discuss in greater detail David Busboom's new novella Nightbird from Unnerving.

Natalie Ferrigno is a horror writer, gothic fusion bellydancer, and creator of the forthcoming Atrophy Zine. You can find her and follow her creative endeavors at the handle @eris_atrophy on both Twitter and Instagram. Stay tuned for more news regarding the Indie GoGo for her zine! 

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