The Night ParlorAug 25, 2021
Daniel Braum II
In this episode I welcome back strange fiction author Daniel Braum. We talk about his new paperback releases of The Serpent's Shadow and The Night Marchers and Other Strange Tales from Cemetery Dance, as well as author Robert Aickman.
Daniel is the author of the short story collections The Night Marchers and Other Strange Tales, The Wish Mechanics: Stories of the Strange and Fantastic, Yeti Tiger Dragon, and Underworld Dreams. His first novella The Serpent's Shadow was published by Cemetery Dance eBooks and is available now in print for the first time, along with The Night Marchers and Other Strange Stories, also available from Cemetery Dance. Daniel is the editor of the Spirits Unwrapped anthology from Lethe Press, and the host and founder of the Night Time Logic reading series in New York City. His work has appeared in the Shivers 8 anthology, Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, and the American Cannibal anthology from Maenad Press among others. He can be found at bloodandstardust.wordpress.com.
The Scheming Skeleton
The Scheming Skeleton (also known as "Skelly") is a trading card game (or TCG) content creator on YouTube who enjoys talking about, collecting, and playing trading card games. He started collecting and playing trading card games in 1993 when he discovered Magic the Gathering at a local card show and he's been hooked ever since. He also co-hosts The BoneZone Podcast with his friend George, owner of CompetEsport LGS in South Carolina. The BoneZone Podcast is a monthly trading card game podcast where George and Skelly talk about trading card games. When he's not playing card games or creating content he enjoys exploring local history, kayaking, and spending time with his family. And this is a good place to mention that Skelly is in fact my brother as well!
Douglas Ford is the author of The Beasts of Vissaria County, a novel released by D&T Publishing in 2021. His novella, The Reattachment, appeared in 2019 courtesy of Madness Heart Press, and that same press released Little Lugosi (A Love Story) in 2022. His short fiction has appeared in many magazines and anthologies like Generation X-ed, Tales to Terrify, and Dark Moon Digest with several of his works collected in Ape in the Ring and Other Tales of the Macabre and Uncanny, which was published by Madness Heart Press in 2020. He is also the author of The Infection Party and Other Stories of Dis-Ease published in 2022 by D&T. Ford lives on the west coast of Florida, just off an exit made famous by a Jack Ketchum short story.
Tylor James lives in Sweet Hollow, Wisconsin. He's a member of the Horror Writers Association and has had stories published in Hypnos Magazine, Cosmic Horror Monthly, Penumbric Speculative Fiction Magazine, The Literary Hatchet, The Other Stories Podcast, and several anthologies. He is the author of the collection Matters Most Macabre, and most recently from Weird House Press, the collection Beneath the Jack-O-Lantern Sky: Tales of Sweet Hollow.
Elana Gomel is an academic and an award-winning writer. Born in Ukraine, she has lived and taught in many countries, including the U.S., Israel, Italy, and Hong Kong. She is the author of six academic books and numerous articles on subjects such as narrative theory, posthumanism, science fiction, and serial killers. As a fiction writer, she has published more than a hundred fantasy and science fiction stories, several novellas, and four novels.
My Lady of Plagues and Other Gothic Fairy Tales: https://www.weirdhousepress.com/product/my-lady-of-plagues-and-other-gothic-fairy-tales/
Heather Miller is a writer of old-fashioned horror. Her debut novella Knock Knock was published in May of 2021, and her first short fiction collection Tales My Grandmother Told Me, is published today from Last Waltz Publishing. She is also an avid book reviewer whose critical work can be found on Goodreads, Facebook, and Instagram.
Fiona Fox is an Australian born, Irish bred, and USA beaten singer-songwriter. Writing songs about people and life, Fox aims to highlight the vulnerability, humor and heartbreak of the human condition.
https://linktr.ee/fionafoxmusic (Digital Cache for It's Been Nice)
Brian Evenson is the author of eleven novels, eight short fiction collections, and dozens of short stories, essays, chapbooks, and translations. He has won three O. Henry Prizes, an International Horror Guild Award, a Shirley Jackson Award, a World Fantasy Award, and an ALA/RUSA prize. His work has also been a finalist for an Edgar Award, and he has been awarded NEA and Guggenheim fellowships. His fiction has been translated into several languages, including Czech, French, Italian, Greek, Hungarian, Japanese, Spanish, Russian, and Turkish among others. He lives in Los Angeles and teaches in the Critical Studies Program at CalArts
Gordon B. White
Gordon B. White is the author of the collection As Summer’s Mask Slips and Other Disruptions (2020), and the novellas Rookfield (2021) and And In Her Smile, the World (with Rebecca J. Allred, 2022). A graduate of the Clarion West Writing Workshop, his stories have appeared in dozens of venues, including The Best Horror of the Year Vol. 12 and the Bram Stoker Award-winning anthology Borderlands 6. He also contributes reviews and interviews to outlets including Nightmare, Lightspeed, and The Outer Dark podcast. You can find him online at www.gordonbwhite.com
Curtis M. Lawson and Rebecca Clegg
Curtis M. Lawson is an author of unapologetically weird and transgressive fiction, fantastical graphic novels, and dark poetry. His work ranges from technicolor pulp adventures to bleak cosmic horror. Curtis is a member of the Horror Writer’s Association, and the host of the Wyrd Transmissions podcast. He resides just outside of Providence, RI.
The Envious Nothing: A Collection of Literary Ruin forthcoming from Hippocampus Press.
Rebecca Clegg is an artist from Illinois. She has been painting since she was old enough to hold a paintbrush. Rebecca started creating commissioned works for private collections or for musical albums in 2002: She has worked with Krieg, Nachtmystium, Njiqahdda, Xasthur, Urfaust, Ashes, Plaguewielder and Chrome Waves. (She has also created the cover for The Envious Nothing.)
Gordon Cooper & Benjamin Fox
Gordon Cooper and Benjamin Fox are the masterminds behind several musical projects, including Irish Lights, Catawba, Acquiesce, and The Astronauts. They recently also recorded and produced the first single from the stellar singer/songwriter, poet, and artist Fiona Fox.
Fiona Fox: https://www.instagram.com/fionafoxmusic/
Irish Lights: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFiLdwnQSSoNnKkP6SyeS9Q
David Desimone is employed with the Wisconsin Historical Society as the director of Black Point Estate and Gardens, a 19th-century house museum on Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. He previously served as Director of Guest Relations and Communications at The Holden Arboretum near Cleveland, Ohio, and also as Director of Guest Services at Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens in Arkon, Ohio. Dave is also a former art gallery owner and director, as well as an artist and photographer in his own right. His gallery, LowLife, in Cleveland featured the cutting edge work of regional artists, and he has worked as a curator on several exhibits, including the traveling show Lonesome No More. Dave’s primary areas of interest are historic preservation, Deco, Streamline, Mid-20thCentury, and broadly the roll of low brow culture on the overall culture and its movement from Bowery to the Kennedy Center.
Black Point Estate and Gardens: https://blackpointestate.wisconsinhistory.org/
Why Old Places Matter by Thompson M. Mayes: https://www.amazon.com/Why-Old-Places-Matter-Association-ebook/dp/B07F2TC7XF
Born two blocks from the birthplace of H.P. Lovecraft and educated in Shirley Jackson's hometown, Barry Lee Dejasu lives and writes in Providence, Rhode Island. His debut short story collection, Black City Skyline and Darker Horizons, will be published in 2022 by Hippocampus Press. He has several published short stories, the most recent being "M.O.T.W.," from the '80s-themed horror anthology Totally Tubular Terrors. Barry is a former music journalist for Modern Fix magazine, and a reviewer with New York Journal of Books. He lives on the East Side of Providence.
Black City Skyline and Darker Horizons: https://www.hippocampuspress.com/other-authors/fiction/black-city-skyline-and-darker-horizons-by-barry-lee-dejasu
Barry on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/barrydwriter
David is the author of Terrible Things, a fiction collection published by Black Shuck Books. His stories have appeared in Shadows & Tall Trees, Supernatural Tales, Nightscript, Morpheus Tales, and the North American Review, among many others, as well as in several anthologies including the Twisted Book of Shadows from Haverhill House, Crooked Houses: Tales of Cursed and Haunted Dwellings from Egaeus Press, and most recently Ellen Datlow’s Best New Horror of the Year #13 (13 was a lucky number in this case!) David has contributed nonfiction to Black Static Magazine, and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize in fiction as well as other literary awards. He is also the creator of the eerie email monthly Strange Little Stories, works as an arts educator in the New York City area, and lives in the Hudson River Valley.
David's Website: http://www.davidsurface.net/
Julia Rust's Website: http://juliarust.net/index.html
Strange Little Stories (Sign-up): http://www.davidsurface.net/subscribe.html
Terrible Things from Black Shuck Books: https://www.amazon.com/Terrible-Things-David-Surface/dp/1913038513/
Daniel is the author of the short story collections The Night Marchers and Other Strange Tales, The Wish Mechanics: Stories of the Strange and Fantastic, Yeti Tiger Dragon, and Underworld Dreams. The Serpent’s Shadow, his first novella, was released from Cemetery Dance eBooks. He is the editor of the Spirits Unwrapped anthology from Lethe Press, and the host and founder of the Night Time Logic reading series in New York City which can also be heard on the Ink Heist podcast. His work has appeared in publications ranging from Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet to the Shivers 8 anthology. He can be found at bloodandstardust.wordpress.com and on Twitter @danielbraum
The Go Fund Me for the folk horror project, The Dark Heart of the Wood, coming in 2022 from Oxygen Man Press, including Daniel's short story "Where the Jaguar King Lives in the Dark Heart of the Wood" is here:
Underworld Dreams is available for Kindle, in Paperback, and as an audiobook via Amazon.
Daniel's next reading is September 23, 2021. Link to the Facebook event page and the You Tube Channel is here:
And here is the You Tube Channel where the reading will be and also an archive of many past readings:
Dustin’s work focuses on the 19th U.S. president Rutherford B. Hayes’ political career and Hayes’ relationship to slavery and civil rights. He earned a BA in history and political science from Indiana University Kokomo in 2005, an MA in History from Bowling Green State University in 2008, and a PhD in Policy History also from Bowling Green State in 2014. He has taught at Lourdes University and BGSU, and chairs the curatorial and education department at the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums.
Dustin's Writings on Hayes' evolving views on anti-slavery and Reconstruction: https://www.rbhayes.org/main/hayes-evolving-views-on-anti-slavery-reconstruction/
Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums: https://www.rbhayes.org/
Nathan Ballingrud is the author of the collections North American Lake Monsters, Wounds: Six Stories from the Border of Hell, and the novella The Visible Filth. His novella was made into a film called Wounds, directed Babak Anavari in 2019, and North American Lake Monsters was filmed as the basis of the Hulu series Monsterland in 2020. He has won two Shirley Jackson Awards, and his work has been nominated for several other awards including the Bram Stoker, Locus, British Fantasy, World Fantasy, and SLF Fountain. His first novel, The Strange will be coming soon from Saga Press.
S. T. Joshi
S. T. Joshi is the preeminent speculative fiction editor, critic, author, and authority on H. P. Lovecraft, Ambrose Bierce, H. L. Mencken, and other writers, mostly in the realms of supernatural and fantasy fiction. His 350 publications include such critical studies as The Weird Tale, The Modern Weird Tale, Atheism: A Reader, and most recently The Progression of the Weird Tale. His award-winning 1996 biography, H. P. Lovecraft: A Life became the instant standard on Lovecraft, and was expanded to two volumes and published in 2010 under the title I Am Providence: The Life and Times of H. P. Lovecraft. Joshi’s fiction includes the recent novella Something from Below from PS Publishing, and Back from the Dead: Early Fiction and Poetry from Sarnath Press.
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/S.-T.-Joshi/e/B000AP8NIG
"Sunset" (composition mentioned in this episode): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hy8sLLmj9RA
Alison Littlewood is the author of eight novels, two short story collections, a novella, and a novel written under the nom de plume “A.J. Elwood” called The Cottingley Cuckoo which was published in 2021 by Titan Books. Her novel A Cold Season was selected for the Richard and Judy Book Club, and her short stories have been picked for several best of the year anthologies. She won the 2014 Shirley Jackson Award for Short Fiction for her story “The Dog’s Home” – which is certainly one of the darkest pieces she’s written, and contains one of her most shocking endings – and has just this week been nominated for the ALCS’s Tom-Gallon Trust Award for her story “Swanskin” in the anthology After Sundown, edited by Mark Morris. Alison lives with her partner Fergus in deepest Yorkshire, England, in a house of creaking doors and crooked walls. She loves exploring the hills and dales with her two hugely enthusiastic Dalmatians and has a penchant for books on folklore and weird history, Earl Grey tea, and semicolons.
Chris Semtner is an internationally exhibited fine artist and author of several books and chapters on topics including literature, visual art, and history in addition to contributing articles to Biography.com among others. He is curator of the Poe Museum in Richmond, where his critically acclaimed exhibits have earned him praise from The New York Times, TIME Magazine, and USA Today. In search of innovative ways to bring Poe to new audiences, Semtner has collaborated on Poe-themed performances with groups such as the Latin Ballet of Virginia, et al. He has appeared on the BBC4, PBS, Travel Channel, Military History, NPR, CNN, and other networks, and regularly speaks about a variety of unusual, obscure, and macabre subjects to groups of all ages around the country and as far away as Japan. His most recent book, The Poe Shrine: Building the World’s Finest Edgar Allan Poe Collection, tells the strange but true stories behind the Poe Museum’s artifacts.
Chris's Website: https://chrissemtner.com/
The Poe Museum: https://www.poemuseum.org/
Poe Museum Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/poemuseum
The Curator's Crypt (YouTube): https://tinyurl.com/hp33hjye
John McIlveen is the author of the paranormal suspense novel HANNAHWHERE, Winner of Ireland’s 2015 Drunken Druid Award, and Nominee for the 2015 Bram Stoker Award. He is also the author of the story collections, INFLICTIONS, and JERKS AND OTHER TALES FROM A PERFECT MAN, in addition to the well-received novelette GOT YOUR BACK, which is included in his latest collection A VARIABLE DARKNESS. A father of five daughters, he works at MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory, is the CEO and Editor-in-Chief of the press Haverhill House, and lives in Haverhill, MA with his wife.
Haverhill House: https://haverhillhouse.com/
Brian Driscoll received his B.A. in Visual Art from Columbia in 2013, and an MFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2018. He has completed residencies at the Oxbow School of Painting and Sculpture in Saugatuck, Michigan, the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont, and the School of Visual Art in New York City. His work, a provocative mix of nudes, comics, childhood ephemera, wallpaper, saturated color, and delicate sculpture has been exhibited nationally in solo and group exhibitions and is collected internationally.
doungjai gam is the author of 'glass slipper dreams, shattered' and 'watch the whole goddamned thing burn.' Her short fiction and poetry have been published in LampLight, Wicked Haunted, Nox Pareidolia, and The Dystopian States of America, and most recently in the anthology Campfire Macabre from Cemetery Gates Media. "Crossroads of Opportunity," a story she co-wrote with Ed Kurtz, appeared in the Stoker-nominated Lost Highways: Dark Fictions from the Road and was reprinted in Year's Best Hardcore, Volume Four. Born in Thailand, she currently resides in New England with author Ed Kurtz.
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/doungjai-gam/e/B07144Q4CH
Clint is the author of the collection Ghouljaw and Other Stories from Hippocampus Press (2014) the novella When It’s Time For Dead Things to Die from Unnerving (2019), and The Skeleton Melodies, also from Hippocampus Press (2020). A former freelance writer, Clint’s non-fiction stories and columns have previously appeared in FARM Indiana Magazine, SOUTH Magazine, the Southside Times, and the Indianapolis Star. In 2018’s 21st-Century Horror: Weird Fiction at the Turn of the Millennium, literary scholar and critic, S.T. Joshi, includes an essay segment titled, “Clint Smith: Decaying Cities, Decaying Lives.” Clint lives in Indiana, along with his wife and children, just outside Deacon’s Creek.
Upcoming publications include the story (previewed in the episode) "Feast Your Eyes on the Yawning Monotony of Humdrum Rot" in Nightscript, Vol. 7 (October 2021).
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Clint-Smith/e/B0094W3DPO/
From her website christacarmen.com:
“My debut collection, Something Borrowed, Something Blood-Soaked won the 2018 Indie Horror Book Award for Best Debut Collection, and additional work has been published in places such as Year's Best Hardcore Horror, Fireside, Rooster Republic's Not All Monsters, Muzzleland Press' Behold the Undead of Dracula, The Wicked Library, and Tales to Terrify.
"These days when I'm not writing, I keep chickens, forget to pull a daily tarot card, and read books like Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein and The Gashlycrumb Tinies to my daughter. Most of my work comes from gazing upon the ghosts of the past or else into the dark corners of nature, those places where whorls of bark become owl eyes and deer step through tunnels of hanging leaves and creeping briars only to disappear."
To Podcast Mentioned in this Interview: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/s8e09-what-evil-lurks-scary-stories-told-in-the-dark/id1325401931?i=1000513896638
Irish Lights are Benjamin Fox and Gordon Cooper who have been making music together for over two decades. Both originally from the American Midwest they now compose from across the Atlantic Ocean. Cooper is based in Detroit MI while Fox is based in the West of Ireland. Both grew up on Catawba Island Ohio which is on the shores of Lake Erie. Immersed in maritime folklore and island mentality, Irish Lights was a natural progression into love songs written for lighthouses. Each Irish Lights album is rooted in theme and picture. Fox and Cooper study existing photographs and drone footage of each lighthouse before and after composing. They also discuss what the Lighthouse Keeper is feeling at the particular time and what time of the day/night it may be for each album. They will compose a song for each lighthouse on the Island of Ireland.
The Astronauts: https://open.spotify.com/artist/1NqfIH0gBSSza3S1pNCWEp
Curtis M. Lawson
Curtis M. Lawson is an author of unapologetically weird and transgressive fiction, fantastical graphic novels, and dark poetry. Curtis’ work ranges from technicolor pulp adventures to bleak cosmic horror. He is a member of the Horror Writer’s Association, and the organizer of the Wyrd live horror reading series. He lives in Salem, MA with his wife and their son.