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Amanda Mason interview: ‘I wanted to have the horror in plain hot sunlight… I wanted that contrast’

Split between the UK’s heatwave of 1976 and the present, Amanda Mason’s The Wayward Girls is a dark and gripping tale of poltergeist infestation. Rebecca Wojturska reviewed the book for us and wrote that it’s a “dark and shimmering tale of palpable unease… Mason’s ability to weave mystery and eeriness together will appeal to fans of thrillers and horror alike.” Rebecca had the chance to speak to Mason about her debut novel, ghost stories, stage magic, and a hint at the book that’s coming next.

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Andrew Michael Hurley interview: ‘Folk horror debunks the idea that England is a green and pleasant land’

Andrew Michael Hurley’s superb Starve Acre ends his folk horror trilogy of novels exploring the eeriness of the rural landscapes that Hurley has immersed his fiction in since his debut The Loney was published in 2014. In this interview, I speak to Hurley about Starve Acre, genre boundaries, 70s British folk horror, and moving from the rural to the urban in his next novel.

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Julia Armfield: ‘salt slow is about women and bodies and the ways in which our bodies contain us and betray us’

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Julia Armfield’s short story collection salt slow opens with “Mantis”, a story about a teenage girl whose body is changing. But unlike her peers’, her body is changing in a more unexpected, more monstrous way.

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Matt Cardin: ‘What drew me to religion was the same thing that drew me to horror’

Religion and horror on their own, separate terms can be deeply moving, if not outright life-changing. When the two intersect, something new, poignant and powerful emerges. Author Matt Cardin, who has his PhD in leadership and a master’s in religious studies, recently published theological horror fiction collection To Rouse Leviathan, and he understands the importance and beauty of this intersection better than most.

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Podcast episode #6: Caitlin Starling, author of the sci-fi horror The Luminous Dead

Peter speaks to Caitlin Starling about her debut novel The Luminous Dead, video games and interactive fiction, her upcoming projects, and more.

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All My Colors interview with David Quantick

Rebecca Wojturska speaks to David Quantick about his recent novel, All My Colors, a book which Rebecca describes in her review as a “fast-paced genre-bending whirlwind of hilarity and horror”. They also talk about what Quantick is working on next, why comedy and horror often go together, and human suitcases. Yes, human suitcases.

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Podcast episode #5, Catriona Ward on writing short stories, Little Eve & the importance of setting in her fiction

In this episode, Peter speaks to Catriona Ward whose second novel Little Eve, a 1920s murder mystery set on a remote Scottish island within a nature-worshipping cult, was nominated for a 2018 Shirley Jackson Award.

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Podcast episode #4, Jessica Gildersleeve on Nicolas Roeg’s Don’t Look Now

Peter speaks to professor Jessica Gildersleeve about Nicolas Roeg’s 1973 classic horror film Don’t Look Now.

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Katie Lowe interview: I wanted to do young women’s anger some kind of justice

Katie Lowe is a UK-based writer whose debut novel The Furies was released this May by HarperCollins in the UK and is coming later in October to the US with St. Martin’s Press. In her review for Sublime Horror, Rebecca Wojturska said that “Lowe has done a fantastic job of weaving so many threads together to create a hauntingly dark tale of adolescent female fury.” Here, Rebecca speaks to Lowe about The Furies, Lowe’s blogging and PhD, and the Gothic. 

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Podcast, episode #3: Niamh Boyce on her novel Her Kind and the Kilkenny Witch Trial of 1324

In this episode, Peter talks to novelist and poet Niamh Boyce whose new historical novel Her Kind is a reimagining of the events leading up to the Kilkenny Witch Trial of 1324.