Episode 103: A Conversation with Laurel Hightower


Welcome to the Ink Heist podcast, which is devoted to dark genre fiction, featuring hosts Rich Duncan and Shane Douglas Keene and a whole bevy of authors and other interesting guests for your listening and enlightening pleasure. We are a very irreverent, often linguistically explicit broadcast so we highly recommend you use discretion when listening around easily influenced young ones or anyone who is easily offended. We would like to thank the band Secret Smoker for allowing us to use their song “Crushed by Air” to kick off and finish the podcast.

This week, we got a chance to talk to horror author Laurel Hightower, who recently released her debut novel Whispers in the Dark through Journalstone. Whispers in the Dark follows S.W.A.T sniper Rose McFarland, a woman who has been run through a gauntlet of horrific experiences ever since her childhood. She bears both physical and mental scars from her experience with the entities known as The Whispers, but lately has managed to keep them at bay. However, after a tense standoff on the job, Rose’s worst fears come rushing back with a vengeance, targeting both her and her family. If you have yet to read it, let us just say you’re missing out and you need to pick up a copy immediately. It’s a perfect blend of procedural thriller and horror and features some truly frightening scenes that Shane and I both couldn’t get out of our heads. We got to talk to Laurel about her journey into getting Whispers in the Dark published, the horror community, her upcoming projects, family dynamics and our book buying obsessions among a host of other topics. We had a blast talking to Laurel and would like to thank her for joining our show. She’s incredibly kind, a very talented author and we’re sure you will be hearing more about her and her work in horror circles in the future.

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