Episode 2.15 – A Library of Screams with Ken McKinley

McKinleyWelcome to the Ink Heist podcast, which is devoted to dark genre fiction, featuring hosts Rich Duncan, Shane Douglas Keene, Laurel Hightower 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’re excited to have the opportunity to chat with Ken McKinley, the owner and Editor-in-Chief of Silver Shamrock Publishing. Silver Shamrock is approaching its one year anniversary and has quickly become one of the Horror genre’s premiere independent presses, putting out high quality releases from both veterans of the genre and authors who are publishing their first book. We are huge fans of Silver Shamrock books and were excited to get a chance to talk to Ken and pick his brain about Silver Shamrock and publishing in general.

During the episode, we talked about how he founded Silver Shamrock, the role of social media, James Newman’s role in Silver Shamrock’s origins, Midnight in the Graveyard, how he avoided the pitfalls of other indie presses, his long running open call policy, taking care of authors, info on the Gord Rollo releases, IPAs,  a story about how he got to work with his favorite author Robert McCammon, and so much more. Check out our conversation with Ken McKinley now right here on Ink Heist or on your favorite streaming service.

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