Welcome 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 have a special episode for you as we had TWO guests on this week, Hank Early and Ian Pisarcik. We are a huge fan of Hank’s Earl Marcus series and Ian’s debut novel Before Familiar Woods is one of the best books we’ve read so far in 2020. Both authors write realistic characters that you can’t help but be invested in and are masters at crafting vivid settings that are every bit as vital to the fabric of the story as the characters that populate them and can be viewed almost as another character. All three of us agree that when you pick up a book from either Pisarcik or Early, you might as well clear your schedule because you won’t be putting them down anytime soon. This also marks the first time (I think) we’ve had two guests on the show at the same time. Which was pretty cool, especially when Ian and Hank had a conversation with each other about writing and publishing.
During the episode, we talked about rural noir, the importance of setting, influences, mixing in horror, the true inspiration behind Before Familiar Woods, our upbringing and reading, their experience writing their debut novel, inspirations, publishing during the pandemic, and so much more. Check out our conversation with Hank and Ian now right here on Ink Heist or on your favorite streaming service.