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’re excited to have the opportunity to chat with Alma Katsu, author of The Taker series, The Hunger and her new novel, The Deep. Alma is known for her work blending historical events with chilling horror, starting with the Donner Party in The Hunger and the Titanic and Britannic in The Deep. Alma is a master at transporting readers back in time and using true events to craft atmospheric horror that insidiously consumes readers’ imaginations throughout the reading experience. The Deep is a truly mesmerizing book that all three of us at Ink Heist are currently falling in love with and unable to put down for very long. Alma does a great job of weaving in the suggestion of the supernatural, allowing readers imaginations to run wild and The Deep is an evocative take on the Gothic tradition. If you haven’t already, definitely grab a copy of The Deep, it’s the sort of novel you can lose yourself in.
During the episode, we talked to Alma about re-imagining historical events, her writing journey, Westerns, the difficulties of breaking out, launching a book during the pandemic, upcoming works including a spy series, women’s rights as a theme in The Deep, which character she relates to most in The Deep, dealing with dual timelines and so much more. Check out our conversation with Alma now right here on Ink Heist or on your favorite streaming service.