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 record a special bonus episode of the podcast to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Cutting Block Books! Cutting Block Books has put out a slew of great books and anthologies, including the Single Slices series, the Horror Library series, Shadows Over Main Street Vol.1 and Vol.2, Horror is Our Business by Joe R. and Kasey Lansdale, The Seven Deadliest….and you get the picture. They have received numerous Stoker nominations and have been consistently releasing great books for years now featuring some of the most talented voices in the genre. We were lucky enough to be able to sit down and chat with Cutting Block Books Editor-in-Chief Patrick Beltran as well as D. Alexander Ward and John F.D. Taff to get the history of Cutting Block Books and a deeper dive into The Seven Deadliest, which the three of them collaborated on. This was a great episode that is packed with a ton of valuable publishing information, so you definitely don’t want to miss this episode!
During the episode, we talked about the formation of Cutting Block Books, the genesis of Seven Deadliest, collaborative editing, the importance of a good attitude with talent, discussing open calls and pitch calls, the importance of anthologies, financing anthologies, advice for those looking to start a publishing company, and so much more. Check out our conversation with Patrick, John and D now right here on Ink Heist or on your favorite streaming service.