Episode 2.20 – In the Murder Castle with Sara Tantlinger and Matt Corley

SaraMattWelcome 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 episode with Matt Corley and Sara Tantlinger about a very cool project they have in the works. For those who don’t know them, Matt is a writer who specializes in RPG game books and who has also launched his own publishing company, Saturday Morning Scenarios. Sara is a writer, a poet, editor and teacher whose works include the Bram Stoker Award-winning poetry collection The Devil’s Dreamland: Poetry Inspired by H.H. Holmes, To Be Devoured and Love for Slaughter. She also edited the upcoming anthology, Not All Monsters, from Strangehouse. The exciting project they are getting ready to release is the H.H. Holmes inspired novella The Devil’s City and the accompanying RPG game, Horror in the Windy City. We often think of books being adapted into movies or TV shows, but I really think that Matt is on to something fun and unique by adapting literary works into immersive RPG games.

The conversation with both of them was fascinating as we had a lot of fun as always, but also learned what goes into creating an immersive project like The Devil’s City and Horror in the Windy City. They are currently running a Kickstarter until Thursday, April 30th to help fund the project and we HIGHLY recommend backing it if you are able. The story and game are great and there are some gorgeous illustrations that will make it a must own for horror fans. Here’s a link to the Kickstarter: The Devil’s City Kickstarter. During the episode, we talked about Sara’s interest in H.H, Holmes, the collaboration process of The Devil’s City, Matt’s introduction into RPGs and his publishing company’s goals, what goes into a successful Kickstarter, the benefits of outlines, adapting books into RPGs, the community aspect of building Horror in the Windy City, upcoming projects, and so much more. Check out our conversation with Matt and Sara now right here on Ink Heist or on your favorite streaming service.

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