Episode 2.24 – Criminally Weird with Laird Barron

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 welcome back Laird Barron to the show to talk a little bit about his brand new Isaiah Coleridge novel, Worse Angelswhich is available now through G.P. Putnam’s Sons. We’re huge fans of Laird’s work both in the horror and crime fields and Worse Angels finds Barron bringing those two genres together for a compulsively readable novel that features the classic elements of pulp fiction filtered through his unique brand of fiction. Just like the last time we had Laird on the show, we talk a lot about writing and publishing, but we also cover a variety of other topics as well.

During the course of the episode, we discussed the process of putting emotion into his characters, Laird’s conscious decisions on style, Coleridge’s mortality, dealing with the episodic nature of a series, living with your characters, building a body of work, the music of Vitskär Süden, a story about Karl Edward Wagner, watching old boxing matches and how it influences his writing, drawing from different influences, and so much more. Check out our conversation now right here on Ink Heist or on your favorite streaming service.

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