Bonus Episode – Walking the Red Brick Road with Josh Malerman, Shane Douglas Keene and Chris Campbell

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 very special episode to share with you where we take a deep dive into Josh Malerman’s serial novel Carpenter’s Farm and the art that came to life around it. Carpenter’s Farm has been taking the horror community by storm not just because it’s an amazing novel (which it is), but also because of the incredible art that it inspired it and its unique serialized format. That’s why we were excited and honored to host this conversation between three of the creative forces behind Carpenter’s Farm – Josh Malerman, Shane Douglas Keene and Chris Campbell. One of the highlights of this conversation was hearing how Shane’s vivid, evocative poetry and Chris’ mesmerizing score influenced the novel’s creation and also how the novel influenced their works of art. 

During the course of the episode, we discussed the symbiotic nature of Carpenter’s Farm, creating art on a fast schedule, phantom deadlines, how the current lockdown inspired and shaped Carpenter’s Farm, how they all met and started collaborating, future collaborations, the color scheme pattern behind the novel, theoretical casting of a  Carpenter’s Farm adaptation, and a listening party to part of Chris’ score and a live reading of a poem by Shane. This was such an inspiring episode and if you’re looking for some behind the scenes insight on how it all came together, this is the show for you! Check out our conversation now right here on Ink Heist or on your favorite streaming service.

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