Episode 2.28 – Michael David Wilson, Gator Wrangler

MDWWelcome 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 Michael David Wilson to the show to celebrate the release of his brand new debut novella The Girl in the Video which is out now through Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing. Chances are if you’re a fan of horror fiction, you’re already well aware of Michael as he is the founder of the website and podcast This Is Horror, which has run for 350 episodes and counting and features him and Bob Pastorella interviewing some of the biggest names in the genre. It’s a great podcast and one of the biggest influences on our show and if you aren’t already a listener, head over and dive into some of their previous episodes. The Girl in the Video is a terrifying story that Michael has pitched as “The Ring meets Fatal Attraction for the iPhone generation”, and I don’t think there is a better description for it. Without delving into spoilers, I will say that Michael taps into isolation and the fears about our digital privacy to craft a pretty gripping premise that might make you want to delete all of your social media profiles. If you haven’t checked it out, definitely pick up a copy.

During the course of the episode, we discuss the beginnings of the This Is Horror Podcast, dealing with anxiety, interview styles, profanity, discussing ejaculation with Max Booth III, the origins of The Girl in the Video, negative reviews, a possible The Girl in the Video film, dealing with the pandemic, isolation and technology as themes, The House of Bad Memories, favorite Peep Show scenes, Peeper Ritual, Bob Pastorella being his prizefighter, what he’s into lately, and so much more. 

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