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 Todd Keisling to the show to talk his latest novel, Devil’s Creek, which is out now through Silver Shamrock Publishing. Devil’s Creek was one of the most anticipated books of 2020 and after reading it, Keisling delivers on the hype and then some. The novel takes small-town horror and adds in a healthy dose of religious cults, family drama, and sheer creepiness to craft one of the most memorable and terrifying horror novels of the year. Seriously, we’ve read a lot of horror over the years and this is a novel that is pretty much guaranteed to unsettle you if not outright scare you. So, when the idea of running a series of podcast episodes based on discussing Devil’s Creek came up, we jumped at the chance.
In the first episode, we focus largely on the publication history of the novel, the major themes and announce a VERY special contest. We encourage readers to take a photo of their local urban legend locations, preferably with a copy of Devil’s Creek, and share them with us using the hashtag #MidnightBaptism. It’s not necessary to enter, but we also encourage a short write up about the history of the location. The contest will last until July 14th and then we will select a winner who will win a signed copy of Devil’s Creek AND your very own statue of the idol that appears in the novel. During the course of the episode, we discuss the publication history of Devil’s Creek, parts that creeped him out while writing, deleted scenes, Sturgill Simpson, the theme of religion and fundamentalism, the inspiration for Imogene, the catharsis of writing Devil’s Creek, his relationship with Anthony Rapino and the creation of the idol, Stefan Koidl, Midnight in the Pentagram, a possible collection, Monochrome Trilogy, One of Us the tribute anthology to Frank Michael Errington, and so much more.