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 were joined by a special co-host and friend of the show, Tracy Robinson! For those who don’t know her, Tracy contributes to both Ladies of Horror Fiction and Sci-fi & Scary. The four of us had a great conversation with Paul Tremblay about his upcoming novel with William Morrow, Survivor Song. We’ve been huge fans of Paul’s work pretty much since the beginning, so it was a real honor to be able to sit down with him and talk about Survivor Song and just writing in general. We were lucky enough to read this one ahead of publication and let’s just say that it’s place on numerous Most Anticipated of 2020 is well-warranted. It’s a chilling novel about a rabies-like virus that overwhelms Massachusetts and plunges the state and the lives of its residents into total chaos. While the story is filled with plenty of tension and terrifying encounters, it’s also got plenty of heart. If you haven’t already, you definitely want to pre-order this book before it hits shelves on July 7th.
During the course of the episode, we discuss the inspiration for Survivor Song, playing with traditional tropes, Stewart O’Nan, A Head Full of Ghosts, a story about Laird Barron, narrative structure, his relationship with Stephen Graham Jones, adaptations, his writing process, exploring himself through characters, the importance of family in his work, his hatred of pickles, what music he writes to, how he would alter Survivor Song if he could, upcoming projects, and so much more.