Episode 2.51 – Against the Knife with Tiffany McDaniel

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 Tiffany McDaniel about her latest novel, Betty, which is out now through Knopf Publishing Group. Betty is a heartbreaking, captivating novel about family secrets that have lasting effects on the titular Betty and the rest of the Carpenter family. This is a powerful novel that evokes a range of emotions in readers and at times, can be difficult to get through because your heart breaks for these characters. But despite the hardships that follow Betty and the rest of the Carpenter’s, there are moments of perseverance, hope and beauty. McDaniel’s poetic prose is mesmerizing and readers will be lost in its magic from start to finish. McDaniel’s has an uncanny ability to transport readers to Breathed, making you feel like you’ve actually been to Breathed and that you’ve known these characters your entire life. McDaniel is a master storyteller and Betty is, without a doubt, one of the year’s best novels.

Throughout the course of the episode, we talked about the writing process of Betty, using fiction to deliver truth, her Horror roots, upcoming works and a lot of other stuff you don’t wanna miss! We had a blast with this episode and we think you will too.  

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