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 J. Daniel Stone to the show to discuss his latest novel, Stations of Shadow, which is out now through Lethe Press. Daniel has been one of our favorite writers ever since we first discovered his dark, poetic prose in some of the early Grey Matter Press anthologies Dark Visions – Volume II and Ominous Realities and it was great to finally get a chance to sit down and talk to him. His works feel like a love letter to creating art in various forms and the artists who pour their souls into their work. His work features memorable characters, explores the grittier side of New York City and often finds him filtering traditional horror elements through his powerful, imaginative voice. All of his books are worth seeking out, but Stations of Shadow is Stone’s most personal work to date and features some of his darkest, most daring imagery. It was a blast to read and we had a great time hanging out with Daniel discussing his work and art in general. Throughout the course of the episode, we talked about Stations of Shadow, creativity, the influence of professional wrestling, revisiting characters, meeting Kathe Koja for the first time, and so much more. We had a blast with this episode and learned so much from Daniel, and we think you will too.