Episode 2.59 – Angry Clowns and Bobsleds with Steve Stred

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 Steve Stred to the show to discuss his latest collection, Of Witches, as well as some of his other work. Steve’s an indie author who is very active in the Horror scene whose works are compulsively readable and cover a wide variety of subgenres. We’re relatively new to his work, but we’ve devoured everything we’ve gotten our hands on! If you’re looking for a quick, action-packed read, definitely head on over to your bookstore of choice and check out some of his books. This was an engaging conversation where we talk a lot about his experience in writing and also his career as a bobsledder and trying out for the Olympics team. Throughout the course of the episode, we talked about the extremeness of Ritual, writing shorter fiction, the importance of direct criticism/reading negative reviews, how athletics prepared him for writing, his Andrew Pyper collection, chatting with Twitter bots and so much more. We had a a lot of fun recording this episode and we hope you guys enjoy it as much as we did.

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