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 have the opportunity to welcome Hailey Piper back to the show to celebrate the release of her brand new novella, The Worm and His Kings, which is out now through Off Limits Press. Hailey’s work is highly imaginative, as she often takes familiar subgenres and crafts them into something completely her own with fresh, innovative twists. She has long been a favorite writer of everyone at Ink Heist and trust us when we say that whatever book you pick up first, you’re going to want to carve out a few hours of spare time because her work is compulsively readable and grips you right from the front page. She’s a master of both longer works and short stories and regardless of what sort of horror your into, Hailey has a story you’re sure to fall in love with. We had a lot of fun talking to Hailey and as always, we take away some very valuable writing advice. One of our favorite takeaways was the inspiration for the title of this episode, the idea of not being afraid of trying new ideas.
Throughout the course of the episode, we talked about THE WORM AND HIS KINGS, Off Limits Press, creating a mythology, process, writing Monique, Cosmic Horror, cults, Unfortunate Elements of My Anatomy, Queen of Teeth, her love short fiction, book recommendations, and so much more. We had a lot of fun recording this episode and learned a lot from Hailey and we hope you guys enjoy it as much as we did.