Episode 3.04 – Breaking into Wormwood with Chad Lutzke and Tim Meyer

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 Chad Lutzke and Tim Meyer to the show to celebrate the release of their collaborative novel, Wormwood, which is out now! Wormwood follows 14-year-old Baker Gray who just moved to Long Lake, Georgia. His mom moves a lot for work, so Baker is used to never feeling at home, constantly having to make new friends every time they have to pick up and leave. But in Long Lake, things start to change for Baker after he meets new friends Seb and the older Cassandra Larsson. For the first time, Baker feels like he fits in and that he can build a life for himself. However, Cass’ idea of fun begins to blur the line between right and wrong and Baker finds himself going down a dark path he might not be able to pull away from. We are huge fans of both Chad and Tim’s work, so naturally Wormwood was a highly anticipated read for us here at Ink Heist. They blend their unique styles together seamlessly and the result is an addictive, devastating story of realistic horrors that shine a light on the darkness that can reside just around the corner.

Throughout the course of the episode, we talked about their collaborative novel WORMWOOD, weaving their styles together, the restriction influences art theory, balancing the darkness of the story and so much more. We had a lot of fun recording this episode and hanging out with them and we hope you guys enjoy it as much as we did!

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