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 Beau Johnson to the show to celebrate the release of his latest collection, All of Them to Burn, which is out now through Down & Out Books! Before we jump in to describing the episode, just a note to listeners: This episode contains spoilers about Johnson’s work So, listen with caution. All of Them to Burn is an addictive read that all of us at Ink Heist fell in love with as soon as we picked it up. This collection features standalone stories as well as the continuation of Bishop Rider’s story. This collection is home to a wide variety of styles from brutal, gritty crime to splashes of horror and Johnson isn’t afraid to play with the structures of his stories. One thing is for certain – once you pick up All of Them to Burn, you’re going to want to carve out a few hours to finish it because it’s damn near impossible to put down.
Throughout the course of the episode, we talked about Beau’s Book Nook, his start in crime fiction, Bishop Rider, a story about teeth, tips for writing flash, the mixing horror and crime, Down & Out, using violence in stories, “For Your Consideration”, the Crime community and Beau Day, what hes reading, Brand New Dark and so much more. We had a lot of fun recording this episode and hanging out with Beau, who is incredibly funny and a tireless supporter of indie authors. We hope you guys enjoy the conversation as much as we did!