Episode 3.15 – Frigid Frights with Mackenzie Kiera

Welcome to the Ink Heist podcast, which is devoted to dark genre fiction, featuring hosts Rich Duncan, Shane Douglas Keene, 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 Mackenzie Kiera to the show to celebrate her latest novella, All You Need is Love and a Strong Electric Current, which is out now through Unnerving as part of their Rewind or Die series! All You Need is Love and a Strong Electric Current is the story of Sadie Snow, a paramedic who has a fetish – she likes it cold. The only person who understood her and loved her was Michael, her ambulance partner and boyfriend. However, their relationship is cut short when Michael is killed. Sadie is devastated until she discovers that she can bring Michael back, again and again. But when it starts getting harder to bring him back, Sadie must make a decision on how far she is willing to go in order to save the person she loves. We remember the first time we became aware of this story, back when Mackenzie read the opening prologue on a live This is Horror event. It’s one of the most attention-grabbing lines we’ve read in a long time and from there, Mackenzie crafts an unforgettable scene with an original voice and a blend of horror and comedy that’s threaded throughout the novella. It’s the sort of thing you don’t easily forget and we instantly knew we had to get our hands on this book! All You Need is Love and a Strong Electric Current features plenty of laugh out loud moments and all the blood a horror fan could ask for, but there are also some heartbreaking moments that really pack a punch. This is a stunning debut that’s a blast to read and a must for horror fans. We loved this book and can’t wait to read whatever Mackenzie releases next! Also, be sure to check out the Ladies of the Fright podcast that she hosts with Lisa Quigley. They’re one of our favorite podcasts and you’ll find plenty of writing advice and great interviews throughout the episodes they’ve posted so far. 

Throughout the course of the episode, we talked about All You Need is Love and a Strong Electric Current, George Carlin, her background as a playwright, the Ladies of the Fright podcast, upcoming projects, book recommendations and so much more. We had a great time recording this episode and hanging out with Mackenzie. We hope you guys enjoy the conversation as much as we did!

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