Episode 3.17 – A Bus Full of Losers with John Mantooth

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 John Mantooth to the show to celebrate his latest collection, Shoebox Train Wreck, which is out now through Lethe Press! We’re excited to have John back on the show after his last appearance with Ian Pisarcik. I’m pretty sure both of us at Ink Heist were initially introduced to John’s work through his Earl Marcus novels, which were released under the name Hank Early. When we heard he was going to release a collection under his own name, which finds John further blurring the lines of genre, we knew we had to get our hands on it! Shoebox Train Wreck is packed with stories that feature memorable characters and settings that will sweep you up into the narrative. And make no mistake, most of these stories are emotionally devastating and will stick with you long after you close the pages. John is an incredible talent and if you’re looking for a collection that features one jaw-droppingly good story after another, you need to get your hands on Shoebox Train Wreck.

Throughout the course of the episode, we talked about Shoebox Train Wreck, re-reading his older work, his time as a bus driver, writing about grief, his upcoming projects and so much more. We had a great time recording this episode and hanging out with John. We hope you guys enjoy the conversation as much as we did!

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