Episode 3.18 – Summer Scares with Wesley Southard

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 Wesley Southard to the show to celebrate his latest novel, Cruel Summer, which is out now through Death’s Head PressCruel Summer follows Melissa Braun and her son Patrick as they head to Florida with Melissa’s boyfriend Hoyt. Things have been progressively getting worse with Hoyt, but Melissa hopes this trip will bring them closer together and he will turn his life around. However, Hoyt’s anger only worsens and sets off a chain of events that changes their lives and draws the attention of something ancient and evil. Cruel Summer is loaded with tons of high octane thrills that are sure to delight horror fans, including a killer scene at a manatee sanctuary that we still can’t get over! These intense scenes make for an addictive read and the relationship between Melissa and Patrick throughout the novel is equally as engaging. If your looking for some supernatural chills to kick off the summer season, definitely grab a copy of Cruel Summer!

Throughout the course of the episode, we talked about Cruel Summer, writing character driven horror, Fulci films, horror franchises, upcoming projects and so much more! We had a great time recording this episode and hanging out with Wes. We hope you guys enjoy the conversation as much as we did!

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