My new horror interview podcast, THE CHAMBER, is now up on the Morbidly Beautiful network.
I talk with "It Blows My Mind" author Danny Marianino about his collaboration with Mick Lambrou, as well as his pivot from singing in The North Side Kings to writing five books and running Total Gavone Clothing. Plus, a look at the funniest and most charming curmudgeon to ever disparage wizards and mimes, Carmine.
“You Don’t Want This” isn’t just the title of Kristin Garth's anthology of short fiction (available for pre-order on Pink Plastic Press), it’s the inscription on the gates outside her realm of hustlers, harlots, and heroes (some who are all three at once). But this ain’t Hell, this is Florida. The ferry carries you through strip joints and sex dungeons, but also where the world, the flesh, and the devil lurk in videostore back rooms and all-night greasy spoons. Garth balances dark humor and wickedly witty turns of phrase with the lyrical touch of a poet, chasing tempests of brutality and trauma with an undercurrent of hope in the form of sexual liberation. These stories reveal the underbelly that is just as much America as the surface if not more so, the evil that men do and women do their best to survive through. The gods will not save you, and neither will Daddy, but a dance mom reality show star may be the light to guide you out of the darkness. After you begin “You Don’t Want This,” you won’t want it to end — it’s not just the awakening we desire, it’s the apocalypse we deserve.
(image by Kristin, who I thank for sharing her work with me)
I interviewed Dani Tauber, a "basket-case poet, professional ghost, former music journalist, and antiques archivist." We talked about her poetry, her music journalism past, her burgeoning antiques business, and how a jarring experience in her youth changed the trajectory of her creative journey. It's part of a new feature series where MMPP staff can write about people they know and admire, so instead of an objective profile, we call it "I Might Be Biased, But..."
I interviewed poet and author Elayna Mae Darcy. We talked about their formative years as a reader and what compelled them to enter the writing and fandom worlds, the struggles of advocating for queer representation while also having grown up a Harry Potter fan, the challenges of crowdfunding and publishing, and what they see on the horizon for both the literary community and their own work.
I interviewed author and artist C. Brennecke for MeowMeowPowPow. We talk about her poetry/photo collection, an epic fantasy novel & a vampire manual in progress, the influence of tarot on her storytelling, & advice for aspiring (& self-doubting) creators.
Coming in 2022 from Pink Plastic Press - The Book of Korinethians, a print anthology zine of art, poetry, flash fiction and essay about and inspired by the filmography of Harmony Korine, both as auteur and actor. My essay is titled after a song on the "Gummo" soundtrack and includes both real life stories and references to the film and the album.