J.K. Rowling attends the premiere "Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them" at Alice Tully Hall on November 10, 2016, in New York City. Editorial credit: JStone /

J.K. Rowling Accidentally Tweets F-Bomb Transphobic Report To Millions

It's J.K. Rowling time again, everyone. But first, rewind three years: in 2017 the then-26-year-old transactivist and transwoman Tara Wolf was was convicted of striking the 60-year old Maria Maclachlan on the back and shoulder during a protest at Speakers' Corner in 2017. The protest involved trans activists and anti-trans campaigners (dubbed TERFs or trans-exclusionary radical feminists by […]

J.K. Rowling, Impressed By Drawings, Tweets Her Delight Away

J.K. Rowling, Impressed By Ickabog Drawings, Tweets Her Delight

J.K. Rowling, the author of the massively popular Harry Potter young adult novel series, has lately been working on increasing the PR for her newest work, a children's book called The Ickabog. Today, she could be found retweeting drawings of the characters, creatures, and even locations from the story. The Ickabog is a stand-alone fairy […]

Bookselling Requires a Great Query Letter & It's Harder Than It Looks

This episode Jason talks to Angie Hodapp about her new book Query Craft, the Writer-in-the-Know Guide to Getting Your Manuscript Requested. The author is the Director of Literary Development at Nelson Literary Agency, where she acts as a conduit between authors pitching books and agents looking to represent them. Her new book is about the […]


Lake of Darkness Explores the Dark Side of WWI-Era Chicago

This episode Jason talks to Scott Kenemore, author of the new book Lake of Darkness (May 5, 2020; Skyhorse Publishing/Talos Press). The book explores an alternate history in which power, crime, and the supernatural converge during the First World War on the South Side of Chicago. The publisher says: A combination of detective thriller, cosmic […]


Leslie Lutz Talks Fractured Tide And Building a Better Lost

This episode Jason talks to Leslie Lutz, whose strange Lost-like thrilled Fractured Tide debuts this month from Blink/HarperCollins in hardcover. Says the publisher: This young adult thriller pushes 17-year-old Sia into a reality where the waters in front of her and the jungle behind her are as dangerous as the survivors alongside her. Told through […]


Master of Horror Ramsey Campbell on The Wise Friend and the Uncanny

This episode Jason talks to Ramsey Campbell, who the Oxford Companion to English Literature describes as "Britain's most respected living horror writer." It's practically impossible to talk about Campbell without an awareness of his importance to the horror genre—he's received more awards than any other horror writer, including the Grand Master Award of the World […]


Grady Hendrix on Bringing Dracula to the Southern 'Burbs

This episode Jason spoke to author Grady Hendrix about his new book The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires, which is currently a New York Times Bestseller. The book has already been acquired for adaptation as an Amazon TV series. Hendrix explains that the book, which the publisher has pitched as "Steel Magnolias Meets […]


Danielle Trussoni's The Ancestor Takes Gothic Horror and Twists

This episode we're talking with Danielle Trussoni, the New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling author of the Angelology series whose new book The Ancestor (reviewed Tuesday at the New York Times, which called it "as creepy as you might expect from an author who also writes the Book Review's horror column.") is a gothic thriller about […]

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Menna Van Praag Moves into Grim Fantasy with The Sisters Grimm

This episode we're talking with Menna van Praag, author of the new book The Sisters Grimm from HarperVoyager. The publisher says about the author: Menna van Praag was born in Cambridge, England and studied Modern History at Oxford University. Her first novella – an autobiographical tale about a waitress who aspires to be a writer […]


Put a Little Hope Punk in your Life with The Goblin Emperor

[rwp_box_recap id="0"] The past several weeks feel like I've been inundated by horror. Tales of people catching ill, and dying horribly, by a pandemic that continues even as I type. Some times I've become overwhelmed by the horror around me, and felt like hope was the dream of the deluded. Hope is not that. And […]


"Scientists with Guns" Return in James Rollins "The Last Odyssey"

This episode we're talking to James Rollins, author of the new book The Last Odyssey from William Morrow/HarperCollins– a book in which Rollins' Sigma Force returns to investigate a mystery surrounding an ancient path to Tartarus, the Greek Hell. As Sigma Force investigates, different powers begin to move in on a radioactive discovery that could trigger […]

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In Churl Yo's "Isonation": Ultimate Social Distancing

This episode we're talking to In Churl Yo, author of Isonation. The book presents a future in which fear of contagion has led to a world where people live in hermetically-sealed apartments: social distancing has become complete social isolation. The family unit never leaves, and only communicates with the outside world through virtual reality (called the […]

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Square Enix Has Two "Final Fantasy VII Remake" Books Coming This Fall

Square Enix revealed today that along with Final Fantasy VII Remake, they'll have two books coming out based around the game this Fall. The company is basically looking to capitalize on the release of the game, which will happen on April 10th, 2020. The two books on the way will offer two different topics, depending […]


K.B. Wagers' Hard-Edged Diverse Military SF "A Pale Light in the Black"

This episode we're talking to K.B. Wagers, author of the new book A Pale Light in the Black, the first book in a new military SF series from HarperVoyager. The publisher says about the author: K.B. WAGERS is the author of the Indranan War trilogy as well as There Before the Chaos, the start of the Farian War trilogy […]

Castle Talk: J. Suzanne Frank on "When Fire Loves Water" and the Hidden Allure of Mermaids

Castle Talk: "When Fire Loves Water" Author on the Allure of Mermaids

This episode we're chatting with J. Suzanne Frank, author of the new book When Fire Loves Water Part 1 The Siren. Frank says in her biography: Suzanne Frank is formerly a lot of things: among them, a journalist, a freelance writer, an editor, and a writing teacher. Her passion for history has taken her to […]

"Vampire: The Masquerade" Will Be Getting An Audio Book Series

"Vampire: The Masquerade" Will Be Getting An Audio Book Series

Paradox Interactive has partnered with Harper Collins to create an audio book series for the World Of Darkness franchise Vampire: The Masquerade. The full title of the series will be called Vampire: The Masquerade: Walk Among Us and will arrive in three parts by three different authors. Those three authors are Genevieve Gornichec, Cassandra Khaw, […]

Castle Talk: Katherine Hall Page on Why People Keep Coming Back to Mysteries

This episode we're chatting with Katherine Hall Page, author of the book The Body in the Wake, the 25th Faith Fairchild Mysteryfrom William Morrow/HarperCollins. As Hall Page talks about in the chat, The Body in the Wake, like the rest of its series, is a "cozy" mystery. "Cozy" is one of those labels that begins […]

UDON Announces "Breath Of Fire: Official Complete Works" Book

UDON Announces "Breath Of Fire: Official Complete Works" Book

UDON and Capcom have a lot of books on the way in 2020, the latest to be announced today being Breath Of Fire: Official Complete Works. Much like other books they have announced, this is basically a tome of knowledge for the entire franchise, with 192 pages of content. Since Capcom doesn't appear to be […]

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"Critical Role" & Penguin Random House Announce "The World Of Critical Role"

Critical Role continues their expansion of media with a brand new book on the way through Penguin Random House called The World Of Critical Role. The book will cover the show, the series, and more with an in-depth guide to everything they have created over the past five years. The book is written by Liz Marsham […]


UDON Reveal "Street Fighter: World Warrior Encyclopedia-Arcade Edition"

Street Fighter fans have got a new book headed their way as UDON Entertainment revealed Street Fighter: World Warrior Encyclopedia-Arcade Edition. Like many encyclopedias, this is going to be about as in-depth on the Capcom fighting game as you'll get. Included in the book will be character bios on every character to ever be in […]