Books


Catherine House: Elisabeth Thomass Full Scholarship to Spookytown

Catherine House: Elisabeth Thomas's Full Scholarship to Spookytown

Jason chats with Elisabeth Thomas, whose debut novel Catherine House from HarperCollins was called "spellbinding" by Publishers Weekly… it's a sort of contemporary gothic about a young woman, Ines, who is invited to attend a very selective school, the titular Catherine House. The school cuts Ines her off from the outside world but promises access […]

Cadets Steal Starship to Save Humanity in Devastation Class

Cadets Steal Starship to Save Humanity in Devastation Class

This episode we're talking to Glen Zipper and Elaine Mongeon, authors of the new science fiction book Devastation Class from HarperCollins/Blink. Zipper is known for creating the wildly popular Netflix series Dogs and producing such films as the Academy Award ® winning Undefeated and the critically acclaimed Showbiz Kids directed by Alex Winter (Bill & […]

Why On Earth Was The Worlds Strongest Man Held In Chengdu China

Why On Earth Was The World's Strongest Man Held In Chengdu, China?

Chris Fenton was president of the China-based DMG Entertainment Motion Picture Group, General Manager of DMG North America (owners of Valiant Comics), and Senior Advisor to IDW Media Holdings. He has now written a book, Feeding The Dragon, looking at his career, getting American movies into Chinese markets, notably Looper and Iron Man 3. I recently read it, and it made for quite the […]

Reminiscence &#8211 How Derren Brown Does Pretty Much Everything

Reminiscence – How Derren Brown Does Pretty Much Everything

Derren Brown is a stage magician who dresses some of his work up in terms of mind-reading or neuro-linguistic programming. He sets himself up as a modern Sherlock Holmes, able to perform extraordinary deductions, feats of mental gymnastics and control over his environment. But at some point in the show he will always state that […]

We Review Dungeons &#038 Dragons: The Book Of Holding

We Review Dungeons & Dragons: The Book Of Holding

Back in June, Dungeons & Dragons announced a number of new additions coming in 2020, which included a few new contemporary books. One of those was simply called The Book Of Holding, set to be published through the Clarkson Potter side of Penguin Random House. The book is designed to be a professional journal for […]

Ready Player Two: Wil Wheaton to Read Ernest Cline Sequel Audiobook

Ready Player Two: Wil Wheaton to Read Ernest Cline Sequel Audiobook

Wil Wheaton is keeping himself busy these days during the pandemic running his post-Star Trek web series The Ready Room for CBS All Access, and he's got another major audiobook lined up returning to read "Ready Player Two." The Star Trek: The Next Generation star narrated Ernest Cline's original "Ready Player One" in March 2018, […]

In Defense of Licensed Novels: Why Media Tie-In Books Matter Too

In Defense of Licensed Novels: Why Media Tie-In Books Matter, Too

In this current era of streaming, even the most avid television lovers may find themselves with content-fatigue. If you're a fan of genre television, especially, the days of only a handful of sci-fi series running are long gone. Netflix, Hulu, and HBO Max have blown open the field by making many of the classic shows […]

Discover the Spooky World Around You with American Cryptic

Discover the Spooky World Around You with American Cryptic

In this Castle Talk Episode, Jason talks to author/filmmaker Jim Towns about his new book from Anubis Press, American Cryptic – True Stories of the Strange and Uncanny. This book is available now in paperback and on Kindle. Horror fans may know Towns from his deep, knowledgeable dives into cult horror, the YouTube series 66 […]

Comparing The Hunger Games Prequel Book and Shakespeares Coriolanus

Comparing The Hunger Games Prequel Book and Shakespeare's Coriolanus

I know, the title reads like a term paper written for extra credit by a sycophantic Literature major, but bear with me. I love the universe of The Hunger Games, and the subsequent prequel book, A Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes almost as much as I love the classic Shakespeare tragedy Coriolanus. Warning: there will […]

A Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes Review: What a Good Prequel Should Do

A Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes Review: What a Good Prequel Should Do

64 years before Katniss Everdeen took to the arena and started setting Panem on fire, there was the tenth annual Hunger Games, and one school kid by the name of Coriolanus Snow was desperate to save what was left of his family from starvation and ruin and make a name for himself. Sound intriguing? It […]

Ten Speed Press Reveals New Dungeons &#038 Dragons Books For 2020

Ten Speed Press Reveals New Dungeons & Dragons Books For 2020

During D&D Live 2020, Ten Speed Press revealed all of the new books they have coming for Dungeons & Dragons in 2020. Among the new books on the way are a cookbook called Heroes' Feast: The Official Dungeons & Dragons Cookbook, a new specialty journal for adventurers called The Book of Holding (Dungeons & Dragons): […]

Scholastic Releases A New Overwatch Book Called The Hero Of Numbani

Scholastic Releases A New Overwatch Book Called The Hero Of Numbani

Blizzard and Scholastic have teamed up to bring you a new Overwatch novel based on Efi and Orisa called The Hero Of Numbani. The book was announced clear back in October 2019 as being in the works, but we didn't see anything about it at BlizzCon 2019 or heard anything since then until today. Now […]

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

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 Ickabog Drawings Tweets Her Delight

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 &#038 Its Harder Than It Looks

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

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

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

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

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 Trussonis The Ancestor Takes Gothic Horror and Twists

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 […]