Castle Talk Podcast

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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 […]

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"Sea Fever" Director Neasa Hardiman on the Horror of the Sea

  This episode we're talking to Neasa Hardiman, writer/director of the new film Sea Fever, due out April 10 from Gunpowder & Sky/Dust. Sea Fever tells the story of Siobhan, a marine biologist (Hermione Corfield) doing research aboard a fishing trawler captained by Freya (Wonder Woman's Connie Nielsen) when the ship is stopped by what […]


New Thriller "Vivarium" Plays like a Feature Length "Twilight Zone"

We chatted with Lorcan Finnegan, director of the new film Vivarium (due out March 27), which plays like a feature-length Twilight Zone episode that turns out to have an eerie prescience for the deserted streets of today's pandemic social isolation. In Vivarium, as the producers describe it: Tom and Gemma (Jesse Eisenberg and Imogen Poots) […]


"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 […]


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: 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 […]

Castle Talk: Bent Heavens Author on Alien Invasions, Teens and Torture

Castle Talk: "Bent Heavens" Author on Alien Invasions, Teens and Torture

This episode we're chatting with Daniel Kraus, author of Bent Heavens, a new, horrific SF novel from Henry Holt/Macmillan Books. As of this writing the book is listed by Amazon as the #1 New Release in "Teen & Young Adult Fiction about Death & Dying."   The publisher sums up Kraus's storied career thusly: Kraus […]

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Trapped in the 80s: How Would You Escape with No Phone?

Imagine that you walk into a record store and suddenly find yourself in a time that looks almost like our own, except that nothing you use to navigate your world works. That time would be the 1980s, and that's the concept behind Connor Hoover's new book. Trapped in the 80s is the brand new "Pick […]

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Castle Talk: Kathryn Leigh Scott Takes You On A 32-Book "Dark Shadows" Audio Time Warp

This week we spoke to Kathryn Leigh Scott and Steve Smith, the reader and publisher respectively of a new series of audiobooks releases of the curious and compelling 1960s Dark Shadows audiobooks. Scott, a writer, and actress is well-remembered as waitress-turned-governess Maggie on the original show, and she reads the books with warmth and an […]

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Castle Talk: Tara Westwood Might Be the Grudge in "The Grudge" (2020)

This episode we're chatting with Tara Westwood, who stars in Sony's new reboot (more on that later) of The Grudge. The film will release in theaters on January 3rd and is a new take on the 2004 film of the same name which itself was based on the 2002 Japanese original Ju-on. The film is directed by Nicolas Pesce and […]

Castle Talk: The Bad Imaginary Friend of Adam Egypt Mortimer's Daniel isn't Real

Castle Talk: The Bad Imaginary Friend of Adam Egypt Mortimer's "Daniel Isn't Real"

This episode we're chatting with Adam Egypt Mortimer, director and co-writer of Daniel Isn't Real, which the studio describes thus: Daniel Isn't Real is about a troubled college freshman Luke (Miles Robbins) who suffers a violent family trauma and resurrects his childhood imaginary friend Daniel (Patrick Schwarzenegger) to help him cope. Charismatic and full of […]

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Castle Talk: David Moody on Chokehold, Zombies, and Publishing

  This episode we chat with David Moody, whose new book Chokehold comes from St. Martin's Griffin books. The book ends a couple of book cycles for Moody, it's the final book in the Hater series that began in 2006, and the Final War series which began in 2017 with the acclaimed One of Us […]

Castle Talk: Cory Doctorow on Disney's Carousel of Progress and Lost Optimism

Castle Talk: Cory Doctorow on Disney's Carousel of Progress and Lost Optimism

This week we're chatting with Cory Doctorow about a topic that just fascinated the science fiction writer and futurist—enough that he wrote the amazing novella The Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow—and fascinated host Jason Henderson: the Walt Disney World attraction Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress. Doctorow (at is a science fiction author, activist, and journalist […]

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Castle Talk: Frank Sabatella on The Shed: Suspense, Bullying, and Monsters

This week, Castle Talk podcast chatted with Frank Sabatella, writer and director of the new film The Shed. The Shed tells the story of a bullied young man Stan (Ja Hay Warren) and his best friend Dommer (Cody Kostro) discover a murderous vampire living in Stan's shed. Seeing the bloodshed and destruction the monster is capable of, Stan knows he has […]

Castle Talk: Alice Waddington's "Paradise Hills" Offers A Ghastly Future With Amazing Dresses

  Paradise Hills is Spanish fashion creative and photographer Alice Waddington's science-fiction thriller feature debut, in which Emma Roberts plays a girl who wakes up on an isolated island in a facility run by the sinister Duchess played by Milla Jovovich, to whom high-class families send their daughters to become perfect versions of themselves. Paradise Hills takes place in a […]