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

Her new book is about the tool that authors use for pitching: the query letter.[caption id="attachment_1209091" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Cover of Query Craft and the logo of the Castle Talk Podcast, used by permission[/caption]The query letter is a single page—usually closer to half a page—whose purpose is to explain who the writer is and what their[...]


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

The logo of the Castle Talk podcast and used with permission.[/caption]The publisher says:A combination of detective thriller, cosmic horror, and historical fiction, LAKE OF DARKNESS takes readers deeply into Chicago's very dark history. When a series of child murders takes place, Officer Joe "Flip" Flippity is summoned by the city's mayor, the legendary Big Bill Thompson himself--during a[...]


The Haunted Scares in a Single House Over One Long Night

The official logo for the Castle Talk Podcast and used with permission.[/caption]Holroyd, an English director who moved to Australia during post-production on The Haunted, discusses how quarantine has only continued what had been started—movie-makers are learning to work remotely, with crews scatted across continents and oceans.Holroyd talked about what it takes to make an independent[...]


Leslie Lutz Talks Fractured Tide And Building a Better Lost

The official logo for the Castle Talk podcast and used with permission.[/caption]Leslie Lutz is a devoted diver and fan of creature horror Her writing has appeared in various journals, including Orca Literary Journal, Kaaterskill Basin Literary Journal, Typishly, Number One, The Lyric, and Raintown Review She is a member of International Thriller Writers and Horror Writers Association[...]


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

The logo for the Castle Talk Podcast and used with permission.[/caption]Flame Tree Press reports that, “In 2015 [Campbell] was made an Honorary Fellow of Liverpool John Moores University for outstanding services to literature He is the President of the Society of Fantastic Films The Influence, the film based on his novel, is now a major[...]


Robert Nairne on Creature-ing in Jack in the Box, Star Wars

The logo for the Castle Talk podcast and used with permission.[/caption]Nairne joined Castle Talk from his home in the UK, where he also is under quarantine Nairne is a remarkably prolific creature actor with who has appeared in the five most recent Star Wars films, as well as playing Hondo Ohnaka on screens throughout the[...]


Issa Lopez on the Beauty, Savagery of Tigers are Not Afraid

It's a brutal, often breathtaking vision which no less than Guillermo del Toro called "an unsparing blend of fantasy and brutality, innocence and evil."[caption id="attachment_1203502" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Official poster of Tigers are Not Afraid and the Logo of the Castle Talk Podcast, used with permission[/caption]Tigers Are Not Afraid has collected at last county fifty awards in[...]


Grady Hendrix on Bringing Dracula to the Southern 'Burbs

He’s one of the founders of the New York Asian Film Festival, which the New York Times called “one of the city’s most valuable events.” You can discover more about Hendrix at here: on YouTube: Jason Henderson is the host of the Castle of Horror and Castle Talk Podcasts, the editor of the Castle of Horror Anthology series, and[...]


Cassandra Peterson on Being Elvira and Creating an Enduring Character

With any luck, we'll get to talk with her again when her autobiography appears next year.Listen here: on YouTube: Henderson is the host of the Castle of Horror and Castle Talk Podcasts, the editor of the Castle of Horror Anthology series, and the author of Quest for the Nautilus: Young Captain Nemo from Macmillan Children's Books.[...]

Joe Bob Briggs and The Last Drive-In returns to Shudder this month, image courtesy of Castle Talk podcast.

Castle Talk: Joe Bob Briggs On Shudder Return and Slaying Sacred Cows

He notes that at the time there were constant conversations about first amendment rights in which the arguer would condemn the movie while “defending its right to exist.” Briggs says his attitude was, "let me defend them because I like these movies."[caption id="attachment_1193714" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Joe Bob Briggs and The Last Drive-In returns to Shudder[...]


Danielle Trussoni's The Ancestor Takes Gothic Horror and Twists

We also talked about the influences of the book, which are many (from Frankenstein and Jane Eyre all the way to 20th-century Gothics) as well as Trussoni’s own rigorous writing process.Listen here: on YouTube: out the Crypto-Z trailer: Henderson is the host of the Castle of Horror and Castle Talk Podcasts, the editor of the Castle of[...]

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Menna Van Praag Moves into Grim Fantasy with The Sisters Grimm

This book is labeled straight fantasy, and Van Praag says she’s warned people with young teens that some of the themes and violence of the book might not be YA-appropriate.As always we also discussed process—Van Praag says she’s a café writer who haunts the shops of Cambridge, but she has morphed into early-morning writing since[...]

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

On the set version of the vessel, the actors could be arranged in the cramped space while the camera sat in the place of the wall, with the crew “outside” and out of the way.Hardiman tells us that one of the things inspiring her to make the film is her realization that we know “more[...]


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

Like the baby in Eraserhead, the baby is an interloping monster, a metaphor for the loss and alienation all parents feel from time to time.But Lorcan also explains that film takes on a second, strange meaning now, as the empty streets of the neighborhood echo our own.    Listen here: on YouTube: out the trailer:  Jason Henderson is the[...]


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

It allows him to avoid what he calls the “Jessica Fletcher problem,” where no one ever believes the lead is in danger.He also talks about his process—five doubled-spaced pages a day, whether on his series or on the many singular novels he writes. Listen here: on YouTube: Jason Henderson is the host of the Castle of Horror and[...]

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

She teams up with a soldier for hire, Caleb, and Neema, a secret revolutionary as she ventures back out into the real world.Yo, who lives in Seattle, talks about how he had not anticipated that around the time of release, the world of the book would reflect the world he was living in.Yo chatted about[...]


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

We also talk about what it takes to churn out two doorstopper science fiction books a year (at over 400 pages, Wagers says A Pale Light in the Black is big enough to act as an effective weapon), and dealing with the stress of disrupted writing schedules during a pandemic.A Pale Light in the Black[...]

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

The one major exception is that the current stories feature cell phones, which of course need to be unavailable when necessary.Fair warning from the host: Katherine Hall Page is a delight to talk to, so we go long on this one, chatting about the book, plotting, the industry, aging, and “reading in the time of cholera.”You[...]

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

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

Now, the pair have captured an alien and begun to torture it—first to get information, but soon enough just for revenge.We talked on the podcast about what the book has to say about torture, the lessons the young learn from those in power, and the legacy of “enhanced interrogation tactics” long outlawed by the Geneva[...]

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

You can find out more about Connor at  Listen here: Listen on YouTube: Castle Talk Podcast Links: Join us over on Facebook to chime in. The show is hosted here[...]