Writer and editor Jeanne Cavelos founded the Odyssey Writing Workshop in 1996, and it quickly became an invaluable experience for writers of genre fiction. She joins us to discuss the workshop, her own fiction and anthology projects, Dracula and Van Helsing, and rituals involving plush animals and condensed milk. Not for the faint of heart! (PS – The Early Application deadline for next year’s workshop is January 31st. Get those apps ready!)
First, we reveal the books we’ve chosen for our recommended reading challenge! Chia will read The Red: First Light, Chris has chosen Double Whammy: A Davis Way Crime Caper, George has queued Say Yes to the Marquess, and Cath is reading The Bourne Identity. Start your book engines!
Then we return to a frequent subject of discussion, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Is it still relevant to our goals? Is there an alternative? It seems we always have something to say on the subject when November rolls around.
Happy Halloween! George, Chia and Chris indulge in our annual Halloween movie watch. This year: Halloween, Pulgasari and City of the Living Dead. Which flicks made us scream? Which cried out for the MST3K treatment? There’s one way to find out, gentle listener. (Actually, there are two. Consult our Unreliable Narrators Watch… series of posts for gory details in our watch transcripts.)
Flex author and meritorious pantser-mancer Ferrett Steinmetz joins us to discuss his new book, The Uploaded. But that’s not the only thing that comes up during our VP13 reunion. Donuts! Quirky writers! Bake-offs! Shorts vs. novels! Writing what you want vs. what you think will sell! And a sneak peak at his next mad creation. This one has it all!
The author of Horrorstör and My Best Friend’s Exorcism channels his encyclopedic knowledge with Paperbacks from Hell: A History of Horror Fiction from the ’70s and ’80s. He regales us with tales of horror from the publishing industry, Asian cinema, wild animal attacks, evil fetus leprechauns, The Great Stephen King Reread and too much more to mention. Do you dare press play?
Chia, George, Chris and Cath need your help! We kick off two reading challenges in the interest of expanding our literary boundaries. First, a Secret Santa challenge in which we each select a book for someone else to read. Second, we each pick a genre we’re unfamiliar with and ask you, fair readers, for recommendations. What is the book that will make Chris a fan of cozy mysteries? Which military hard sci-fi novel will make a convert of Chia? Who has a great historical or contemporary romance for George? (No Outlander or Jane Austen, please!) Finally, Cath needs a recommendation for a men’s action title. Send us your suggestions! You never know what a successful recommendation will yield…