This week, a very special Oddcast for me, featuring the internationally acclaimed, bestselling author of 32 books, David Morrell, whom I’ve known since way way back at the University of Iowa (that was in the Late Devouring Period). He is the co-founder of the International Thriller Writers Organization, a Bouchercon Lifetime Achievement Award winner, and International Thriller Writers’ Thriller Master. He talks with me, Jon McGoran, Merry Deedee Jones, Kelly Simmons, and Keith Strunk about his early success writing the Rambo series, including First Blood; watching his books turn into movies; and writing about the craft of writing itself…and then there are his most recent works, the sublime Thomas De Quincey historical thrillers: Murder as a Fine Art, Inspector of the Dead, and Ruler of the Night.
Welcome, David Morrell.
This week on the #Oddcast, my friend and two-time Shirley Jackson Award-winning author of quiet horror and damaged people, Nathan Ballingrud, talks about his remarkable and unsettling stories, including his first collection, North American Lake Monsters, as well as the forthcoming film adapted from his novella, The Visible Filth, as well as his time as a bartender in New Orleans, and a cook on oil rigs. Cohosting with me are Merry Deedee Jones, Kelly Simmons, Jon McGoran, and Keith Strunk.
This week on the Oddcast we talk with short-story author Richard Butner, who describes himself as a writer, occasional performer, and shipwrecked jester. He runs the annual Sycamore Hill Writers’ Conference, an extraordinarily successful and long-running peer-to-peer workshop hidden deep in the mountains of western North Carolina. Some of his unusual fiction is available in a collection from Small Beer Press.