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.
On Oddcast #67, the Liars Club interviews Science Fiction Grand Master Joe Haldeman and his wife Gay Haldeman about Joe’s seminal SF novel The Forever War, which won both the Nebula Award and Hugo Award, and has been in print continuously since 1974; about landing in an MFA program in Iowa; and about writing fiction while overly caffeinated. It’s a hilarious and informative dialogue all the way.