Kelby and I met in Oklahoma. He took a Greyhound up from Houston to do a reading at the Blue Bonnet Bar. We had a crazy night, and let my buddy Eric give us freehand tattoos.
Well, today Kelby has a new book out, Heathenish, from Broken River Books. It's a punchy, fast ride through lowdown Houston with a bunch of hoodrats. Tons of memorable scenes. Heartfelt writing.
Kelby came on the show to talk about growing up in those neighborhoods, what makes people bad, and why he doesn't ever want to be a full-time writer.
I had Nate Southard (author of Will the Sun Ever Come Out Again? and Selected Stories) to talk about drug addiction, alcoholism, depression, anxiety, why he writes, and if we should write. We also talk about pop punk. This one is actually funny!
Andrew Hilbert is the author of Death Thing, Bangface and the Gloryhole, and the brand-new Invasion of the Weirdos!
On this episode we talk about conventions, working at a bar, writing, and Alex Jones.
There's also a bit of a long intro where I talk about a recent post I put up about writing, and a disclaimer of sorts.
The JRJ came by my apartment to talk about Skullcrack City and his new book Entropy in Bloom. We also chat about this French dude who plagiarized Jeremy's stories for five years, Chuck Palahniuk blurbs, working with The Mars Volta, and how to promote your book effectively while still remaining human.
Toby dropped by to talk a whole gang of shit about indie music and books, including stories about his latest tour with Duncan Barlow. Enjoy people of the net!
I talk with my good buddy Danger Slater about New Jersey, writing, and Tinder. This one is funny! Enjoy.
Today I had Autumn Christian (author of Ecstatic Inferno) on to talk about working on videogames, different game narratives, horror movies, her time with a group of vindictive witches, near-death experiences, gnosticism, Philip K. Dick, augmented reality, and why life isn't as bad as we seem to think it is.
Hey folks! On this very short in-between episode, I detail a new direction for the podcast. I'm going to keep the free version going in the exact direction it has from day one: loose, fun conversations with writers, artists, musicians, and filmmakers.
However, I'm going to begin a new project over at Patreon. If you subscribe to the $5 rewards tier, you'll gain access to all rambles, experimental episodes, and a brand new series in which I interview family, friends, people from my past, and criminals.
This will hopefully keep the mission of the initial podcast in tact, while allowing me to explore this new thing that interests me. Thanks for all of your love and support! I look forward to bringing you more cool stuff as we march forward into the future.
One of the best prose stylists in the game right now stopped by to talk about her new novel Alethia, which is out this Friday! We talk Australia, workshops, dogs, the new book, and how you have to go through an emotional wringer to get to the good stuff.
Chupacabra Vengeance by David Bowles is now available in paperback and Kindle! To celebrate, I had David on the show. This is one of my favorites: we talk Mexican culture, appropriation, political correctness, writing routines, and the personal experiences that broke us down and built us back up (ie "the quest to be good"). I hope you enjoy this one!
You can get Chupacabra Vengeance here!