Catch up with me and guest host, Gordon B. White (As Summer’s Mask Slips and Other Disruptions), for the latest episode of The Outer Dark (095), presented by This Is Horror. This installment is followed by a “bonus” archive episode from 2015, my original conversation with Scott Nicolay, “Clint Smith: A Care for Dark Cookery.”
In my mind, the hour-long discussion with Gordon simply screamed by, but I was able to touch on several substantive points and extend some major props to several extraordinary supportive colleagues. And a massive note of gratitude to Gordon B. White, The Outer Dark‘s Anya Martin and Scott Nicolay, as well as the influential platform of This Is Horror for providing a such a venerable venue, to discuss (among other topics) my latest collection, The Skeleton Melodies (Hippocampus Press).
I was recently afforded the opportunity to appear on Scott Nicolay’s podcast, The Outer Dark (Project iRadio).
L’esprit de l’escalier has been particularly pronounced in the wake of the interview and subsequent social-media (ephemeral as it may be) conversations. Still, we managed to discuss the eerier writings of Henry James and Hawthorne, as well as the relationship with my writing and the structure (houses included) of societal rituals.
For over a decade, Thanksgiving Day (owning to the typical, day-off-work traditions) has been, for me, a day to absorb more of what I’m reading (sneak in an extra story or two), and reflect on the writing exercise I’ve accumulated during autumn. (Standing out in my mind with Kodachrome clarity is Thanksgiving, 2000, when I completed Dan Simmons’s Summer of Night. Ignorant of the craft (as I still, in great part, am), that novel was a revelation to me, and I had that quiet period during the holiday, and extended winter holiday, to wonder what it would be like to write something — anything.
Scott Nicolay has been enormously supportive of the Ghouljaw endeavor. So, on this Thanksgiving Day, 2015, I’d like to record my gratitude for his writerly camaraderie, and for his high-octane celebration of little-known scribblers dog-paddling in weird waters.