“A Care For Dark Cookery” Interview with The Outer Dark (Episode 21)

I was recently afforded the opportunity to appear on Scott Nicolay’s podcast, The Outer Dark (Project iRadio).

The Outer Dark

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.

Bon Appétit, Indy

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“The Fall of Tomlinson Hall” by Clint Smith

Dear readers and comrades:  I hope you’re having a wonderful October.

Here’s an early treat for Halloween, 2013 (and perhaps Thanksgiving, depending on your interpretation):  the release of my short story, “The Fall of Tomlinson Hall; or The Ballad of the Butcher’s Cart,” which is part of the ongoing  Mythic Indy series at Punchnel’s.

The short tale is centered on a pair of downtown-Indy line cooks during the 1950s who — pardon the pun — bite off more than they can chew when uncovering an “underground” secret.  Follow the link here:  “The Fall of Tomlinson Hall” by Clint Smith.

As a supplement to the story, I’ve provided some historic photos associated with the characters and which figure into key scenes:

Columbia Club (Then and Now)

The Columbia Club of Indianapolis. 1888: Republicans join to support candidacy of Benjamin Harrison. 1924: Columbia Club hires Rubush & Hunter for new clubhouse; begin construction on 10-story limestone building on site of former site Dr. Isaac Coe, the second physician to move to Indianapolis.

City Market Vendors (Historic Photos of Indianapolis)

A couple of lads sell fruit at the bustling Indianapolis city market, circa 1908.

Crispus Attucks (Historic Photos of Indianapolis)

Fans cheer during a basketball game at Crispus Attucks High School (1958). The IPS school board opened Attucks in 1927 to segregate the city’s African-American high school students.

Tomlinson Hall (Historic Photos of Indianapolis)

Tomlinson Hall and the City Market, both completed in 1886.

Tomlinson Hall, 2 (Historic Photos of Indianapolis)

1912: Vendors sell meat and produce along Alabama and Market streets. Clearly noticeable in the background are Tomlinson Hall and the City Market.

Tomlinson Hall (Then and Now)

Tomlinson Hall: Constructed, 1883, and destroyed by fire in the winter of 1958. All that remains of the elaborate structure is the side-door arch in the courtyard of the City Market.

And while you’re at it, check out the newly constructed (i.e. barebones) Facebook page for my forthcoming collection, Ghouljaw and Other Stories: facebook.com/Ghouljaw.

When you stop by Punchnel’s, be sure to visit all the previous Mythic Indy stories and their contributors:

  • “The Man on The Monon” by Ben H. Winters
  • “Dining on Salvia” by Eliza Tudor
  • “Odd Man Out” by Jay Lesandrini
  • “Population Profile: the Bridge People” by Matt Jager
  • “A Delicate Endeavor” by Maria Cook
  • “Heart of the City” by Alex Mattingly
  • “The Zero Point” by Hugh Vandivier
  • “Ebony Paradox” by Maurice Broaddus
  • “thinmanlittlebird” by Austin Wilson
  • “How Market Square Arena Killed Elvis” by Maggie Wheeler

That’s all for now, friends.  Happy Halloween!