Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Reading Envy 041: Grotesque Beauty

A few months ago, Jenny sat down with the writer Nathan Ballingrud. After a crash that occurred while saving the raw audio file, Jenny has been reassembling what she fondly refers to as the "Frankenpodcast" from the five-second backup segments that Audacity stores in no particular order. As such there may be wee mistakes where she inserted a sentence that didn't belong, for which she begs your understanding! The end of our discussion, about browsing in bookstores, was not salvageable, but the majority of our conversation made it through. It turned out to be a beautiful monster, which is pretty fitting for this author and his work.

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Ballingrud's Work:

North American Lake Monsters: Stories by Nathan Ballingrud
Read "North American Lake Monsters" (the short story) online
The Visible Filth by Nathan Ballingrud
"You Go Where It Takes You" in The Humanity of Monsters ed. Michael Matheson (January 2016)
"Sunbleached" in Teeth: Vampire Tales ed. Ellen Datlow
"Skullpocket" in Nightmare Carnival ed. Ellen Datlow
"The Way Station" in Naked City: Tales of Urban Fantasy (The Dresden Files series) ed. Ellen Datlow
"Wild Acre" in The Best Horror of the Year Volume Five ed. Ellen Datlow
"The Good Husband" in The Best Horror of the Year, Volume Six ed. Ellen Datlow
"The Atlas of Hell" in The Best Horror of the Year Volume Seven ed. Ellen Datlow
"Skullpocket" in The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2015 ed. Joe Hill

Other books mentioned:

B.P.R.D.: Plague of Frogs Volume 1 by Mike Mignola
The Scarlet Gospels by Clive Barker
No One Gets Out Alive by Adam Nevill
The Shipping News by Annie Proulx
"The Mud Below" in Close Range : Wyoming Stories by Annie Proulx
Rupetta by N.A. Sulway
Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller
The Wilds by Julia Elliott

Other mentions:
Shared Worlds
Malaprop's Bookstore and Cafe
Shirley Jackson Award
Viktor Cohen Exhibition - Bestiary: Bizarre Myths and Chimerical Fancies
Stephen King
Clive Barker
Robert McCammon's Matthew Corbett series
Livia Llewelyn

John Langan
Adam Nevill
Annie Proulx
Richard Ford
Alice Munro
The Shipping News (movie)
Brokeback Mountain (movie)
Alexandra Duncan
Dale Bailey
Swan River Press
Egaeus Press
Tartarus Press
Resurrection House
Arthur Machen
Walter de la Mare

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Related Reading Envy Episodes:
Episode 034 - The Liminal Space Between with Paul Weimer (discussion of The Wilds)
Episode 036 - The Reader-Sense of Ann VanderMeer
Episode 038 - Monica Byrne Makes People (Want to) Scream

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