TIH 047: Paul Tremblay on A Head Full of Ghosts, Classic Horror and The Exorcist

A Head Full of Ghosts Paul Tremblay Novel

In this podcast Paul Tremblay talks about his latest novel A Head Full of Ghosts, classic horror and The Exorcist.

About Paul Tremblay

Paul Tremblay is the author of A Head Full of Ghosts, The Little Sleep, No Sleep till Wonderland, Swallowing a Donkey’s Eye, and Floating Boy and the Girl Who Couldn’t Fly (co-written with Stephen Graham Jones). He is also the author of the short story collection In the Mean Time, has co-edited four anthologies and is currently on the Board of Directors for the Shirley Jackson Awards.

Show notes

  • [02:40] Paul’s start and career to date
  • [06:54] Writing horror and teaching Math: Math VS English department rivalries
  • [09:49] Focus Features optioned A Head Full of Ghosts
  • [15:00] References within A Head Full of Ghosts 
  • [17:00] Revisiting classic horror
  • [18:30] Earliest horror memory
  • [23:10] The Exorcist
  • [30:34] The original of A Head Full of Ghosts 
  • [33:30] Ambiguity: possession or mental illness?
  • [40:52] Research for A Head Full of Ghosts
  • [41:50] Favourite exorcism movies
  • [44:40] Groupthink, algorithms on Google, Facebook and other platforms
  • [50:03] Planning A Head Full of Ghosts vs The Little Sleep 
  • [52:45] Next book
  • [55:00] Feelings surrounding the release of A Head Full of Ghosts
  • [57:55] Paul Tremblay live readings

Music interlude ‘Under The Robe’ by Amen.


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