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TIH 076: Simon Strantzas on Best Weird Fiction, The Secret to a Good Life and British Horror

TIH 076: Simon Strantzas on Best Weird Fiction, The Secret to a Good Life and British Horror

In this podcast Simon Strantzas talks about The Year’s Best Weird Fiction, Vol. 3, the secret to a good life and the British horror scene. 

About Simon Strantzas

Simon Strantzas is the author of Burnt Black Suns (Hippocampus Press, 2014), Nightingale Songs (Dark Regions Press, 2011), Cold to the Touch (Tartarus Press, 2009), and Beneath the Surface (Humdrumming, 2008), as well as the editor of Aickman’s Heirs (Undertow Publications, 2015), Shadows Edge (Gray Friar Press, 2013), and guest editor of The Year’s Best Weird Fiction, Vol. 3 (Undertow Publications, 2016). He also co-founded and is the Associate Editor of the journal Thinking Horror. His writing has been reprinted in Best New Horror, The Best Horror of the Year, The Year’s Best Weird Fiction and The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror, and published in venues such as Cemetery Dance, Postscripts, and the Black Wings series. His short story, ‘Pinholes in Black Muslin’, was a finalist for the British Fantasy Award, and his collection, Burnt Black Suns, a finalist for the Shirley Jackson Award. He lives with his wife in Toronto, Canada.

Show notes

  • [01:20] The secret to a good life
  • [05:10] Goals and aims/ensuring productivity while writing
  • [12:40] Morning routines
  • [16:00] British horror scene
  • [21:00] Benefits of a support network
  • [23:00] Intimidating writers
  • [25:30] White whales
  • [27:30] If your next work was your last, what would you create?
  • [28:30] Writers outside genre who have had a big impact
  • [30:40] Reading for the year’s best
  • [33:45] Fiction and non-fiction recommendations
  • [36:42] Advice for writers starting out
  • [38:40] Underrated authors

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