TIH 195: Nick Mamatas on Japanese Fiction, Self-Defining Politics, and Creative Writing MFAs

TIH 195 Nick Mamatas on Japanese Fiction, Self-Defining Politics, and Creative Writing MFAs

In this podcast Nick Mamatas talks about Japanese Fiction, Self-Defining Politics, Creative Writing MFAs, and much more.

About Nick Mamatas

Nick Mamatas is the author of a number of novels: Move Under Ground, Under My Roof, Sensation, The Damned Highway (with Brian Keene), Bullettime, Love Is the Law, The Last Weekend, and I Am Providence, three collections; 3000MPH In Every Direction At Once and You Might Sleep…, The Nickronomicon; and the novella Northern Gothic. He is also the editor of the anthologies The Urban Bizarre, Phantom #0, Spicy Slipstream Stories (with Jay Lake), and Haunted Legends (with Ellen Datlow). As part of his day job, he co-edited the Locus Award nominee The Future Is Japanese (with Masumi Washington), Phantasm Japan (with Masumi Washington), Hanzai Japan (with Masumi Washington), and Mixed Up (with Molly Tanzer).

Show notes

  • [02:20] Working for Haikasoru (Viz Media) and interest in Japanese fiction
  • [06:10] Japanese vs Western fiction
  • [13:45] I Am Providence 
  • [19:35] Rich Bunting, via Patreon, asks about defining horror
  • [34:35] Adapting a Brian Asman question re Mount Rushmore of horror fiction
  • [36:50] Newer writers that have impressed Nick within horror
  • [39:15] What is a horror that isn’t classically considered horror that you’d put in the genre
  • [44:30] Rick Siem, via Patreon, asks about authors who have sunk into obscurity that deserve to be back on bookshelves
  • [49:55] Rick Siem asks about the idea fo ‘Exit Through The Gift Shop’
  • [53:15] Alan Scott, via Patreon, asks about self-defining politics, and the relationship between politics and cultural production
  • [01:02:40] Andrew M. Reichart, via Patreon, asks about nazis coming to town fad
  • [01:05:40] Experience studying the MFA
  • [01:13:00] Who should and shouldn’t taken an MFA
  • [01:14:50] Connect with Nick Mamatas

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