TOD 013 David Bowles: These Dark Borderlands of Flowers, Poetry, & Blood

In this podcast Scott Nicolay interviews David Bowles, author of Chupacabra Vengeance. Also Gabino Iglesias (LitReactorZero Saints) reviews Bowles’ Chupacabra Vengeance and Black Mad Wheel by Josh Malerman.

Coverage of The Outer Dark Symposium on the Greater Weird will resume on the next episode of The Outer Dark. Thank you to our show sponsor, Rabbits podcast (0:00:30 & 2:48:12).

Show Notes

(0:01:58) David Bowles, author of Chupacabra Vengeance, and Scott discuss the problematic nature of many alien races in popular SF franchises and the challenge of finding ways to listen and be allies with people in marginalized cultures in fiction, liminal spaces and living on the borderlands literally in south Texas and in literature, nepantla and Weird fiction, existential crisis and uncertainly in Aztec poetry, how the gods may be crazy, Daniel José Older, implications of a Trump presidency that wants to close the border, cycles of history, his study of Nahuatl and his translations including Flower, Song, Dance: Aztec and Mayan Poetry, a reading from a soon-to-be-published Nahautl poem translated by David, Van Morrison and Homer, working with J. David Osborne and Broken River Books and the careful chaotic construction of his collection Chupacabra Vengeance, the larger Weird universe in which many of his stories reside, his upcoming YA Mesoamerican magic steampunk graphic novel Clockwork Curandera illustrated by Raul Gonzalez, the genesis of his interest in Mesoamerican traditions and language, his kaiju novel Lords of the Earth set in Mexico City and grounded in Aztec mythology, reclaiming cosmic horror for Mesoamerica, a reading from his story “The Obsidian Codex,” his upcoming nonfiction book Feathered Spirit, Dark Heart of Sky: The Origin Myths of Mexico, why we really need a great “life of Quetzalcoatl” movie, merging his literary and academic lives, translating Andre Norton Award-nominated Summer of the Mariposas by Guadalupe García McCall (Tu Books, Fall 2017), his Garza Twins YA series, a tease about his next big literary step which involves signing a contract with Penguin Books, and much, much more.

Reviews from the Weird

(02:31:18) Gabino Iglesias (LitReactorZero Saints) reviews Chupacabra Vengeance by David Bowles and Black Mad Wheel by Josh Malerman.

Please subscribe to The Outer Dark podcast RSS Feed
Subscribe via iTunes
Listen to The Outer Dark via iTunes
Subscribe via Blubrry
Listen via Stitcher

Support This Is Horror on Patreon

Visit our Patreon page and donate to The Outer Dark and the This Is Horror Podcast today. 

Additional Links

Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza by Gloria Anzaldúa

Fifteen Poets of the Aztec World Ed. by Miguel Leon-Portilla

John (William) Bierhorst

Wreck-It Ralph trailer

The Croning by Laird Barron

Erendira trailer

Chac the Rain God trailer

Gonzalo Guerrero

The Secret of San Saba by Jack Jackson

Show Credits

Host/Executive Producer: Scott Nicolay

Co-Host, News From the Weird: Justin Steele

Associate Producer/Show Notes: Anya Martin

Logo Design: Nick “The Hat” Gucker

Music: Michael Griffin


Support This Is Horror Podcast on Patreon

  • For $1 you get early bird access to all our podcasts and can submit questions to guests.
  • For $3 you get exclusive story craft episodes.
  • For $4 you get the full interview, no two-parters.

The best way to support This Is Horror is via Patreon. How much will you pledge? Go on. Be awesome.

Support This Is Horror on Patreon

Visit our Patreon page and pledge to the This Is Horror Podcast today. 

This Is Horror Books

Head on over to the This Is Horror Shop to see the books we have available. We have a special offer on All Four Year One Books—JUST £10!

This Is Horror Books on Kindle Unlimited and Amazon

Subscribe, Rate and Review on iTunes!

Help the Podcast, spread the word: subscribe, rate and review on iTunes UK, iTunes US or your country’s iTunes.

Amazon Affiliates

Support us by shopping through our Amazon Affiliate links: Amazon UK and Amazon US.

Want a free horror eBook?

What_is_horror_ebook

Subscribe for the latest horror news and to find out about new This Is Horror products, podcasts, books, and all that good stuff ahead of the crowd.

We won't send spam, just great horror content. Powered by ConvertKit

Permanent link to this article: http://www.thisishorror.co.uk/tod-013-david-bowles-these-dark-borderlands-of-flowers-poetry-blood/

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: