TIH 074: Simon Strantzas on Weird vs. Strange Fiction, Writing Routine and Thinking Horror

This Is Horror Podcast 074 Simon Strantzas on Weird vs. Strange Fiction, Writing Routine and Thinking Horror

In this podcast Simon Strantzas talks about the distinction between weird and strange fiction, his writing routine, the new journal Thinking Horror, his current works-in-progress and much more. 

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

  • [02:58] Interview start/early experiences reading
  • [06:52] Writing
  • [07:38] Aickman’s Heirs
  • [15:00] Strange fiction, weird fiction,
  • [19:00] Thinking Horror
  • [28:20] Lessons learnt as an editor
  • [29:34] Current WIPs
  • [32:38] Short story writing process
  • [34:55] Morning rituals, daily habits and writing routine
  • [39:25] High and low points in writing career
  • [41:16] Advice to younger self


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