TIH 079: Brian Evenson on A Collapse of Horses, Working With Rob Zombie, Writing Video Game Adaptations and Foreign Translations

TIH 079 Brian Evenson on A Collapse of Horses, Working With Rob Zombie, Writing Video Game Adaptations and Foreign Translations

In this podcast Brian Evenson talks about working with Rob Zombie, his new book A Collapse of Horses, writing video game adaptations, foreign translations and teaching creative writing. 

About Brian Evenson

Brian Evenson is the author of a dozen books of fiction, most recently the story collection Windeye (Coffee House Press 2012) and the novel Immobility (Tor 2012), both of which were finalists for a Shirley Jackson Award. His novel Last Days won the American Library Association’s award for Best Horror Novel of 2009). His novel The Open Curtain (Coffee House Press) was a finalist for an Edgar Award and an International Horror Guild Award. Other books include The Wavering Knife (which won the IHG Award for best story collection), Dark Property, andAltmann’s Tongue. He has translated work by Christian Gailly, Jean Frémon, Claro, Jacques Jouet, Eric Chevillard, Antoine Volodine, Manuela Draeger, David B., and others. He is the recipient of three O. Henry Prizes as well as an NEA fellowship.His work has been translated into French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese and Slovenian. He lives and works in Providence, Rhode Island, where he is Royce Professor of Teaching Excellence in Brown University’s Literary Arts Department.

Show notes

  • [03:10] Interview start/ first experiences with story
  • [04:25] First professional sale
  • [06:00] Characterising the work of Brian Evenson
  • [08:30] Horror misconceptions
  • [13:55] New readers after different genre classification
  • [15:25] A Collapse of Horses and other Coffee House Press releases
  • [24:20] Working with Rob Zombie on The Lords of Salem/Writing video game adaptations and novelisations
  • [43:20] Asking questions beyond the limits of understanding
  • [48:48] Translating foreign work – Do’s and Don’ts
  • [53:52] Teaching in Transylvania
  • [55:55] Teaching Creative Writing and Surrounded Misconceptions
  • [01:00:25] Morning rituals and daily habits
  • [01:04:50] Advice to younger self
  • [01:06:25] Intimidating writers
  • [01:07:25] Fiction and non-fiction recommendations
  • [01:10:22] Connect with Brian

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