TIH 121: T.E. Grau on They Don’t Come Home Anymore, Professional Mindset and Novellas


In this podcast T.E. Grau talks about his forthcoming This Is Horror novella They Don’t Come Home Anymore, how to have a professional mindset, the novella form and self-evaluating writing.

About T.E. Grau

T.E. Grau is an author of horror, crime, and dark fiction whose work has been featured in dozens of anthologies, magazines, literary journals, and audio platforms. His debut book of short stories, The Nameless Dark: A Collection was nominated for a 2015 Shirley Jackson Award for Single-Author Collection, and ranks as the bestselling book published by Lethe Press in both 2015 and 2016. Grau lives in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter, and is currently working on his second collection and his first novel.

Show Notes

  • [03:10] Interview start/most important thing learnt in last year
  • [06:20] They Don’t Come Home Anymore and its genesis
  • [08:40] Pre-order bonus
  • [12:30] The novella form
  • [16:00] Planning
  • [20:50] Candice Tripp’s cover art for They Don’t Come Home Anymore
  • [30:20] Professional mindset
  • [32:10] Most impactful book in last year
  • [49:45] Separating the art from the artist
  • [53:20] Authors stopped reading because too objectionable
  • [56:15] Advice to eighteen year old self
  • [01:00:45] Lessons learned pre-fiction to prepare for fiction writing
  • [01:03:15] Self-evaluating work
  • [01:05:45] What story that isn’t usually classified as horror T.E. Grau would put within the genre
  • [01:11:50] Misconceptions about T.E. Grau

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