TIH 207: Laird Barron on Blood Standard, Crime Fiction, and Toning Down The Weird

TIH 207 Laird Barron on Blood Standard, Crime Fiction, and Toning Down The Weird

In this podcast Laird Barron talks about Blood Standard, Crime Fiction, Toning Down The Weird, and much more.

About Laird Barron

Laird Barron, an ex-pat Alaskan, is the author of several books, including The Imago Sequence and Other Stories; Swift to Chase; and Blood Standard. Currently, Barron lives in the Rondout Valley of New York State and is at work on tales about the evil that men do.

Original photo credit: Henry Stampfel

Show notes

  • [04:00] Something you’ve changed your mind about recently
  • [22:00] Why Blood Standard and why now
  • [27:20] Rules whilst writing crime fiction
  • [36:25] Toning down the weird
  • [01:01:20] Mind/body connection and strength training
  • [01:11:25] Dan Howarth, via Patreon, asks about lessons writing horror and crime fiction
  • [01:14:55] Brian Asman, via Patreon, asks about the differences in constructing a protagonist for crime fiction and horror
  • [01:20:45] Brian Asman, via Patreon, asks about an Ocean Eleven heist and crime writers
  • [01:22:40] Reading crime fiction before writing Blood Standard
  • [01:27:15] Lessons learnt as an awards juror

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