TIH 208: Laird Barron on Crafting Sentences, Alibi Construction and Evidence Disposal, and Supernatural Short Stories

TIH 208 Laird Barron on Crafting Sentences, Alibi Construction and Evidence Disposal, and Supernatural Short Stories

In this podcast Laird Barron talks about Crafting Sentences, Alibi Construction and Evidence Disposal, Supernatural Short Stories, 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

  • [02:55] Dino Parenti, via Patreon, asks about story crafting and whether sparked by an emotion or if Laird starts with a character. Whether crime or horror dictates one more than the other.
  • [14:10] Roger Venable, via Patreon, asks about crafting sentences and works to study
  • [24:20] Roger Venegable, via Patreon, asks about techniques Laird prefers as a reader/writer to craft a central mystery for the protagonist to unveil
  • [40:10] Andrew M Reichart, via Patreon, asks about how to avoid crime fiction validating rightwing law and order values
  • [48:10] Bruce Redux asks for practical advice on alibi construction and evidence disposal
  • [51:10] Jennifer Grindstaff’s horror course and supernatural shorter works to teach
  • [59:00] Worst advice hear given to writers
  • [01:10:15] Final thoughts

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