TIH 243: John F.D. Taff on Short vs Long Fiction, The Bell Witch, and Blending Fact with Fiction

TIH 243 John F.D. Taff on Short vs Long Fiction, The Bell Witch, and Blending Fact with Fiction

In this podcast John F.D. Taff talks abo short vs. long fiction, The Bell Witch, blending fact with fiction, and much more.

About John F.D. Taff

John F.D. Taff is a Bram Stoker Award-Nominated author with more than 30 years experience, 90+ short stories and five novels in print.  His first fiction collection, Little Deaths, was named the best horror collection of 2012 by HorrorTalk.  Jack Ketchum called his novella collection, The End in All Beginnings, “one of the best novella collections I’ve read.”  His new fiction collection, Little Black Spots, was published by Grey Matter Press in September 2018.  Look for more of his work in anthologies such as Cutting Block Book’s Single Slices, Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories, The Beauty of Death, Shadows Over Main Street 2 and Behold: Oddities, Curiosities and Undefinable Wonders.  Taff lives in the wilds of Illinois with three pugs, two cats and one long-suffering wife.

Show notes

  • [03:00] Kev Harrison, via Patreon, asks about short fiction vs longer stories
  • [09:00] He Left/approach to writing stories
  • [14:15] Purple Soda Hands
  •  [15:45] Linsey Knerl, via Patreon, asks about focusing on work vs community building
  • [27:55] Reading and reacting to reviews
  • [33:45] Blending fact with fiction in The Bell Witch
  • [42:15] Challenges setting it in the early nineteenth century
  • [45:25]] Borley Rectory
  • [49:00] Drifting into the supernatural

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