TOD 025 Nathan Carson: Touring the Weird by Canoe

In this podcast Scott Nicolay interviews Nathan Carson, author of Starr Creek and ‘The Willows’ graphic novel. Plus an all-new News from the Weird featuring co-hosts Justin Steele and Michael Griffin!

Show Notes

Nathan Carson, author of Starr Creek (Lazy Fascist Press), joins Scott to talk about his fiction and his recent graphic novel adaptation of Algernon Blackwood’s ‘The Willows’ (Floating World Comics) with artist Sam Ford, including a heap of Jack Kirby love, Marvel movies, growing up with Dark Horse Comics, the secret origins of ‘The Willows’ project, transitioning from journalism and rock music/promotion to fiction, the fruits of his ‘Cinderella moment’ with Ross Lockhart/Word Horde, back story on some short stories including ‘The Projection Booth’ in Joseph Pulver’s The Madness of Dr. Caligari (Fedogan & Bremer), sword and sorcery, reading and interviewing Gene Wolfe, the pleasure of working with Lazy Fascist Press,  Starr Creek inspirations and its warm reception, his band Witch Mountain, drumming and prose, DJ and flow,  a reading from  ‘When the Evil Days Come Not’ from Tales from a Talking Board (0:54:20 to 1:00:00), more on the genesis and challenges of adapting ‘The Willows’ to a visual medium including substituting female lead characters,  building dread by ‘condensing the action’, collaborating with Sam Ford, possible returns to Floating World, issue #2 coming in January, current and upcoming fiction, and his recommended writers including David Busboom, Garrett Cook, and The Outer Dark recent guest Jennifer Robin, the ‘poet laureate of Portland Weird.’

News from The Weird

(01:30:11) Justin Steele, Michael Griffin and Scott discuss BizarroCon 2017, the Wonderland Awards, a review of John Claude Smith‘s The Wilderness Within, and the latest publishing news including Broken Eye Books, Mythic Delirium Press, and Eraserhead Press’s New Bizarro Author Series

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Additional Links

‘The Willows’ by Algernon Blackwood (original story)

Devil Dinosaur

Paul Chadwick

Wizard Rifle (band)

Cody Goodfellow

Choose Your Own Adventure

Swords v. Cthulhu (Eds. Jesse Bullington & Molly Tanzer)

Filk Music


Jack Vance’s The Dying Earth series

Samuel R. Delany

Zothique by Clark Ashton Smith

Glen Cook

Brian Keene

Tiffany Scandal

Brian Evenson

Shane McKenzie

Jack Parsons

Black Powder by Matt Bialer

Funny Times

Show Credits

Host/Executive Producer: Scott Nicolay

Co-Host, News From the Weird: Justin Steele

Associate Producer/Show Notes: Anya Martin

Logo Design: Nick “The Hat” Gucker

Music: Michael Griffin


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