In our 100th episode on This Is Horror, Anya Martin interviews Steve Toase, whose debut collection, To Drown in Dark Water came out in April 2021 from Undertow Publications. The conversation starts with the rewards of being a member of the Post Apocalyptic Writers Society (PAWS) and writing post-apocalyptic fiction in pandemic times and flows into his road to writing and storytelling via landscape archaeology, as well as how his passion for the Blue Rider artists and rockabilly inspired a move from North Yorkshire to Munich. Discussion then turns to the genesis of the collection, building writing skills with flash fiction, visionary editors and publishers, and themes running through his work including folk horror, green horror, body horror, rot and decay, smells, snails, scarecrows, the recurring character Papa Yaga, dance theatre in the Weimar Republic, and more. Steve reads the complete story ‘Dirt Upon my Skin’ (0:53:49) and concludes with a bit more publishing news, the coolness of writing for Fortean Times, and his reading recommendations including Julie C.Day, Sarah Read, Jordan Kurella, Chip Houser, Jeff Noon, Michael Marshall Smith, Tracy Fahey, Alfred Kubin, and Sarah Gordon. This episode was recorded on Tuesday May 18, 2021. Be sure to scroll down to Additional Links to find out more,
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