TOD 100 Steve Toase: The Archaeology of Rot and Snails

In this podcast Anya Martin interviews Steve Toase, whose debut collection, To Drown in Dark Water came out in April 2021 from Undertow Publications. This episode was recorded on Tuesday May 18, 2021

Show Notes

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.DaySarah ReadJordan Kurella, Chip Houser, Jeff Noon, Michael Marshall Smith, Tracy FaheyAlfred 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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Additional Links

Steve Toase’s Patreon

Steve Toase Sends Flash Fiction Straight to Your Inbox via TinyLetter

Steve Toase Facebook Writer Page

@stevetoase (Twitter)

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Old Fashioned in Lackington’s #21

Franz Marc (artist Website)

Jorvik Viking Centre (York)

Call Out in Innsmouth Free Press

Weird Horror magazine (Undertow)

The Deadlands

Not One of Us (ed. John Benson)

The Long Good Friday (1980) trailer

‘A Compendium of Abandoned Greenhouses’ (Messy Nessy Chic)

‘Grief in Horror and Weird Fiction’ by Steve Toase (blog post)

‘From Timelord to Scarecrow: Worzel Gummidge’ (

‘The Silent Brush of Wings’ (Three Lobed Burning Eye #30)

‘Dendrochromatic Data Recovery Report 45-274’ (Analog Science Fiction and Fact)

‘Dances of Vice, Horror and Ecstasy: Suspiria and Dance as a Magical Act in Weimar Germany’ by Steve Toase (

Anita Berber, Epitome of 1920s Weimar Republic Excess – Two Sequences of Her Dancing on Film (YouTube)

‘The Ghostly Paris Nightclubs of the Belle Epoque’ (Messy Nessy Chic)

The Detectorists Season 1 (2015) trailer

Story Hour (hosted by Daniel Marcus & Laura Blackwell)

Steve Toase on Tales from the Trunk podcast

Nightscript, Vol. VII

Kickstarter for Vicious Creatures by Sarah Gordon

Show Credits

Hosts/Producers: Scott Nicolay and Anya Martin

Co-Host, News from The Weird: Justin Steele

Co-Host, Reviews from The Weird: Gordon B. White

Symposium Assistant Director: Melanie Crew

Symposium Programming Coordinator: Jess Lewis

Symposium Logistics: Melissa Eisner

Logo Design: Nick “The Hat” Gucker

Music: Michael Griffin

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