The Outer Dark podcast presents a conversation with M. Rickert, author of The Shipbuilder of Bellfaire (Undertow, 2021) and many, many stories. The main audio was recorded on January 5, 2022.
In this podcast, Anya Martin interviews M. Rickert about her second novel The Shipbuilder of Bellfaire (Undertow Publications, 2021) including its long genesis, egg sentences, messy writing, connections to her first novel The Memory Garden (2014), the Weird sensation of returning to the community where one grew up, the shared human experience of dreaming, murderers who do not think of themselves as monsters, duality, writing from a perspective of negative capability, the Gothic foundations of her fiction, funerals, and more. The wide-ranging conversation also touches upon her first published story ‘The Girl Who Ate Butterflies’ (1999), her more recent published story ‘Funeral Birds’ (When Things Get Dark: Stories Inspired by Shirley Jackson, edited by Ellen Datlow, Penguin Random House, 2021), and others. The episode closes with a reading of the novel’s first two chapters (0:51:50), some other recent stories, her upcoming publishing news, and her many fiction and nonfiction reading recommendations (1:15:50). The main audio was recorded on January 5, 2022.
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