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The Shades & Shadows Podcast

We are Los Angeles's only regularly occurring genre fiction reading series. Each episode, we will introduce three authors who write the kinds of works you won't hear about anywhere else. Debuting, emerging, and established authors in the fields of horror, science fiction, fantasy, noir, and anything else that slips through the cracks, is hard to identify, or plays with the things that go bump in the night.
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Jun 26, 2017

Welcome back to the Shades & Shadows Podcast! This episode features authors recorded live at our show in March of 2016. If this is your first time listening, please be aware that we feature content that may contain adult themes and language. We do not censor the authors who read for us.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

 

Steph Cha is the author of “Follow Her Home,” “Beware Beware,” and “Dead Soon Enough,” all published by St.Martin’s Minotaur. She’s the noir editor for the L.A. Review of Books and a regular contributor to the L.A. Times. She lives in her native city of Los Angeles with her husband and basset hound.

 

Carlos Allende is the author of Love, or the Witches of Windward Circle, a horror farce set in Venice, California, throughout the first half of the 20th Century. He was born in Mexico City in 1974, but can pull off 1985 under the proper light. He has three elder sisters, none of whom practices magic. Since he was a kid, he knew he liked boys and that he wanted to be a writer. However, he was too much of a coward to study writing: his BA is in Economics and he has a Master’s in Global Management. He makes a living taking care of the finances for a vacation rental company in Venice, and is currently enrolled in a Master in Media Psychology. He lives in Santa Monica with his husband. Currently, he’s working on Coffe, Shopping, Murder, Love, an epistolary novel about coffee, shopping, incidental murder, and love.

 

Ben Loory is the author of the collection Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day, and a picture book for children, The Baseball Player and the Walrus. His fables and tales have appeared in The New Yorker, Fairy Tale Review, Tin House, and Weekly Reader’s READ Magazine, and been heard on This American Life and Selected Shorts. He lives in Los Angeles and is an instructor for the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program. www.benloory.com

 

For more information, and to purchase the books you heard on this podcast, go to our website, www.ShadesAndShadows.org, and click on the "Podcasts" tab. The books will be linked on the post for the episode the author appears in.

While you're there, you can sign up for our mailing list, follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and donate to support us. Shades & Shadows is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and everything you donate goes right back into making the show even better.

Thanks for listening, and we'll see you soon! If you like what you hear, please remember to rate the podcast highly!

 

 

Jun 12, 2017

Welcome back to the Shades & Shadows Podcast!

 

This is a very, very special episode. On April 28th, 2017, we recorded our live event at the Horror Writer's Association's Stoker Con. We had a lineup of some of the greatest voices in modern horror fiction join us aboard the Queen Mary, and we now present that show, in its entirety, for your enjoyment.

 

This episode features adult content and language, and is very definitely not suited to sensitive ears. This was, after all, at a horror writer's convention.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

 

Stephen Graham Jones is the author of sixteen novels, six story collections, more than 250 stories, and has some comic books in the works. His current book is the werewolf novel Mongrels (William Morrow). Stephen’s been the recipient of an NEA Fellowship in Fiction, the Texas Institute of Letters Jesse Jones Award for Fiction, the Independent Publishers Awards for Multicultural Fiction, three This is Horror awards, and he’s made Bloody Disgusting’s Top Ten Novels of the Year. Stephen teaches in the MFA programs at University of Colorado at Boulder and University of California Riverside-Palm Desert. He lives in Boulder, Colorado, with his wife, two children, and too many old trucks.

 

Barbara Barnett is Publisher/Executive Editor of Blogcritics, (blogcritics.org). Her Bram Stoker Award-nominated novel, called "Anne Rice meets Michael Crichton," The Apothecary's Curse The Apothecary's Curse is now out from Pyr, an imprint of Prometheus Books. Her book on the TV series House, M.D., Chasing Zebras is a quintessential guide to the themes, characters and episodes of the hit show. Barnett is an accomplished speaker, an annual favorite at MENSA's HalloWEEM convention, where she has spoken to standing room crowds on subjects as diverse as "The Byronic Hero in Pop Culture," "The Many Faces of Sherlock Holmes," "The Hidden History of Science Fiction," and "Our Passion for Disaster (Movies)."

 

Chuck Wendig is the New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Aftermath, as well as the Miriam Black thrillers, the Atlanta Burns books, and the Heartland YA series, alongside other works across comics, games, film, and more. A finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer and the co-writer of the Emmy-nominated digital narrative Collapsus, he is also known for his popular blog, terribleminds.com, and his books about writing. He lives in Pennsylvania, with his family.

 

Tananarive Due is a former Cosby Chair in the Humanities at Spelman College (2012-2014), where she taught screenwriting, creative writing and journalism. She teaches Afrofuturism at UCLA and also teaches in the creative writing MFA program at Antioch University Los Angeles. The American Book Award winner and NAACP Image Award recipient is the author of twelve novels and a civil rights memoir. In 2010, she was inducted into the Medill School of Journalism’s Hall of Achievement at Northwestern University. Due’s novella “Ghost Summer,” published in the 2008 anthology The Ancestors, received the 2008 Kindred Award from the Carl Brandon Society, and her short fiction has appeared in best-of-the-year anthologies of science fiction and fantasy. Her first short story collection, Ghost Summer, was  published by Prime Books in June of 2015. Due collaborates on the Tennyson Hardwick mystery series with her husband, author Steven Barnes, in partnership with actor Blair Underwood. Due also wrote The Black Rose , a historical novel about the life of Madam C.J. Walker, based on the research of Alex Haley – and Freedom in the Family: A Mother-Daughter Memoir of the Fight for Civil Rights , which she co-authored with her mother, the late civil rights activist Patricia Stephens Due. Freedom in the Family was named 2003’s Best Civil Rights Memoir by Black Issues Book Review.

 

Elizabeth Hand is the bestselling author of thirteen genre-spanning novels and four collections of short fiction. Her work has received the World Fantasy Award (four times), Nebula Award (twice), Shirley Jackson Award (three times), International Horror Guild Award (three times), the Mythopoeic Award, and the James Tiptree, Jr. Award, among others, and several of her books have been New York Times and Washington Post Notable Books. Her recent, critically acclaimed novels featuring Cass Neary, “one of literature’s great noir anti-heroes” [Katherine Dunn] — Generation Loss, Available Dark and Hard Light — have been compared to those of Patricia Highsmith.

 

Jonathan Maberry is a New York Times best-selling and five-time Bram Stoker Award-winning suspense author, anthology editor, comic book writer, magazine feature writer, playwright, content creator and writing teacher/lecturer.

 

For more information, and to purchase the books you heard on this podcast, go to our website, www.ShadesAndShadows.org, and click on the "Podcasts" tab. The books will be linked on the post for the episode the author appears in.

While you're there, you can sign up for our mailing list, follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and donate to support us. Shades & Shadows is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and everything you donate goes right back into making the show even better. If you liked what you heard here, please rate the podcast highly on whatever service you use.

Thanks for listening, and we'll see you soon!

 

 

 

May 15, 2017

We got a chance to sit down with Ana Castillo and discuss her writing, her place in "genre fiction," and much more. She has a piece included in the anthology Latin@ Rising (linked on our website, go to the Podcasts page). Enjoy!

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Ana Castillo (June 15, 1953-) is a celebrated and distinguished poet, novelist, short story writer, essayist, editor, playwright, translator and independent scholar. Castillo was born and raised in Chicago. She has contributed to periodicals and on-line venues (Salon and Oxygen) and national magazines, including More and the Sunday New York Times. Castillo’s writings have been the subject of numerous scholarly investigations and publications. Among her award winning, best sellling titles: novels include So Far From God, The Guardians and Peel My Love like an Onion, among other poetry: I Ask the Impossible. Her novel, Sapogonia was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. She has been profiled and interviewed on National Public Radio and the History Channel and was a radio-essayist with NPR in Chicago. Ana Castillo is editor of La Tolteca, an arts and literary ‘zine dedicated to the advancement of a world without borders and censorship and on the advisory board of the new American Writers Museum in D.C. In 2014 Dr. Castillo held the Lund-Gil Endowed Chair at Dominican University, River Forest, IL and served on the faculty with Bread Loaf Summer Program (Middlebury College) in 2015 and 2016. She also held the first Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Endowed Chair at DePaul University, The Martin Luther King, Jr Distinguished Visiting Scholar post at M.I.T. and was the Poet-in-Residence at Westminster College in Utah in 2012, among other teaching posts throughout her extensive career. Ana Castillo holds an M.A from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D., University of Bremen, Germany in American Studies and an honorary doctorate from Colby College. She received an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation for her first novel, The Mixquiahuala Letters. Her other awards include a Carl Sandburg Award, a Mountains and Plains Booksellers Award, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts in fiction and poetry. She was also awarded a 1998 Sor Juana Achievement Award by the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum in Chicago. Dr. Castillo’s So Far From God and Loverboys are two titles on the banned book list controversy with the TUSD in Arizona. 2013 Recipient of the American Studies Association Gloria Anzaldúa Prize to an independent scholar.

Spring 2016 Publication of BLACK DOVE: Mamá, Mi’jo, and Me (Feminist Press) released to critical acclaim. It is the recent recipient of a 2016 International Latino Book Award in the category of autobiography. Her most recent novel, GIVE IT TO ME is the recipient of the LAMBDA AWARD, 2015.

 

As always, go to our website, www.ShadesAndShadows.org for more information. While there, you can sign up for our mailing list, find us on Twitter and Facebook, and make a tax-deductible donation to our 501(c)(3) nonprofit. 100% of all donations go right back into the shows and events we present. And if you liked what you heard, give us a good rating. Thanks!

May 11, 2017

Welcome back to the Shades & Shadows Podcast! This episode features authors recorded live at our show in January of 2016. If this is your first time listening, please be aware that we feature content that may contain adult themes and language. We do not censor the authors who read for us.

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

 

JOSHUA SCHER has written for the stage and screen since 2006. He holds a BA with Honors in Creative Writing from Brown University and an MFA in playwriting from Yale University. His play, The Footage, has been produced from NYC to Australia and its cinematic adaptation was developed by Pressman Film. Scher’s television pilot, JiGsAw, was developed by Danny Glover with Louveture Films and his film, I’m Ok, starring Dot-Marie Jones, is in post-production, set for a 2016 festival run. His first novel, Here & There, launched in November. io9 says, ““For people who do take the plunge, an incredible payoff awaits…Anyone interested in quantum physics, data encryption, and advanced computing will relish Here and There’s deep meditations on these topics.”

STEPHANIE DIAZ  Twenty-three-year-old Stephanie Diaz wrote her first novel at age nine. Ten years later, she landed a publishing deal for a YA science fiction series, Extraction, while studying filmmaking at San Diego State University. She has since written the two sequels, Rebellion and Evolution. When she isn’t lost in books, she can be found singing, marveling at the night sky, or fan-girling over TV shows. Visit her online at www.stephaniediazbooks.com and follow her on twitter @StephanieEDiaz.

 

SHERRI L. SMITH is the award-winning author of YA novels LUCY THE GIANT, SPARROW, HOT SOUR SALTY SWEET, FLYGIRL and ORLEANS. In October 2015, she makes her middle grade debut with THE TOYMAKER’S APPRENTICE from G.P. Putnam and Sons for Penguin Random House.

Sherri has worked in film, animation, comic books and construction. Her books have been listed as Amelia Bloomer, American Library Association Best Books for Young People, and Junior Library Guild Selections. FLYGIRL was the 2009 California Book Awards Gold Medalist.
 
She loves her family, travel, chocolate chip cookies, reading, and and a really good cup of tea.

 

 

For more information, and to purchase the books you heard on this podcast, go to our website, www.ShadesAndShadows.org, and click on the "Podcasts" tab. The books will be linked on the post for the episode the author appears in.

While you're there, you can sign up for our mailing list, follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and donate to support us. Shades & Shadows is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and everything you donate goes right back into making the show even better.

Thanks for listening, and we'll see you soon! If you like what you hear, please remember to rate the podcast highly!

 

 

Jan 23, 2017

Welcome back to the Shades & Shadows Podcast! This episode features authors recorded live at our show in November of 2015. If this is your first time listening, please be aware that we feature content that may contain adult themes and language. We do not censor the authors who read for us.

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

 

ELISE FORIER EDIE worked as a playwright for many years, before turning to writing speculative fiction. Her most recent publications include short stories, “You-Go-Back” in Strange Tales V (Tartarus Press), and “Leonora” in Chilling Horror Short Stories (Flame Tree Publications). She is also the author of a paranormal romance novella, The Devil in Midwinter, which was released in 2014 by World Weaver Press. Elise is a member of the Horror Writer’s Association, Los Angeles (HWA) and the Authors Guild and a graduate of the Odyssey Writing Workshop. She currently heads up the Theater Arts program at West Los Angeles College, where she teaches playwriting.

 

XACH FROMSON is a Los Angeles native who has been obsessed with horror and dark fiction from a very young age. He received his BA in Creative Writing from California State University Northridge in 2009. He earned his MFA in Creative Writing from the University of California Riverside’s Palm Desert program. He appeared on stage at Dirty Laundry Lit in February 2013 and has a short story in the 2014 anthology, Halloween Tales. He is currently in various stages of working on a ton of projects. He is co-founder and co-host of Shades & Shadows…and once, he slew a dragon.

 

DAVID GERROLD is the author of over 50 books, hundreds of articles and columns, and over a dozen television episodes. He is a classic sci-fi writer who will go down in history as having created some of the most popular and redefining scripts, books, and short stories in the genre.

 

For more information, and to purchase the books you heard on this podcast, go to our website, www.ShadesAndShadows.org, and click on the "Podcasts" tab. The books will be linked on the post for the episode the author appears in.

While you're there, you can sign up for our mailing list, follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and donate to support us. Shades & Shadows is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and everything you donate goes right back into making the show even better.

Thanks for listening, and we'll see you soon!

 

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