October 24, 2019: Errick Nunnally, Bracken Macleod, and Isabel Yap

Errick Nunnally, Bracken Macleod, and Isabel Yap joined us at Trident on October 24th! Check out The Forum Network’s recording below:

Errick Nunnally was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, and served one tour in the Marine Corps before deciding art school was a safer pursuit. He enjoys art, comics, and genre novels. A designer by day, he earned a black belt in Krav Maga and Muay Thai kickboxing by night. His work has appeared in several anthologies and is best described as “dark pulp.” His work can be found in LAMPLIGHT, TRANSCENDENT, WICKED WITCHES, THE FINAL SUMMONS, PROTECTORS 2, the Podcast, NIGHTLIGHT, and the upcoming ChiZine novel, LIGHTNING WEARS A RED CAPE.

Bracken MacLeod is the Bram Stoker and Shirley Jackson Award nominated author of the novels Mountain Home, Come to Dust, Stranded, and Closing Costs, coming from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. He’s also published two collections of short fiction, 13 Views of the Suicide Woods and White Knight and Other Pawns. Before devoting himself to full time writing, he worked as a civil and criminal litigator, a university philosophy instructor, and a martial arts teacher. He lives outside of Boston with his wife and son, where he is at work on his next novel.

Isabel Yap writes fiction and poetry, works in the tech industry, and drinks tea. Born and raised in Manila, she has also lived in California and London. She is currently completing her MBA at Harvard Business School. In 2013 she attended the Clarion Writers Workshop, and since 2016 she has served as the Clarion foundation secretary. Her work has appeared in venues including Tor.com, Strange Horizons, and Year’s Best Weird Fiction. She is @visyap on Twitter.

Quick Questions with Errick Nunnally

The final interview before our event is with Errick Nunnally! Errick is the author of Lightning Wears a Red Cape, which Laird Barron called “brutal, dynamic, and action-packed.”

Come see Errick on October 24th at Trident Books! RSVP here.

Tell us about your latest release in five words or fewer, or in one image/gif.

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What book do you wish more people knew about?

Shrinking The Heroes by Minister Faust or Dreadnought by April Daniels.

en-lightningWhat was the first story you ever wrote?

“Who Bears The Lathe?” It was a short, post-apocalyptic story published in a now defunct magazine about an interrogation performed by a menacing cyborg on a rebellious woman.

What appeals to you about the genre you work in? (or a genre you work in?)

Anything is possible! Speculative fiction is a wild smear across all genres of storytelling. Much like horror, it can be a part of anything!

What do you like to listen to when you write?

Just about anything that doesn’t have lyrics. Ugh. Singing, rapping, any sort of human vocalizations tend to distract me.


Errick Nunnally was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, and served one tour in the Marine Corps before deciding art school was a safer pursuit. He enjoys art, comics, and genre novels. A designer by day, he earned a black belt in Krav Maga and Muay Thai kickboxing by night. His work has appeared in several anthologies and is best described as “dark pulp.” His work can be found in LAMPLIGHT, TRANSCENDENT, WICKED WITCHES, THE FINAL SUMMONS, PROTECTORS 2, the Podcast, NIGHTLIGHT, and the ChiZine novel, LIGHTNING WEARS A RED CAPE.

Quick Questions with Bracken MacLeod

bm-come to dustOur second author interview is with Bracken MacLeod! Curious about his work? Be careful! “MacLeod’s fiction is full of traps – some physical, some psychological, none easy to wriggle free of.” (Terrence Rafferty, The New York Times Book Review)

Come see Bracken on October 24th at Trident Books! RSVP here.

What book do you wish more people knew about?

I wish more people knew about The Secret Life of Souls by Jack Ketchum and Lucky McKee. Lots of people know about Ketchum, and a couple of his books are hugely popular in genre circles (The Girl Next Door being the most (in)famous) but Souls is the last novel he and his collaborator Lucky released before he died, and I feel like it deserved a much better life than it had. It’s a harrowing portrait of a disintegrating family, but also a sensitive meditation on the bond between children and animals. It’s such a wonderful book in every way.

What was the first story you ever wrote?

The first story I ever wrote was for a fifth-grade writing assignment. We were told to write holiday stories for the teacher to read aloud in class. I came up with a sci fi/horror piece about Santa Claus and H.R. Giger’s xenomorph from Alien doing battle in space. It was gory and nasty (SPOILER: Santa won), and the teacher reasonably refused to read it to the class. Fortunately, I grew up in a different time, and was only sent home with a sternly worded note about what I should be allowed to watch on television. I consider it my first literary rejection.

bm-echoesWhat do you like to listen to when you write?

I find lyrics distracting when I’m working, so I tend to listen to either instrumental music or something where the lyrics aren’t easily discernible (Black Metal, for instance). Typically, the style of music though is entirely dictated by the type of scene I’m writing. For action, I need something where the rhythm of the music reflects the rhythm of the words, line by line, so that tends to be metal, where during more intimate, personal scenes, I like to listen to ambient music.


Bracken MacLeod is the Bram Stoker and Shirley Jackson Award nominated author of the novels Mountain Home, Come to Dust, Stranded, and Closing Costs, coming from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. He’s also published two collections of short fiction, 13 Views of the Suicide Woods and White Knight and Other Pawns. Before devoting himself to full time writing, he worked as a civil and criminal litigator, a university philosophy instructor, and a martial arts teacher. He lives outside of Boston with his wife and son, where he is at work on his next novel.

April 25, 2019: Julian K. Jarboe, Christopher Golden, and Theodora Goss

On April 25, Speculative Boston was at Trident Bookstore & Cafe, joined by three fantastic writers:

Jarboe_headshot__2019Julian K. Jarboe lives in Salem, Massachusetts. They are an Associate Editor at PodCastle magazine, a graduate of the Odyssey Fantasy Writing Workshop, and most recently a fellow at the Writers’ Room of Boston, where they also sit on the board. Their writing can be found in The Atlantic, Strange Horizons, The Fairy Tale Review, and anthologized in the LAMBDA award-winning Year’s Best Transgender Speculative Fiction series, among others. They also produce and co-host Mothers & Others, “the podcast about maternal figures and mommy issues.”

 

Christopher GoldenChristopher Golden is the New York Times #1 bestselling, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Ararat, Snowblind, Dead Ringers, Of Saints and Shadows, and many other novels. With Mike Mignola, he is the co-creator of two fan favorite comic book series, Baltimore and Joe Golem: Occult Detective. As an editor, his anthologies include Hark! The Herald Angels Scream, Seize the Night, and The New Dead, among others. He has also written screenplays, video games, radio plays, an online animated series, and much more. He lives in Massachusetts.

 

Photo by Matthew Stein Photography

Theodora Goss was born in Hungary and spent her childhood in various European countries before her family moved to the United States. Although she grew up on the classics of English literature, her writing has been influenced by an Eastern European literary tradition in which the boundaries between realism and the fantastic are often ambiguous. Her publications include the collections In the Forest of Forgetting and Songs for Ophelia; The Thorn and the Blossom, a novella in a two-sided accordion format; debut novel The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter, and its sequel, European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman. She has been a finalist for the Nebula, Crawford, Locus, Seiun, and Mythopoeic Awards, and on the Tiptree Award Honor List. She has won the World Fantasy and Locus awards.

Quick Questions for Christopher Golden

Today’s interview is with Christopher Golden! A New York Times best-selling author, his newest book comes out just days before our event — but he has plenty of spellbinding books to keep you busy until then!

Come see Christopher read on April 25th at Trident Books! RSVP here.

Tell us about your latest release in five words or fewer, or in one image/gif.

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What book do you wish more people knew about?

The Ocean Dark. It’s a big fat supernatural thriller about the FBI, gun smugglers, and underwater vampires. I love that damn book.

What was the first story you ever wrote?

Hmm. Probably “A Cold Familiar Feeling,” which was about a man driven violently insane by his own paranoia.

What appeals to you about the genre you work in? (or a genre you work in?)

There’s always something wonderfully cathartic about working through your fears and anxieties and thoughts about human nature in the form of horror and fantasy stories.

What do you like to listen to when you write?

I listen to all kinds of music, but typically I’ll have on something from Frank Turner or The Frames, or some classical music. Although lately I’ve been loving the new EP from H.E.R. Fantastic stuff.


Christopher Golden is the New York Times #1 bestselling, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Ararat, Snowblind, Dead Ringers, Of Saints and Shadows, and many other novels. With Mike Mignola, he is the co-creator of two fan favorite comic book series, Baltimore and Joe Golem: Occult Detective. As an editor, his anthologies include Hark! The Herald Angels Scream, Seize the Night, and The New Dead, among others. He has also written screenplays, video games, radio plays, an online animated series, and much more. He lives in Massachusetts.