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 Theodora Goss

Theodora Goss is our last interview before we gather at Trident! Her new collection, Snow White Learns Witchcraft, contains “an abundance of lace, roses and porcelain contrasting with fur, snow and blood.” (New York Times Book Review)

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

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

Mirror Mirror Poem Quote

What book do you wish more people knew about?

Lolly Willowes by Sylvia Townsend Warner. It’s about a woman living in post–World War I England who never married, and serves as a sort of helpful aunt to her annoying sister and her family. But one day she decides that she’s had enough, so she moves to the country by herself. There, she realizes that she’s really a witch. Once she has gotten herself a familiar and made a pact with the Devil, she can have the life she always wanted. I think of it as a story with a realistic happy ending!

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

I write in a sort of in-between space, between fantasy and history and mystery. I love writing about things that are real, such as historical events, clothes, foods, travel. At the same time, I love to include monsters and creatures out of fairy tales. I think we understand our lives best through metaphors. We have all felt monstrous at one time or another, we have all bitten into poisoned apples, we have all wanted happily ever after, whatever that looks like to us. And I love mysteries that pull the reader along–puzzles to solve, clues to follow, things to figure out. I don’t want to write just one thing, so I sort of write everything at once.

What do you like to listen to when you write?

It depends, but some of my favorite musicians and bands include Loreena McKennitt, Cecile Corbel, Ashley Davis, Agnes Obel, First Aid Kit, Marissa Nadler, Salt House, and Rachel Newton. I try to find the right music for the story I’m writing, and sometimes I play the same thing over and over, just to keep the mood I’m in consistent . . .


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 OpheliaThe Thorn and the Blossom, a novella in a two-sided accordion formatdebut 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.