Whether you’re a writer with a haunted house story in mind, or you’re just looking for some cool stuff to read or watch, this is must-listen podcasting!
In episode 121 of Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy, host David Barr Kirtley is joined by fellow authors Lauren Beukes, John Langan, and Grady Hendrix for a roundtable discussion of haunted houses in film and literature.
They talk about how it’s treated (and mistreated) in popular culture, and also how they’ve incorporated haunted places into some of their stories.
The authors also raise some very interesting questions: Is Alien a better, more believable haunted house story than Paranormal Activity? Was Disney’s Toy Story a haunted house movie? Are hauntings a supernatural form of class warfare?
These are just a few of the dark paths they explore in this fascinating discussion of one of the most universal subjects in the horror genre.
If you want to dig deeper:
- Wikipedia has a great page on haunted houses, including a list of short stories, novels, and films
- You can read David Barr Kirtley’s acclaimed zombie short story, “The Skull-Faced Boy” online, or listen to the PseudoPod audio version
- You can also peruse his short story, ‘Save Me Plz’ or listen to the Space Pod audio version
- You can check out the book trailers for Lauren Beukes’s novels, Broken Monsters and The Shining Girls, on YouTube
- you can find the book trailer for Grady Hendrix’s novel, HorrorStor (a horror story that takes place in a furniture store that very closely resembles an IKEA) on YouTube
- You can find John Langan’s short-story collections, The Wide Carnivorous Sky and Mr. Gaunt and other Uneasy Encounters, on Amazon