In this episode, we are very excited to have author Daniel Braum. Daniel’s fiction has been classified as fantasy, science fiction, and horror but he prefers the good old-fashioned term of fiction, which when he was growing up simply meant a story where anything could happen. His stories frequently defy category and reside in the fuzzy areas between genres, utilizing and combining genre elements to produce tales that are wholly unique.
Daniel’s short works have appeared in numerous anthologies and publications. He has also published collections of his short stories and two novels.
We discussed the challenge, rewards, and development of a cross-genre story. Daniel tells us that others actually categorized some of his work as horror and he learned about the genre from Cemetery Dance Magazine and Ellen Datlow's The Best Horror of the Year Anthologies. Daniel shares his creative process and how setting deeply influences his story development. We talk about the way he effectively communicates universal themes in his writing in such a subtle and impactful way.
We chat about Daniel's story Hand of Fire which appears in The Jewish Book of Horror edited by Josh Schlossberg and the importance of having spaces for stories of this vein. Brenda compared it to UBO by Steve Rasnic Tem.
Daniel hosts the New York Ghost Story Festival that aims to bring back ghost stories to Christmas time. He tells us how it came about and why. We discuss the impressive array of paranormal and cryptid subjects that appear in Daniel's writing.
Daniel reads from his short story, How to Stay Afloat Without Drowning, which can be found in his collection Underworld Dreams or The Best Horror of the Year, Volume 12.
Find more about Daniel here: https://bloodandstardust.wordpress.com/
and on his Amazon Author Page.
Brenda is here: https://brendatolian.com/
Joy is here: https://www.joyyehle.com/
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