On this episode we are thrilled to have author Jo Kaplan aka Joanna Parypinski.
Jo is the author of more than twenty short stories and several novels, co-chair of the LA chapter of the Horror Writers Association, and an English professor. She also writes under the name Joanna Parypinski. Her fiction has appeared in Fireside Fiction, Nightmare Magazine, Black Static, Vastarien, Nightscript, Haunted Nights (ed. Ellen Datlow & Lisa Morton), and Bram Stoker Award-nominated anthology Miscreations: Gods, Monstrosities & Other Horrors. She lives with her husband and cats in Los Angeles.
We ask Jo the reason for the two names and chat about the general use of pseudonyms by women in the horror genre. This moves us on to the topic of the exciting rise of diverse prospectives in horror.
We talk about the writing and enjoyment of Horror Poetry; how it creates an excellent venue to plumb the darkness in ways different and maybe more effective than a short story or novel. Particularly, the power of imagery and symbolism to create pieces that literally haunt the reader.
We talk about her short story, In Dark Corner and Neglected Places which appears in Three Crows Year Two: Anthology of Weird Science Fiction and Fantasy, and the broader topic of folklore and diverse cultural viewpoints in horror.
Jo tells us about the reoccurring theme that has prevalent in most of her writing and gives us some deep things to consider. In discussing her soon-to-be-released novel, When the Night Bells Ring, we explore the responsibility of the horror genre to address existential horrors such as climate change and deadly pandemics.
Jo reads to us from her short story, Her. House. that can be found in Horror Library 7.
Jo Kaplan can be found at: https://jo-kaplan.com/
When the Night Bells Ring can be preordered here. https://jo-kaplan.com/2021/11/20/when-the-night-bells-ring/
Her. House. can be found here: http://www.darkmoonbooks.com/Horror_Library_7.html
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