Brenda S. Tolian MFA ~is the author of BLOOD MOUNTAIN published by RAW DOG SCREAMING PRESS.
She is a member of the HWA, AWP, and the Angela Carter Society. She is a graduate of Adams State University, Regis University (MFA), and a Doctoral Student of Literature at Murray State University. Her work has appeared in Haunted Mtl.com, the anthology 101 Proof Horror, the Denver Horror Collective’s anthology Consumed Tales Inspired by The Wendigo, The Jewish Book Of Horror, Twisted Pulp Magazine issue 3. Brenda also writes academically on subjects such as Postmodernism, Vladimir Nabokov, and the female body within horror.
Brenda co-hosts the Burial Plot Horror Podcast. She is a lead instructor of dark fiction with Al•che•my Writers Workshop in Denver and one of a trinity of directors at ☿ OUROBOROS SCREAMING where BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, female and female-identifying creators of dark fiction can hone their craft. She now calls New Orleans home after a long stint in the southwest.
We discuss Brenda's new release, Blood Mountain, and the mysterious San Luis Valley that inspired it. Brenda explains that in her stories she wanted to explore how the colonization of the area had scarred the land itself and the indigenous people of the area as well as a catharsis for her. Brenda shares her advice to other writers about using sensitivity readers and the importance of listening and incorporating their feedback.
I ask Brenda about the short films she makes, her poetry, painting, and music. Proceeds from her music go to efforts to help refugees or directly to single moms that need help. She is working on a collaborative visual poetry album, Winter and Woe, with Sinjin Jones
We discuss her work as a horror academic and the focus on the treatment of women's bodies in horror and the need for the horror tropes to be retold by women.
Brenda can be found here: https://brendatolian.com/
Buy Blood Mountain here: https://amzn.to/3NrL1KR
Find Winter and Woe here: https://www.foundryofaether.com/woe
Find Brenda's Spotify here: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0wZ5daq4GYmZcv5LOwfRVr
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Blood Mountain cover artist Daniele Serra
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