RTP Dialogues #5: The Grimm Mistresses Talk Horror

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David Annandale describes horror as “the cluster of tactics and strategies that set about to create the effect of horror.” As such, it can be difficult to nail down as a genre… it can creep into and overlay any other genre, infusing a scifi or romance story with chilling terror. In the case of “Grimm Mistresses” – the latest anthology from Angelic Knight Press (horror imprint of Ragnarok Publications) – it’s fairy tales that are treated to the dark kiss of horror.

Whatever the form or format, horror has fascinated us for centuries… we love to be scared whether it’s in fiction, film, or art. Which raises a few questions… like why are we, as a culture, so attracted to horror? In terms of fiction, how does the horror of a story differ from that of a film? Do men write horror differently from women? And what drives an author to immerse themselves in the chilling shadows of the horror genre?

Joining me to help address these questions (and more) are Stacey Turner, S.R. Cambridge, C.W. LaSart, and Mercedes Yardley. These four exceptional wordsmiths (plus Allison M. Dickson who sadly couldn’t join us) are the architects of of darkness whose stories grace the pages of “The Grimm Mistresses”. This is a remarkable discussion exploring not only  the craft of horror fiction, but the joy and delight that can be found in the shadows. You’re in for a treast, dear friends… click that “PLAY” button!

The Roundtable Dialogues #5: The Grimm Mistresses Talk Horror

[caution: mature language – listener discretion is advised]

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Mercedes Yardley

Mercedes Yardley

 

 

C. W. LaSart

C. W. LaSart

 

 

Stacey Turner

Stacey Turner

 

 

S. R. Cambridge

S. R. Cambridge

 


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Dave Robison has indulged in creative pursuits his entire life. His CV includes writing Curious George fan-fiction at the age of eight, improv theater at age ten, playing trumpet at age twelve, as well as a theater degree, creating magazine cover art, writing audio scripts, designing websites, creating board games, hosting mythological roundtables and generally savoring the sweet drought of expression in all its forms. His years of exploration give him a unique, informed, and eloquent perspective on the art of storytelling.

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  1. Excellent conversation. I’ve worked with most of these ladies and can attest to their talent. They are excellent storytellers and magnificent individuals. Can’t wait to pick up GRIMM MISTRESSES. I would also like to point out that LaSart may not have physically written a book with a Va-Jay-Jay, she is quite fond of using them in terrible fictional ways, including as a means of extra-terrestrial infestation. For this, and a myriad of other reasons, I salute her.