Talking Scared

162 – Chuck Wendig & American as Evil Apple Pie

September 26, 2023 Neil McRobert Episode 162
Talking Scared
162 – Chuck Wendig & American as Evil Apple Pie
Show Notes

This week on Talking Scared we are joining hands with Chuck Wendig to take the fight to Big Fruit. They have been lying to us about apples all our lives.


Chuck’s new novel, Black River Orchard is all about apples. Tasty, evil, corruptive. The book grows from the fertile soil of American small-town horror, and we talk about some texts in that storytelling style, as well as how Chuck himself approaches writing such big books with so many character arcs. We also cover apple-lore, how politics fits into horror fiction, the appeal of violent characters and a whole lot of books we think you should read. 


Enjoy. This book is a great way to say goodbye to summer.


Black River Orchard was published on September 26th by Del Rey


Books mentioned:


  • Fever House (2023), by Keith Rosson
  • Ring Shout (2020), by P. Djèlí Clark
  • The Fisherman (2017), by John Langan
  • The Tommyknockers (1987), by Stephen King
  • ‘Salem’s Lot (1975), by Stephen King
  • Mary: An Awakening of Terror (2022), by Nat Cassidy
  • Swan Song (1987), by Robert R. McCammon
  • Maeve Fly (2023), by C.J. Leede


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