Talking Scared

32 - Clay McLeod Chapman and the Clenching Fist of Satan!

March 31, 2021 Neil McRobert Episode 32
Talking Scared
32 - Clay McLeod Chapman and the Clenching Fist of Satan!
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Talking Scared
32 - Clay McLeod Chapman and the Clenching Fist of Satan!
Mar 31, 2021 Episode 32
Neil McRobert

Does your child draw pentagrams? Have you noticed the neighbours hanging their robes over the washing line? Worst of all, have they started listening to …. HEAVY METAL??

You may be experiencing a satanic panic. Worry not, our guest, Clay McLeod Chapman can diagnose this for you. Clay’s new novel, Whisper Down the Lane is both a homage to the horror of the 80s, and an exploration of how that decade's battle with truth, memory and Satan(!!) lives on today. His story riffs on the very real scandal at the McMartin Preschool, as well as the wider hysteria that led to people being sacked, vilified and even imprisoned based upon absolute bulls*t.

As you’ll hear, it’s a darker tale than I had imagined, but it’s also jam-packed with references, easter-eggs and allusions to the horror that made the decade. Along the way Clay talks to me about how the satanic panic never really went away, how it ties into our very modern sense of ‘truth’ and he tells me why he never wants his kids to read his stories. 

On my part, I tell him the world is ok and other unconscionably optimistic things!

Oh, and I’m convinced that Clay orchestrated Lil Nas X’s ’Satan Shoes’ to help him sell more copies. 

Enjoy!

Whisper Down the Lane is published by Quirk Books on April 6th 2021.

 

Other books we discussed this week include:

  • Rosemary’s Baby (1967), by Ira Levin
  • Geek Love (1989), by Katherine Dunn
  • Nothing But Blackened Teeth (2021), by Cassandra Khaw

Come talk books on Twitter @talkscaredpod, on Instagram, or email direct to [email protected].

Thanks to Adrian Flounders for graphic design.

Show Notes

Does your child draw pentagrams? Have you noticed the neighbours hanging their robes over the washing line? Worst of all, have they started listening to …. HEAVY METAL??

You may be experiencing a satanic panic. Worry not, our guest, Clay McLeod Chapman can diagnose this for you. Clay’s new novel, Whisper Down the Lane is both a homage to the horror of the 80s, and an exploration of how that decade's battle with truth, memory and Satan(!!) lives on today. His story riffs on the very real scandal at the McMartin Preschool, as well as the wider hysteria that led to people being sacked, vilified and even imprisoned based upon absolute bulls*t.

As you’ll hear, it’s a darker tale than I had imagined, but it’s also jam-packed with references, easter-eggs and allusions to the horror that made the decade. Along the way Clay talks to me about how the satanic panic never really went away, how it ties into our very modern sense of ‘truth’ and he tells me why he never wants his kids to read his stories. 

On my part, I tell him the world is ok and other unconscionably optimistic things!

Oh, and I’m convinced that Clay orchestrated Lil Nas X’s ’Satan Shoes’ to help him sell more copies. 

Enjoy!

Whisper Down the Lane is published by Quirk Books on April 6th 2021.

 

Other books we discussed this week include:

  • Rosemary’s Baby (1967), by Ira Levin
  • Geek Love (1989), by Katherine Dunn
  • Nothing But Blackened Teeth (2021), by Cassandra Khaw

Come talk books on Twitter @talkscaredpod, on Instagram, or email direct to [email protected].

Thanks to Adrian Flounders for graphic design.