Talking Scared

35 – Christina Henry and the Monsters of the Subconscious

April 21, 2021 Neil McRobert Episode 35
Talking Scared
35 – Christina Henry and the Monsters of the Subconscious
Show Notes

This week, I bring you MOAR monsters!!! 

Our guest is Christina Henry, whose new novel, Near the Bone fits so nicely as the unofficial second part to a cryptozoology-inflected series that began with Danielle Trussoni last week. Don’t worry, I’m not talking about the Loch Ness Monster for an hour, but the novel does feature a monster, some cryptid hunters and the very violent evils of both man and beast. 

Christina does manage to get me off the subject of monsters for a while, to give some insight into her surprisingly relaxed approach to writing, to her love of the outdoors and running (and how that provides a backdrop for her horror stories. And we even dip a toe into the pressing question of the age – CAN HORROR TAKE PLACE IN SPACE??

We ask who determines what a horror novel is, and whether YouTube and the discovery channel have changed monsters forever. Oh, and I get the chance to reminisce about the time I nearly got eaten by a bear (sort of. It looked at me at least!) 


Near the Bone was published by Titan Books on April 13th. 

Other books discussed in this episode include:

  • Ghost Tree (2020), by Christina Henry
  • The Girl in Red (2019), by Christina Henry
  • Leave the World Behind (2020), by Rumaan Alam
  • Earthlings (2018), by Sayaka Murata
  • The Girl With All the Gifts (2014), by M.R. Carey
  • Christine (1983), by Stephen King
  • Eyes of the Dragon (1984), by Stephen King

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