Talking Scared

51 – Brian Evenson and Little Potted Nightmares

August 11, 2021 Neil McRobert Episode 51
Talking Scared
51 – Brian Evenson and Little Potted Nightmares
Show Notes

This week’s guest couldn’t be better timed. In a week when we find out the world is not only screwed, it’s REALLY screwed, our guest is Brian Evenson, with his new collection, The Glassy Burning Floor of Hell – which could be a description of many places on the globe right now.

These stories transport the reader to strange, deformed, blasted landscapes. Like the worlds they depict, Brian’s tales are harsh and dark and frightening but, as you’ll hear me say, they are also a surprising amount of fun. As well as the end of all things, there are also cults, flying cities, terrifying feathered men, and a murderous leg.

So read them and enjoy them – but heed the wakeup call. These monstrous worlds could all too easily be our own

(if you want some light relief, here’s the wiki on the Human Interference Task Force – cats and cults and wizards-a-plenty)


Other books mentioned in this episode include:

  • “Solution” (2020), by Brian Evenson - Read it Here
  • Altmann’s Tongue (1994) by Brian Evenson
  • Father of Lies (1998) by Brian Evenson
  • The Open Curtain (2006) by Brian Evenson
  • Last Days (2009) by Brian Evenson
  • The Turnip Princess and other Newly Discovered Fairy Tales (2015), by Franz Xaver von Schönwerth
  • The Book of the New Sun (1980), by Gene Wolfe
  • The Dying Earth (1950), by Jack Vance. Full series collected as The Compleat Dying Earth (2000)
  • A Canticle for Liebowitz (1959), by Walter M. Miller Jr. 
  • Thin Places (2020), by Kay Chronister
  • Age of Blight (2016), by Kristine Ong Muslim


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