Dustin’s work focuses on the 19th U.S. president Rutherford B. Hayes’ political career and Hayes’ relationship to slavery and civil rights. He earned a BA in history and political science from Indiana University Kokomo in 2005, an MA in History from Bowling Green State University in 2008, and a PhD in Policy History also from Bowling Green State in 2014. He has taught at Lourdes University and BGSU, and chairs the curatorial and education department at the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums.
Dustin’s Writings on Hayes’ evolving views on anti-slavery and Reconstruction: https://www.rbhayes.org/main/hayes-evolving-views-on-anti-slavery-reconstruction/
Nathan is the author of the collections North American Lake Monsters, Wounds: Six Stories from the Border of Hell, and the novella The Visible Filth. His novella was made into a film called Wounds, directed Babak Anavari in 2019, and North American Lake Monsters was filmed as the basis of the Hulu series Monsterland in 2020. He has won two Shirley Jackson Awards, and his work has been nominated for several other awards including the Bram Stoker, Locus, British Fantasy, World Fantasy, and SLF Fountain. His first novel, The Strange will be coming soon from Saga Press.
Joshi is the preeminent speculative fiction editor, critic, author, and authority on H. P. Lovecraft, Ambrose Bierce, H. L. Mencken, and other writers, mostly in the realms of supernatural and fantasy fiction. His 350 publications include such critical studies as The Weird Tale, The Modern Weird Tale, Atheism: A Reader, and most recently The Progression of the Weird Tale. His award-winning 1996 biography, H. P. Lovecraft: A Life became the instant standard on Lovecraft, and was expanded to two volumes and published in 2010 under the title I Am Providence: The Life and Times of H. P. Lovecraft. Joshi’s fiction includes the recent novella Something from Below from PS Publishing, and Back from the Dead: Early Fiction and Poetry from Sarnath Press.
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/S.-T.-Joshi/e/B000AP8NIG
“Sunset” (composition mentioned in this episode): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hy8sLLmj9RA
Alison is the author of eight novels, two short story collections, a novella, and a novel written under the nom de plume “A.J. Elwood” called The Cottingley Cuckoo which was published in 2021 by Titan Books. Her novel A Cold Season was selected for the Richard and Judy Book Club, and her short stories have been picked for several best of the year anthologies. She won the 2014 Shirley Jackson Award for Short Fiction for her story “The Dog’s Home” – which is certainly one of the darkest pieces she’s written, and contains one of her most shocking endings – and has just this week been nominated for the ALCS’s Tom-Gallon Trust Award for her story “Swanskin” in the anthology After Sundown, edited by Mark Morris. Alison lives with her partner Fergus in deepest Yorkshire, England, in a house of creaking doors and crooked walls. She loves exploring the hills and dales with her two hugely enthusiastic Dalmatians and has a penchant for books on folklore and weird history, Earl Grey tea, and semicolons.
Chris is an internationally exhibited fine artist and author of several books and chapters on topics including literature, visual art, and history in addition to contributing articles to Biography.com among others. He is curator of the Poe Museum in Richmond, where his critically acclaimed exhibits have earned him praise from The New York Times, TIME Magazine, and USA Today. In search of innovative ways to bring Poe to new audiences, Semtner has collaborated on Poe-themed performances with groups such as the Latin Ballet of Virginia, et al. He has appeared on the BBC4, PBS, Travel Channel, Military History, NPR, CNN, and other networks, and regularly speaks about a variety of unusual, obscure, and macabre subjects to groups of all ages around the country and as far away as Japan. His most recent book, The Poe Shrine: Building the World’s Finest Edgar Allan Poe Collection, tells the strange but true stories behind the Poe Museum’s artifacts.
Chris’s Website: https://chrissemtner.com/
The Poe Museum: https://www.poemuseum.org/
Poe Museum Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/poemuseum
The Curator’s Crypt (YouTube): https://tinyurl.com/hp33hjye
John is the author of the paranormal suspense novel HANNAHWHERE, Winner of Ireland’s 2015 Drunken Druid Award, and Nominee for the 2015 Bram Stoker Award. He is also the author of the story collections, INFLICTIONS, and JERKS AND OTHER TALES FROM A PERFECT MAN, in addition to the well-received novelette GOT YOUR BACK, which is included in his latest collection A VARIABLE DARKNESS. A father of five daughters, he works at MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory, is the CEO and Editor-in-Chief of the press Haverhill House, and lives in Haverhill, MA with his wife.
Haverhill House: https://haverhillhouse.com/
Brian Driscoll received his B.A. in Visual Art from Columbia in 2013, and an MFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2018. He has completed residencies at the Oxbow School of Painting and Sculpture in Saugatuck, Michigan, the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont, and the School of Visual Art in New York City. His work, a provocative mix of nudes, comics, childhood ephemera, wallpaper, saturated color, and delicate sculpture has been exhibited nationally in solo and group exhibitions and is collected internationally.
doungjai gam is the author of ‘glass slipper dreams, shattered’ and ‘watch the whole goddamned thing burn.’ Her short fiction and poetry have been published in LampLight, Wicked Haunted, Nox Pareidolia, and The Dystopian States of America, and most recently in the anthology Campfire Macabre from Cemetery Gates Media. “Crossroads of Opportunity,” a story she co-wrote with Ed Kurtz, appeared in the Stoker-nominated Lost Highways: Dark Fictions from the Road and was reprinted in Year’s Best Hardcore, Volume Four. Born in Thailand, she currently resides in New England with author Ed Kurtz.
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/doungjai-gam/e/B07144Q4CH
Clint is the author of the collection Ghouljaw and Other Stories from Hippocampus Press (2014) the novella When It’s Time For Dead Things to Die from Unnerving (2019), and The Skeleton Melodies, also from Hippocampus Press (2020). A former freelance writer, Clint’s non-fiction stories and columns have previously appeared in FARM Indiana Magazine, SOUTH Magazine, the Southside Times, and the Indianapolis Star. In 2018’s 21st-Century Horror: Weird Fiction at the Turn of the Millennium, literary scholar and critic, S.T. Joshi, includes an essay segment titled, “Clint Smith: Decaying Cities, Decaying Lives.” Clint lives in Indiana, along with his wife and children, just outside Deacon’s Creek.
Upcoming publications include the story (previewed in the episode) “Feast Your Eyes on the Yawning Monotony of Humdrum Rot” in Nightscript, Vol. 7 (October 2021).
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Clint-Smith/e/B0094W3DPO/
From her website christacarmen.com:
“My debut collection, Something Borrowed, Something Blood-Soaked won the 2018 Indie Horror Book Award for Best Debut Collection, and additional work has been published in places such as Year’s Best Hardcore Horror, Fireside, Rooster Republic’s Not All Monsters, Muzzleland Press’ Behold the Undead of Dracula, The Wicked Library, and Tales to Terrify. These days when I’m not writing, I keep chickens, forget to pull a daily tarot card, and read books like Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein and The Gashlycrumb Tinies to my daughter. Most of my work comes from gazing upon the ghosts of the past or else into the dark corners of nature, those places where whorls of bark become owl eyes and deer step through tunnels of hanging leaves and creeping briars only to disappear.”
To Podcast Mentioned in this Interview: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/s8e09-what-evil-lurks-scary-stories-told-in-the-dark/id1325401931?i=1000513896638
Irish Lights are Benjamin Fox and Gordon Cooper who have been making music together for over two decades. Both originally from the American Midwest they now compose from across the Atlantic Ocean. Cooper is based in Detroit MI while Fox is based in the West of Ireland. Both grew up on Catawba Island Ohio which is on the shores of Lake Erie. Immersed in maritime folklore and island mentality, Irish Lights was a natural progression into love songs written for lighthouses. Each Irish Lights album is rooted in theme and picture. Fox and Cooper study existing photographs and drone footage of each lighthouse before and after composing. They also discuss what the Lighthouse Keeper is feeling at the particular time and what time of the day/night it may be for each album. They will compose a song for each lighthouse on the Island of Ireland.
The Astronauts: https://open.spotify.com/artist/1NqfIH0gBSSza3S1pNCWEp
Curtis M. Lawson is an author of unapologetically weird and transgressive fiction, fantastical graphic novels, and dark poetry. Curtis’ work ranges from technicolor pulp adventures to bleak cosmic horror. Curtis is a member of the Horror Writer’s Association, and the organizer of the Wyrd live horror reading series. He lives in Salem, MA with his wife and their son.