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Cassandra Khaw

By Rebecca Markwick, on 31 August 2021

Cassandra talks all about horror, researching gore, the anxiety surrounding releasing new work, and their inclusion of Malaysian folklore and mythos in their writing.

Show Notes

TW: Horror and gore

Horror writer extraordinaire Cassandra Khaw joins me on the podcast this week chatting all about researching for their visceral horror writing, the impact and inclusion of Malaysian mythos and folklore in their work, and how the pandemic has affected not only their daily life, but also their writing. We chat about how horror can be a comforting experience for the reader and how the writing process can be cathartic. Also haggis and the boob ghost Hantu Tetek.

Cassandra has two new books coming out this year which are linked below.

Nothing But Blackened Teeth available 17th October
The All-Consuming World available 21st September 2021
Cassandra’s website
Cassandra’s Twitter

Things mentioned in the episode:
Nothing But Blackened Teeth by Cassandra Khaw
Rupert Wong: Cannibal Chef by Cassandra Khaw
Butcher Bird by Richard Kadrey
Sophie Kinsella
Frances Hardinge
Holly Black
Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones
Blindsight by Peter Watts
Bloodtide by Melvyn Burgess
Travelogues: Vignettes from Trains in Motion by Kathleen Jennings
Saint Death’s Daughter by C. S. E. Cooney
Desdemona and the Deep
by C. S. E. Cooney
These Deathless Bones by Cassandra Khaw (link to audio)
Don’t Turn On The Lights by Cassandra Khaw (link to audio)

Work & Life: Tyler Shores & Prof Gloria Mark on Digital Wellbeing

By Rebecca Markwick, on 19 August 2021

I chat with Professor Gloria Mark and Tyler Shores about digital wellbeing.

Show Notes

I chat with the marvellous Professor Gloria Mark and Tyler Shores all about the idea of digital wellbeing. We take a dive into the world of digital shorthand, how emotions can be contagious over digital media and the effects that task switching has on the brain. Tyler chats about how multitasking and busyness can be seen as a sort of badge of honour and why that is problematic, and we end up with a fun discussion on the value of boredom and what we all do with our browser tabs.

Gloria’s website
Tyler’s website

Things mentioned in the episode:
The Zeigarnik Effect (handy little article on this)
Browser tab parking (handy little study)
BBC values based wellbeing framework
The Now Habit by Neil Fiore
Tabs by Ohm-I

Anna Vaught

By Rebecca Markwick, on 17 August 2021

Anna discusses her love of southern gothic, how reading aloud gives her great pleasure, and how mental health is affected by reading and writing.

Show Notes

I chat with the lovely author, teacher, mentor, and mental health advocate Anna Vaught all about bibliotherapy, southern gothic, reading aloud, and mentoring. We discuss her love for poetry and horror stories, mental health and the myth of recovery, and the difficulties involved in being editied.

There’s a small trigger warning as we lightly discuss trauma in this episode

Anna’s Twitter
Anna’s website
Anna on The Bookseller

Things mentioned in the episode:
Out of the Darkness anthology
Turn of the Screw by Henry James
Depression: The Way Out of Your Prison by Dorothy Rowe
Look Homeward, Angel by Thomas Wolfe
William Faulkner
A Child’s Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas
Galley Beggar
Charles Dickens

Jordi Nadal

By Rebecca Markwick, on 3 August 2021

Jordi talks all about bibliotherapy and his new book, Book Therapy. Lots of beautiful deep thoughts about the power of books on the mind and soul.

Show Notes

I chat with fabulous publisher and author Jordi Nadal all about bibliotherapy and his new book, Book Therapy. Jordi is incredibly eloquent on the subject and if you aren’t quite sure what bibliotherapy is this really does strike right at its core. A beautiful, thoughtful episode I hope you love as much as I do.

Jordi’s new book, Book Therapy

Authors and books mentioned in the episode:
F Scott Fitzgerald
James Salter
Elena Ferrante
The First Man by Albert Camus
Man in the Search of Meaning by Viktor Frankl
Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
Natalia Ginzburg
Memoirs of Hadrian by Marguerite Yourcenar
Octavio Paz
Groucho Marx
Virginia Woolf