Penguin Radio Fright Edition

In this episode of The Literary Life, Penguin Radio investigates fright: that disturbing feeling that can spring from the most unlikely of places—even the pages of books.

Sarah Waters joins us to discuss her newest book, The Little Stranger, a gothic novel and finalist for the Man Booker Prize that critics have compared to Henry James and Edgar Allen Poe. Koren Zailckas, author of Smashed and Fury joins us to rant about what not to do when reading your own audiobook in our latest installation of The Writer’s Rant. Rich Hasselberger explains why designing a book jacket for a thriller is different than for a paranormal romance. We’ll also hear from Kristin Hersh, founder of the band Throwing Muses, whose memoir, Rat Girl, tells the harrowing story of being a young indie rock musician at the birth of the alternative music movement in the 1980s.

Kevin Holtsberry
I work in communications and public affairs. I try to squeeze in as much reading as I can while still spending time with my wife and two kids (and cheering on the Pittsburgh Steelers and Michigan Wolverines during football season).

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