#369. THE LAST UNICORN - The Author’s Shelf with Seanan McGuire
Craig and Ryan welcome Seanan McGuire to the Author's Shelf! From her shelf, Seanan chose The Last Unicorn, by Peter S. Beagle, a '60s classic fairy tale about a unicorn in search of her kin. They also talk a bit about her upcoming book, Into the Windwracked Wilds (as A. Deborah Baker). Check out A. Deborah Baker's (Seanan's) Amazon page Support the show on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/legendarium Check out the archives at https://www.thelegendarium.com/ Join the Discord community: https://discord.com/invite/FnCSsxx Twitter: https://twitter.com/LegendariumPod
Penny is so excited to interview her first human guest...except she may not be human. Unless she was joking. You decide! Penny's guest this episode is award winning author and friend to creatures of all sorts, Seanan McGuire!!Listen as Seanan and Penny talk about how gorgons are portrayed in Seanan's books (wonderfully and respectfully!), the wonders of talking to snakes, and Komodo dragons.Seanan McGuire sounds exactly like Seanan McGuire, for obvious reasons. You can find her books wherever books are sold, check out her website at seananmcguire.com, and find her on twitter at @seananmcguire!Penny Cephalonia sounds a lot like Rebecca Hicks, on Twitter at @RHicks.Sibyl Corvin's voice bears an uncanny resemblance to that of Jaci Seelagy, who twitters at @jekyllyn.Music is by TJ, the empathic vampire! Learn more or get your own awesome music at https://linktr.ee/afkai. Sound editing by Sibyl's doppelganger Jaci.Check out the art of Penny's vocal doppelganger at lunaseastudios.storenvy.com!Follow The Gorgon Show on Twitter at @GorgonShow, or email us at email@example.com. See transcripts at faustiannonsense.com/gorgon-show.The Gorgon Show is a proud member of the Faustian Nonsense network. Check out other projects by FN at faustiannonsense.com. If you'd like to support the show, and the independent creators of FN, you can become a patron at patreon.com/faustiannonsense and earn our boundless and eternal gratitude!Today's episode is brought to you by THE CALL OF CTHULHU MYSTERY PROGRAM, a dark comedy actual play podcast that uses The Call of Cthulhu to tell you weird and delightful stories. Find out more and listen at cthulhumystery.com or wherever you listen to podcasts. Sibyl predicts that it'll make your day!Mentioned in this episode:Thank you for listening!Support us on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/faustiannonsense Thank you to our Top Patrons! Jolene Probsnothawkeye
Ep 537 - Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children #1), by Seanan McGuire
What if the kids who fell into that wardrobe in The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe all came back to the real world and needed extensive therapy to deal with the things they had seen and done? Welcome to Every Heart a Doorway, where a strong central conceit helps cover for a somewhat rushed mystery narrative. Our theme music was composed by Nick Lerangis. Advertise on OverdueSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Welcome back, Literary Slummers! This week, we're wrapping up our unit on novels based on TTRPGs with a trip to the B-B-B-BOOOONEYAAAARD. Who would have known that a book called Boneyard would be spooky? Not Anna, apparently. Join us next week for another Meow Meow Monday! And even though half the year is up, you can still join our 2022 reading challenge. Details are on our Twitter! Recommended Reading:Let's Talk About Love by Claire KannThe Space Between Worlds by Micaiah JohnsonMaster of One by Jaida Jones and Dani BennettTwitter: @shelfawarecast, @amdeebee, @emnotelizaInstagram: @shelfawarecastEmail: shelfawarecast @ gmailBen Cope: youtube.com/user/fretwiz
Please enjoy the spoiler-free portion of our interview with author Seanan McGuire discussing several of her books, "Into The Drowning Deep", "Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day", "Middlegame", the Toby Daye series, and the Incryptid series. Other works mentioned include Newsflesh (series), Ghost Roads (series), "Rolling in the Deep", and Parasitology (series). Timestamps are marked for the interview questions. This interview was recorded several months prior to the 2021 Hugo Awards. Become a Patron at any level to receive the spoiler-filled second half of the interview. Intro (0:00) Can you talk a little about the way trauma works in your writing? (0:20) Has a traumatic event in your books ever changed your perception of a character? (3:00) What parts of your identities do you notice making appearances in your writing more than you intended? What parts of your identities do you notice seeping into your work unintentionally? (6:20) What is your approach to incorporating visible queerness in your work? (10:05) How does setting influence queerness in your stories? (12:40) What is your approach to incorporating visible characters of color in your work? (16:25) Do you tend to write disabilities based on a specific set of references or do you tend to write cultures that hide disabilities and all that they entail? (22:00) When building your characters’ identities, what aspects did you intentionally include? (25:00) Do you consider your character’s physical description when writing how other characters treat them? (26:20) --- Wrap-Up and Outro: Included in Part 1 and Part 2 --- What is your favorite non-traumatic thing in any of your books? (29:57) Do you have a favorite book written by someone else, and if so what makes it your favorite? (31:46) Do you have any queer authors and/or authors of color whose work you’d like to shoutout? (32:49) Where can our audience find you? (36:15) --- Check out Seanan's website for more about her writing. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram. --- At each link you can find Robin's written reviews of Seanan's work under her own name, her writings as Mira Grant, and as A. Deborah Baker. Music provided by HeartBeatArt and is used with permission.
Book 1 in the Ghost Roads trilogy Andi and Lise rave about this tale of paranormal urban legend with backstory and personality, in which author Seanan McGuire world-builds a context for the folklore around the hitch-hiking prom ghost/girl in the diner ghost. Here, the ghost tells her own story in a non-linear narrative: how she died, the type of ghost she is, and “living” on the ghost roads, the world of the dead, haunted by a variety of spirits. One of which is the man who killed her. Tapping into the myth and legend of U.S. road culture, McGuire provides a beautifully written gripping story about Rose Marshall, the subject of urban and road paranormal legend. Even the dead have things to fear. Seanan McGuire’s website Sparrow Hill Road Shout-outs: Lise really enjoyed the first season of Only Murders in the Building, available on Hulu. Here, New York Upper West Side neighbors bond over a shared love of true crime, and set out to solve the mystery of a resident’s death in the same building. Andi watched the Lifetime premiere of the F/F holiday film Under the Christmas Tree, and really enjoyed its fluffy goodness (a queer holiday film where there’s no angst over being queer!). Find LGO on Twitter: @LGOPodcast And at our website! Happy (and safe) holidays!
Authors Seanan McGuire, Mira Grant, A. Deborah Baker, and I discuss how they’re all Seanan McGuire and how she transitions between genres and intended age groups. We discuss her years as a standup comedian and how she transitioned to an award-winning author, her love of dice and My Little Ponies, her creative process, how she plans a series and keeps continuity, our mutual love of Stephen King’s IT (the book, not the movie), why JURASSIC WORLD made her feel unwelcome to her favorite franchise, the critical importance of representation, knowing which stories are yours to tell, filking, and so much more. Oh, and she takes me on a tour of her haunted library, so don’t miss that.Seanan McGuire was born in Martinez, California, and raised in a wide variety of locations, most of which boasted some sort of dangerous native wildlife. Despite her almost magnetic attraction to anything venomous, she somehow managed to survive long enough to acquire a typewriter, a reasonable grasp of the English language, and the desire to combine the two. The fact that she wasn't killed for using her typewriter at three o'clock in the morning is probably more impressive than her lack of death by spider-bite.Often described as a vortex of the surreal, many of Seanan's anecdotes end with things like "and then we got the anti-venom" or "but it's okay, because it turned out the water wasn't that deep." She has yet to be defeated in a game of "Who here was bitten by the strangest thing?," and can be amused for hours by almost anything. "Almost anything" includes swamps, long walks, long walks in swamps, things that live in swamps, horror movies, strange noises, musical theater, reality TV, comic books, finding pennies on the street, and venomous reptiles. Seanan may be the only person on the planet who admits to using Kenneth Muir's Horror Films of the 1980s as a checklist.Seanan is the author of the October Daye urban fantasies, the InCryptid urban fantasies, and several other works both stand-alone and in trilogies or duologies. In case that wasn't enough, she also writes under the pseudonym "Mira Grant." For details on her work as Mira, check out MiraGrant.com.In her spare time, Seanan records CDs of her original filk music (see the Albums page for details). She is also a cartoonist, and draws an irregularly posted autobiographical web comic, "With Friends Like These...", as well as generating a truly ridiculous number of art cards. Surprisingly enough, she finds time to take multi-hour walks, blog regularly, watch a sickening amount of television, maintain her website, and go to pretty much any movie with the words "blood," "night," "terror," or "attack" in the title. Most people believe she doesn't sleep.Seanan lives in an idiosyncratically designed labyrinth in the Pacific Northwest, which she shares with her cats, Alice and Thomas, a vast collection of creepy dolls and horror movies, and sufficient books to qualify her as a fire hazard. She has strongly-held and oft-expressed beliefs about the origins of the Black Death, the X-Men, and the need for chainsaws in daily life.Years of writing blurbs for convention program books have fixed Seanan in the habit of writing all her bios in the third person, so as to sound marginally less dorky. Stress is on the "marginally." It probably doesn't help that she has so many hobbies.Seanan was the winner of the 2010 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and her novel Feed (as Mira Grant) was named as one of Publishers Weekly's Best Books of 2010. In 2013 she became the first person ever to appear five times on the same Hugo Ballot.--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/middle-grade-ninja/support
Episode 62: Otherworldly Worldbuilding ft. SEANAN MCGUIRE
Worldbuilding for Masochists
As Halloween draws close and the veil between the realms grows thin, we wonder... how, exactly, do you build a world that, by design, touches other worlds? Seanan McGuire joins us to discuss portal realms, alternate realities, multiverses, and designing the liminal, the permeable, the spaces in-between. Transcript for Episode 62 (thank you, beloved scribes!) Our Guest: Seanan is the author of the October Daye urban fantasies, the InCryptid urban fantasies, and several other works both stand-alone and in trilogies or duologies. In case that wasn't enough, she also writes under the pseudonym "Mira Grant." For details on her work as Mira, check out MiraGrant.com. Seanan lives in an idiosyncratically designed labyrinth in the Pacific Northwest, which she shares with her cats, Alice and Thomas, a vast collection of creepy dolls and horror movies, and sufficient books to qualify her as a fire hazard. She has strongly-held and oft-expressed beliefs about the origins of the Black Death, the X-Men, and the need for chainsaws in daily life. Seanan was the winner of the 2010 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and her novel Feed (as Mira Grant) was named as one of Publishers Weekly's Best Books of 2010. In 2013 she became the first person ever to appear five times on the same Hugo Ballot.
Today's episode of Casual Magic features prolific author and hardcore nerd Seanan McGuire, talking about her recent foray into Magic web fiction as well as what planeswalkers would eat, and writing during a Pandemic. This episode is brought to you by CoolStuffInc (use code CASUAL for 5% off your order) and Archidekt.