Chronscast Season 1 Episode 3 – An American Werewolf In London!

The latest episode of Chronscast is live! For this episode Chris and I were joined by Richard Sheppard, host of The Constant Reader Podcast, which takes a deep dive into all things Stephen King, from his numerous novels to the equally numerous movie and TV adaptations of his work.

S1 E9 – Lud In The Mist with Juliet E. McKenna Chronscast

This month we're joined by the author fantasy author Juliet E. McKenna, creator of several epic series including The Tales of Einarinn, The Aldabreshin Compass sequence, The Chronicles of the Lescari Revolution, and The Hadrumal Crisis trilogy. Juliet talks to us about one of the very first examples of what we might term "modern fantasy" – Hope Mirrlees' 192 novel Lud In The Mist. Juliet and I talk about where Lud sits in the canon of fantasy – we compare it to Tolkien, for example, and Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast books, as well as other modernist literature from the post-WW1 years of the 1920s.  There is talk about borders, the liminal spaces between spaces, and the reconciliation of our own prejudices and biases, as well as of silly names and Mirrlees's "interesting" approach to worldbuilding. Juliet talks to us about her own writing experiences, with particular reference to English folklore, myth, and the countryside, which is prevalent throughout her work and none more so than her current Green Man cycle of novels and her forthcoming Arthurian novel The Cleaving. We also discuss fantasy emerging from other cultures and parts of the world, and how writers should approach the writing and representation of other cultures.  Elsewhere, The Judge takes a break from her advisory talks and gives her own opinion and analysis of Lud In The Mist, which places the idea of laws, frameworks, and legal structures at the heart of the novel. We have two writing challenge winners in Doug Van Aarten and Jo Zebedee. Lastly, to coincide with the 40th anniversary release of Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan, Captain Kirk is having trouble getting hold of the Division 4 football results, and lays the blame squarely on a certain green-blooded, pointy-eared crew member.  Next Month In October we'll be joined by the author Steven Hall to discuss his smash hit debut novel The Raw Shark Texts.  Index [00:00 – 43:53] Juliet E McKenna interview Part 1 [43:53 – 45:17] Voicemail 1 [45:17 – 1:01:13] The Judge's Corner [1:01:13 – 1:02:24] Voicemail 2 [1:02:24 – 1:05:47] Writing Challenge Winners [1:05:7 – 1:07:09] Voicemail 3 [1:07:09 – 1:48:55] Juliet E McKenna interview part 2 [1:48:55 – 1:51:01] Credits and close
  1. S1 E9 – Lud In The Mist with Juliet E. McKenna
  2. S1 E8 – Inish Carraig with Naomi Foyle
  3. S1 E7 – Mythago Wood with John Jarrold
  4. S1 E6 – House Of Leaves with Ed Wilson
  5. S1 E5 – WATCHMEN with Tade Thompson

Richard talks with us about John Landis’s seminal 1981 film An American Werewolf in London, a horror comedy that is funny and scary in equal measure, and remains the high watermark for werewolf movies everywhere, and especially so for a curious period in the early 1980s when werewolf fever seems to have had America in its lycanthropic claw. We talk werewolves in general, taking in themes of duality, Jewishness, sexuality, the Beauty and the Beast myth, and of course, the literally transformative advances made in movie make-up and special effects technology in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

We also take the time to talk about The Constant Reader Podcast, about podcasting more generally, and the possibilities of making your voice heard using non-conventional means.

Further Reading and Links

The Constant Reader Podcast
Join SFF Chronicles for free

Index

[00:00] Richard Sheppard Interview Part 1 

[47:20] Voicemail 1

[48:23] The Judge’s Corner

[1:02:24] Voicemail 2

[1:03:08] Writing Challenge Winners

[1:06:18] Voicemail 3

[1:07:08] Richard Sheppard Interview Part 2

Next month Chris and I will speak with author Stephen Cox about swords and sorcery in Fritz Leiber’s genre classic Swords And Deviltry, featuring two of fantasy’s greatest heroes, Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser, and Stephen’s latest novel Our Child Of Two Worlds.

Published by Dan Jones

I'm a science fiction writer and podcaster. My debut novel Man O’War was published in 2018 by Snowbooks, and I’ve had a few short stories published here and there. I also host Chronscast, the official podcast of SFF Chronicles, the world's largest science-fiction and fantasy community. Away from writing I work for the UK Space Agency on a programme of space robotics for advanced satellite and planetary exploration technologies. All of which comes in rather handy when coming up with new ideas for science fiction stories.

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