Thursday, March 23, 2023

Shelf Edition: Ryan W. Kinney AKA Brother Ghoulish

Do you have any recent favorite Horror Spotlight books?

I do! Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke by Eric LaRocca pulled me from page one. LaRocca's decision to present the story in transcript form made it more immersive. Also, as a millennial, I appreciate the callback to the flashback to AOL days. Eve Harms' Transmuted is another recent favorite of mine. Body horror from the trans perspective? Say less.

Which Horror Spotlight books do you currently have on your TBR?

A few Horror Spotlight books are on my (never-ending) TBR list, starting with The Gilda Stories by Jewelle Gomez. After reading Fledgling by Octavia Butler (which I loved), someone suggested Gomez's book. I hear it's about Black lesbian vampires, and I'm already obsessed. Also on the list are Let's Play White by Chesya Burke and My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite.

Where do you find recommendations? Are there any Horror Spotlight books that have been recommended to you that you loved?

Most of my recommendations are from friends. One that comes to mind is Darkly by Leila Taylor; my good friend Mark O. Estes recommended it. I've never seen a more thorough dive into how truly gothic the Black experience is here in America. I loved it. Now, I recommend it to as many people as I can.

Where do you prefer to shop for books?

I prefer to shop for my books at mom-and-pop / brick-and-mortar stores (extra points if there's a cafe). Unfortunately, there isn't one close to where I live. So, I usually settle for my local Books-a-Million and online.

Are there any upcoming Horror Spotlight releases you're excited about?

I'm extremely excited for The Destroyer of Worlds: A Return to Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff. I want more Lovecraftian lore and the big middle finger to its racist forefather via all the Black characters. I'm writing this from outside the bookstore; I've been in line since it was announced. When the time comes, I'll also grab a copy of Drinking from Graveyard Wells: Stories by Yvette Lisa Ndlovu.

In regards to your own work, tell our readers a little bit about what’s new and/or coming up for you.
I recently published my horror short story collection book: There's Something Wrong in Morrington County. Expect flesh-eating pixies, people micro-dosing zombie blood, killer thighs, and more across twelve stories. Each lead looks and loves like me, a queer person of color. It's my first book and my contribution to the representation I want to see more of in the genre. You can find it on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

What Horror Spotlight book (or story, or movie, etc) would you like to see turned into a Muppet Movie?

I would pay to see a Muppet Movie version of the Human Santapede by Adam Millard. Around the Holidays, Horror Queers invited me and a few others to do a live reading from this Christmas version of the Human Centipede (yes, it's just as chaotic). Another I'd like to see muppified is Scream. A Deputy Dewey puppet would be so cute. Plus, they'll do the rest of the movies if it's a success. If that happens, I'll get a Jennifer Jolie puppet and die happily.

Where can people find you on social media and/or find your work?

You can find me on TikTok @ryanwkinney. If you're also interested in hearing me talk about horror movies, you can find me @brotherghoulish.

--Ryan W. Kinney (they, them, he/him) is an author, horror enthusiast, and podcaster who goes by the name of Brother Ghoulish.

Ryan loves to share sinister and creative tales that push the limits of horror.  As the author of their debut horror short story collection, There’s Something Wrong in Morrington County; they hope to entertain readers with a collection of creepy stories.

Ryan resides in Southern Maryland with their husband Emilio and black Labrador, Nox 

Teresa creates the Shelf Edition posts, creates bookish lists and is a contributing reviewer at Horror Spotlight. You can find Teresa on Goodreads, and on Twitter.

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