Tuesday, August 22, 2023

Horror Spotlight Shelf Edition: Lauren Bolger

Today on the Shelf Edition, we welcome Lauren Bolger!

Do you have any recent favorite Horror Spotlight books?

The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle, Conjuring the Witch by Jessica Leonard, Whisperwood by Alex Woodroe, On Good Authority by Briana Una McGuckin, and The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones.

A Horror Spotlight artist I wanted to highlight too was Gabriel Rodriguez. Rodriguez’s art in the graphic novel series Locke & Key is incredible. I love how he captured the speculative elements and the expressions of the characters through their violent, terrifying, and emotional moments. Below are some pictures of his work in the original series of Locke & Key.

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

On my TBR, I’ve got The Shoemaker’s Magician by Cynthia Pelayo, The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin, Backmask by o f Cieri, The Spite House by Johnny Compton, The Stradavarius by Rae Knowles, and Southern Cross by Becky Cloonan.

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

A lot of recommendations come from authors promoting them on social media, or others saying they enjoyed someone’s work. Covers are a big draw for me, too. Another two would be the She Wore Black podcast with Agatha Andrews, and Talking Scared with Neil McRobert. Their insight, excitement and curiosity about the works when interviewing authors is incredible.

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

I’m dying to read Silver Nitrate by Silvia Moreno Garcia, Black Sheep by Rachel Harrison, and Silent Key by Laurel Hightower. Camp Damascus too, by Chuck Tingle. That’s already out but I don’t have a copy yet. 

Let’s get a little adventurous. Answer one or both: What Horror Spotlight book (or story, or movie, etc) would you like to see turned into a Muppet Movie? And/Or Who would play you in a horror movie based on your life?

The Horror movies turned into a Muppet Movie is hard, because I keep trying to think of the Muppets doing some of my favorites and my mind just can’t make that leap. But they did A Christmas Carol and that was fun, and kinda spooky in parts.

Maybe something fun with no jump scares that doesn’t take itself super seriously? Maybe Blood Diner. That one’s a very funny, gory cult film, directed by Jackie Kong. Would be cool to see some fuzzy Muppet blood! Haha. Maybe they could shoot red yarn from a potato gun or something! (Please don’t come to me for official practical effects tips)

In a Horror movie based on my life. Aubrey Plaza maybe. Or Kristen Stewart. They’re the coolest. I’m not as cool as them, but it’s Hollywood, so for a movie you get to level up with someone hot who always knows what to say to people. Partially because they have a script, but still. :P

In regards to your own work, tell our readers a little bit about what’s new and/or coming up for you.

For me, Kill Radio is my debut novel that came out this past April with Malarkey Books. A single mom, a warlock, and a fisherman have to join forces to puzzle out why a crystal radio her son found has opened a portal to Hell. Her estranged ex and some parts on or inside the radio might be the key to finding the answer, but you’ll have to read it to find out! Occult/Supernatural with Romance!

Coming up, o f Cieri, Eric Williams and I co-edited a Horror zine for Malarkey Books. This will be the second volume of that zine; Hellarkey, volume 2, which will be out in October. I’m really excited for that one. We’ve got some great stories in there! 

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

The place I’m most commonly found is Twitter, where my handle is @renbolger. I’m also on Bluesky with the same handle. More details on other works can be found at www.laurenbolger.com.

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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