In praise of obscurity: I talk with mystery and horror writer Sara Gran on AEWCH 189!

10 Jun

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Friends,

As I get ready for the release of Hawk Mountain, I find myself wanting to talk to writers more and more. For advice, for good company, and honestly just because I’m so excited.

So I asked one of my favorite thriller and mystery writers – Sara Gran – on the show to talk about publishing, mystery. being famous versus being artistically free, occultism, symbols, and more.

Sara was last on the show way back on AEWCH 61, and we talked a lot about detective fiction and crime. This time around, we talk about occultism, sex, and obscurity, circling around her latest novel, The Book of the Most Precious Substance and my forthcoming novel, Hawk Mountain. Sara’s book is about a mysterious grimoire and a rare books dealer, and if that’s not enough to pull you in, I’ll also say there’s sex magick, murder, and tech billionaires in it. There. Now you want to read it. It’s great.

Sara is always an enthralling conversation partner; I’m so excited to show this episode with you.

SHOW NOTES

WHAT BOOK YOU SHOULD READ?
A great book on sex magick (and revolution) is Hugh Urban’s Magia Sexualis: Sex, Magic, and Liberation in Modern Western Esotericism. It’s pricey, but absolutely worth it. It’s enthralling.

WHAT OTHER AEWCH EPISODE YOU SHOULD LISTEN TO?
Another episode with a dark fiction writer, also an old episode, also one of my very favorites: AEWCH 23 with postmodern horror master, Brian Evenson. We talk about obscurantism on a different level. 

WHAT SHOULD YOU LOOK INTO FURTHER?
You probably know plenty about occultist, teacher, and trickster, Robert Anton Wilson already, but if not, do look into him. One of my favorite RAW lines? “I used to be an atheist, then I realized I didn’t have anything to say during a blowjob.” His website is outdated and very geocities-esque – but so full of info and links – which is kind of perfect, to be honest. Also, you may or may not know that I took a class with him many years ago. So there’s that. Wink.

MORE ON SARA
Here’s Sara’s wesbite and her publishing house website, Dreamland Books. Link to AEWCH 61 for lots more on Sara’s amazing work!

Until next time, friends! CH

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