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Gays vs queers vs straights vs homosexuals: Huw Lemmey and Ben Miller of the Bad Gays podcast on AEWCH 197

30 Aug

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Friends,

Moving towards the 200th episode of AEWCH, I found myself in the funny realization that I don’t talk about gayness all that much. Partly it’s because I didn’t feel like I had much to say. But the realization deepened into: Wait, why don’t I have anything to say? Why do I feel so un-aligned with “gay stuff?” That itself was something to talk about.

I’ve found the right conversation partners in Huw Lemmey & Ben Miller, hosts of the Bad Gays podcast and authors of Bad Gays: A Homosexual History from Verso.

I’m excited to share this conversation with you, and happy to report that talking with these guys gave me the opportunity to compare sexual liberation with sasquatch.

SHOW NOTES

WHAT BOOK YOU SHOULD READ?
Not a book, but an essay: “Thinking Sex: Notes for a Radical Theory of the Politics of Sexuality” by Gayle Rubin. It’s a foundational text for many conversations on sex and queerness and sexuality, so if you haven’t yet read it, go read it!

WHAT OTHER AEWCH EPISODE YOU SHOULD LISTEN TO?
An earlier but great exploration of “queer” on the show is AEWCH 74 with Andrea Lawlor, author of Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl. Andrea and I go all over the place talking about queerness, and find a lot of affinity for each other’s views (and experiences!).

MORE ON HUW & BEN
The best place to start is the Bad Gays website, where you can actually order a t-shirt that says “Evil Twink Energy.” And do support their patreon here. If that’s not enough for you, never fear, Huw has three novels out which we didn’t even get around to talking about. Here’s a link to Huw’s substack, which has links to all his work.

Until next time friends,
Be gay!
CH

Horror, hometown nazis, & Hawk Mountain.

27 Aug

Friends!
In addition to my upcoming September UK tour, I wanted to give you some info and links to AEWCH/Hawk Mountain stuff.

First, a wide-ranging discussion about horror I had on the This Is Horror podcast, which was really great. The guys have a patreon which deserves more supporters; they’re really bringing voices in horror forward!

A very short article I wrote about growing up in racist, claustrophobic small-town  Pennsylvania and how that influenced Hawk Mountain in the Journal.ie – here’s an excerpt:

“In my town, there was nowhere to go and nothing to do. We were land-locked, far from any cities except the post-industrial landscapes of shattered factory windows and fenced-off parking lots that made up Allentown and Bethlehem.
There were diners open all night and those were saving graces. Kids met and sat in booths, drinking coffee and eating breakfast food, talking about whether or not God was real and what post-punk bands from DC we liked.
We would joke about gruesome things. A favourite prank was concealing a packet of coffee creamer with your hand and rubbing your eye vigorously until the packet burst, the false white of your eye spilling across your fingers.
We skipped school and gathered under the bleachers at the football game and got drunk and high at parties. Some kids started shooting up and selling heroin, and in our final year, it seemed like all the golden favoured kids, good-looking bullies who got good grades and played sports, started doing coke.
I was lonely and didn’t want to do coke, so I set up punk rock shows and started a record label. There are probably easier ways to not be lonely, but I didn’t know them. The shows were loud, crowded, sweaty. They were dotted with Nazis, who showed up everywhere, and you’d be too afraid to kick them out. They were our classmates, after all. They’d pass you in the hall the next day.”

A feature on me in Gay Community News (GCN) here in Ireland – you know, one of those free gay magazines? But this one is really good. That’s me holding, um, me, in GCN in the pic up there.

A great review of Hawk Mountain in Books Ireland (“Conner Habib has written a debut novel which has the style, elevated prose and assurance of a much more experienced novelist.”)

As for AEWCH, I just wanted to give you a heads up about the three great episodes coming up… queer podcasters, an Italian philosopher/theologian, and an esoteric healer… all leading up to a massively special episode on AEWCH 200.

Can’t wait.

CH

HAWK MOUNTAIN UK TOUR DATES! Come hang out with me and special guests September 8-14!

24 Aug

Friends,
Can’t tell you how excited I am to announce UK TOUR DATES FOR HAWK MOUNTAIN!

And with a great line up of in-conversation partners, including a mystery writer, an occultist, a fiction writer and a special guest!

Please do spread the word and come!

SEPTEMBER 8: TREADWELLS, LONDON – with DUNCAN BARFORD (The Blood of the Saints, Occult Experiments in the Homes). On the occult, creativity, and fiction!TICKETS 

SEPTEMBER 9: PAGES OF HACKNEY, EAST LONDON – Special guest TBA – 7PM.
TICKETS 

SEPTEMBER 12: WATERSTONES, BRIGHTON – With SJ Watson (Before I Go To Sleep, Final Cut). On psychological thrillers! 7PM.
TICKETS 

SEPTEMBER 14: NO ALIBIS BOOKSTORE, BELFAST – With Wendy Erskine (Sweet Home, Dance Move). 6:30PM
RSVP 

I’ve also got a few Hawk Mountain/AEWCH t-shirts (ONLY available at events) left.

PLUS: ALL PATRONS who come to the events get a cool FREE limited edition Hawk Mountain postcard I made with my brother in-law!

See you there friends! Bring your pals, get a seat, Hawk Mountain and AEWCH with me! Can’t wait to see you!
CH

AGAINST EVERYONE WITH CONNER HABIB 196: You need to go to therapy. (Oh yes you do!) In conversation with Charlotte Fox Weber!

18 Aug

Friends,

As I approach my 45th birthday, I’m thinking a lot about what it is I want from my life. It’s not yet half over, but it’s heading there, and there’s so much to choose from! To sort through the burden of wanting so much, I invited psychotheapist Charlotte Fox Weber, author of What We Want: A Journey Through Twelve of Our Deepest Desires onto to the show to discuss the many ways desire shows up for us and how to manage it (if it is, indeed, manageable).

PS: No episode next week, as I celebrate my birthday, but keep your eyes open for a FOR-PATRONS-ONLY recording of my event in New York City with Will Menaker of Chapo Traphouse!

SHOW NOTES

WHAT BOOK YOU SHOULD READ?
Another great book about desire (By one of my favorite writers) is On Missing Out: In Praise of the Unlived Life by Adam Phillips. “We make our lives pleasurable, and therefore bearable, by picturing them as they might be; it is less obvious, though, what these compelling fantasy lives – lives of, as it were, a more complete satisfaction – are a self-cure for.”

WHAT OTHER AEWCH EPISODE YOU SHOULD LISTEN TO?
Another long conversation about desire is AEWCH 95 with Maggie Nelson. What a weird conversation, too, in the best way. Desire in literature, in sex, in art.

MORE ON CHARLOTTE
The best place to learn more about Charlotte (or to contact her as a therapist!) is via her website. Charlotte’s book isn’t available in the US until April 2023, but you can order it from this link to her publisher – which offers multiple sites to get it from. And here’s a little interview with Charlotte where she says “Paying attention is a form of love.” Well said!

Until next time friends,

Get help! (Joking, not joking.
CH

AGAINST EVERYONE WITH CONNER HABIB 195: OYINKAN BRAITHWAITE or CRIME/FICTION/FORGIVENESS

11 Aug

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Friends,
This is the last fiction writing episode for a bit, so I needed someone to talk with me about mediating the creation of dark art. So I asked another writer who’s been there to talk about violence, murder, and forgiveness in fiction: My Sister the Serial Killerauthor, Oyinkan Braithwaite

SHOW NOTES

WHAT BOOK YOU SHOULD READ?
One of my very favorite novels is also a sort-of-sort-of-not crime novel: Narrow Rooms by James Purdy. It’s absolutely ruthless, and bizarre. Imagine if John Waters wrote a serious novel. This would be it. It’s a nice blend of the tonally challenging aspects of both my and Oyinkan’s novels.

WHAT OTHER AEWCH EPISODE YOU SHOULD LISTEN TO?
I talked about crime fiction in depth with another writer – and a master of the genre – Liz Nugent, back on AEWCH 104. Bonus: It was recorded just before the pandemic, and we talk about it with hope and trepidation.

MORE ON OYINKAN
There’s plenty to explore, including illustrations and short works, on Oyinkan’s website. My favorite story there is “One Choice“, which has illustrations including the one below, made out of the words of the text.

See you soon, friends.
CH

Why (horror) fiction matters with Caitlin Doughty and Mark O’Connell on the latest Against Everyone With Conner Habib!

2 Aug

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Friends,
So happy to share an extended contemplation about fiction and this podcast, and then one of my very favorite book tour events with you: a live conversation about horror, transhumanism, and Hawk Mountain in Dublin with your fav death expert Caitlin Doughty and nonfiction writer/cultural critic Mark O’Connell.

It was a sold out event and one of my favorite on the tour, which will continue in the UK in September. (I’ll also post one of the other tour dates as exclusive content for patreon patrons only.)

SHOW NOTES

WHAT BOOK YOU SHOULD READ?
One of the greatest horror novels – which, like Hawk Mountain is also not really a horror novel – is Disgrace by JM Coetzee. Don’t read anything about it, just get it and read it. It’s incredible.4

WHAT OTHER AEWCH EPISODE YOU SHOULD LISTEN TO?
I talked about the horrors of technologies – as well as its occult promise and beauty – with anthroposophist writer Andrew Linnell on AEWCH 183.

MORE ON CAITLIN AND MARK
If you follow the links to their respective AEWCH episodes you’ll find lots there -here’s Caitlin Doughty on AEWCH 174 and Mark O’Connell on AEWCH 105.

More soon, friends,
CH

EVENTS: Three (very different!) Dublin HAWK MOUNTAIN happenings! With special guests Caitlin Doughty, Sarah Maria Griffin, Una Mullally, and Mark O’Connell

25 Jul

Hey there friends,
Wanted to let you know that there are three Hawk Mountain events coming up in Dublin, and each one is very different.

1. A book launch at the legendary Hodges Figgis with my friend Una Mullally on WEDNESDAY, JULY 27 This is a reading in the standard sense. I read the book, I answer a few questions, we hang out, we drink wine! To go to this FREE event, email ldermody@penguinrenadomhouse.ie and say you’re coming by! (you can cut and paste/ use this text – just include your name: Hi I’m excited to attend the Conner Habib event on the 27th. Thanks!)

2. I’ll be talking horror and darkness in fiction with author, podcaster, and tarot reader Sarah Maria Griffin, on FRIDAY, AUGUST 5 at  Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI). Here’s the link! The event is FREE and will be awesome.

3. My event on THURSDAY, JULY 28 with Caitlin Doughty and Mark O’Connell is SOLD OUT! But go to one of the other two with the also awesome AEWCH guests here!

The poetry of everday life. I talk with Swedish journalist and author, Marit Kapla on AEWCH 193!

16 Jul

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Friends,

In the midst of the Hawk Mountain book tour, visiting cities and longing for the pastoral. In Swedish journalist Marit Kapla’s absolutely stunning book Osebol, she chronicles the lives of the 42 people who live in Osebol, a tiny village in Sweden. And she transmutes their words – already poetic – into poetry. Line breaks, important pauses, stray and lovely observations. In Osebol, you get the slow life beauty of the remote, where a chance meeting on the road can be a day’s major event. Marit shares what she’s learned from talking to all of Osebol’s inhabitants, and we talk time, depth of experience, nature, and more.

I hope you love this episode as much as I loved having this conversation.

SHOW NOTES

WHAT BOOK YOU SHOULD READ?
I read a poem on the episode from Arun Kolatkar’s absolutely beautiful book, Jejuri – and I highly recommend you get and read it.

WHAT OTHER AEWCH EPISODE YOU SHOULD LISTEN TO?
Before he was a Twitch sensation, Hasan Piker and I talked about growing up surrounded by bullies on AEWCH 36. I’m reminded of it here as a flipside to the romanticism of small town life.

MORE ON MARIT
Here’s a good interview with Marit/review of the book. And a lovely consideration of all of it in The Times Literary Supplement. Most of Marit’s work is in Swedish, so the best thing to do is just look her up and read via google translate.

Until next time, friends, find Osebol, read it, and pay loving attention to your neighbors. CH

HAWK MOUNTAIN IS NOW AVAILABLE EVERYWHERE IN THE US! Listen to Una Mullally interview me about it on the latest episode of AEWCH!

5 Jul

Friends,
Hawk Mountain is now available in the US in book and audio formats!

(Irish/UK/Australian readers, you have a couple more weeks to preorder/wait until it comes out on the 21st!)

So…I made myself the guest, and my friend and collaborator Una Mullally, who is an expert interviewer, asked me the questions. This was an extremely satisfying conversation — the kind of experience I always hope my guests will end the show feeling — and I’m honored to have had it. What comes up? The horror of high school, Kate Bush, the mystical presence of animals, Meister Eckhart, the soundtrack to my novel, time and manipulation, and more.

I don’t think I’ve ever had a better interview, to be honest.

And? THERE ARE NO SPOILERS! Somehow she managed to turn this into a great conversation about literature without messing with it.

The US tour starts next week, and I’ll post a normal ep then too. Until then, enjoy, and go get the book and come to the readings and tell your pals and say hello!

Love, CH

ORDER HAWK MOUNTAIN

Bookshop.org US  • Amazon US  • Barnes & Noble • IndieBound • Hudsons

PREORDER HAWK MOUNTAIN in IRELAND/UK/AUSTRALIA RELEASE DATE, JULY 21

Amazon UK • bookshop.uk  • The Gutter Bookshop

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PRAISE FOR HAWK MOUNTAIN

Starred reviews in Kirkus  • BookPage  • Publisher’s Weekly  • BookList

One of the New York Times’s 12 Books To Read in July 2022

Hawk Mountain is a suspenseful, shocking and ultimately poignant study of anguished conflict, both domestic and internal. Incisively written and intensely imagined, it’s the novelistic debut of a real original.” – Ramsey Campbell

“The opening lines of Hawk Mountain plummet you into an atmosphere of creeping dread and precarious restraint that won’t let up until the final, shocking moments.” – Caitlin Doughty

“A moving and unflinching portrayal of a man caught in a trap of his own making, but willing to do almost anything―to almost anybody―if it will keep him from having to face up to himself. Hawk Mountain is a wonderfully bleak and beautifully written debut.” – Brian Evenson

“A brilliantly disturbing, expertly crafted literary noir that will stick with you long after you put it down. Conner Habib has written a flawless meditation on the fruitless, but eternally human, effort to kill off the parts of ourselves we cannot love―literally and metaphorically. I love this book.” – Sara Gran

Hawk Mountain is deft horror, made of precise strikes into our most vulnerable psychic terrain… Finally, a horror story that knows cisheteropatriarchy is the villain!” – Andrea Lawlor

“Tender, horrifying, utterly transfixing.” – Kelly Link

“Dripping with menace from the first page, this story of childhood enemies meeting up fifteen years later is utterly enthralling. Brilliantly written with homoerotic undertones, this savage tale is uncompromising in its reflection of teen friendships and isolation, and unflinching in its examination of the delicacy of the human body. There is gold among the gore. I found it compelling, shocking, and beautiful.” – Liz Nugent

“Conner Habib writes with an hallucinatory precision, and a kind of merciless humanity, about the poisonous work of repression. His forebears-Poe, Highsmith, even classical tragedy-are clear, but his originality is clearer still. Hawk Mountain is a work of strange, glittering darkness.” – Mark O’Connell

“A deeply disturbing yet, somehow, soaring novel I won’t soon forget. It plumbs the depths of traumatized characters trapped within our damaging culture. I couldn’t look away, even when I was looking from between my fingers.” – Paul Tremblay

Come see me + special guests on the USA and Ireland/UK HAWK MOUNTAIN BOOK TOUR!

21 Jun

FRIENDS –
They’re here! My Hawk Mountain tour dates!

Well, most of them, anyway. There will be a few updates to this schedule, and the Ireland/UK dates are not yet all sorted (but they will be!)

Come hang out, get a book signed, listen to me read, and in some instances hear a great conversation!

All events are free unless otherwise noted. Please do come out!

Also, I should have some exclusive Hawk Mountain merch.

Are you coming to any of these? Let me know in the comments below and please do say hi to other patrons who are coming, too!
XO
CH

USA TOUR DATES

IRELAND/UK TOUR DATES

  • JULY 28 – Dublin, Ireland – The Fumbally Stables – The horror of the body – with Caitlin Doughty. Details TBA
  • AUGUST 5 – Dublin, Ireland – Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI) – First Fridays – with Sara Maria Griffin – Details TBA
  • AUGUST – London –  details TBA
  • AUGUST – Edinburgh – details TBS