Episode 6: Queer Horror with Leon Craig

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Leon Craig Kate Ellis

In this sixth episode, Kate talks to Leon Craig about her debut short story collection Parallel Hells.

Leon reads from her story Suckers and discusses writing queerness, the joys of horror and her editing processes.

Leon Craig is a writer from North London. She studied English at UCL, Medieval Literature at Oxford and Creative Writing at Birkbeck. Her writing has been published by the White Review, the TLS, Another Gaze and the London Magazine, among others. Leon is a member of the LGBTQ+ writing collective The Future is Back. Her debut short story collection Parallel Hells is out now with Sceptre.

Music by Andrew Everitt

Show Notes: Njáls sagaCarmen Maria MachadoFrancine ToonJulia BellThe Seaplane on Final Approach: A Novel by Rebecca Rukeyser, The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, The Shooting Party by Isabel Colegate, Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh

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The BLB Podcast is produced and hosted by Kate Ellis and Peter J. Coles

Kate Ellis is a writer, an ex Brick Lane bookseller. She created and runs the Brick Lane Bookshop Short Story Prize. Her fiction has been published in the Open Pen AnthologyThe Mechanics’ Institute Review, and the London Short Story Prize Anthology. She’s working on her debut short story collection.

Peter J Coles is a writer, father and trainee coder. His fiction has been shortlisted in the Wasafiri Prize, he’s had several stories published, and was a London Writers Awards Awardee. He studied Creative Writing at Birkbeck. 

The BLB Podcast music is written and performed by Andrew Everitt (who’s also a Brick Lane Bookseller). You can find more of Andrew’s music on his bandcamp page.

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