Tananarive Due and Steven Barnes on Jamming with Stephen King and the Enduring Power of Genre Writing

The Losers' Club hears some incredible anecdotes and learns some life lessons

Tananarive Due, Steven Barnes, Stephen King, Horror Noire, Black Horror
Tananarive Due, Steven Barnes, Stephen King

Constant Listeners, you’re in for a very special interview. Last weekend, C2E2 returned to Chicago for its biggest year yet, and the Losers’ Club had the opportunity to speak with best-selling authors Tananarive Due and her husband Steven Barnes. Together, the two have published some of the most groundbreaking and influential literature over the last three decades, particularly in the horror and sci-fi genres.

More recently, however, Due has been turning heads with her exceptional Shudder documentary, Horror Noire, in which she executive produced and also starred in as a talking head. Since its February drop, the critically acclaimed film has opened eyes all across the horror community on the history of black horror, and has been an essential talking point in recent weeks in the wake of Jordan Peele’s Us.

(Enroll: Tananarive Due’s Online Course “Afrofuturism: Dreams to Banish Nightmares”)

However, Due and Barnes’ talents extend well beyond pop culture and go deep into academia, specifically at UCLA, where their acclaimed course “The Sunken Place: Racism, Survival, and Black Horror Aesthetic” is so popular that they’ve since offered it online as a web seminar. In other words, they can be your teachers too, and rest assured, you’re going to want to sign up after this discussion.

Join Editor-in-Chief Michael Roffman as he talks to both writers about their storied history with King (which includes a little rock ‘n’ roll), the enduring power of genre writing, the evolution of certain horror tropes, and horror’s diverse future, particularly in the hands of Peele. It’s, no lie, 45 incredibly influential minutes that will likely prompt many of you to clean off your desk and write, and write, and write.

(Enroll: Steven Barnes’ Online Course “The Lifewriting Machine”)

Listen above and return next week when the Losers assemble to review Pet Sematary and speak with directors Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kölsch for even more behind-the-scenes goodies. Until then, show your support by leaving us a review on iTunes.


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