Gidney interviews Theodora Goss about fairytales and monsters @ the Washington Independent Review of Books

My interview with Theodora Goss, author of The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter, is now up at the Washington Independent Review of Books.

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At first glance, Theodora Goss’ debut novel, The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter, is a mash-up genre novel in the vein of the TV show “Penny Dreadful” or the graphic novel The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. The cast Goss works with includes cameos from iconic characters from classic gothic fiction and the mystery plot concerns the gruesome murders of women in the backstreets of London.

However, The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter is multi-layered and much more subversive than the “elevator pitch” blurb might lead one to believe.

Read the rest here!

VIRTUAL MEMORIES’ Year’s End Podcast

Gil Roth, who produces the book-centric podcast Virtual Memories, asked me to contribute to his year’s end podcast. I appear with a bunch of other distinguished guests,* discussing the favorite book that I read in 2013.

Give it a listen!

Charles Blackstone, Lisa Borders, Scott Edelman, Drew Friedman, Kipp Friedman, Craig Gidney, Ed Hermance, Nancy Hightower, Jonathan Hyman, Maxim Jakubowski, Ben Katchor, Ian Kelley, Roger Langridge, Philip Lopate, Hooman Majd, Zach Martin, Ron Rosenbaum, David Rothenberg, Willard Spiegelman, Peter Trachtenberg, Wallis Wilde-Menozzi, and Matt Wuerker. – See more at: http://chimeraobscura.com/vm/podcast-the-guest-list-2013#sthash.pg7y0VqO.dpuf

*Charles Blackstone, Lisa Borders, Scott Edelman, Drew Friedman, Kipp Friedman, Ed Hermance, Nancy Hightower, Jonathan Hyman, Maxim Jakubowski, Ben Katchor, Ian Kelley, Roger Langridge, Philip Lopate, Hooman Majd, Zach Martin, Ron Rosenbaum, David Rothenberg, Willard Spiegelman, Peter Trachtenberg, Wallis Wilde-Menozzi, and Matt Wuerker.

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Ben Katchor, Charles Blackstone, Craig Gidney, David Rothenberg, drew friedman, Ed Hermance, Hooman Majd, Ian Kelley, Jonathan Hyman, Kipp Friedman, Lisa Borders, Matt Wuerker, Maxim Jakubowski, Nancy Hightower, Peter Trachtenberg, Philip Lopate, Roger Langridge, ron rosenbaum, Scott Edelman, Wallis Wilde-Menozzi, Willard Spiegelman, Zach Martin – See more at: http://chimeraobscura.com/vm/podcast-the-guest-list-2013#sthash.pg7y0VqO.dpuf