Midnight Skull Sessions – Episode 26

Oh, right. There’s a blog! Hi, blog!

As we discuss in the podcast, our recording schedule is currently at the whim of whoever keeps checking out the books Isaac is supposed to read from the Chicago public library system. If you are that person, please contact me. I would like to set up a hot three-way discussion about Those Across The River. Send a face pic and stats and let’s make this happen. NO FLAKES!

This week’s books were a real mixed bag. I suffered the usual post-Buehlman depression (“Nothing else is this good! What am I going to read now?”) and made a very poor choice in picking up a The Midnight Tour by Richard Laymon. Going back to Bentley Little had been fun. Maybe checking out one of the many posthumously repackaged Laymon novels would yield similar results?


I stopped reading Laymon for good reason. I read a couple of his books in the late ’90s and was repulsed by the way his characters would casually react to violent sexual trauma. His novels are uncomfortable not because they’re sick, edgy, or gross, but because they display a 10-year-old’s fascination and misunderstanding of sex with a matching level of emotional intelligence. He wasn’t a sick fuck who wrote stuff that no one else would dare or want to. He was just too immature to care.

Also, we re-read The Dragonbone Chair for the first time since college. Opinions differed, but we both agreed that it is long and full of terrors. Man, George RR Martin could totally sue that guy.

Books discussed this episode include: Snuff and Raising Steam by Terry Pratchett, The Dragonbone Chair by Tad Williams, The Midnight Tour by Richard Laymon, Those Across The River by Christopher Buehlman, and The Vanishing by Bentley Little.

I had not finished The Vanishing at the time of recording, so if you’re wondering, the reason why people are going crazy and having animal-faced offspring turns out to be cursed Indian gold.

Midnight Skull Sessions Episode 26 is available on iTunes and for direct download at the link below:


Next up, this book.


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