Gil Valle has been called a lot of things: cop, husband, pervert, monster, cannibal, exonerated. Now, he can add author to this list of handles, some true, some not. In this episode, Gil signs up for a stay in the Quiet Place to talk about the trial of his life, why the other two men charged in his case are still incarcerated, what it was like going from policeman to convict in a day and making the transition to horror author. Maddux turns him onto Edward Lee’s work. Also joining this episode is book reviewer Ben Arzate as a part time co-host.
A new segment debuts in the opening monologue called The Bipolar Book Report, wherein Jeremy runs down his favorite reads of the moment. Expect this to become a regular feature. Books covered this episode include Buds by James Longmore and The Mermaid’s Revenge by Amy Cross
This episode is devoted exclusively to the man who made Thanos of Titan a household name: Jim Starlin. He talked about the time he killed off Robin (A Death in the Family), the success of the Thanos character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and his recent novel: Lazgood’s Boys. At the end, he explains why he left Marvel Comics once again, and after hearing his story, we’re not sure we would react any different.
Author Kris Saknussemm and Jeremy Maddux forego the typical interview format in favor of celebrating literature, i.e. books Jeremy would never piss on. Also covered are Kris’ thoughts on the closing of Lazy Fascist Press, the upcoming film adaptation of his book The Humble Assessment, what it’s like to live in the jungle with natives, an unusual practice called ‘shark calling’ and the time his friend shot him with a tranquilizer dart and bailed out of the helicopter on him.
Books mentioned, in no specific order:
A Fan’s Notes by Frederick Exley
The Humble Assessment by Kris Saknussemm
Blood Sport: A Journey Up the Hassayampa by Robert F. Jones
A High Wind in Jamaica by Richard Hughes
F250 by Bud Smith
The Tunnel by William H. Gass
To the Finland Station by Edmund Wilson
Requiem For a Dream by Hubert Selby, Jr.
It Couldn’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis
Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis
Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
60 Years Later: Coming Through the Rye by J.D. California
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
The Turtle and the Shark
Archipelagone by Kris Saknussemm (forthcoming)