If you love a story, you love reading it over and over again. But you can also get joy out of reading someone’s reinterpretation of it. When authors decide to take old stories that we know and love and turn them into something else, it can breathe new life into characters we thought had had their last adventure. Christina Henry joins us to discuss the problems associated with the term “retelling”, why she hates “kick-ass” women, how female writers birthed the horror genre and how they’re finally taking it back.

Mentioned in this episode:

  • Pet Sematary by Stephen King
  • Orpheus and Eurydice (myth)
  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • Ray Bradbury
  • Shirley Jackson
  • Daphne du Maurier
  • Angela Carter

Christina Henry is the author of the Chronicles of Alice duology, Alice and Red Queen, a dark and twisted take on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, as well as Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook, an origin story of Captain Hook from Peter Pan.

She is also the author of the national bestselling Black Wings series (Black Wings, Black Night, Black Howl, Black Lament, Black City, Black Heart and Black Spring) featuring Agent of Death Madeline Black and her popcorn-loving gargoyle Beezle.