The best horror takes place when we are at our most vulnerable. In our house. Under our bed. The best monsters are those that we trust because they have the greatest capacity for betrayal. With that in mind, it’s no wonder that families feature so strongly in horror fiction.

In this episode, we are joined by Priya Sharma, whose newest story ‘The Ghost of a Flea’ appears in Ellen Datlow’s new anthology Screams from the Dark. She talks to us about horror, families, horrible families, and William Blake.

Screams from the Dark: 29 Tales of Monsters and the Monstrous, edited by Ellen Datlow, is out from Tor Nightfire on June 7th.

“All monsters are made.”

Priya Sharma

Books and texts mentioned in this episode include:

Ormeshadow by Priya Sharma (book cover)
  • Screams in the Dark edited by Ellen Datlow
  • All the Fabulous Beasts by Priya Sharma
  • Ormshadow by Priya Sharma
  • Sunshine by Nina Allen
  • Songs of Innocence and of Experience by William Blake
  • Visionary Heads illustrated by William Blake
  • Goodnight Mommy
  • The Babadook
  • Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough (and Netflix series)
  • Chernobyl
  • The Serpent
  • Pan’s Labyrinth
  • The Cellar
  • The Fifth Child by Doris Lessing
  • The Omen
  • The Shining
  • The Bad Seed by William March
  • The Small Assassin by Ray Bradbury
  • Turn of the Screw by Henry James
  • Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay
  • Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay
  • The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward
  • Rawblood by Catriona Ward
  • Little Eve by Catriona Ward
  • The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
  • No Name by Wilkie Collins
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
Priya Sharma

Priya Sharma’s fiction has appeared venues such as InterzoneBlack Static, Nightmare, The Dark and Tor. “Fabulous Beasts” was a Shirley Jackson Award finalist and won a British Fantasy Award for Short Fiction. Priya is a Shirley Jackson Award and British Fantasy Award winner,  and Locus Award finalist,  for “All the Fabulous Beasts”, a collection of her some of her work, available from Undertow Publications. “Ormeshadow”, her first novella (available from Tor), won a Shirley Jackson Award and a British Fantasy Award. Her stories have been translated into Spanish, French, Italian, Czech, and Polish.