Please welcome Women in Horror Author K.P. Kulski to the May 2022 Shelf Edition!
Do you have any recent favorite LOHF books?
I definitely need to talk about J.A.W. McCarthy. Her recent collection Sometimes We’re Cruel, and Other Stories is everything dark and unsettling. I loved every minute of it. The way McCarthy tells a story is like having a foreboding presence in the room with you, watching as you pour over the words, what an experience.
Tortured Willows is a deeply moving work for me. The poetry collection from four fabulous dark poets: Christina Sng, Angela Yuriko Smith, Geneve Flynn, and Lee Murray. A collection steeped in sorrow, fury, and remarkable strength. Achingly beautiful, each poem exposes a truth about the experience of Asian women, including Asian diaspora women. As you can imagine, this spoke to me in a very personal way.
Which LOHF books do you currently have on your TBR?
I’m a chaotic reader, picking up books as they speak to me or when I feel a need for their story. I am also a bit apt to consider certain books horror although in marketing they are seen more as thrillers, but whatever, march on to my own beat and all that. So Catherynne M. Valente’s Deathless has been on my pile for a bit, waiting for the right moment. Horrid by Katrina Leno, I mean how could you not with that cover? I’ve been intrigued by Cynthia Pelayo’s Into the Forest and all the Way Through and am looking forward to experiencing her work. A Collection of Nightmares by Christina Sng, because I’m usually late to the party but I know it will wreck me in all the best ways. Finally, Goddess of Filth by V. Castro and Jessica Guess’s Cirque Berserk, I’ve heard so much about both books that I know I need to get the words of both authors into my eyeballs asap.
Where do you find recommendations? Are there any LOHF books that have been recommended to you that you loved?
It certainly helps to be part of the horror writer community, so I get a lot of recommendations from reviews and fellow writers in the community who are often friends as well. There is so much great work being published right now, it can be quite hard to keep up. What a wonderful thing to have infinite books. I keep singing J.A.W. McCarthy’s praises but as mentioned above, her collection Sometimes We’re Cruel, and Other Stories, was a recommendation I originally saw on Instagram and I absolutely adore the book.
Where do you prefer to shop for books?
I love getting books from the library with my kids. We usually get a pile of ten to fifteen books, hahaha. My local library is particularly amazing and has an order and outside pickup service that’s been great for the pandemic. If I love a book that I borrowed, I almost always have to buy a copy because there’s something sacred about have access to those words at any moment. I prefer to purchase through the publisher if available or Barnes and Noble. I try to limit how much I give Amazon, but it’s not always an option unfortunately. I’m hoping to be able to get back to visiting my local indie bookstores, but of course, the pandemic has changed a lot of things.
Are there any upcoming LOHF releases you’re excited about?
Alma Katsu’s The Fervor, which I believe releases as I write this… today (ed note: 4/26/2022). The setting of Japanese internment camps is just ripe for horror and I can’t wait to see what Katsu does with it. I just saw an announcement yesterday that Ai Jiang just signed for her debut novel, Linghun to be released with Dark Matter Ink. I’ve enjoyed her short stories so I’m excited to read her longer work. Also, the novella, Consume by the writer and filmmaker Kourtnea Hogan is releasing from Bizarro Pulp Press. She happens to be a friend and I know she’s got one of the best horror brains out there, can’t wait to experience her novella.
In regards to your own work, tell our readers a little bit about what’s new and/or coming up for you.
I have a novella coming out around September from Bizarro Pulp Press called House of Pungsu. Seeing this book out in the world is the culmination of a labor of love, so I’m of course, excited and eager for it to reach readers. But even more, I hope it makes a difference in some readers lives and give them something to think about. The novella is set in a Joseon era palace and is very much about exploring the question of women’s identity. Of course, you also need to figure out why the palace is empty except for the three women who inhabit it. Oh, and they can’t leave and there’s an awful lot of locked doors.
Where can people find you on social media and/or find your work?
K.P. Kulski is the author of Fairest Flesh, from Strangehouse Books and House of Pungsu, from Bizarro Pulp Press. Her short fiction has appeared in various publications including Fantasy Magazine, and anthologies, Not All Monsters, from Strangehouse Books and The Dead Inside, from Dark Dispatch. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii to a Korean mother and American-military father, she spent her youth wandering many places both inside and outside the United States. She’s a veteran of the U.S. Navy and Air Force and as a former history professor, she often draws inspiration from the stories of the past. Find her at garnetonwinter.com and on Twitter @garnetonwinter.
Thank you for joining us, K.P.! Our TBR piles also thank you!
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