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177 – John Langan & Fishing For Mythologies

To kick off a new year of Talking Scared, I’ve gone and hooked us a big guest, with a whopper of a story.

John Langan is the author of The Fisherman. It’s one of the great works of supernatural fiction written this century, but its story doesn’t end at its back-cover. The strange mythology of The Fisherman extends beyond, swimming further downstream, to pop its monstrous head above the surface in John’s wider universe of short stories and novellas.

In this special episode, we talk at length about The Fisherman – about the classic books, real-world legends and cultural beliefs that inspired it, and about the process of building a  whole new mythos.

John is the poet-scholar of horror. This is the class you wish you’d taken in college. 


Other books mentioned:

  • House of Windows (2009), by John Langan
  • “Mother of Stone”, in The Wide Carnivorous Sky and Other Monstrous Geographies (2013), by John Langan
  • “Bor Urus”, in Sefira and Other Betrayals (2019), by John Langan
  • Our Share of Night (2023), by Mariana Enriquez
  • The Croning (2012), by Laird Barron
  • The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All (2013), by Laird Barron
  • Pet Sematary (1983), by Stephen King
  • “The Monkey’s Paw” (1902), by W. W. Jacobs
  • Absolom, Absolom (1951), by William Faulkner
  • “The Call of Cthulhu” (1928), by H.P. Lovecraft
  • The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony (1988), by Roberto Calasso
  • “Development” (1889), by Robert Browning
  • Ironweed (1983), by William Kennedy
  • Come Closer (2003), by Sara Gran
  • Motherless Child (2012), by Glen Hirshberg
  • Screams From the Dark: 29 Tales of Monsters and the Monstrous (2022), edited by Ellen Datlow (contains “Glen Hirshberg’s “Devil” and John Langan’s “Bludzuger”)
  • Furnace (2016), by Livia Llewelyn

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