Lovecraft’s The Whisperer in Darkness: A Conversation with Author Ruthanna Emrys

October 7, 2021

Today we have a special guest: Ruthanna Emrys, author of the neo-Lovecraftian Innsmouth Legacy series.  Ruthanna gives us a quick rundown of H.P. Lovecraft’s life and work, and we have a great time discussing The Whisperer in Darkness, starring our most gullible protagonist yet (and maybe some aliens???). Topics include: brains in jars, Star Trek vs Star Wars, Orlando Bloom, secret fish people ancestry, human skin suits, Jim Henson’s Labyrinth, cutting-edge migraine treatments. Content warning: animal death, body horror, racism, sexism, antisemitism

Recommendations and References from Ruthanna and Rachel:

  • Ruthanna’s Reading the Weird blog series on, with Anne M. Pillsworth  
  • The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle
  • Beneath the Rising by Premee Mohamed
  • The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers
  • Lavinia by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • The Laundry Files series by Charles Stross
  • All Our Salt-Bottled Hearts by Sonya Taaffe
  • Rappaccini’s Daughter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Seanan McGuire
  • Nibedita Sen
  • Nadia Bulkin