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The Horror Pod Class

Hey class!  Come meet Mike and Tyler, two high school teachers who absolutely love to talk and write about the horror genre!  We also own and write for a website named Signal Horizon, where you can get the latest news, reviews, and analysis of works from the horror and dark science fiction genres!

Mar 27, 2018

Today we talk to one of our favorite authors, Kristi DeMeester!  Kristi is the author of Beneath, a novel published by Word Horde, and the author of Everything That's Underneath, a short fiction collection published by Apex Publications. Her short fiction has appeared in publications such as Ellen Datlow's The Best Horror of the Year Volume 9, Year's Best Weird Fiction Volumes 1 and 3, Black Static, The Dark, Apex Magazine, and several others. 

Find out more about Kristi on her website

You can purchase her books from the websites of publishers Apex Book Company and Word Horde or head on over to Amazon via our affiliate links.

Click here to order Kristi's short story collection Everything That's Underneath from

Click here to order Kristi's debut novel Beneath from


There are a couple of places around the internet that you can find some of Kristi's short stories for free, including The Dark Magazine.  The Dark Magazine is also currently doing a kickstarter to fund the magazine for another two years and increase the rate that they pay writers.  If you like the awesome free content The Dark makes available for free, make sure that you support their kickstarter or subscribe.  Also, be sure to check out Signal Horizon's in depth review of Kristi's short story collection, Everything That's Underneath.

Also, make sure you check out Pseudopod Episode 568: The Room in the Other House.  Written by Kristi DeMeester and narrated by Jacquie Duckworth, it was Signal Horizon's favorite episode of 2017!


1:30-  How Kristi DeMeester got interested in writing, going through an MFA program, and her difficulties embracing her own love of genre fiction. 

6:00-  Kristi's work has been included in multiple editions of The Year's Best Weird Fiction, but that genre label was originally a shock to her.  Kristi talks about how her work fits in with Weird Fiction and how it doesn't, along with a list of some of her literary influences.  

11:40-  Much of Kristi's work puts a much greater emphasis on a relationship, either romantic or familial, than Weird Fiction and horror typically do.  Kristi explains where the seed of each story comes and how she weaves the characters, relationships, settings, and ultimate horrific elements together.

16:30-  What is is like for Kristi to hear her own work narrated on Pseudopod Episode 568.

19:30-  Kristi talks a bit about her latest novel, Beneath, and what it is like to make the move from short story length fiction to novel length fiction.  Kristi talks about some of the challenges of writing novels and the difficulties of switching back and forth from those two types of writing.

24:00-  Kristi offers some down to earth advice to new authors.

28:00-  In the last 10 years female authors have really been taking the horror genre by storm.  Each year more and more great female authors are entering the field and producing top notch content.  Kristi talks a bit about what it is like to be a female author in the horror genre and what people can do to help encourage genre fiction to be a more diverse place.

38:00-  Kristi talks about some of the upcoming works she has coming out soon, including short stories in Shimmer, Apex, and Pseudopod Podcast. Welcome to Miskatonic University from Broken Eye Books will also contain a short story from Kristi DeMeester- make sure you check out thier Kickstarter!