GGG#009: Vampires! Werewolves! Unicorns! (Guest: Carrie Vaughn)


Carrie Vaughn, bestselling author of the best-selling Kitty Norville series, joins us to talk about werewolves, heroines, Wild Cards, and other things. Dave and John talk about some of their favorite werewolves and vampires.



0:00 Introduction by

0:37 Dave and John introduce the show

Interview: Carrie Vaughn

Carrie Vaughn01:49 Interview begins

02:03 Ray Bradbury and the taste of shoes

03:40 Kitty Norville’s emergence in short fiction, and how Carrie accidentally became a novelist

06:29 A werewolf named Kitty

08:02 Exploring political themes through judicious use of snark

09:00 Dr. Laura just doesn’t have the experience for this sort of thing

09:35 Guns and horses: Carrie knows one of these very well

11:14 Carrie knows what’s up: Unicorn fiction! Read her short story “A Hunter’s Ode to His Bait

12:35 Carrie weighs in on Twilight and tells us about her new YA book Voices of Dragons

13:56 More on Voices of Dragons: dragons, rock-climbing, jet fighters and boyfriend trouble!

14:42 About the Odyssey Writers Workshop and grad school

18:04 On university creative writing courses

19:41 Working on George R.R. Martin’s Wild Cards series

21:47 The resemblance between Carrie and Kitty, and the art of Craig White

22:32 Carrie helps John with his werewolf troubles, and explains how Kitty became a romance character

24:31 Kitty’s future

25:35 Judging the series by the ending

26:59 Lois McMaster Bujold’s books as an example of how to do a series right

27:43 Who’s not worthy? On being blurbed by Gene Wolf

28:45 What’s coming up for Carrie: Voices of Dragons in March, Kitty Goes to War late June or early July, Discord’s Apple, a short story in the Warriors anthology from Tor, and Realms of Fantasy has her short story “Just Another Word”

30:19 End of interview

Dave and John talk about vampirism and lycanthropy

30:19 Knowing there’s something to fear

Kitty Norville32:26 The most famous vampire of all and the red-headed Irish theater manager who created him

36:40 Different takes on the vampire mythology, and some of John and Dave’s early vampiric memories

46:11 The Impaler documentary, and what’s scarier: vampires, or people who think they are vampires?

47:56 Rules for vampires and other horrors, and the zombie vs. vampire battle over I Am Legend

49:42 Werewolves, David Wellington’s Frostbite, the great Horror Trifecta, and universes in which they’re all real

52:32 Some of Dave and John’s favorites: “Gestella” by Susan Palwick, found in the Starlight 3 anthology; George R.R. Martin’s “The Skin Trade,” and “In the Lost Lands” which will appear in John’s The Way of the Wizard anthology

54:21 The upcoming Ekatarina Sedia anthology Running With the Pack; some favorites from John’s anthology By Blood We Live, and short film Treevenge. The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction has “Blue Fire” by Bruce McAllister

01:01:28 Show wrap-up

Next week: Tom Rogers, author of Insultingly Stupid Movie Physics

Thanks for listening!

John Joseph Adams ( is an anthologist, a writer, and a geek. He is the editor of the anthologies By Blood We Live, Federations, The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Living Dead (a World Fantasy Award finalist), Seeds of Change, and Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse. He is currently assembling several other anthologies, including Brave New Worlds, The Living Dead 2, The Mad Scientistís Guide to World Domination, and The Way of the Wizard. He worked for more than eight years as an editor at The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, and is currently the fiction editor of Lightspeed Magazine, which launches in June 2010.

David Barr Kirtley ( is a writer living in New York who has been called “one of the newest and freshest voices in sf.” His short fiction appears in magazines such as Realms of Fantasy and Weird Tales, and in anthologies such as The Living Dead, New Voices in Science Fiction, and Fantasy: The Best of the Year, 2008 Edition.

Show notes compiled by podtern Christie Yant. Friend us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.


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