I just read an inspiring blog post on Joyce Carol Oates by Justine Musk. Musk writes about a comment by Joyce Carol Oates, that if Joyce Carol Oates was a new writer today she would be blogging. It feels like a prod-to-blog and I am reminded of my abandoned meadow here — so I am back from gathering wildflowers
to plant a few blog rose bushes, like CBC Fear Itself, a ten part summer radio series I am hosting. Yes, the only thing you have to hear is Fear Itself — the first episode aired on June 25th. Fear Itself will be heard Mondays at 7:30 p.m. and Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. on CBC Radio One for the next 10 weeks. You can also listen to the program online and download a podcast. Fear Itself goes into the realm of our most profound terrors and explores why we are equally drawn to and repelled by fear.
Radio is a medium many writers enjoy, both as listeners and creators. Why? Well, I think it’s because it’s a dynamic form of storytelling, and frankly, sometimes the silent act of writing and reading can be downright eerie.
Fear Itself is about telling stories, stories of fear from perspectives you might not have imagined.
I’m hoping you’ll look about you after listening to the show, wondering just what sort of stories your neighbour has, or thinking about the kindredship between fear and courage.
I’ve always been drawn to ghost stories and the macabre, from H.P. Lovecraft to Henry James’s Turn of the Screw to Stephen King to scary movies to having picnics in historic graveyards with my mother when I was a child. It’s no wonder my writing explores fear from many angles, and now I’m doing it in radio. I hope you’ll listen.
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