AYESHA RASCOE, HOST: You listeners out there know I love a good scare. So for our series asking authors for summer reading recommendations, we had to get some picks to keep us reading through the nights with all the lights on. And Joe Hill has definitely scared me. He’s the author of “The Black Phone” and “A Heart-Shaped Box.” Many of his books have been adapted for TV and film. Welcome to the program. JOE HILL: Hey, Ayesha. Thank you so much for having me on. RASCOE: Let’s start with the collection. It’s called “The Wishing Pool And Other Stories.” Tell me about this. HILL: Well, so “The Wishing Pool And Other Stories” is by Tananarive Due. She is a novelist and a screenwriter who also happens to teach an acclaimed course in Black horror at UCLA. But you don’t need to enroll to get schooled. “The Wishing Pool” is a master class in horror fiction and sci-fi written by one of the very best in the genre. RASCOE: And so what type of stories are in there? You don’t want to give anything away, but just give us a little teaser. HILL: Right, yeah. I mean, my favorite story is called “The Haint In The Window,” which is about the last Black bookstore in a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood. Our hero is a bookseller who has begun to realize there’s a ghost sharing his nearly empty shop with him. And let me tell you, it goes from heartwarming to terrifying like a muscle car going from 0 to 60. I just loved it. RASCOE: What about another pick of yours? – “Hidden Pictures.” What does that offer us? HILL: Ooh. “Hidden Pictures” is a first novel about a young recovering addict who gets a job as a nanny in an upper-middle-class household. She finds herself caring for a little boy named Teddy. Teddy is sweet and precocious and loves to draw. And the thing he really loves to draw is the dead woman who he says is standing in the corner of the room right now. RASCOE: That’s not […]

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