Talking Scared

81 – Tyler Jones and Old Eyes in Young Faces

March 01, 2022 Neil McRobert Episode 81
Talking Scared
81 – Tyler Jones and Old Eyes in Young Faces
Show Notes

Tyler Jones’ Burn the Plans reminds me of the first time I picked up Stephen King’s Night Shift. I didn’t know who this King guy was, only that his stories were varied, scary, funny, awful and sweet and sweetly awful. In short, a great time. 

Burn the Plans is the same.

The collection dashes from an ever-so-American-Gothic farm to a bloodsoaked art gallery, CIA psychic experimentation to invisible Frankensteinian limb-monsters. Tyler’s imagination runs amok and breaks the crockery.

We talk about small presses and self-publishing, the discipline of being your own editor, the writing from the POV of kids and the problems with perfect prose.

We also discuss the collection’s theme – that life isn’t safe, that we should learn to expect the unexpected, be ready to live with (and survive crisis). 

That message has never been so clear as in recent news … and if you listen to this episode, please stick around for my outro as I have something to say, and dedications to make.


Burn the Plans was published February 28th by Cemetary Gates Media 

Other books mentioned in this conversation include:

  • Criterium (2020), by Tyler Jones
  • Almost Ruth (2021), by Tyler Jones
  • The Bone Clocks (2014), by David Mitchell
  • The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet (2010), by David Mitchell
  • Consider This (2020), by Chuck Palahniuk
  • From a Buick 8 (2002), by Stephen King

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