Talking Scared

94 – Scott Hawkins and a Dog-Eat-Lion World

May 31, 2022 Neil McRobert Episode 94
Talking Scared
94 – Scott Hawkins and a Dog-Eat-Lion World
Show Notes

This week we go behind the curtain to look at the inner workings of a bona-fide modern classic. 

Our guest is Scott Hawkins, whose debut novel, The Library At Mount Char delighted genre fans back in 2015. Now, to commemorate its first UK publication, Scott joins me for a conversation about its many madcap secrets.

We talk about everything from cosmic ethics to kidney stone –  he gives us a little until-now-unknown backstory on some of the most mysterious characters, and I take umbrage at how awfully he treats the poor, poor pooches that guard his goddamned library!!

This is a lovely conversation about the loveliest book you’ve ever read … that contains scenes of children being roasted alive.


The Library At Mount Char was published in the UK on 10th May, by Titan Books

Other books mentioned in this episode include:

  • We Are All Completely Fine (2014), by Daryl Gregory
  • The Stand: The Complete and Uncut Edition (1990), by Stephen King
  • Titus Groan: Book One of the Gormenghast Trilogy (1946), by Mervyn Peake
  • Sharp Teeth (2007), by Toby Barlow
  • Red Dragon (1981), by Thomas Harris. 
  • The Mote in God’s Eye (1974), by Jerry Pournelle and Larry Niven
  • The Hunger (2018), by Alma Katsu
  • Indifferent Stars Above: The Harrowing Saga of the Donner Party (2009), by Daniel James Brown

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