Author and journalist Preston Fassel joins Chris Grosso for a conversation around the power of storytelling and how the genre of horror can help us work through the most difficult aspects of the human experience.
Preston Fassel is an award-winning writer, journalist, and screenwriter. His work has appeared in FANGORIA, Rue Morgue magazine, Screem magazine, and on Cinedump.com. His first novel, Our Lady of the Inferno, was published to widespread critical acclaim, being named one of the ten best horror books of the year by Bloody Disgusting and winning the 2019 Independent Book Publisher Gold Medal for Horror.
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The Power of Storytelling
Preston shares his early life and introduction to the power of storytelling. Chris and Preston talk about the winding road that led Preston to become a writer.
More Than Just A Scare (25:28)
Preston and Chris talk about the creation of Preston’s first book, Our Lady of the Inferno. They take a close look at the genre of horror. Discussing the voice that the genre gives artists to explore difficult aspects of the human experience.
“I think that the really fascinating thing about the horror genre is that you can take the horror framework and discuss anything with it.” – Preston Fassel
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Evil Is The Absence of Empathy (58:20)
Preston shares some of his personal inspirations and fears. He and Chris talk about how terrifying the lack of empathy that we find in people all over the world can be.
“When we are not able to see the world through other peoples eyes or are unable able to find common ground with them, that is when it becomes easy to start hurting them. A lack of empathy in the world is what scares me. It seems that there is a tremendous lack of empathy in the world right now.” – Preston Fassel