Sam Slaughter


Podcasts, Ahoy!

In the past couple of weeks, I’ve been lucky to have been invited to be a guest on not one, but two different podcasts. It was a great experience and, now that all three episodes are lives, I wanted to share them with you.

First, I recorded two things for Citizen Lit. In the first episode (Episode 9), I talk book reviews, writing about alcohol, and a bunch of other literary things. Episode 9 also features a reading by my bad-ass friend Ben Tanzer! (Download Episode 9 here)

Next, check out Episode 9.5 where you can hear me reading a story from my forthcoming debut story collection, God in Neon. (Download Episode 9.5 here)

Finally, check out the SAFTAcast, where I sit down with Scott C for an hour of conversation that covers everything from the state of Montana to murder trials to fantasy and roleplaying (the Dungeons and Dragons kind). Oh, and we talk, you know, books and stuff. That, too. (Download Episode 45 here)


Book List – Fall 2015

In one of the many little notebooks I have, I decided to try and track my book list for the entirety of my MFA career. At some point in the future, this may be useful. Who knows. I’m telling myself, at least, that it will be. Influences and whatnot, right? Anyway.

Here is my reading list from the week before school started through Jan 1. Christmas break isn’t over, but I got to the end of a page, so why not switch over to Spring 2016.

A note: Most of these are all British modernist works. I had a lit class, which then bit into the time I would’ve been reading other stuff.

  1. Howard’s End by E.M. Forster
  2. Fallen Land by Taylor Brown
  3. Slab by Selah Saterstrom
  4. The Buddha of Suburbia by Hanif Kureishi
  5. Absolute Beginners by Colin MacInnes
  6. Between The Acts by Virginia Woolf
  7. The Pub and The People (Mass Observation)
  8. Antic Hay by Aldous Huxley
  9. Tono Bungay by H.G. Wells
  10. Waterland by Graham Swift
  11. Monster Blood by R.L. Stine
  12. The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro
  13. England, England by Julian Barnes
  14. Letters to a Young Chef by Daniel Boulud
  15. Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury
  16. The Mulching of America by Harry Crews
  17. Many Small Fires by Charlotte Pence

I’ve been remiss…

I’ve been remiss in, well, everything. July was the busiest on record, but I am now settled in Columbia, SC, where I’m beginning work on my MFA at USC.

I’ve been more remiss, however, in not mentioning how thankful I am of Glenn B. at Herbal Tea Digital for designing my website and generally listening to all of my questions about it.

He’s amazing, and you should hire him for all your needs.

Check him out here.

Also, I need to thank Robert J. Carmody of Growler & Sons for taking my kick ass author photos. Not only are they the best I’ve ever looked (he swears he didn’t photoshop someone else’s face in), but we got to go to an abandoned citrus plant, which was quite a rush as well.

Support him, too, by buying his work.

P.S. I’ve now connected to my social media accounts, so hopefully that’ll do more work in keeping me honest about updating this blog. We shall see.


New Short Fiction Collection – God in Neon

It’s been a crazy 2015 so far. Yesterday I found out that my collection of short stories, God in Neon, will be published by Lucky Bastard Press at the end of 2015. I’m incredibly excited for this opportunity.


In other news, I will be reading at the Orlando Fringe Festival this Sunday as part of the There Will be Madness reading. Come out, it should be a good, maddening time.

Flash Fiction to the death, y’all. What’s better than that?


#AWP15 and Sundress Academy for the Arts

It’s been a busy April, as I first traveled to Minneapolis to attend my first AWP conference and, only a week later, made my way to Knoxville to partake in my first writer residency at the Sundress Academy for the Arts. Both experiences were intense and amazing and everything they needed to be.

I’ll be working to post something on this blog at least once a week now, so look forward to more content again soon.


In the meantime, you can find me on Facebook or follow me on Twitter @slaughterwrites.



Hello and welcome to my official website and blog. Feel free to poke around as I continue to add more content and, much like I intend (hope) for my muscles in 2015, beef it all up. Thankfully, this website does not involve spending time in a gym with people that are–and this is not just because I chose words over numbers–nineteen times bigger than myself.


Poke around, click things, ask questions, leave comments.

-Sam Slaughter