Sam Slaughter


The Bitters You Need on Your Shelf

What was once the domain of apothecaries in order to create tinctures that were intended to heal in various ways, bitters today are an integral part to a ton of a different cocktails, but they also come in literally hundreds of varieties as producers expand the bounds of what we think about when we think about bitters.

Check out my list on The Manual to see what bitters you need to add to your shelf. Some, like Angostura, are classics, while others, like the molé bitters featured, are great, inventive takes on the category. All of the selections are easily available in stores or online, so click around and stock up!

Check out the bitters you need here.



True Crime ‘Tails: Pairing Cocktails and Podcasts

It’s not really a secret that I love true crime. From watching Unsolved Mysteries to bingeing on Forensic Files when I’m sick, I can’t get enough of it. It’s not secret, too, that I’m not alone. There’s been an explosion of interest in it in the past few years, with documentary specials, podcasts, and more.

To kick off the Halloween season, I reached out to a couple bartenders for their help in crafting custom cocktails to pair with some of the top true crime podcasts out there today. There are four cocktails and a mocktail to indulge in to pair with My Favorite Murder, Serial, Last Podcast on the Left, and Sword and Scale.


Check it out!



Drinking In Prison Is Fun

Catchy enough title for you?

I got the opportunity recently to check out Souther Grace Distilleries in Mount Pleasant, NC. They’re a company that make, for now, Sun Dog 130—an uncut corn whiskey. What’s even cooler is that their new facility is in an old prison. Yes, you heard me. An old prison. We got to see the facility pre-construction and I even got to drink some whiskey in a solitary confinement cell, because who wouldn’t want to do that?

Check out my piece about the experience below the photo!

Prison Drinking

Read “Not Your Average Hooch”!


Back with some updates

It’s been a while, a really long while, since I’ve updated my site, but as I’ve said every other time, I’m going to try to do that more often now. In case you were wondering what exactly I’ve been up to, check out this post on Dear English Major, where I explain the things that have been going on in the past year-plus: “Heart and Guts”


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.