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Ludmilla Petrushevskaya – There Once Lived a Woman Who Tried to Kill Her Neighbor’s Baby

Late Night Love Affair, hosted by Sarah Marshall and Candace Opper

This month, Candace and Sarah discuss Ludmilla Petrushevskaya’s scary fairytale collection, There Once Lived a Woman Who Tried to Kill Her Neighbor’s Baby. Topics of conversation include: Russian stereotypes, The Twilight Zone, vodka bribes, Eraserhead, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, hollowed-out-bean beds, and the structure of nightmares.

I mean, I never see a sign for venereal disease treatment at the supermarket.

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About this book:

“Vanishings and apparitions, nightmares and twists of fate, mysterious ailments and supernatural interventions haunt these stories by the Russian master Ludmilla Petrushevskaya, heir to the spellbinding tradition of Gogol and Poe. Blending the miraculous with the macabre, and leavened by a mischievous gallows humor, these bewitching tales are like nothing being written in Russia—or anywhere else in the world—today.” —


Candace Opper and Sarah Marshall met in the MFA creative writing program at Portland State. They share a love of slasher films, George C. Scott, conspiracy theory, Stephen King, VCRs, air-popped popcorn, Jurassic Park, and discussing over coffee their obsessions with suicide and serial killers, respectively.


All music for Late Night Love Affair courtesy of the very talented Josh Bleeks, who you won’t find on the internet. Josh lives in Chicago where he writes and records music, and edits audio for Late Night Library.


Posted on: April 17, 2014 · Homepage, Late Night Love Affair, Podcasts ·Tags: , , , .

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