Last Updated on June 8, 2023 by BiblioLifestyle
The Salt Grows Heavy by Cassandra Khaw
Ever wondered what would happen if The Little Mermaid took a darker turn? Join my conversation with award-winning game writer and scriptwriter Cassandra Khaw about their latest novel; The Salt Grows Heavy, where we explore a unique retelling of this classic tale with a sinister twist.
Cassandra and I dive into the book’s intriguing characters, including a carnivorous mermaid and a mysterious plague doctor, as well as themes of mortality, immortality, and facing our own fears. We also reimagine familiar stories we’ve grown up with, like Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and other fairytales as horror stories. Additionally, we discuss Cassandra’s previous book, Nothing But Blackened Teeth, their upcoming projects, favorite books, and indie bookstores. Don’t miss this fun and engaging conversation that will make you rethink the stories you thought you knew!
BOOKS MENTIONED DURING THE SHOW
BOOKS READ, LOVED, AND WOULD NOW RECOMMEND
- Nestlings by Nat Cassidy (Amazon or Bookshop)
- The Ugly History of Beautiful Things: Essays on Desire and Consumption by Katy Kelleher (Amazon or Bookshop)
BOOKS ON THE TBR STACK
ABOUT CASSANDRA KHAW
Cassandra Khaw is an award-winning game writer and former scriptwriter at Ubisoft Montreal. Khaw’s work can be found in places like Fantasy & Science Fiction, Lightspeed, and Tor.com. Khaw’s first original novella, Hammers on Bone, was a British Fantasy award and Locus award finalist, and their novella, Nothing But Blackened Teeth, is published by Nightfire.