Guys! Guys! Guess what? It’s our third anniversary!
That’s right, three years ago today, we got together to complain about one of Robin’s favorite books, and start this grand Papercuts experiment!
Thanks you guys for hanging in and hanging out with us through our weird-ass publishing schedule and intermittent unexpected breaks, late-shipping giveaways, mediocre audio quality, and tendency towards month-long bouts of literary masochism. We love all of you, you’re all the goddamn best, and we hope to have more episodes for you soon!
But now, we have for you an episode that we recorded on the tail end of October and are only now getting out! Oh, us!
We recorded this one after a month of enduring terrible mental illness tropes in horror novels, and widened it to a more general discussion. It’s by no means all-encompassing, and it’s a topic we’d like to revisit, in specifics, with folks more knowledgeable than we are. So by all means, if you’ve got experience with a particular topic or illness, and feel comfortable speaking about it, contact us! We’d love to set something up!
- How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff (anorexia)
- Riders of the Apocalypse series by Jackie Morse Kessler (anorexia, depression/suicide, bullying, self-harm)
- Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets by Evan Roskos (anxiety, depression, emotional abuse)
- Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick (depression/suicide)
- It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini (depression/suicide)
- If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch (PTSD)
- Cameron and the Girls by Edward Averett (schizophrenia)
- Scars by Cheryl Rainfield (self-harm)
- Don’t Touch by Rachel M. Wilson (anxiety, OCD)
- OCD, the Dude, and Me by Lauren Roedy Vaughn (OCD)
- OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu (OCD)
- The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson (PTSD)
- Something Like Normal by Trish Doller (PTSD)
- Schizo by Nic Sheff (schizophrenia)
- A Breath of Eyre by Eve Marie Mont (bi-polar)
- Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves (bi-polar)
- After Midnight by Lynn Viehl (DID?*)
- Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich (DID)
- Beautifully Broken by Sherry Soule (Down Syndrome)
*Robin talked about this one in a segment I had to remove because of the audio quality, where the implication was possibly dissociative, but it was not explicit
- Evil or Misunderstood: Depictions of Mental Illness in Horror Films
- Nobody Wins When Horror Games Stigmatize Mental Illness
- OCD Isn’t Cute – And This Comic Shows Why We Need to Stop Acting Like it Is
- OCD In YA Literature
- The Problem of Autism in YA Fiction
- We Spoke to a Psychologist About Hollywood’s Depictions of Mental Illness
Theme music is Overnight, by Aya.
WARNING: NSFW! Mature audiences only! Contains salty language, subversive ideas, industry-challenging discussions, and nuts.