Episode 97: Reaching the Boiling Point with Cou...
Layne welcomes Courtney Summers to the show for a chat about her harrowing new novel I’M THE GIRL, the significance of writing about girls who are super gay for each other, and how to hype yourself (and your work) without apology.
Episode 96: From Sex Cults to Rom Coms with Ash...
Layne talks with Ashley Winstead about her absolutely badass new novel THE LAST HOUSEWIFE, the problem of female pleasure under the patriarchy, and how she stays sane by toggling between thrillers and romantic comedies.
Episode 95: Rage & Rule Breaking with Gwendolyn...
Layne’s celebrating spooky season early with feminist horror author Gwendolyn Kiste! Tune in for their chat about Gwendolyn’s feminist as hell DRACULA meets JANE EYRE mashup RELUCTANT IMMORTALS, why women are so good at controlling our murderous urges, and what makes horror the ideal genre for rule-breaking, rage-fueled fiction.
Episode 94: Red Flags & Future Selves with Sara...
Layne interviews Sarah Zachrich Jeng about her speculative feminist thriller THE OTHER ME, why selfishness is necessary to make art, and the men we should all watch out for.
Episode 93: Eat Slay Loathe with Amina Akhtar
Layne welcomes Amina Akhtar (and her celebrity pup Bean!) back to the show to talk about her new novel KISMET, the Christopher Columbusing of wellness culture, and why we’re all getting weirder.
Episode 92: Hot Goth Summer with Isabel Cañas
Layne celebrates Hot Goth Summer with Isabel Cañas, author of THE HACIENDA (remember that Hot Priest book from our summer reads episode? This is it, bitches!). Plus: how the hell Isabel completed this book while also getting her PhD, why we all love a forbidden romance, and which classic Gothic heroine drove her so batshit crazy she had to rage-write about it.
Episode 91: Stubborn as Hell with Margarita Mon...
Layne chats with author Margarita Montimore about her new novel ACTS OF VIOLET, writing stories based on your personal obsessions rather than what’s popular, and why success comes to those who stay stubborn as hell.
Episode 90: Surviving & Thriving with Tess Gerr...
Layne talks to legendary thriller author Tess Gerritsen about the unlikeable female character she just couldn’t kill off, the secret to keeping a long-running series feeling fresh, and why older women make the best spies (and serial killers).
Episode 89: A Thrill You’ll Never Forget with S...
Kristen and Layne welcome multi-talented multi-genre author Sandra SG Wong for a chat about her new suspense novel IN THE DARK WE FORGET, the challenges of crafting a main character who has no idea who she is, and what it’s really like to road trip with a thriller writer.
Episode 88: Get in Losers, We’re Screaming Abou...
Kristen and Layne recorded this feminist rant about abortion rights and the Supreme Court decision on Roe v. Wade back in May, but unfortunately it’s even more relevant now.
Episode 87: Spice Girls and Sisterhood with Jun...
Kristen and Layne chat with author Juno Dawson about her new novel HER MAJESTY’S ROYAL COVEN, how to create a truly inclusive magical world, and the eternal power of the Spice Girls.
Episode 86: Queen Shit with Hannah Whitten
Layne welcomes Hannah Whitten for a chat about her new sisterhood-centric fantasy novel FOR THE THRONE, the power of being your own biggest fan, and how Adam Driver brings people together.
Episode 85: Screw the Sun, Let’s Read All Summer
Covens, creepy houses, weddings gone wrong, gay drama, disappearing acts, and plenty of men who deserve what’s coming to them—Kristen and Layne share their epic list of summer reads that’ll last you all the way until spooky season.
Episode 84: Unlikeable Until Proven Guilty
Kristen and Layne share a good scream about the disturbing public spectacle of the Depp v Heard case, how Amber Heard’s unlikeability has been used against her, and the bullshit myth of mutual abuse.
Episode 83: Power and Empowerment with Tori Eld...
Badass author (and actual ninja) Tori Eldridge returns to the show to discuss her new globe-trotting, century-spanning dark fantasy novel DANCE AMONG THE FLAMES, writing fiction that doesn’t give a damn about genre, and why power-hungry female characters can be so empowering.
Episode 82: Wuthering Heights: The Musical! wit...
This very special episode is an Unlikeable Female Characters first: a sneak peak at soon-to-be-premiered musical! Layne welcomes playwright and composer Hannah Gregory for a chat about her original folk musical based on WUTHERING HEIGHTS, classic unlikeable female character Cathy Earnshaw, and the perils of white feminism past and present.
Episode 81: Be Gay, Do Crime with Wendy Heard
Our own Wendy Heard returns to the show for a chat about her latest YA thriller DEAD END GIRLS, how to fake your own death for fun and profit, and what’s on her personal gay agenda.
Episode 80: Queen Bees and Judgmental Nerds wit...
Kristen and Layne are joined by authors Kathleen Glasgow and Liz Lawson to chat about their new co-written YA mystery THE AGATHAS, why you should never underestimate a teenage girl, and the enduring cultural power of OG Plot Twist Queen Agatha Christie.
Episode 79: Shoulder Pads and Scandal with the ...
Layne hosts a rad roundtable with her YOUNG RICH WIDOWS co-authors Kimberly Belle, Cate Holahan, and Vanessa Lillie.
Episode 78: The Virtues of Unlikeability with T...
Kristen and Layne are joined by one of their all-time fave authors, Tara Isabella Burton, to discuss her new queer dark academia novel THE WORLD CANNOT GIVE.
Episode 77: Are Movies Bad Now?
It’s Oscar season, and Kristen and Layne are full of loathing. Join them for a bitch sesh about the nominated movies they hated, loved, or loved to hate this year.
Episode 76: Keeping It Real with Kellye Garrett
Kristen and Layne welcome THE Kellye Garrett to discuss her new domestic suspense novel LIKE A SISTER.
Episode 75: Social Horror Secrets with Bethany ...
Kristen and Layne chat with Bethany C. Morrow about her chilling new novel CHERISH FARRAH.
Episode 74: Kristen Bell, Casserole Assassin
Kristen and Layne provide their expert analysis of Netflix’s satirical domestic suspense series THE WOMAN IN THE HOUSE ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE GIRL IN THE WINDOW.
Episode 73: The Joy of Sex Magic with Sara Gran
Kristen and Layne interview absolute legend Sara Gran about her new novel THE BOOK OF THE MOST PRECIOUS SUBSTANCE.
Episode 72: Deck the Halls with Shreds of Joy
Kristen and Layne close out 2021 by sharing some of the things that have kept them sane during this long, strange year.
Episode 71: Noir-igin Stories with John Copenhaver
Kristen welcomes Unlikeable Female Characters' first-ever male guest, author John Copenhaver, to talk about his new novel THE SAVAGE KIND.
Episode 70: Good for Her
Kristen and Layne break down the "Good For Her" genre.
Episode 69: Rachel Harrison
Layne chats with Rachel Harrison about her brand-new witchy feminist horror novel CACKLE.
Episode 68: The Final Girl
Kristen and Layne take a look at the many faces of the quintessential horror movie heroine, the Final Girl.
Episode 67: Amanda Jayatissa
Kristen and Layne interview Amanda Jayatissa about her twisty debut thriller MY SWEET GIRL.
Episode 66: Fall Reads 2021
Kristen and Layne bring you 30 new fall books to take your mind off the still-raging trashfire of 2021.
Episode 65: Megan Abbott
Kristen and Layne chat with Megan Abbott about her deliciously dark (and New York Times bestselling!) ballet thriller THE TURNOUT.
Episode 64: Jess Montgomery
Kristen interviews historical fiction author Jess Montgomery about unruly women, then and now.
Episode 63: All She Does Is Win
Kristen and Layne celebrate the Summer Olympics by screaming about sexism in sports.
Episode 62: The Woman in the Window
Wendy's back, for one episode only! The ladies reunite to hate-watch the film adaptation of A.J. Finn's THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW.
Episode 61: Heather Levy
Layne interviews debut novelist (and her former Pitch Wars mentee!) Heather Levy.
Episode 60: Cruella
Kristen and Layne chat about the movie CRUELLA.
Episode 59: Women and Power with Sara Flannery ...
Kristen and Layne chat with Sara Flannery Murphy (author of the feminist sci-fi novel GIRL ONE, out now!) about women wielding power, super and otherwise.
Episode 58: Summer Reads 2021
Fill up your beach bag with Kristen and Layne's summer reading recommendations.
Episode 57: Heartland Bitches with Rachel Mans ...
Kristen and Layne are joined by fellow Midwestern lady Rachel Mans McKenny for a deep dive into the phenomenon of "Midwest nice."
Episode 56: I Hate Men
Kristen and Layne discuss Pauline Harmange's controversial book I HATE MEN.
Episode 55: Free Britney, Bitch
Kristen and Layne discuss the documentary FRAMING BRITNEY SPEARS.
Bonus Episode: Jonathan Mallory Davis
In this very special bonus episode, Kristen, Layne, and Wendy bring you an exclusive interview with debut novelist Jonathan Mallory Davis.
Episode 54: She's Too Pretty to Burn
Wendy’s YA debut drops on March 30th, and we're celebrating with a chat about teenage angst, art crimes, pet wolves, and the mortifying ordeal of being perceived.
Episode 53: The Head Bitch in Charge
Kristen, Layne, and Wendy celebrate the inauguration of ultimate HBIC Kamala Harris with a chat about their favorite boss bitches
Episode 52: Promising Young Woman
Kristen, Layne, and Wendy discuss Emerald Fennell’s devastating feminist revenge film PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN.
Episode 51: The Vain Woman
Kristen, Layne, and Wendy take on the mindf*ck minefield of women’s beauty standards.
Episode 50: 2021 Reading Preview
Con women, clones, serial killers, snowboarders, time-traveling lesbians - 2021’s slate of new reads has something for everyone!
Episode 49: The Petty Bitch
Kristen, Layne, and Wendy ring in the new year with a celebration of pettiness.
Episode 48: Holiday Gift Guide 2020
2020 is almost over (thank f*ck), so it's time for the Unlikeable Female Characters Holiday Gift Guide!
Episode 47: Halley Sutton
Layne welcomes feminist noir author and friend of the show Halley Sutton back to celebrate the release of her debut novel THE LADY UPSTAIRS.
Episode 46: The Femme Fatale
Kristen, Layne, and Wendy fangirl about one of their all-time favorite unlikeable archetypes: the Femme Fatale.
Episode 45: Tori Eldridge
Tori Eldridge, author of the Lily Wong series and actual badass ninja, sits down with Wendy to share her best self-defense tips and more.
Episode 44: The Vengeful Bitch
Kristen, Layne, and Wendy take on the archetype of the vengeful bitch - just in time for the release of Layne's new revenge-fueled female serial killer thriller THEY NEVER LEARN.
Episode 43: Alison Stine
Kristen interviews author Alison Stine about her chilling Appalachian "climate chaos" thriller ROAD OUT OF WINTER.
Episode 42: The Bad Bisexual
Happy Bisexual Awareness Week! Your favorite bi bitches Kristen, Layne, and Wendy are here to make you aware of all the different ways bisexuals can be "bad."
Bonus Episode: Get Your Sh*t Together
In this special bonus episode, Kristen, Layne, and Wendy share the things that are keeping them from screaming all day, from inspiring books to productivity tips to the perfect jumpsuit.
Episode 41: Jennifer Hillier
Wendy interviews dark and twisty thriller queen Jennifer Hillier about her latest novel LITTLE SECRETS.
Episode 40: The Other Woman
Kristen, Layne, and Wendy take on the much-maligned character of the mistress, from scheming best friends to psycho bunny boilers.
Episode 39: Kylie Schachte
Layne interviews YA author Kylie Schachte about her killer debut novel YOU'RE NEXT.
Episode 38: The Strong Female Character
What's wrong with "strong female characters?" Let Kristen, Layne, and Wendy explain.
Bonus Episode: Summer Reads 2020
Kristen, Layne, and Wendy share what they're most excited to read this summer.
Episode 37: Cheryl A. Head
Kristen interviews Cheryl A. Head, author of the Charlie Mack Motown Mystery series.
Episode 36: The Woman Who'll Steal Your Girl
Kristen, Layne, and Wendy kick off Pride month by talking about the hot gay ladies you should watch out for.
Episode 35: Mindy Mejia
Wendy interviews author Mindy Mejia about her latest novel STRIKE ME DOWN.
Episode 34: The Bad Mother
Just in time for Mother's Day, Kristen, Layne, and Wendy discuss the worst moms of page and screen.
Episode 33: Sara Sligar
Layne sits down with debut author Sara Sligar for a conversation ranging from Gothic romance to spreadsheets to Tiger King.
Episode 32: The Hysterical Woman
Kristen, Layne, and Wendy unpack what it means to be a hysterical woman, from wandering uteri to ugly crying.
Bonus Episode: Quarantine Reads
The best cure for existential dread is a good book, so on today's special bonus episode, we're recommending 15 great reads to distract you from everything that's going on in the real world.
Episode 31: Lori Rader-Day
Kristen interviews award-winning mystery author Lori Rader-Day about her latest novel THE LUCKY ONE.
Episode 30: The Woman Who Won't Let It Go
This week's episode is for all the women who've been told to calm down, leave well enough alone, let it go - and responded with a resounding HELL NO.
Episode 29: Hannah Capin
Layne interviews author Hannah Capin about her new Shakespeare-inspired revenge thriller FOUL IS FAIR.
Episode 28: The Mean Girl
Kristen, Layne, and Wendy discuss why they love to hate Mean Girls (but LOVE mean women) and share some of their favorite examples.
Episode 27: What Are These Bitches Up To Now?
We're back, bitches! Find out what we've been up to so far this year, plus get a sneak peek at our exciting podcast plans for 2020.
Episode 26: Hustlers
Kristen and Layne are joined by special guest Halley Sutton to discuss our favorite heartwarming Christmas movie about scamming strippers: HUSTLERS!
Episode 25: Holiday Gift Guide
Layne, Kristen, and Wendy recommend the perfect holiday gifts for unlikeable ladies of all ages.
Episode 24: Anniversary Sexpisode
It's our one-year anniversary episode, and we're celebrating in a very Not Safe for Work way: mocking awful sex scenes by male authors!