Marlon & Jake Read Dead People

The podcast where Booker Prize-winning author Marlon James and his editor, Jake Morrissey, discuss the (dead) authors they love and hate.

Marlon & Jake Read Dead People

Marlon & Jake Read Dead People is a podcast hosted by the Booker Prize-winning and internationally bestselling author Marlon James and his editor, Jake Morrissey, Executive Editor at Riverhead Books. In each episode, Marlon and Jake talk about authors—specifically dead authors. Authors they like. Authors they hate. Great books, terrible books, and books they love that you’d never expect them to. As a writer and an editor, Marlon and Jake have read thousands of books between them, and they’re not shy in expressing their opinions about them. Sometimes they’ll agree, sometimes they won’t, but in every episode, they’ll tell you what they think – uncensored and with no holds barred. (That’s why the authors have to be dead.) So listen along to hear about the spectacularly good, the hilariously bad, and the brutally honest.

Season 1


Trailer: An introduction to Marlon and Jake Read Dead People, a new podcast in which Marlon James and Jake Morrissey tell the truth about dead authors and their books.

Episode 1: Marlon and Jake take on some literary giants in a grudge match for the ages. This time, it’s Charles Dickens vs. Anthony Trollope and Louisa May Alcott vs. Laura Ingalls Wilder in a no-holds-barred royal rumble.

Episode 2: Marlon and Jake discuss which dead author they’d take with them to a desert island to reread over and over again, as well as which ones they’d happily leave lost at sea.

Episode 3: Marlon and Jake venture into fantasy: the imagined worlds of dead writers—from quests and dragons to magic carpets and pregnant kings.

Episode 4: Marlon and Jake go back in time—way, way back—and revisit the myths and legends that have terrified and tantalized us for centuries.

Episode 5: Marlon and Jake delve into the very real lives of very dead writers with an episode about Memoir and Autobiography.

Episode 6: Marlon and Jake put on their Hollywood sunglasses as they discuss the films adapted from books by dead people.

Episode 7: Marlon and Jake dive into one of life’s great guilty pleasures: the trashy novel.

Episode 8: Marlon and Jake answer some of the questions that listeners have asked.

Episode 9: As Marlon and Jake wrap up Season 1, they reflect on what they’ve learned and what dead books and authors they want to discuss when they return for Season 2.

Season 2

Teaser Trailer: Marlon and Jake are back for season two, coming this summer!!

Season 2 Trailer: Marlon and Jake are back with a sizzling new season of the dead authors they love, hate, and will never agree on. Get ready for even more heated (and hilarious) debates, unexpected insights, and—of course—brutal honesty. Dead authors never felt so cool.