The Future is Bleak podcast originally aired in 2007 and 2008. At the time, hosts Ben LeRoy and Alison Dasho (nee Janssen) ran Bleak House Books, a small press dedicated to crime and literary fiction. The podcast featured thoughts on the evolving publishing industry, interviews with authors and agents, and a ton of inside jokes.
In 2009, Ben and Alison left Bleak House Books to start Tyrus Books which would later end up being sold to Simon and Schuster.
In 2017 Alison is an editor at a well known publishing house and Ben is a freelance editor/volunteer advocate.