In this intimate, extra-long episode, legendary best-selling author, musician, and director John Skipp and author, actress, and director Laura Lee Bahr talk to Brian about the history of Splatterpunk, the rise of Bizarro, Harlan Ellison, Kurt Vonnegut, Craig Spector, David J. Schow, creativity and art, film-making, changing mediums, collaboration, singing penises and much more. Plus, the Harlan Ellison song, and Dave and Phoebe rescue some cats.
Best-selling author Hal Bodner talks to Brian about his work, the state of the horror genre, his connection to Majel Roddenberry, living through the AIDS epidemic, the time Chris Hemsworth almost saved his life, and much more. Plus the 2015 Shirley Jackson Award winners, a new CHILD’S PLAY edition, Barnes and Noble’s olive branch to self-published authors, Dave’s review of THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS, and Dungeonmaster 77.1’s review of POKEMON GO.
In this special celebratory seventy-fifth episode, Brian takes an accidental detour into Mexico, Dave ventures into his flooded basement, and Dungeonmaster 77.1 battles the Illuminati. Plus — John Carpenter on the state of the horror genre, Gregory Lamberson’s long-awaited JOHNNY GRUESOME movie, Robin Hardy in remembrance, THE WARRIORS comes to television, and the future fate of the World Horror Convention?
By popular demand, author Bryan Smith joins Brian and Dave in studio to talk about empowering female characters, the 68 KILL movie, the influence of Richard Laymon, Jack Ketchum, John Skipp, Ray Garton, David J. Schow, and Joe R. Lansdale on his work, critics, transitioning from mass market to self-publishing, his upcoming collaboration with Ryan Harding, the unfortunate karma of sharing a name with Stephen King’s assailant, and much more. Plus, Dave’s flooding woes worsen, Mike McCarty departs KNB, Bookfellows closes their doors, and how the Hastings bankruptcy filing may impact the comic book industry.
Horror and erotica author Christian Jensen returns to the show to talk about getting banned from Amazon, his new movie, Bigfoot porn, his meeting with Troma star Joe Fleishaker, and his thoughts on AMC’s PREACHER — earning himself a scolding from DungeonMaster 77.1. Plus Dave Thomas’s plumbing adventures, John Carpenter’s THE THING comes to Blu-ray, Cullen Bunn’s THE SIXTH GUN draws to an end, TALES FROM THE CRYPT gets re-booted, and details on author and editor Robin Wyatt Dunn’s death threats against several female industry professionals.
To celebrate his completion of second grade and the start of his summer vacation tour, Dungeonmaster 77.1 returns to the show to talk about the summer’s scariest children’s video games and cartoons, the Slenderman legend, and whether or not he should be allowed to watch FRIDAY THE 13th. Plus: the 2016 British Fantasy Award nominees, more on Nick Mamatas and Paul Tremblay’s new books, Mandrake the Magician, Justice League Dark, and Brian’s thoughts on the current mainstream press versus small press debate.
Author and editor Michael Bailey joins Brian to talk about his long path to overnight success, his work, his influences, his role in a new generation of horror writers, and what it’s like to have F. Paul Wilson and Thomas Monteleone as mentors. Then, Brian reveals the secrets to organizing the Scares That Care Charity Event’s successful slate of author programming. Plus, THE LOST LEVEL collector’s edition, Brian’s tour dates for June, and GAME OF THRONES is still television’s best zombie series.
Publisher and editor Bailey Hunter joins Brian to talk about the rebirth of Dark Recesses Press. Then, Brian and Dave debate THE EXORCIST III. Plus the debut of PREACHER, Gray Friar Press closes down, Michael Gingold departs Fangoria, Brian and Kelli Owen launch a new scheme, X-MEN: APOCALYPSE, and Coop’s birthday.
Brian and Dave chafe under the strict constraints of apparent new program director Mercedes Yardley’s guidelines for reporting on malfeasance within the horror genre. Then, Brian interviews four beginning horror writers — Wile E. Young, Richard Wolley, Shenoa Carroll-Bradd, and Amber Fallon — about the issues and concerns facing their generation. Plus complete coverage of the Bram Stoker Awards, Stephen Jones, Jeff Strand, Kelli Owen, Joe Hill, THE X-FILES, and THE EXORCIST vs THE EXORCIST III!