Author and editor John Boden visits the studio to discuss skirting the line between quiet horror and bizarro, the history and future of SHOCK TOTEM, grocery store horror, the emotional honesty of John Skipp, and much more. Plus remembrances of Ed Gorman, Ted V. Mikels, and John Vulich, Armand Rosamilia’s network takeover, and Brian gets mistaken for the Unabomber.
Mary SanGiovanni joins Brian, Dave, and Phoebe to discuss her new novel CHILLS, Charles L. Grant and Karl Edward Wagner, stealing books with Tom Monteleone, paganism, mentoring, and being in a relationship with another writer. Plus Dave goes to the grocery store, Brian goes to the Imaginarium, Maurice Broaddus still loves horror, the season 2 premiere of ASH VS EVIL DEAD, and reviews of THE SHALLOWS, THE INVITATION, and WESTWORLD.
Heavy metal drummer Nathan Carson (WITCH MOUNTAIN) joins Brian and Dave to talk about his new novella STARR CREEK, how being a musician helped him become a better writer, touring with Glenn Danzig, meeting Jello Biafra, the secrets to time management, being your own agent, and much more. Plus Brian offers a lengthy review of PHANTASM: RAVAGER, Gary Reed in remembrance, and The Misfits reunion.
Author Kevin Lucia discusses Christian horror fiction, developing an interconnected mythos, and balancing a writing career with a family life. Plus, our first prize giveaway, Herschell Gordon Lewis and Robert E. Weinberg in remembrance, John Carpenter breaks his silence on Rob Zombie’s HALLOWEEN remakes, James Patterson backs down from Stephen King, THE EXORCIST bombs, a plea to Elon Musk, and Dave and Brian debate the second season of MR. ROBOT.
Quite possibly our best episode of the year! Filmmaker/author Kevin Strange and author/editor John Bruni join Brian, Dave, and special guests Mike Lombardo, Mary SanGiovanni, and Phoebe for a wide-ranging discussion including getting fired from day jobs for being a horror writer, the growth of the Bizarro genre, pornography, and much more. Plus Dave’s adventures at Prog Power, G. Arthur Brown’s new position, SHIN GODZILLA invades the U.S., and how bad news for Barnes and Noble may be good news for the horror genre!.
Dave covers the latest news from the horror genre, including the outcome of Timothy A. Beal’s Second Degree Assault charge, and the forthcoming Boom Studios comics crossover featuring two of John Carpenter’s most iconic characters, Snake Plissken and Jack Burton!. Then, since Brian is off this week, we present a “Best Of” interview with the legendary Scott Edelman, who talks about his work at Marvel and DC Comics in the 70s and 80s, his memories of creators such as Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and Steve Gerber, how today’s diversity discussion echoes the past, his work for The Syfy Channel, Hanna-Barbera, and Tales From the Darkside much more.
An all-star cast of voice actors, rock musicians, producers, horror writers, and stand-up comedians bring the greatest Facebook Flame War of all-time (or at least last week) — Jason Brock versus Nick Mamatas and the rest of the Internet — to vibrant life! Plus, the latest news on STRANGER THINGS season two, BLAIR WITCH 3, character actor Jon Polito in remembrance, and con artist Timothy A. Beal responds to allegations of him sending threats to people by sending threats to people.
Horror and science-fiction author Gene O’Neill sits down with Brian (and guest co-host Michael Bailey) to discuss the challenges of becoming a writer later in life, his friendships with Scott Edelman, T.E.D. Klein, and Kim Stanley Robinson, the origin of his seminal post-apocalyptic work THE BURDEN OF INDIGO, and much more. Plus the strange saga of talent agent or con-artist Timothy A. Beal, the new GODZILLA movie, Dave’s review of STRANGER THINGS, and Monica Kuebler’s new venture.
Brian pays a heavy price for angering someone at Books-A-Million corporate while Dave and Phoebe return from their cruise. Plus: an update on the next season of THE X-FILES, Peter Straub, the Stephen King/STRANGER THINGS rumor, on the road with John Urbancik, and complete coverage of editor David Truesdale’s revocation by Worldcon.
Brian and Dave take a back seat as Phoebe and director Mike Lombardo’s long-threatened book club finally happens. Will Phoebe enjoy Edward Lee and John Pelan’s gut-wrenching FAMILY TRADITION? Will Lombardo find value in a romance novel about time-traveling Navy Seals? Find out in this episode!