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The Horror Pod Class

Hey class!  Come meet Mike and Tyler, two high school teachers who absolutely love to talk and write about the horror genre!  We also own and write for a website named Signal Horizon, where you can get the latest news, reviews, and analysis of works from the horror and dark science fiction genres!

Apr 20, 2018

This is the Horror Pod Class!  Welcome back for another lively discussion, this time focusing on the Purge franchise from Blumhouse.  We talk a lot about the first movie, touch on the second and third, and finally wind up speculating on what the 4th installment will have in store for us.  Stay tuned and keep your heads down, all crime is legal for the next 12 hours (including insider trading).

Show Notes:

1:45- Your hosts of the Horror Pod Class have started a couple of Facebook groups!  Head on over to the official Horror Pod Class group and join for continued over analysis of your favorite genre films.  If you love short horror fiction, you can also join our Short Horror Fiction Discussion group where you can get links to some awesome free short horror content and connect with others that like short horror literature.


2:45-  Tyler and Mike both have a soft spot for academic literature that discusses the horror genre.  We were lucky enough to get an advance copy of Sleeping With the Lights On by Darryl Jones from Oxford University Press.


3:15-  Mike just finished reading Aetherchrist by Kirk Jones from Apex books and will have a review at Signal Horizon up shortly.  Next on the list is The Atrocities by Jeremy Shipp.

5:00-  Looking for some free fiction out there?  Check out Shirley Jackson's the lottery.  Its kind of like The Purge, maybe it is Purge adjacent. Tyler is a big fan of Borges and you can get a hold of a lot of his awesome, weird, and wonderful works over at Project Gutenberg.  

Similar Fiction that is not free, but totally worth your while: Similar Fiction- Fritz Leiber’s America the Beautiful, Stephen King's The Long Walk, Usula Le Guin's The Ones who Walk Away from Omelas, That one Episode of Star Trek that was based on that one episode of the Twilight Zone, and of course the Rick and Morty Episode that was all about The Purge.  Tyler doesn't watch Rick and Morty, boo send him some hate mail.

27:00- Catharsis Theory is not particularly good science.  If you want to read more and have access to the American Psychological Bulletin, check out Miller, T. Q., Smith, T. W., Turner, C. W., Guijarro, M. L., & Hallet, A. J. (1996). A meta-analytic review of research on hostility and physical health. Psychological Bulletin, 119, 322–348.

28:30-  Tyler talks about "A Modest Proposal," when in actuality we all know he just wants to eat poor people.  Want to read it for free?  Pick your format over at Project Gutenberg.  

29:30-  Here is some further reading about the Purge regarding race and class.  Some stuff over at the Huff Post and a really clickbaity article from

32:00- Mike talks tax reform and TurboTax, which is actually a way more interesting topic than you might think.  Check out this Planet Money Podcast all about it.

35:15- The Mortgage Interest deduction costs about as much as the SNAP program (food stamps).  Proof from Pew Research and Wikipedia.  If you own a house and deduct the interest from your mortgage from your taxes you can't say the government doesn't give you anything.

36:00-  Tyler talks Malthus

37:30- Fritz Haber is the guy whose name that Mike can't remember.  He invented the fertilizer that saved the world from catastrophe and then weaponized chlorine gas during WWI, leading to tens of thousands of deaths.  His wife was so distraught that she was married to an unabashed war criminal that she committed suicide.  Maybe, the reasoning isn't exactly clear historically.  

Thanks for joining us for another episode of The Horror Pod Class!  Your homework for next week is to watch Mr. Jones on  You can get a 30 day trial by entering the promo code "SIGNAL".