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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!

Aug 23, 2018

Hey guys, we are back this week with a deep dive into Gothic Literature!  The Gothic casts a long, dark, and creepy shadow over modern horror and has spawned many sub-genres and reinterpretations.  Specifically, we are going to be discussing the "New American Gothic" and how the 1979 film The Amityville Horror breathes new life into Gothic themes.


1:55-  What are we excited about?  Not the Cabin Fever remake, Tyler says it is a Grade A loser.  While he didn't like that, he has finally gotten around to watching The Expanse, which is 100% AWESOME!

3:30-  Mike is very excited about the Nightscape Press Kickstarter for Ashes and Entropy!  It is going to be awesome, with a killer table of contents, and you can read more about it in our interview with the publisher, Robert S. Wilson!

6:00-  Mike promised a review for Silent Garden, but guess what?  He lied.  The review isn't ready yet, but check back soon!

7:30-  The gang at Signal Horizon got a Eullenia, a Thai horror/thriller serial killer series!  It's awesome and you can read more about it here.  Seriously, someone needs to pick this thing up so we can know what happens!

10:30-  You can get some awesome free fiction over at the always excellent Pseudopod Podcast- this week Tyler was really impressed by the Damien Angelica Walters short story "Take a Walk in the Night my Love."

11:15-  Mike encourages all of you to check out Project Gutenberg where you can pick up free, out of copyright, eBooks.  Seriously, if you want to read older books that are out of copyright, do it with Project Gutenberg for free and save your hard earned money for some brand new books put out by the awesome horror authors that you love!  

15:00-  Eddie Murphy is funny.  See the whole bit over at Youtube

14:45-  Click here to see some pictures of the real Ronald DeFeo Jr.

18:15-  Mike says "Flying Buttresses."  It is NOT what you are thinking.  Here is a link to the wikipedia article about them.

21:15-  Mike and Tyler discuss the story "The Starry Crown" by Marc E. Fitch.  You can find it reprinted in the awesome collection, The Best Horror of the Year Volume 10To listen to the song, head on over here.

22:00-  Talking Southern Gothic, Tyler recommends both Candyman and Skeleton Key as great examples.

29:15-  Mike talks home mortgage interest rates and how things were way way different back in 1979.  Check out this table from Freddie Mac and see how high they were in '79 (11.2%) and how they shot up in the early 80s.

32:00-  Mike talks about This American Life, which he listens to all the time.  Specifically the episode "Crime Scene."

35:00-  The setting of Fright Night was changed to Las Vegas because it was the home foreclosure capital of the US.  Read more about it over at Slant Magazine.

39:30-  TheLitCritGuy is awesome, head on over here to read his analysis of horror through the Marxist lens. 

51:45-  Tyler recommends As Above So Below about the Parisian Catacombs.