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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 6, 2018

Welcome back to the Horror Pod Class!  Today is everything ecohorror and we are discussing your favorite and not so favorite (looking at you The Happening) films and books.  In specific, we are going to be discussing the 2012 found footage film, The Bay.


1:30-  Tyler just watched Ready Player One and has a ton to tell you about it over at  Check out his discussion of RP1 and the downsides of nostalgia.  He is also currently reading Pack by Mike Bockoven, you can check out more about it on the author's website.  

2:40-  Mike is reading Bash Bash Revolution, which at first glance looks a bit like Ready Player One, but is actually something quite different.  Review will be out soon on Signal Horizon!

3:50-  We are all super excited about the Hugo Awards nominees this year, there is a great mix of science fiction short stories, novellas, movies, and more.

4:20- A big congratulations to Scott Gable from Broken Eye Books for his successful Kickstarter Welcome to Miskatonic University.  Also, congrats to the Dark Magazine on their successful Kickstarter as well!

5:50-  There has been a bumper crop of great cult documentaries and docudramas out lately.  Check out Wild Wild Country over on Netflix and Heaven's Gate Podcast

8:00- On this week's creepy corners of the net, we feature the Horror Hill podcast where you can find a wonderfully narrated short story by Brian Hodge.  

10:25-  Today's essential question is, "What is EcoHorror and how can we use it in the classroom?"

11:00-  Clip from The Happening, because it is Tyler's favorite movie.

20:40-  Want to see found footage/mockumentary at its best? Lake Mungo is where you need to go.

25:10- Bear baiting in Missouri was actually a thing.  Here is the proof

25:50- Global Weirding, you gotta check this one out.  Real life EcoHorror.  

28:35-  Tyler claims that bugs are going to start getting bigger and he is actually backed up by some scientists.  

29:10-  Memory Palace podcast episode all about Thomas Midgley, leaded gasoline, and freon.  

32:00-  Here is a list of some other EcoHorror movies to check out:

  • Them
  • The Last Winter
  • The Happening (Of course)
  • Long Weekend
  • Early "creature feature" movies
  • Piranha

35:00-  Deep Ecology and Gaia Theory.  You can also go play the old DOS game based on Gaia Theory named Sim Earth right now in your browser over at Classic Reload

49:15-  Next week we are going to be talking about Westworld, so get in the thinking robot mood by reading the Hugo nominated short story "The Secret Life of Bots" by Suzanne Palmer.