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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 16, 2018

Class is back in session and this time we are going to try to talk smart about a dumb movie!  Truth or Dare made a whole bunch of money, but it wasn't exactly a deep film.  It did use a very interesting motif in horror called "the liminal space" and today we are going to discuss how that space works and why it made Truth or Dare an engaging movie.

Show Notes:

2:20- Tyler just watched the new Blumhouse movie Unfriended: Dark Web, head on over to Signal Horizon and read his review.

3:00- If you haven't heard of author Robert Aickman he comes very highly recommended.  Tyler really liked his short story: Mark Ingestre: The Customer's Tale.  It has been reprinted quite a bit, most recently in The Late Breakfaster's and Other Strange Stories by Robert Aickman.

3:50- Mike really likes a Brian Evenson story you can find in Aickman's Hiers.  

4:10- Mike is reading a new collection that is on Kindle Unlimited called Lost Highways, but it had to take a back burner when get got Vastarien Issue #2 in the mail.  He is always excited to talk about Ligotti and Vastarien, so check out why he thinks the Vastarien Literary Journal is the most exciting thing in horror literature right now.

5:30-  Orrin Grey is an author that both Mike and Tyler really like right now, you can check out the short story "The Granfalloon" in The Best Horror of the Year Volume 10.

6:45-  Dark Corners of the Web: Some free short fiction that goes along with Truth or Dare is the excellent episode of PseudoPod that just came out, The Fainting Game by Nino Cipri.

13:15  Jeff Wadlow was also involved in Kickass 2 and The Strain.  How did he get mixed up in Truth or Dare?  Most likely money.

17:45- The Canadian Journal of Career Development has a great article about liminal spaces entitled Constructing the Future in the Liminal Spaces Between Adolescence and Adulthood: Responsibilities, Careers, and Social Contexts by Amanda Benjamin,
José Domene, and Kim Landine.  

26:30- Tyler drops his "unified theory of Truth or Dare" at this point.  It is super interesting and believe it or not he did come up with it off the cuff.

35:15-  Yes, there is a periodical named Slayage that is put out by the Whedon Studies Association.  Michael Starr's excellent article about liminality and The Cabin in the Woods can be found here to prove it.

38:00-  Tyler references the Stephen King short story, "The Jaunt" which is easily one of King's greatest short works.  It was written all the way back in 1981 and it is still fresh today, you can find it in his collection Skeleton Crew which is probably on your bookshelf right now.  If it is not, buy a copy over on Amazon.

41:00-  Not going to link to anything by John Edward because he is a fraud.  Don't give him any of your money, but if you would like to support The Horror Pod Class and that would be super cool and you can do it over on Patreon.  

44:30-  Mike talks about Ligotti (of course) and Matt Cardin's excellent analysis of "The Shadow at the Bottom of the World."  

55:15-  Wan't to give us a shout out?  Maybe a shout down?  You can connect with us over at the Horror Pod Class Facebook group!