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Episode 121 – Dead Ringers & Crash

Episode 121 – Dead Ringers & Crash
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Justin still has a cold and may sound extra sexy, Russ doesn’t remember board game night, the Notre Dame Cathedral was on fire and that was crazy, Russ’s latest homeless guy YouTube video, David Cronenberg has a messed up mind, twin movies are confusing – this one even more so, …

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Episode 120 – Swingers & Made

Episode 120 – Swingers & Made
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It’s our relationship episode!, Ben’s here!, Excitement!, Sobriety!, Justin is getting a cold, Russ doesn’t know what words are, Ben loses stuff, Russ made a game out of Justin’s dating story from last week –  the first of two games this episode, Swingers was Russ’s teenage movie, is Miramax still …

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Episode 119 – Deep Red & Opera

Episode 119 – Deep Red & Opera
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Russ enjoyed relistening to episode 100, Justin is a professional, the kid that destroys toilets, the first $50, hiring yourself for yardwork, bonding with the not-father-in-law, missing the mom spit, a real thinker, Argento’s weird style, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giallo , Russ had a weird Argento binge last year, extreme close ups on small …

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Episode 118 – It’s Alive 3 & Maniac Cop 3

Episode 118 – It’s Alive 3 & Maniac Cop 3
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Rest in Peace Larry Cohen, this is our tribute to the weird writer/director, Russ starts the podcast off by getting a little dirty, Justin doesn’t know directions, a classy way to begin the podcast, Justin’s social calendar has been very full this week, the easy shorthand that Russ makes sure …

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Episode 117 – Us & Them

Episode 117 – Us & Them
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Russ and Justin can’t make small talk anymore, Russ is getting really into board games, Justin really likes having things, the sweet spot in board game podcasts, Justin educates Russ on a Shaggy Dog Story, Urkel for Toxic Avenger, bad Netflix cartoons, Justin’s girlfriend left him (for a month), is …

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Episode 116 – Swarm of the Snakehead & Motel Hell

Episode 116 – Swarm of the Snakehead & Motel Hell
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Russ disrobes, the Dad playlist, Russ just wants to be left alone, Justin is getting a visit from the proto-mother-in-law, there’s more than corn in Indiana there’s Indiana Beach, corn vs. the GMO-haters, people who work with computers for a living aren’t adults they are just well-paid children, an update …

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Episode 115 – Train to Busan & The Girl with All the Gifts

Episode 115 – Train to Busan & The Girl with All the Gifts
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Russ starts the podcast off with something that has been on his mind since last week, guys who default to a female pronoun are a bit disingenuous, Russ is worried that he might be too much of a straight white male, Justin and his girlfriend are prettifying the house for …

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Episode 114 – A Quiet Place & Bird Box

Episode 114 – A Quiet Place & Bird Box
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It’s too early for Justin, Russ wishes his wife was more mean sometimes, Justin definitely isn’t dead yet, Russ was disappointed in A Quiet Place and Justin is disappointed in Russ, sometimes kids like things, blind skinny gorillas, Russ is not impressed by the monsters, this episode is just Russ …

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Episode 113 – Jug Face & The Ritual

Episode 113 – Jug Face & The Ritual
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Russ starts off with a game that turns macabre, Justin downs a thing of water, how comedians deal with death, Insane Clown Posse ruins friendships, what kind of puker are you?, trying to keep your cool when a medical professional is fondling you, is Jug Face a fairy tale?, Justin …

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Episode 112 – Hobgoblins & The Garbage Pail Kids Movie

Episode 112 – Hobgoblins & The Garbage Pail Kids Movie
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The podcast is really starting to take a toll on Russ and Justin’s friendship, Justin got to freeze on Saturday, Russ can’t pee in yoga pants, Russ and Justin trade game show contestant stories, this is probably the worst double header in the history of the podcast, the original ending …

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Novel Ideas with Russ
Creature by Hunter Shea

Click here to buy via Amazon Creature seems to be dividing readers in grand fashion. Two camps seem to be developing : one starting that the book is genius in it’s slow burn study that comes to a boil and exploding like a volcano. Others have found it tedious and …

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The House by the Cemetery by John Everson

Click here to purchase via Amazon Genre mainstay John Everson’s latest novel features a haunted haunted house. Out of luck and out of work carpenter Mike finds employment in getting the local home townsfolk fear is inhabited by spirits pieced together enough for the county to turn it into a …

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We Sold Our Souls by Grady Hendrix

Click here to purchase via Amazon   On par with Hendrix’s other highly acclaimed books, We Sold Our Souls is a fun rock and roll devil influenced tale. An almost-been, Kris narrowly missed game and fortune. What could have been and why wasn’t it? Recommended for the horror fan as …

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The Siren and the Spectre by Jonathan Janz

  Click here to by via Amazon   There are an uncountable number of examples in which a great concept can be foiled with subpar execution.  The Siren and the Spectre is a demonstration of the opposite of this as Johnathan Janz manages to take the oldest concept in horror …

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Tamer Animals by Justin M. Woodward

WARNING POSSIBLY, MAYBE, SOMETHING THAT ONE COULD DEEM A SPOILER AHEAD.   What constitutes a spoiler? How many dust jackets give far to many details of the plot or story away?  How many movie trailers hook you by showing key pieces of information to lure  you into watching? Discussing Tamer …

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Hark the Herald Angels Scream

Click here to buy via Amazon Pretty typical Anthology ratio here with a few shining stars but mostly filler. Scott Smith Christopher Golden, and Joe Lansdal provide standout tails centered on Christmas. Yankee Swap shines with a Saw style Christmas game. Scott Smith story is a bizarre Christmas Eve and …

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Chasing Ghosts by Glenn Rolfe

Click here to purchase via Amazon A solid and entertaining book! In the vein of Brian Keene, Rolfe’s tale reads effortlessly and creates an intriguing world. Although the ending may be a bit abrupt, the ride was certainly fun to get there.. Kin and Off Season may be the two …

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Ghost Virus by Graham Masterton

  Click here to order via Amazon   Ghost Virus is perhaps one of the most absurd concepts for a horror book in recent memory. Absurdity alone is not enough to dissuade recommendation of a book, but the absurdity needs to be acknowledged by the audience as well as the …

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Dark Screams: Volume Ten

Click here to purchase via Amazon Most anthologies leave me with a feeling of time wasted having read filler material that wasn’t good enough to be worthy of a long form story. Although Dark Screams: Volume Ten didn’t bat .1000, it is certainly one of the strongest anthologies in recent …

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Unbury Carol by Josh Malerman

click to purchase via Amazon   Coming off such a success such as Bird Box and Mad Black Wheel is a tough challenge. Unbury Carol fails to reach the high standards set by these and other works by Malerman such as Ghastle and Yule and A House at the Bottom …

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