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Episode 128 – Matango & Don’t Click

Episode 128 – Matango & Don’t Click
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Russ doesn’t remember the theme song to Mr. Belvedere and Justin spits out his favorite Belv factoid, Neil Degrasse Tyson has a bit of wisdom for every situation, Russ is rewatching Scrubs, the time Russ’s mom asked about the well-being of his testicles, the new game on Kickstarter that even …

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Episode 127 – Rememory & Knights of Badassdom

Episode 127 – Rememory & Knights of Badassdom
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Russ can’t think of a 90’s reference to start the show so he punts, Justin is all board gamed up in the head, Russ’s offspring are both making games, friend of the show Loud Jason is at the World Series of Poker right now, speaking up at work only leads …

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Episode 126 – King of the Ants & Edmond

Episode 126 – King of the Ants & Edmond
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Apparently most of the cultural touchstones from the 90s were beer commercials, the boy equivalent of Lisa Frank trapperkeepers, Russ got shorted in the 2nd grade gift exchange, Russ used to be a little klepto, Justin’s mom got forced out of the Postal Service, Russ’s dad is counting the days …

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Episode 125 – Hereditary & Valemont

Episode 125 – Hereditary & Valemont
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Russ’s family was laughing at Justin, earliest memories, how a Your Mom joke led to tears on Mother’s Day, Russ is killing it at this anniversary thing, Justin is playing the stock market, savings accounts used to be so much better, someone dropkicked The Arnold, Justin is gonna start fishing, …

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Episode 124 – Feast & Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer

Episode 124 – Feast & Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer
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Russ comes up with a brand new intro!, homes are expensive, the tree that needs to die, non-perverted Clive Barker art, Russ’s adventure in Kickstarter land, The Ballad of Danny P, Balloon Boy discussions, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWhUvm8SunY , Russ puts on a trucker hat, 30 Rock was pretty good, Russ finally finishes …

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Episode 123 – Hatchet & Hatchet II

Episode 123 – Hatchet & Hatchet II
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Yo!, John Cena put out an actual rap album that was actually okay, Russ “accidentally” bought a Chinese knockoff board game, Fiasco is a fun role playing game that doesn’t need a game master, Russ has a “fiasco” story that seems to fit the word correctly, Justin doesn’t like Hatchet …

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Episode 122 – The Manitou & Bad Milo

Episode 122 – The Manitou & Bad Milo
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Russ needs new headphones, Marianne is home and Justin isn’t lonely anymore, steakhouse take out to bring in, buying your girlfriend expensive gifts, Russ got a job offer, Russ is this close to starting to play D&D, bowling shirts for the Chowder Society, Justin still wants ReMake Me merch, Russ …

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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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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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