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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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Episode 73 – Fright Night (1985 & 2011) & Fright Night 2 (1988 & 2013)

Justin starts off by choking on more Hershey’s Gold then tells why he cried all day, Russ has another Cub Scouts horror story, Justin almost hit a giraffe, Russ wins the joke contest early, Russ is MAGAist, the racist lawyer, Charley’s brain snapped, Christopher Lee had an awesome life, Evil …

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Episode 72 – Dagon & Lair of the White Worm

Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Tom Kerosec!, catching Tom up on the bet, Russ is offensive, Justin quit his job, this episode not brought to you by Hershey’s Gold, don’t chip Russ’s son’s nails, Russ beats his child, what’s up with the town?, Pablo Honey come to Florida, Paul doesn’t know …

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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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Episode 71 – Death Game & Knock Knock

Russ avoids a near disaster on the audio-front, the aftermath of the timeout, why grandparents love grandkids, Justin is sick, Russ had to take a cold shower, dealing with a cat in heat, dudebro nightmare, Russ’s wife brings a surprise treat for Justin, debating sports metaphors, Go Sharks!, the best …

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Episode 70 – Mr. Sardonicus & Rebecca

Hello to Justin’s Mommy!, best offense is a good defense, Russ tried to tempt Justin with the most vile food imaginable, Russ is confident, yard work sucks, Oreos and nacho cheese, Justin’s mom tells of the most scary movie she can remember from her childhood, an old twist on definitions …

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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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Episode 69 – Very Bad Things & Cheap Thrills

Russ tries to relive the moment that we weren’t recording for, it’s 4/20, yo!, the great stove adventure, Justin isn’t really what one would call handy, #legalizeit, Ben’s here now, the podcast starts going North, Russ and Ben wax whimsically about Very Bad Things, a child’s 4XLT, Justin checks out, …

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Episode 68 – Jacob Two Two Meets the Hooded Fang & Hostel

Russ doesn’t know what bubble tea is, Justin is making some progress on the bet, Justin now has six cats – this is his life now, RIP R. Lee Ermey, the obvious pairing, reading the back of the box for the third time on the podcast, Mark McKinney is in …

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Episode 67 – Red & John Wick

Russell “The Audio Guy” Hall, Apps exist and they tell Russ that he is fat, Justin ate all the Girl Scout Cookies, always pick a pee corner, shower thinking, Russ does the synopses this time, Red is adapted from a Jack Ketchum novel, factual and grammatical, some kids are just …

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Novel Ideas with Russ
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 …

Novel Ideas with Russ
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 …

Novel Ideas with Russ
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 …

Novel Ideas with Russ
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 …

Novel Ideas with Russ
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 …

Novel Ideas with Russ
Bad Man by Dathan Auerbach

Click here to preorder via Amazon “Bad Man” is methodically and confidently paced. Auerbach leaves breathing room between major events like an auteur filmmaker composing beautiful long establishing shots. With conversational and direct language, the book flows smoothly and without at sense of pretentiousness. The book follows Ben’s life after …

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Gods of the Dark Web by Lucas Mangum

Click here to order via Amazon   As a species we’ve left little unexplored.  The true unknown, however, is the man made abyss of the internet hidden behind a digital closed door.  Gods of the Dark Web explores what lurks beyond the visible internet. In a bizarro universe David Cronenberg …

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Most Important Post Ever

So, if a post says TEST.  It really isn’t a test.  Its a super important post that holds the fabric of the podcast together.  Don’t delete it.  I know that because I deleted a post that said TEST and Justin yelled at me. –Russ

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