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Episode 65 – Willard (1971 & 2003)

Episode 65 – Willard (1971 & 2003)
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Justin brings the banter, Russ has a bone to pick, Justin proffers his secret to weight loss, something to look forward to for a future episode, there’s a new Leprechaun movie on Syfy tonight, weird theme music that the editor loved, Ernest Borgnine’s secret to youth, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hk1T9XC3XPc, Talk Soup was …

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Episode 64 – Night of the Demons (1988 & 2009)

Episode 64 – Night of the Demons (1988 & 2009)
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Russ’s kids make him drink, nugget math, horror news, Justin’s house now contains seven cats and a dog, Russ confuses Chinese and Japanese again, daddy does drugs, the gauntlet is thrown down!, ruining Russ’s passion, mooning with your underwear on, what America is all about, maybe us dorks have had …

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Episode 63 – Red State & Tusk

Episode 63 – Red State & Tusk
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Justin’s room smells funny, gay animals, it turns out Russ doesn’t quite understand why some kid’s dad isn’t as good at coaching as a professional coach, elbow to the knee, playing pretend or making fun of a special needs child?, Justin tells the saddest story he’s ever told on 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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Episode 62 – Monster in the Closet & A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge

Episode 62 – Monster in the Closet & A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge
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Russ fell down and went boom, old man eyebrows are crazy, little Paul Walker, Dick Clark am I right?, is there any greater joy than spotting a boom mic in a bad movie?, cockroaches are gross, fiveshadowing, I hope you like xylophones, Power Ranger explosions, Jason Statham is great, the …

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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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Episode 61 – Evil Altar & Soultaker (with Lucas Mangum)

Episode 61 – Evil Altar & Soultaker (with Lucas Mangum)
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We have a real interview with an author this episode, Justin tries to sing and rap and fails at both, a new podcast on the horizon?, Pokemon Go is discussed more than it probably should have been, Russ kicks himself in the crotch, the least helpful vet tech ever, more …

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Episode 60 – Zodiac & Se7en

Episode 60 – Zodiac & Se7en
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Russ does the audio, scared of spiders, looking for other Pokemon Raiders, Valentine’s Day, read between the lines, Russ can’t handle good movies, should Zodiac exist?, Justin likes puzzles (and the movie Zodiac), don’t draw and drive, RDJ, RDJ, RDJ, playing Hollywood executive, best Forensic Files ever made, Sally Jesse …

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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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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 …

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 …

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