Oh boy, this episode's a winner alright. We review the next two stories in Scott Nicolay's Ana Kai Tangata, which are either the apex or the nadir, depending on you view. Blow job obsessions, "forested mons," cunnilingus while bloodied-nose, big boils, prancing around in used spandex you found on the street while your friend videotapes you yelling "shake it bitch" while you really need to take a giant shit. Who couldn't relate! Plus, you know a story was written a long time ago when there's an OJ reference that DOESN'T refer to him being a murderer. And by the way, these stories are considered "serious" literature. Join the fun!
The gang slog on with their second episode of Scott Nicolay's collection Ana Kai Tangata! Like that story of that jerk falling into a well? Well now here's a jerk falling into a hole in a mall! Plus, caves, incest, Ronnie Raygun, mannnn!, gratuitous destruction of cars and "a mangy spider monkey perched on the end of his hammock, methodically jacking off its skinny pink pencil dick as it stared straight into your face with a look of concentrated hate."
The gang begins its four episode review of Scott Nicolay's debut collection Ana Kai Tangata, which translates to 'self-absorbed men who hate women and all die the same way in every story.' The perfect book for readers who love random stuff happening and also hate parentheses! It also dawns on us that despite being presented as a modern collection of weird fiction, every story was actually written around 1992, so come play spot-the-antiquated reference! You too can be the Pete Rose of cunnilingus! Zappa Rules!!!!!
Daniel Mills returns to finish what he started! Meaning, we discuss his new novel Moriah, moving past religious doubt, Jesus' assumed resurrection, the sad saga of hymnals, dead children, operatic despair, his embarrassing ignorance of basic Die Hard trivia, and other rosy subjects.
The gang talk about Spring, the 2014 horror film advertised as Lovecraft meets Linklater and delivers … ummm … stems cells that turn a girl into a squid-dog-jack rabbit for a week every 20 years or so? Uhh, sure, stem cells, pregnancy, oxytocin, whatever you say. Plus, the surprise appearance of horrorcore rapper Cage Kennylz.
The gang talk about Resolution, the 2012 horror debut by Justin Benson and Aaron Scott Moorhead. Ignore the terrible poster and check out this film that demonstrates that there are some original ideas still out there. And no, it's not really like Cabin in the Woods at all except for, well, there is a cabin......
The gang chat with David Nickle, the rare author who is actually productive. They discuss why some people create art, the awe and appeal in horror, getting attacked by knife-wielding drug addicts, HP Lovecraft controversies, eugenics, and having an artist for a father. You know, the usual stuff.
What is more suited for a horror podcast than death? Answer: nothing. Enfant terrible Christopher Hitchens got a terrible diagnosis of esophageal cancer, and shared his thoughts on his affliction in his book Mortality. We cover his essays on losing his voice, the lie of "what kills you make you stronger," and torture. This one actually is as bleak as it sounds.
What is more suited for a horror podcast than death? Answer: nothing. Enfant terrible Christopher Hitchens got a terrible diagnosis of esophageal cancer, and shared his thoughts on his affliction in his book Mortality. We cover his essays on entering Tumortown, dealing with over-sharers, cancer etiquette and taking time out of his remaining days to bash theists. Don't worry, the podcast isn't as bleak as it sounds (it's bleaker).
We drop the teaser for Season Two of The Horror of Nachos and Hamantaschen!
Finally, Derek gets to wax poetic on the lore and majesty of the Krampus. We also, not coincidentally, discuss Michael Dougherty's Krampus (2015), which exists in a moral universe where the reward for having a dysfunctional family is to be terrorized by demons. The Krampus as depicted here might have also instigated Kristallnacht. The movie is pretty good, so if you don't listen to our podcast you should at least watch go the movie.
The gang reviews the 2010 Finnish horror movie Rare Exports, and the two short films that inspired it. This movie is rated R, which is weird since it lacks violence. Maybe it's all the naked old men. Much like the experience of seeing a naked old man, this movie begins intriguing and exciting and ends up kind of disappointing and deflating.
Garbage Day? Nope, this is the first Silent Night, Deadly Night. Join us, and find out why some kid got a random “story by” credit for a non-existent story. Join us, and relive the controversy around this film: yup, that’s right, there’s a Santa on the poster going down the chimney with an axe, but no such scene in the actual movie. That’s what everyone was protesting, right? Good thing those protesters never heard of the movie Christmas Evil.