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Ciara Bravo [Red Band Society, Wayne, Cherry] joins Anna to talk about her recent film Cherry, hanging out with co-star Tom Holland, 16-second memories, helping sick trees or joining a fire watch, sending a text to the wrong person, surviving a long distant relationship, the ghost who came down the stairs to watch SNL and more. Later in the episode…
 
Elizabeth Smart was abducted at knifepoint in the middle of the night from her bedroom in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 2002. She was 14 years old. For more than 9 months, she was held captive by a predator – one who kept her hidden in plain sight. To learn more about the programs and services Elizabeth mentioned please visit https://www.elizabethsmartf…
 
In an Abyss first, authors Chad Lutzke and Tim Meyer join us for a spoiler-filled discussion about their novel, Wormwood, what their collaboration was like, and the influences behind their dark coming-of-age tale. Before all that, though, we discuss Junji Ito's Remina, J. Blake Fichera's Scored to Death 2 More Conversations with Some of Horror's Gr…
 
Chloë Grace Moretz [Kick-Ass, Carrie, Suspiria, Tom and Jerry] talks with Anna about her new film Tom and Jerry, not quite living in Los Angeles, fight training, sharing M&Ms, ghosts, aliens, friend groups, patriotism, going back to school, life in the circus, Frederick Douglass, the importance of an orange and more. Later in the episode Anna is jo…
 
After Mark Lundy was convicted of viciously slaying his wife and daughter, another story started to emerge, leading many people in New Zealand to wonder…was the wrong man behind bars? Source materials for this episode cannot be listed here due to character limitations. For a full list of sources, please visit https://crimejunkiepodcast.com/murdered…
 
Author Jeremy Robert Johnson (The Loop) joins us in the Abyss to discuss Jack Ketchum's wicked and potent short story, "The Rifle," as well as the connections between violence and mental illness. Our weekly round-up segment includes reviews of Nemesai by Brian Keene and John Urbancik, Repo Virtual by Corey J. White, Villimey Mist's Nocturnal Farm, …
 
Katherine Heigl [Gray’s Anatomy, Knocked Up, 27 Dresses] and Sarah Chalke [Scrubs, Rick and Morty, Roseanne, How I Met Your Mother] join Anna to talk about their new Netflix show Firefly Lane, adaptation, lifetime friendships, award shows, fame, embarrassing moments, planting apple orchards and more. Later in the episode OBG/YN Dr. Jen Gunter is ba…
 
When a woman and her young daughter are found brutally murdered in their home, the investigation leads to the person who was supposed to have loved them more than anyone else in the world. Source materials for this episode cannot be listed here due to character limitations. For a full list of sources, please visit https://crimejunkiepodcast.com/mur…
 
We were joined again by Dr John Read the Pragmatic Ecologist who tells us about one of the biggest threats to Australian biodiversity. Is it cats, rabbits, cane toads or something else? Have a listen to find out. We also asked john about the pushback ecologists receive regarding the culling of native animals. Make sure you also check out our previo…
 
Author Eric LaRocca joins us in the Abyss to discuss Clive Barker's short story, "Jacqueline Ess: Her Will and Testament," from The Books of Blood Volume 2! We also discuss the Shudder films Anything for Jackson and the Castlefreak remake, the sci-fi novel Space Station Down by Ben Bova and Doug Beason, Nocturnal Blood by Villimey Mist, and Steve S…
 
Kyra Sedgwick [The Closer, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Call Your Mother] joins Anna to talk about her new sitcom Call Your Mother, Shakespeare, meeting Kevin Bacon, a life-changing poundcake recipe, collecting troll dolls, directing, obsessive thinking, figuring out what makes you happy and more. Later in the episode Anna is joined again by author, Doctor …
 
BWBRSA: Operation Fireball was one of our most popular episodes ever! And it's more terrifying than we even knew because after our episode many women from all over the country wrote in and said they experienced the exact same thing! With the help of Delia D'Ambra we tracked down the bartender and witness from our original story and spoke to a numbe…
 
This week, reviewer, podcaster, and one of the Ladies of Horror Fiction, Tracy Robinson joins us to discuss body horror and her work on the forthcoming release of the Sci-Fi & Scary charity anthology, Twisted Anatomy: A Body Horror Anthology, benefitting the Pulmonary Hypertension Association and the National Domestic Violence Hotline. We also talk…
 
Carrie Brownstein [Portlandia, Transparent, The Nowhere Inn] is a writer, director, actress, comedian and rock star. She talks with Anna about why the Pacific Northwest is almost home, embracing the “not doing”, the influential rock band that was Sleater-Kinney, the markers of success, missing Portlandia, pancakes, getting to know a guitar, avoidin…
 
On a cold day in March 2010, workers discovered a woman lying unconscious under the MacKay Bridge in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada - barely breathing and clinging to life. It was 31-year-old Holly Bartlett. Police say she walked almost a quarter of a mile from the front door of her condo building, where she crawled through a hole in a barbed wire fe…
 
Author Hailey Piper (The Worm and His Kings) joins us in the Abyss for an in-depth discussion of masks, identity, and control as we explore Eugie Foster's Hugo Award-nominated and Nebula Award winning story, "Sinner, Baker, Fabulist, Priest; Red Mask, Black Mask, Gentleman, Beast." We also talk about DC Comics's The Three Jokers, Stephen Graham Jon…
 
Melissa McCarthy [Bridesmaids, The Heat, Mike & Molly, Spy, Superintelligence, Can You Ever Forgive Me?] joins Anna from Australia to talk about avoiding the pandemic (and saltwater crocs), being a parent, working with her husband, the brilliance of John Candy, the importance of having pockets, the value of comedy and more. Later in the episode Ann…
 
A child's mysterious disappearance sparks tough questions about his adoptive family and the system that placed him there. If you know anything about the disappearance of Jaliek Rainwalker, please contact the Cambridge-Greenwich police at 518-677-3044 For more information on how you can support the nonprofit Child Advocates, check out their website …
 
Author Jessica Guess (Cirque Berserk) joins us in the Abyss to discuss Gwendolyn Kiste's feminist recontextualization of Dracula's first victim in the short story, "The Eight People Who Murdered Me (Excerpt from Lucy Westenra's Diary)." We also discuss Brandon Cronenberg's feature film Possessor and why Matt is so afraid of Cool Whip, Ronald Malfi'…
 
Have you ever thought about whose job it is to track international fugitives, hunt child abductors, conduct espionage, or pull human remains from concealed mass graves? Every day thousands of good and decent people work in these Dark Arenas. They’ve chosen professions that grapple with the grotesque, deal with the deviant, and dodge the dangerous. …
 
In this episode, Scott and Elana talk to understudy extraordinaire Joe Lino! We discuss what it was like understudying at Steppenwolf, we nerd out over Harry Potter, debate “theatre” vs. “theater”, identify non-Equity understudy policy best practices, playing Mario Kart backstage with Movie/TV stars, and SO MUCH MORE!…
 
Elizabeth Berkley Lauren [Saved By The Bell, Showgirls, Roger Dodger] joins Anna to talk about the original Saved by the Bell, the new Saved By The Bell on Peacock, career paths, Showgirls, resiliency, the Ask Elizabeth workshop, Hurlyburley and more. Later in the episode Anna is joined again by psychotherapist, author and the Clinical Director of …
 
A shockingly brutal crime rocks a rural New Zealand community, but the fallout has bigger consequences than anyone could ever have imagined. Source materials for this episode cannot be listed here due to character limitations. For a full list of sources, please visit https://crimejunkiepodcast.com/murdered-harvey-jeannette-crewe/ Learn more about y…
 
Scott and Elana welcome Emjoy Gavino to You're On In Five! As an understudy, Emjoy has gotten to play princesses (Mirror of the Invisible World, Goodman Theatre), a teenage runaway, a savvy cat and a singing ghost (Kafka on the Shore, Steppenwolf Theatre), a strong willed ex-girlfriend, a loving little sister, and a flying ghost (A Christmas Carol,…
 
As of 2pm ET on January 21, 2021 The Sumter County Sheriff's office has identified the Sumter County Does as 25-year-old Pamela Buckley of Colorado Springs, CO and 30-year-old James Freund of Lancaster, PA. To continue to support the DNA Doe project go here: https://dnadoeproject.org/ Source material for this episode: https://www.facebook.com/Sumte…
 
It's our super-sized 50th Episode and we celebrate with a special Listener Mailbag. This week, the Abyss gazes back! You asked, we answered. We also discuss the Halloween release of the Creepshow animated special, the latest Benson & Moorhead film, Synchronic, the non-fiction book Behind the Horror, Chris Sorensen's trilogy capper The Messy Man, an…
 
Amy Schumer [Trainwreck, Snatched, I Feel Pretty, Inside Amy Schumer, Expecting Amy] joins Anna to talk about her documentary series Expecting Amy, the joys and fears of being a mother, how she met her husband, loving stand-up comedy, The Meisner Technique, boogie boarding, finding unusual animal parts in the kitchen, and more. Later in the episode…
 
When Michaela Garecht was abducted in 1988, no one was prepared for the heartbreaking investigation to drag on for over 30 years. But just when the case seems to be ice-cold forever, police make a stunning announcement. Source materials for this episode cannot be listed here due to character limitations. For a full list of sources, please visit htt…
 
Author and podcaster Matt Wildasin joins us this week to discuss the children's classic, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark! Along the way, we also talk about the Shudder Exclusive movie, The Mortuary Collection, Castle of Sorrows by Jonathan Janz, Jonathan Raab's The Crypt of Blood, The Haunting of Bly Manor, and Borat 2. (Recorded Oct. 25, 2020) T…
 
Meagan Good [Think Like A Man, Anchorman 2, Californication, Deception, Monster Hunter] talks with Anna about growing up in the industry, meeting her husband, waiting to have sex, dealing with press, childhood heroes, Betty Boop, her feature directorial debut If Not Now, When? and more. Later in the episode Anna is joined again by psychotherapist, …
 
Scott and Elana welcome Josh Kemper to You're On In Five! Josh served as understudy on the production that brought them all together, Here Lies Henry, with Interrobang Theatre Project in Chicago. Josh has also performed/understudied with many Chicago storefronts such as Hell in a Handbag, Black Button Eyes Productions, and Metropolis Performing Art…
 
Author John Langan (Children of the Fang) joins us in the Abyss to discuss Ramsey Campbell's enigmatic 1976 short story, "The Companion." Before we dive into our in-depth, spoiler-filled discussion about "The Companion" and its hidden meanings, we also talk about The Haunting of Bly Manor, The Science of Stephen King by Meg Hafdahl and Kelly Floren…
 
Emerald Fennell [The Crown, Call the Midwife, The Danish Girl] and Carey Mulligan [Drive, Shame, The Great Gatsby, An Education] join Anna to talk about their new movie Promising Young Woman, playing empowering and/or despicable characters, The Crown, answering dumb questions on a press tour, being blonde and more. Later in the episode Anna is join…
 
A normal Saturday morning at the bowling alley takes a shocking and brutal twist that shakes a New Mexico town all the way to its very foundations. If you know anything about the Las Cruces Bowling Alley Massacre, you can report tips to Crime Stoppers anonymously by calling 1-800-222-8477 or by visiting their website at www.nmcrimestoppers.org. Sou…
 
This week, we're talking about Netflix's The Haunting of Bly Manor, Andrew Pyper's White House horror novel The Residence, Matthew M. Bartlett's Gateways to Abomination, Mr. Suicide by Nicole Cushing, and Time Waggoner's Writing in the Dark. Then, it's onto an in-depth, spoiler-filled discussion of our horror story of the week, The Freakshow by Bry…
 
This week, we discuss some recent streaming horror releases and deliver our thoughts on the Hulu original series Monsterland, the Shudder exclusive movie Scare Me, Amazon's Utopia, and Netflix's The Babysitter. Plus, find out what Mike and Rich did to end up in Twitter jail! Then, it's onto our spoiler-filled discussion of this week's story, Matt C…
 
Clea DuVall [Veep, The Handmaid’s Tale, Carnivàle, Argo, But I’m a Cheerleader, The Faculty] joins Anna to talk about directing her new movie Happiest Season, fear of the ocean, the idea of community, collecting miniatures, Veep, coming out in Hollywood and more. Later in the episode Anna is joined again by clinical sexologist, author and sex coach…
 
Crime Junkie OFFICIALLY turns 3 today, and we decided to give ourselves and YOU a little birthday gift...we’re still the same pod, but with a NEW LOOK! And to celebrate we are giving you a very different kind of bonus episode! Join us as we take a look back at some of the most bizarre moments in criminal justice history - Crime Junkie style! In add…
 
Author Villimey Mist (Nocturnal Blood) steps into the Abyss to discuss vampires, travel, the pandemic, and our story of the week -- the Bram Stoker Award-nominated novella Dear Laura by Gemma Amour! Plus, we review Christopher Nolan's latest movie, Tenet, Max Booth III's We Need To Do Something, Laurel Hightower's Crossroads, Graveyard Smash, Jerem…
 
Kaley Cuoco [The Big Bang Theory, The Flight Attendant] joins Anna to talk about horses, sex, not being funny, her love of television, the disappointment of birthdays, auditioning, meeting her husband, her new show The Flight Attendant (on HBO MAX) and more. Later in the episode Anna welcomes back clinical sexologist, author and sex coach Dr. Patti…
 
Even though they're strangers who've never met, two women suffer through similar patterns of fear and intimidation, praying for help that doesn't come until it's too late. Sources cannot be listed here due to character limitations. For a full list of sources, please visit https://crimejunkiepodcast.com/stalked-dorothy-jane-scott-cynthia-jane-anders…
 
This week, we're examining the horrors and social commentary of Brian Keene's extreme horror novel, and ode to Edward Lee, Urban Gothic! We also discuss the recently released Shudder Exclusive film, Spiral, the forthcoming Junji Ito Funko Pops!, Ali Seay's horror debut from Grindhouse Press, Go Down Hard, John Langan's Children of the Fang, and the…
 
Seth Green [Family Guy, Robot Chicken, Buffy The Vampire Slayer] joins Anna for their first real conversation after knowing each other for years. They talk about auditioning, the genesis of Robot Chicken, producing, actor versatility, why you can’t pretend to kidnap your celebrity friends on Twitter anymore, the massive waterslide Seth installed be…
 
When a young mother fails to show up at her scheduled shift at the bank, her friends and colleagues are immediately suspicious. The investigation into her disappearance uncovers a truth so twisted, it’s almost impossible to believe -- and shows us all how tangled people can become in the web of a con-man’s lies. Sources for this episode cannot be l…
 
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