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Splatterpunk Award-winning author Wesley Southard joins us in the Abyss to discuss Edward Lee's notorious novella, The Pig! Before we get into that spoiler-filled discussion, Rich talks about Shin Godzilla, Matt gives us the rundown on Michael Cisco's Antisocieties and Jurassichrist, and Wesley shares some thoughts on Bentley Little and his novel, …
 
On this very special episode, hosts Richard Gerlach, Matt Brandenburg, and Michael Patrick Hicks face-off over the latest Monsterverse blockbuster, Adam Wingard's Godzilla vs Kong! Before that, though, we're discussing Marvel's The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Tiffany McDaniel's literary novel Betty, Anoka by Shane Hawk, Michael Cisco's Antisocie…
 
We get that Friday night feeling as cosmic horror author and podcaster Mary SanGiovanni joins us in the Abyss to discuss "Crouch End," from Stephen King's short story collection Nightmares & Dreamscapes. Before that, though, we talk a bit about David Peak's newest collection, Eyes in the Dust and Other Stories, Jonathan Maberry's latest Joe Ledger …
 
Anoka author Shane Hawk joins us to discuss Stephen Graham Jones's Mapping the Interior. Before we get to that spoiler-filled discussion, we also talk about The SnyderCut of Justice League, the horror comedy flick Koko-Di Koko-Da, James Harren's kaiju comic Ultramega, and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier's debut episode! (Recorded March 21, 2021) …
 
This week, author Cynthia Pelayo (Children of Chicago) joins us as we revisit the Joyce Carol Oates's 1966 short story, "Where Are You Going, Where Have Been," and its connection to the Pied Piper of Tuscon serial killer and Pelayo's collection of true crime poetry, Into the Forest and All the Way Through. Our Week in Horror discussion includes Jam…
 
Author Patrick Barb, whose short story, "I Will Not Read Your Haunted Script," recently placed second in Divination Hollow Reviews Horror in Hollywood contest, joins us to discuss John Langan's story, "The Communion of Saints," from the recently released collection, Children of the Fang and Other Genealogies. Our Week in Horror segments includes di…
 
Content Warning: This episode contains discussions of suicide as depicted in the film The Dark and the Wicked and B.R. Yeager's Negative Space. This week, we're talking about depression, drug abuse, suicide, and poo sticks as we take a deep dive into our Story of the Week with B.R. Yeager's cosmic horror novel, Negative Space! First, though, we exp…
 
Comic book writer John Lees (Sink, Mountainhead, Hotell) joins us in the Abyss to discuss Emily Carroll's graphic novel of short stories, Through the Woods. Our Week in Horror round-up includes reviews of Stephen King's Later, A24's latest horror flim, Saint Maud, Llamagedon, The Stand remake, Naoki Urasawa's manga series, Pluto, and episode seven …
 
This week, we chat about the horror film Fingers, Cassandra Khaw's forthcoming release, Nothing But Blackened Teeth, Marvel's WandaVision, Cynthia Pelayo's Children of Chicago, and find out what Matt blames The Ghost Writers Podcast for. Then, it's on to our spoiler-filled discussion of the week as we explore Zin E. Rocklyn's Tor.com Original story…
 
This week, we're talking about Bloody Hell, Gwendolyn Kiste's Boneset & Feathers, the indie RPG video game Oromi, and John Carpenter's latest album, Lost Themes III. Then, we travel to Santa Fe to investigate a case of Killer Flies for our in-depth, spoiler-filled discussion of Mark Kendall's 1983 horror novel, recently reissued by Encyclopocalypse…
 
Hunky boys Richard Gerlach and Matt Brandenburg discuss the recently released horror flick, PG: Psycho Goreman, while Michael Patrick Hicks delivers his review of Rio Youers's crime caper novel, Lola on Fire. They also talk about Encyclopocalypse Publications, Shudder's The Queen of Black Magic, and the fourth episode of WandaVision. Then, they ste…
 
Author Mike Thorn (Shelter for the Damned) joins us for a spoiler-filled discussion of the 1843 short story, "The Black Cat," by Edgar Allan Poe. Before that, though, we each discuss our Week In Horror with brief reviews of John Lees's latest comic series Hotell, Sci-Fi & Scary's body horror anthology Twisted Anatomy, Alien: The Cold Forge by Alex …
 
This week, we're drilling deep into Adam Nevill's "Yellow Teeth," as printed in his story collection Some Will Not Sleep: Selected Horrors. Our Week in Horror discussion centers around John Lees's comic book Mountainhead, Andrew J. Stone's All Hail the House Gods, and John Wayne Communale's Mage of the Hellmouth. Then, we discuss the premiere episo…
 
Recorded in the aftermath of the January terrorist attack on the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., Richard, Matt, and Michael reflect on recent events and the legacy of the Trump presidency, which culminated in an attempted coup and the overthrowing of the November 2020 presidential election results. Then, we move onto our Week in Fictional Hor…
 
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 Greatest Composers, G…
 
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, …
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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'…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
Curtis M. Lawson, author of Devil's Night and Black Heart Boys' Choir, joins us for an in-depth conversation of H.P. Lovecraft and his posthumously published 1943 story, "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward." Plus, reviews of HBO MAX's Raised by Wolves, Jonathan Maberry's latest release, Ink, and Blackwood Estates by William Holloway. (Recorded Sept. 1…
 
J.R. Hamantaschen and Derek Sotak, authors and hosts of The Horror of Nachos and Hamantaschen podcast, join us in the abyss for a spoiler-filled discussion about Japanese author Edogawa Rampo's disturbing 1925 story, "The Human Chair." Before we dive into specifics, though, we also review Hunter Shea's Misfits, Christopher Golden's Red Hands, Harry…
 
This week we're talking about Random Acts of Violence, P. Djèlí Clark's Ring Shout, Silver Scream, Scott R. Jones's Shout Kill Revel Repeat, and Junji Ito's Venus in the Blind Spot. Then, we take a spoiler-filled dive into David Peak's chilling cosmic horror story, Eyes in the Dust. (Recorded Aug. 23, 2020) The theme music, "Insidious," was created…
 
It's all about Victor LaValle, Lovecraft, slavery, racism, and WAP as we dig into the Stoker Award winning story, "Up From Slavery," published in the inaugural Weird Tales relaunch issue #363! Plus, reviews of Josh Malerman's Bird Box sequel, Malorie, Worse Angels by Laird Barron, Stephen Graham Jones's Night of the Mannequins, and more! (Recorded …
 
This week, we discussing killing Scott Kemper, the Shudder Exclusive films Impetigore and Host, Laurel Hightower's novella Crossroads, The Patience of a Dead Man by Michael Clark, the recently re-released '80s classic cinema horror anthology Silver Scream, and the latest release in John F.D. Taff's The Fearing! Then, we take a deep dive into Alyssa…
 
Thirty-eight episodes in, and we finally - finally! - get to a Stephen King story! Dead Headspace Podcast host Patrick R. McDonough joins us in the Abyss to discuss some classic King with "Children of the Corn." We also talk about Paul Michael Anderson's recently released novel, Standalone, Samantha Kolesnik's vacation horror anthology, Worst Laid …
 
A video game as big as The Last of Us Part II demands an episode that's just as big! Join us and our featured guest, author Daniel Barnett, for a super-sized, spoiler-filled discussion of developer Naughty Dog's Playstation 4 hit, along with mini-reviews of the feature films Relic and The Beach House, David Joy's When These Mountains Burn, and Don …
 
This week on Staring Into the Abyss, we're talking about Willem Dafoe, The House that Jack Built, Hunter Shea's Misfits, Star Wars books, and Ju-On: Origins. Then, it's on to our spoiler-filled discussion of our story of the week as we take a deep dive into "Houses Under the Sea," by Caitlin R. Kiernan. (Recorded June 28, 2020.) You can read "House…
 
This week, we're talking about octopi, eggs, and ethnic cuisine as we take a trip through The Twilight Zone Season 2 and The Dirty South, the latest Charlie Parker book from John Connolly. We also discuss J.B. Priestly's Benighted, Patrick Freivald's Murmur, the Malevolence film trilogy, and The Last of Us Part II (more on that in a future episode!…
 
This week, hosts Scott Kemper (aka Richard Gerlach), Matt Brandenburg, and author Michael Patrick Hicks discuss the Netflix movie Da 5 Bloods, the crime noir novel Blacktop Wasteland by S.A. Cosby, Death Head Press's second splatter-western book Hunger on the Chisholm Trail by M. Ennenbach, and Stephen Graham Jones's latest horror novel, The Only G…
 
Author and Ink Heist podcast co-host Laurel Hightower (Crossroads) joins us to discuss life in quarantine, protests, and online doomsurfing before we dive into a spoiler-filled discussion of Carmen Maria Machado's short story, "The Husband Stitch." The theme music, "Insidious," was created by Purple Planet Music and is used here under the terms of …
 
This week, we're eating eggs with Max Booth III, who returns to the Abyss to discuss Nathan Ballingrud's story, "The Atlas of Hell," as collected in his book, Wounds. We also talk about the Shudder movie Blood Quantum, Cirque Berserk by Jessica Guess and Unnerving's Rewind or Die series, Dustin McNeill and Travis Mullins's exploration of the Hallow…
 
Paul Michael Anderson (Standalone) joins us to discuss ska, She-Ra, and Stephen Graham Jones! We also talk about Max Booth III's latest novel, Touch the Night, Nicole Cushing's A Sick Gray Laugh, and several Grindhouse Press releases from Patrick Lacey, Scott Cole, and CV Hunt. Then, we take a deep, spoilerific dive into Jones' short story, "Father…
 
Author Gemma Files steps into the Abyss to discuss two closely related short stories, "The Hound" by HP Lovecraft and Poppy Z. Brite's "His Mouth Will Taste of Wormwood." We also discuss the opening chapter in the indie horror video game Faith, Ellen Datlow's The Best Horror of the Year Volume 11, and the works of Graham Masterton. The theme music,…
 
Author Michael Wehunt (Greener Pastures, Everything is Beautiful and Nothing Bad Can Ever Happen Here) joins us this week to talk about the film Session 9, Crystal Lake Publishing's latest anthology, Arterial Bloom, and finding some comfort in quarantine with classic mysteries, like Lawrence Block's Matthew Scudder series and Agatha Christie's Miss…
 
It's our sex and politics episode as author Kev Harrison (The Balance) joins us to discuss Nadia Bulkin's short story contribution to the Dim Shores Looming Low anthology with "Live Through This." Before we discuss Nadia's story, though, we talk about the Waco miniseries, Stephen King's latest release, If It Bleeds, Richard Matheson's Hell House, J…
 
This week, hosts Scott Kemper, author Michael Patrick Hicks, and Matt Brandenburg are joined by Kyle Rader, author of My BFF Satan, to discuss the work of Junji Ito, Ito's short story "Smashed," and how it relates to '80s PSAs and Gallagher. We also review the Kristen Stewart horror flick Underwater, Wile E. Young's splatterpunk western Magpie Coff…
 
In this special episode of Staring Into The Abyss, publisher Jason Sizemore and managing editor Lesley Conner join us to discuss the return of Apex Magazine and the Kickstarter campaign to fund it. We also talk about the acclaimed indie horror film The Endless, Todd Keisling's Scanlines, the TV series Hannibal, Lucio Fulci, and Tim Waggoner's Blood…
 
This week, we're diving deep into Brian Keene's Labyrinth mythos with Earthworm Gods! We also discuss haunted Hebrew schools, the Korean horror film The Wailing, Jonathan Janz's forthcoming release The Raven, and Matt's alligator sanctuary. The theme music, "Insidious," was created by Purple Planet Music and is used here under the terms of a Creati…
 
Gwendolyn Kiste, author of the Bram Stoker Award-winning novel The Rust Maidens, joins us to discuss, in-depth, the Shirley Jackson short story, "Louisa, Please Come." We also talk about the documentary Scream Queen: My Nightmare on Elm Street, Doom Eternal, The Devil's City, PTSD Radio, and Spooky Michigan. Gwendolyn's latest release is The Invent…
 
Recorded in March at the start of self-isolation in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, author Teri Clarke - AKA Zin E. Rocklyn - joins us to discuss being in quarantine, toilet paper shortages, and the Bloodshot comic books. We also discuss the George A. Romero and Daniel Krauss epic, The Living Dead, Nino Cipri's Homesick, Cullen Bunn's Manor Blac…
 
Todd Keisling joins us in the abyss to discuss H.F. Arnold's classic strange fiction story, "The Night Wire." We also discuss Glenn Danzig's movie, Verotika, Jon Bassoff's latest novel, The Lantern Man, Laird Barron's Black Mountain, and Todd's latest releases, Scanlines and Devil's Creek. You can read and listen to "The Night Wire" on PseudoPod: h…
 
Author Red Lagoe joins us this week to discuss Sara Tantlinger's Stoker-nominated novella, To Be Devoured, while Scott rants about Amazon's original series, Hunters. We also talk about the new The Invisible Man film, the exile and return of director Richard Stanley, Velocipastor, and Todd Keisling's cosmic horror novel, Devil's Creek. The theme mus…
 
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