Monday, May 21, 2018

Castle Talk: Gary Rhodes, "The Birth of the American Horror Film"

Gary Rhodes talks about his new book culled from thousands of primary sources and long-unseen illustrations, The Birth of the American Horror Film. The book  explores the influence of horror-themed literature, theatre and visual culture in America, and how that context established a foundation for films produced between 1895 and 1915. Exhaustively researched, bridging scholarship on Horror Studies and Early Cinema, The Birth of the American Horror Film is the first major study dedicated to this vital but often overlooked subject. 

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Sunday, May 20, 2018

INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (1956): Atom Age Horror Retrospective

We look at a film that set the vocabulary for paranoid film from its release in 1956 to today: the original Invasion of the Body Snatchers starring Kevin McCarthy.

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Sunday, May 13, 2018

I Married a Monster From Outer Space (1958): The Atom Age Horror Retrospective

We cover the paranoid SF movie with the strange name, I Married a Monster from Outer Space-- a movie rife with subtext about homophobia, gender roles, and the claustrophobia of small-town America. 

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Monday, May 7, 2018

THEM! (!954): The Atom Age RetrospectIve/ AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR

We kick off our new series on Atom Age Horrors, from Big Bugs to Teenage Monsters, with Them!, a well-made, high-budget-for-its-time 1954 story about giant ants threatening America.  Then we have a spoiler-filled discussion of Avengers: Infinity War, because we've been aching to compare notes.

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Friday, May 4, 2018

Cover Reveal for Young Captain Nemo! Happy Friday!

This just in. I am so excited to share with the world the gorgeous cover of Young Captain Nemo from amazing artist Eric Hibbeler. Here's a thumbnail, go on over to to check it out!

What is Young Captain Nemo? As the article says:
Pitched as Percy Jackson goes 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, the book stars the 12-year-old descendant of the original Captain Nemo who, armed with fantastical undersea tech, works to make the ocean a safer place one adventure at a time. The book is scheduled for release in March of 2019.

Think submarine battles. Deep background about the world, family and enemies of the Nemos, and of course a lot of love for Jules Verne. 

More to come soon!

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Castle Talk: Larry Blamire, Creator of "Lost Skeleton" Movies, Wizard of Oddball Dialogue

Jason and Drew chat with Larry Blamire, creator of affectionate, keen parodies like The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra, The Lost Skeleton Returns Again and Dark and Stormy Night, among others. 

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Monday, April 30, 2018

Castle Talk: Cutter Wood, "Love and Death in the Sunshine State"

We chat with Cutter Wood, author of Love and Death in the Sunshine State: The Story of a Crime from Algonquin Books. A gripping piece of creative nonfiction in the tradition of Capote's In Cold Blood, Wood's book tells the story not just of the murder and its three suspects but of his own journey in telling the story. We chat about nonfiction, true crime, and writing.

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