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Horrible Imaginings Podcast #165: “The Kit Bag” by Algernon Blackwood

The winter holidays are quickly approaching, so what better time for a quick "Storytime Edition" of the Horrible Imaginings Podcast? "Storytime Edition" episodes are readings of classic horror, Gothic, or paranormal short stories in the public domain. Today's story takes place in the holiday season, though that has little bearing on the horrors within. The title is "The Kit Bag" and it was first published in 1908 in Pall Mall Magazine. The author was Algernon Blackwood, a British author renowned for his prolific collections of weird and supernatural stories.

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Algernon Blackwood portrait by Howard Coster, half-plate film negative, July 1929

What I like about this particular story is that Blackwood makes several asides during the narrative to discuss the nature of fear itself, various stages of fear, and, most importantly, the effects that fear can have on an otherwise rational person. This story is as much about fear killing reason as it is about anything paranormal. But don't worry, there is some paranormal stuff going on! So make some hot chocolate (or some egg nog with bourbon) and enter Blackwood's haunted world with me!

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#128: Mauricio Chernovetzky ReExamines the Vampire Myth

Find out why the words, "Let's make a lesbian vampire movie" led to something totally unexpected. Find out why I desperately want my next car to be a Russian Volga! It's all in this episode of the Horrible Imaginings Podcast! 


Mauricio Chernovetzky, co-director of Styria aka Angels of Darkness, joins me to talk about his Horrible Imaginings alumnus film on the cusp of its release on the Showtime network on Sunday, March 1st! We discuss the title, the Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu novella "Carmilla" on which the film is based, the themes it explores, the nature of the vampire myth, and more! If you love vampires, Gothic tales, or filmmaking this episode is for you! 

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If you are in San Diego, March is the month of the San Diego Latino Film Festival! Horrible Imaginings is involved in the programming of the UN MUNDO EXTRANO sidebar, as well as a short film block. Chernovetzky's newest short film DOS GATOS will be part of that block. I hope you will join me in welcoming the films at 22nd annual San Diego Latino Film Festival!


#127: Storytime Edition: Guy de Maupassant's THE HORLA

Happy Holidays, everyone! As a holiday present to all of you, I decided to bust out another Storytime Edition of the Horrible Imaginings Podcast. And what says "merry" better than manic visions of an invisible and highly-evolved starman sent to enslave our will and replace the human race? Well, this is a horror podcast, after all!

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The French author Guy de Maupassant has not maintained the household name status in literature that is enjoyed by the likes of Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, or even HP Lovecraft, but that is unfortunate because the mad darkness of his tales from the late 1800s are intriguing, and even ahead of their time. As with Poe, Guy de Maupassant wrestled with his own demons, and it is likely that the result of those conflicts can be read in his writing. On this eve of Christmas, I'd like to introduce you all to what could arguably be called his sci-fi horror story, The Horla!