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Horrible Imaginings Podcast #181: Halloween Watchlists to Make You Shudder!

We are less than a week from Halloween, the best year of the night for us horror fans, and if you are anything like me you are planning on filling your days with even more horror films than usual in celebration. With all of the new and unprecedented access to more film titles than ever before, we can spend just as much (or more) time combing through lists and trying to make decisions than we do actually watching our favorite movies. That's why it can be a lot of help to have some solid curators around.

In this episode I recruited two of the best curators around. The horror streaming service Shudder is the Halloween destination for all things horror, thriller and suspense. They distinguish themselves from other streaming services with a keen attention to film selection, categorization, and, of course, curation. Colin Geddes and Sam Zimmerman are very passionate about that curation job they do for Shudder, and I am happy to have them on this episode.

There was only one true mission here: we each created our own lists of films that we think are great for Halloween. I asked them for titles and to explain why they would fit specifically for this season, when we all know we watch horror year round. So, what are you waiting for? Get your pen and paper out to copy down these lists, prepare your nights for popcorn and frights, and (if you haven't already) subscribe to Shudder for some of the best horror around!

ABOUT SHUDDER: AMC Network’s Shudder is a premium streaming video service, super-serving fans of all degrees with thrillers, suspense, and horror. Home to the largest and fastest-growing human-curated selection of high-quality, spine-tingling and provocative international and independent films, TV series, and originals, there’s always something new and unexpected for Shudder members to explore. Shudder’s expanding library is available in the US, Canada, UK, and Ireland on the web, iOS, Android, Chromecast, Apple TV, Fire TV, Xbox One, and Roku for $4.99/month or $49.99 with an annual membership. Join the Shudder community experience commitment-free for 7 days,

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Horrible Imaginings Podcast 179: BONUS Storytime “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe

In all the years I have done Storytime Edition episodes, I never did Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven" because it just felt a little too obvious for some reason. I have been asked now for the third time to record a reading of it for the podcast, and I was even asked to read it in person to a friend recently. After all this, I am relenting. It is Halloween season, after all!

I first read this poem when, in the 6th grade, my dad took me to Poe's grave and the Poe house in Baltimore, Maryland. At the house, they sold all kinds of tourist knick knacks, but the thing I wanted was a copy of "The Raven" that looked like it was written in script on aged paper. I read that thing over and over again.

"The Raven" by Gustave Dore (1884)

In many ways, "The Raven" is a sort of city poem of Baltimore. Even their football team is named after it. This is all rather funny--some might say even appropriate--since the poem is all about life-crushing grief and unending loss. The agony of despair. It is also lyrical and beautiful, if not unapologetically melodramatic. I get a little melodramatic while reading it. I decided to record this with no sound effects or music. Poe's words are music enough. Enjoy!

Horrible Imaginings Podcast #178: Start Halloween Season Right with Kill Creek Author Scott Thomas!

It is the last day of September, which means Halloween is knocking at the door and ready to fill our homes with all the scares that we have come to love since childhood. One of the classic Halloween images, of course, is that of the abandoned old haunted house silhouetted threateningly by a glowing full moon, promising the presence of phantoms and spirits just clamoring to chill our bones. Well, there is a brand new book hitting the shelves from Inkshares that gives us just the right kinds of Halloween-spirit thrills while throwing in some new twists, great characters, and even exploring the horror genre that we all love. That book is Kill Creek by first-time novelist Scott Thomas.

Mr. Thomas was kind enough to take a break from his day job at--of all places--The Disney Channel--to talk haunted houses, his love of all kinds of horror, writing his characters, and more! This is a SPOILER-FREE interview, so feel free to give this a listen and a share before heading to pre-order your copy on the Inkshares website!

Scott Thomas, Skyping in from his Disney Channel workroom to take a break from kids' shows to talk about things that go bump in the night!

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July 8, 2016 Posted by admin in General

#159: Every Day is Halloween at ScareLA!

scareLogoColor01(1)ScareLa is less than a month away! That means not only is Halloween starting early, but so is Horrible Imaginings because we will have a film block at the convention! It is so exciting for us to be part of this amazing convention, and what better way to celebrate than with a friendly horror-loving conversation with Emily Louise Rua from ScareLA!

Emily took a look at our program from 2015 and chose some films to showcase. I wanted to see who the person was behind her choices, and also give her the chance to share the mission of ScareLA. In the podcast, we discuss:

1. What Emily does at ScareLA
2. Who is Emily Louise Rua, and what is her history with the horror genre?
3. What criteria goes into picking films for ScareLA's screening rooms?
4. What are some of the things horror fans have to look forward to?
5. Horror lovers think of Halloween as year round!
6. Zombies
7. Haunts
8. Extreme haunts

Don't miss the Horrible Imaginings Block August 6th at ScareLA:

HIFF Scare LA program



Halloween Werewolf Short Film YUMMY MEAT to join Tales of Halloween Screenings!

More Halloween fun! Celebrate our favorite holiday with the latest anthology specifically showcasing all Halloween-based stories: Tales of Halloween! And that's not all! Each screening will open with the new short film Yummy Meat: A Halloween Carol! Don't forget your costume!

Read the Dread Central set visit by Staci Layne Wilson!

yummy Showtimes:
Friday, October 23: 9:30
Saturday, October 24: 10:45 with Q&A by directors John Skipp and Andrew Kasch!
Monday, October 26: 8:30
Tuesday, October 27: 5:15 (Just Added!)
Wednesday, October 28: 5:15 (Just Added!), 9:15
Thursday, October 29: 5:15 (Just Added!)

"Yummy Meat: A Halloween Carol"
Directed by: John Fitzpatrick
Written and Co-Produced by: Sean Decker
Starring: Miracle Laurie, Lou Ferrigno Jr., Luke Albright, Lucas Jaye
Produced by: John Fitzpatrick, Sarah Fitzpatrick, Adam J. Yeend, Ryan Dillon, Brian Chandler & Jessica Chandler
Director of Photography: Nicholas Kaat
Composer: Aaron Goldstein
Premiered at Screamfest 2015 on 10/18/15

Synopsis: "Amber (Miracle Laurie), a successful dentist is alone on Halloween night waiting for her husband Jack (Luke Albright) to return from the office when a mysterious trick-or-treater comes to her door. While she's offering toothbrushes instead of candy, this trick-or-treater is after something much more deadly."

Twitter: @scaryendings


#147: Halloween Super Special with SoCal Horror Authors!

halloween sdplAmazingly, it has been one month since my episode reflecting on Horrible Imaginings Film Festival. I have several episodes awaiting post production, but it's the Halloween Season and this one needed to move to the front of the line! I was invited to a live panel Halloween event at the San Diego Public Library on Saturday to discuss horror in both literature and film! It was like a live version of my podcast, so of course I had to record it for as many of you to enjoy as possible! Thank you to Anthony Trevino for the invitation! Joining me on stage to offer their horror insights were:

David Agranoff, author of Amazing Punk Stories. Follow him on Twitter at @DAgranoffAuthor

Scott Sigler, author of the Infected Trilogy. Follow him on Twitter at @scottsigler

Bryan Killian, author of Welcome to Necropolis. Follow him on Twitter at @bkillian13

Ryan C. Thomas, author of The Summer I Died. Follow him on Twitter at @ryancthomas

Robert Essig, author of In Black. Follow him on Twitter at @Robert_Essig

We talk about our favorite authors and stories before going into our experiences with horror in film. This is a pretty great discussion with lots of people who have had their lives changed by scary stories. Truly, a celebration of Halloween!