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Horrible Imaginings Podcast #177: 2017 Horrible Imaginings Reflection and Wrap Up

Hello, listeners! Holy crap I can't believe how quickly time has passed. This has truly been a summer of way too much going on, with countless conventions and festivals, planning, meetings, and more to keep me away from the podcast mic, not to mention suddenly having to teach middle school Science for a brief period. Now, though, the 2017 Horrible Imaginings Film Festival has come and gone, and it is time for me to make a podcast reflecting the event and acknowledging the hard work and dedication of the people who help put it on. I am going to keep this written piece brief so you can just get to the audio. Just know that I am sincerely thankful for how successful and engaging this year turned out to be. Truly our best year yet. What a life to lead! Subscribe to the Horrible Imaginings Podcast right here. You can also listen here on Dread Central or on the Horrible Imaginings website. You can help keep the podcast, the film festival, and our horror community going for only $1 per month! Become a patron at our Patreon for exclusive content and perks! Find out about San Diego horror events on our FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube pages, and always stay scared!

Horrible Imaginings Podcast #164: BizarroCon, Horrible People, and the You-Shaped Hole in the Universe

As promised! The Horrible Imaginings Podcast has picked up an esteemed and brilliant new semi-regular co-host! He has been known for his collaborative work in novels and anthologies including The Light at the End, The Scream, Animals, and Book of the Dead. He publishes the work of other talented authors with his imprint Fungasm PressAlong with his co-director Andrew Kasch, he has also directed two short films that played Horrible Imaginings Film Festival: Stay at Home Dad and ClownTown: Bombo and Flopsy in an Honest Mis-Stake, as well as a segment for the Halloween anthology film Tales of Halloween. Many of you know by now that I am talking about John Skipp.


Skipp was a special guests at the latest Horrible Imaginings Film Festival in September--as a panelist on our "Horror in Literature" panel, and as a reader during our campfire-style readings of horror stories on the Botanical Lawn in Balboa Park, alongside such great talents as Laura Lee Bahr, Brian Evenson, Cody Goodfellow, and Ross E. Lockhart. It was during his time at the festival, and during some of the conversations we had, that I thought he would be a great semi-regular co-host for the podcast, since he is quite adept at our regular mission of exploring horror in history, art, literature, film, and beyond!

Skipp also came to me because he wanted to show some of the films he saw at Horrible Imaginings at a showcase he was programming for Portland, Oregon's Bizarro Con. I decided this should be a perfect first podcast episode for him--what is Bizarro, what is the convention like, and so on! I also decide to discuss his notions about the art of horrible people, which is also the title of his 2015 short story anthology!


Subscribe to the Horrible Imaginings Podcast right here. You can also listen here on Dread Central or on the Horrible Imaginings Website. You can help keep the podcast, the film festival, and our horror community going for only $1 per month! Become a patron on Patreon for exclusive content and perks! Find out about San Diego horror events on our FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube, and always stay scared!

As promised in the episode, here are some book trailers from Fungasm Press!

Subscribe to the Horrible Imaginings Podcast right here. You can also listen here on Dread Central or on the Horrible Imaginings Website. You can help keep the podcast, the film festival, and our horror community going for only $1 per month! Become a patron on Patreon for exclusive content and perks! Find out about San Diego horror events on our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube, and always stay scared!


Brian Evenson's THE WARREN to get Early Release at Horrible Imaginings Film Festival!

Warren-fullIt is with great thanks to our sponsor Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore that we have an incredible new announcement! Author Brian Evenson, who will be speaking and reading at Horrible Imaginings on Saturday, September 10th, will have 30 copies of his new book The Warren available for purchase. Lucky audience members will get first crack at this awesome new novel, which won't be available to the rest of the world until 10 days later on September 20th!

Tor Books has been extremely gracious to allow these 30 limited copies for early release--truly a World Premiere Early Exclusive! Only to Horrible Imaginings Attendees! Get it signed by the author Brian Evenson on the same day that you hear him read and speak at our "Horror in Literature Panel!" This will be on sale from Mysterious Galaxy ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10TH ONLY! Make sure to get to The Museum of Photographic Arts to get the book, enjoy some films, and get scared!

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This is part of the infusion of horror literature into the regular programming of Horrible Imaginings. We will feature readings, book signings, a panel, and great stuff from 01 Publishing, The Horror Writer's Association, and more!

From the catalog description of The Warren:

X doesn’t have a name. He thought he had one—or many—but that might be the result of the failing memories of the personalities imprinted within him. Or maybe he really is called X.

He’s also not as human as he believes himself to be.

But when he discovers the existence of another—above ground, outside the protection of the Warren—X must learn what it means to be human, or face the destruction of their two species.

Tickets available here:


Panel: "¡Viva Mexploitation!" with Aaron Soto!

Aaron SotoMexican filmmaker Aaron Soto will return to Horrible Imaginings Film Festival again this year, this time to answer a major question after last year's "Latino Horror" panel: where in the world do we find these awesome Mexican genre films? That's right, Aaron will give a presentation on specific films with images and descriptions--all about the wild and incendiary world of underground Mexican cinema--or "Mexploitation," as he calls it. Do not miss this--and bring a notepad!

posterAaron Soto is the award winning filmmaker from Tijuana, director of Mexico’s first Cyberpunk piece, the short film Omega Shell (2000), and one of the directors behind the horror anthology hit México Bárbaro. He is the coordinator of Rue Morgue magazine mexican section: Rue Morgue México, and is ready to storm the planet with his new feature film Ratas del Bordo, a “Punks vs Witches film in the San Diego/Tijuana border in 1989!”

Soto has won many awards around the world, including The Morelia International Film Festival and selections at Fantasia in Canada and Cannes la Marche du Film section, and it has been called by Guillermo del Toro: “one of the baddest filmmakers from Mexico” and by Todd Brown from ScreenAnarchy: “Mexico’s first cult filmmaker”.




July 8, 2016 Posted by admin in General

Closing Night Film: The Greasy Strangler!

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The Greasy Strangler USA | 2016 | 93 minutes | Jim Hosking Immediately following The Brentwood Strangler (so many stranglers!) short film CLOSING NIGHT 8:30 pm Sunday September 11! This is the kind of film that comes along once in a blue moon. It defies the audience to understand just what the hell is going on, tests the limits of their intestinal fortitude, and still somehow manages to slip something almost undetected into the mix that allows some of the snobbish cinema elite to pick up what it's dropping. It hit Sundance like a grenade and managed to garner some shockingly good reviews from mainstream press. My favorite probably comes from The Guardian: "The relentless monstrosity of a film is rife with fetishized cellulite, disgusting food and firehose penises. It’s not for everyone – but perhaps it should be." And now San Diego will have its premiere screening of The Greasy Strangler as the closing night film of Horrible Imaginings! Horror? Maybe some horrific things, but if you want to talk some imaginings that are horrible, The Greasy Strangler has you covered. It delights in its filthy repugnance, and we love it all the more for it! Think Pink Flamingos for modern audiences. Cast: Sky Elobar, Michael St. Michaels, Elizabeth De Razzo, Joe Walters, Gil Gex Cinematographer: Mårten Tedin Music: Andrew Hung Official Website Language: English Format: DCP
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July 7, 2016 Posted by admin in General

Opening Night Film: TAG! (California Premiere)

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Rioru Onigokko
Japan | 2015 | 85 minutes | Sion Sono

A special California Premiere--Opening the festival with a BANG! 8:00 pm, Wednesday September 7!
It is that time of year again, and we are expanding to five days–our most extensive festival yet! How do we kick off such a momentous lucky-7th year? By being the first place in California to screen this wild gem from director Sion Sono (Suicide Club, Coldfish)–TAG!

From Variety: “Equal parts flash-trash exploitation gorefest and punchy pro-feminist action-fantasy, “Tag” is another feather in the highly idiosyncratic cap of Japanese helmer Sion Sono. This cavalcade of carnage set in a bizarre parallel world where women are chased and slaughtered by all manner of human and supernatural forces hits the sweet spot where grindhouse meets arthouse. Far too extreme for mainstream acceptance…

Cast: Reina Triendl, Mariko Shinoda, Erina Mano
Cinematographer: Maki Ito
Music: Tomonobu Kikuchi
Official Website
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles
Format: DCP

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