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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.

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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!

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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!

https://vimeo.com/139976849

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!

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Horrible Imaginings Podcast #163: Dracula Vs. Hitler! A Conversation with Author Patrick Sheane Duncan!

Hello everyone! I hope you didn't eat too many people for Thanksgiving!

In today's episode, I get to recommend some holiday reading for you. It's a battle between a real-life horror one side, facing off against one of literature's most popular monsters! That's right, the new book "Dracula Vs. Hitler" has hit the shelves! I read it in just over a day, with its fast pace and sense of fun, and willingness to bring some bloodshed. How could I not invite the author to the show?

Dracula Vs. Hitler Audiobook Cover

Dracula Vs. Hitler Audiobook Cover

Patrick S. Duncan has been a screenwriter for a long time. He's written "Mr. Holland's Opus," "Courage Under Fire," "Nick of Time," among many other titles. His resume made me extra curious to read this particular novel, which has such a gloriously absurd title. I have to admit, that it was more than I was expecting. I hope you enjoy our conversation about the story, the characters, Mr. Duncan's writing process, and even how his personal experiences from Vietnam helped inform his work on this novel! We keep it relatively spoiler free in this discussion (unless you are a major crybaby), but I highly recommend you pick this book up in either case! San Diego people can grab it at Mysterious Galaxy Books! If you've read it, drop me a line and let me know what you think!

Subscribe to the Horrible Imaginings Podcast right here. You can also listen right 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, and always stay scared!

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June 28, 2016 Posted by admin in General

#158: Kasey Lansdale's Life Is A Musical (flying monkeys need not apply)

kasey lansdaleSometimes things just happen that take you somewhere you didn't expect to go, but there you are and it is freaking awesome. Everything about what happened Sunday feels like some kind of divine providence. I finished the novel "The Complex" by notable horror author Brian Keene at 2:00 AM, found out a couple of hours later that he just happened to be signing his new book "Pressure" that very day at Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore in San Diego. Ok, wild, I thought, so I went. Joining him at the signing, then, was none other than country singer Kasey Lansdale, who also happens to be the daughter of one of my favorite authors, the legendary Joe R. Lansdale. And we hit it off! Yeah, divine providence indeed!

So, of course, I asked Kasey Lansdale to join me on the podcast and we got right to it. My first interview with a country western singer who lived her life around the horror genre. What an incredible combination. I usually get nervous when I have zero time to prepare a podcast episode, but Kasey Lansdale is such a great personality and so easy to talk to that everything came off without a hitch. You'll see when you listen. And don't worry--we do talk horror!

In the conversation, we discuss:

1. The Kasey Lansdale Logline
2. The East Texas town of Nacodoches
3. "All the arts are connected."
4. The connections between country music and the horror genre
5. The craft of writing
6. Editing the short story collection "Impossible Monsters" for Subterranean Press
7. Kasey Lansdale's favorite monsters
8. Kasey Lansdale's acting work in Christmas With the Dead and Izzy Lee's Postpartum short film
9. Growing up with Joe Lansdale as a dad.

Follow Kasey Lansdale on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram!
You can pre-order her new EP and get other goodies at her store online!

While you are at it, like our Facebook page and follow me on Twitter @HIFFSD!

Tickets, tshirts, and more ARE NOW AVAILABLE for the 7th annual Horrible Imaginings!

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#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!

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