What I’m Listening To: Podcasts #3

I love me a podcast as you know. I love making them and I love listening to them.

Say It Five Times podcast has been quiet for a while now. In fact, we have decided to stop doing it for now and probably forever. Not for any reason other than I had too much on at the time and I started to not enjoy it, which was the opposite of its purpose.

On reflection, it wasn’t exactly what I wanted either so I very much hope to be looking into refining and picking it up again in the New Year. Right now I’m thinking this will be with a fresh new name, outlook and mission statement. I’ll go into this in way more detail when I know more but for now watch this space, ‘cos I’ll be back and so will at least one of my co-hosts – and yes, we will still be more or less horror themed.

Eek!

In the meantime, here’s a little run down of what I’m listening to on my travels to and from work.

The Black Tapes

The Black Tapes Podcast is a serialized docudrama about one journalist’s search for truth, her subject’s mysterious past, and the literal and figurative ghosts that haunt them both. Do you believe?

There’s something really likeable about host Alex Reagan and honestly, this podcast has brought me a lot of joy over the last couple of weeks. It is seriously spooky and there have been times I’ve been listening in the dark and then really wished I wasn’t.

Currently focused on the “black tapes” of paranormal investigator Dr. Richard Strand, which contain supposedly unsolved supernatural (or not) phenomena – and the personal life of the enigmatic man himself, whose wife went missing under mysterious circumstances – it’s seriously addictive.

You can learn more about the fictional series here.

Homecoming

Homecoming centres on a caseworker at an experimental facility, her ambitious supervisor, and a soldier eager to re-join civilian life — presented in an enigmatic collage of telephone calls, therapy sessions, and overheard conversations.

I accidentally stumbled across this one and stayed for Catherine Keener’s wonderfully familiar voice. I’m only one episode or so in so far but it’s a compelling story.

Heidi Bergman is a full-time waitress who has returned home to care for her mother whose health is failing. She used to be a caseworker for Homecoming though, a program designed to help soldiers who have returned from tour re-acclimatise back into their former lives. When she is approached at her new place of work, it all kicks off again – or so I’m expecting. Other voice talent includes Oscar Isaac and David Schwimmer – and this six part radio series has also since been made into an Prime Original TV show starring Julia Roberts.

You can learn more about the fictional series here.

The Losers’ Club

The Losers’ Club is a weekly podcast for Constant Readers of Stephen King to dig deep into his oeuvre and the myriad TV, film, print, and stage adaptations of his work.

Gee, I wonder what this one has to offer me, a horror geek and Stephen King obsessive (but not purist)? LOL.

Again I haven’t listened to all the episodes but the ones I have I have thoroughly enjoyed. The most recent episode for me was an examination of Mike Flanagan’s Doctor Sleep and was very detailed. Although my recent review was mostly positive, having had time to let the dust settle and listen to a couple of other opinions, I agree with a lot of what the hosts here say about what does and doesn’t work well.

So I Got to Thinking

A hilarious new podcast from bestselling author and journalist Juno Dawson and the editor of QX Magazine Dylan B Jones. Each week, the friends (and sexperts) rewatch the classic HBO sitcom Sex and the City and then attempt to answer Carrie Bradshaw’s soul-searching, and occasionally ridiculous, questions for the modern day.

Juno Dawson lives in Brighton and I really want to meet her. I love that this podcast re-examines beloved episodes of SATC from the start, pondering the earnest questions Miss Bradshaw herself is considering in each. With questions such as “Can woman have sex like men?” and “Is there a war between Singles and Couples?”, do they stand up in 2019?

Well the answer so far is sort of yes and kind of no, exactly as you’d expect. The episodes are really fun to revisit, particularly as an avid SATC fan and in the hands of these two brilliant hosts, it’s one of my current favourites. The good news is that there are tonnes of episodes still to be explored so this should go on for a long time. I also really appreciate the LGBT lens in which the hosts examine certain scenarios given their own life experiences.

No Sleep Podcast

The No Sleep Podcast is an anthology horror fiction podcast. WARNING: This is a horror fiction podcast. It is intended for mature adults, not the faint of heart. Join us at your own risk…

One of the things I love to do the most but have had to stop as my nightmares got a bit too much is to read No Sleep stories on Reddit. This is the audio version of doing just that and I am treading very lightly for the aforementioned reason.

There are too many episodes to go through by name but there’s bound to be something that taps into your personal fears and keeps you awake at night, why not give it a go?

There’s a helpful guide to getting started with No Sleep here.


And in addition to the five new blogs mentioned above, I am still finding time to slot in the regulars. I can’t let those slip for every new young buck that comes into view.

Also listening to: My Dad Wrote a PornoThe Guilty FeministCriminalHow Did This Get Made?The Evolution of Horror

What are your favourite podcasts?

(Un)weekly Digest: Five Articles (#4)

I few things I’ve been reading lately on the old web – from horror movies to body image to climate control.


Whalesong, or This Body is Mine

There’s a lot here to relate to. A sad but ultimately satisfying long read about one woman accepting herself as she is. God knows it’s one of the hardest thing any of us have to try and do in life.


‘Jennifer’s Body’ 10 Years Later: How Karyn Kusama’s Feminist Revenge Film Was Ahead of Its Time

Bloody Disgusting author Bethany Wilson revisits Jennifer’s Body 10 years on and praises it for being ahead of its time. Jill and I reviewed it a few years back and apparently I underappreciated it too.

Seems a good time for a rewatch, what with 31 Horrors 2019 coming up and all…


Instagram vs reality: how filtering photos could be causing memory loss

Who knows about the science behind this but it’s an interesting idea. Wait, what was I saying? JK.

I don’t find the part about self-image particularly shocking, let’s face it – who doesn’t feel like shit when comparing themselves to all the beauties on their feed? That’s why you have to have a trim every now and again, and ditch the people who don’t nourish your life. I’m afraid even lovely Emily Ratajkowski had to go.


Greta Thunberg’s Activism Helps Other Autistic Women See Themselves

This girl is something else and she deserves every bit of praise coming her way. Screw the haters.


‘Hell House LLC III: Lake of Fire’ Struggles to Live up to its Origins

I’m a massive fan of 2015’s Hell House LLC and, though the follow up wasn’t incredible, it still gave me enough to be excited about the third installment. IMDB has this to say about the plot:

The Abaddon Hotel will once again be open to the public. Russell Wynn has taken his audience-interactive show, Insomnia, into the abandoned hotel that is rumored to be haunted.

Ooooh! Since it was released on September 19 maybe I’ll find it and watch it this weekend.


What are you loving this week?

Weekly Digest: Five Articles (#3)

A handful of articles I’ve enjoyed recently. In no particular order.

The best podcasts by women to listen to in 2019

It’s no secret I bloody love a good podcast. There are a few on this list I’ve heard of and one I listen to on the regs, the others are untapped but already added to my must listen list. Guess I better take myself for some long strolls, STAT.


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Learning to Be Ugly in South Korea

I’ve recently been coming to terms with my own unprettiness, so this resonates. Particular this bit, which in context will make more sense:

In that moment, it occurred to me that perhaps I was the worst blasphemer of all. To be so willing to blame my own face — an amalgam of those who’ve loved me — for all the upsets I’ve encountered in this alienating motherland. To ruin my health out of malice and vanity. To be so weak against this world of self-policing, senseless binaries, and beauty standards.

Fuck being a woman is hard.


Nia DaCosta and Jordan Peele’s ‘Candyman’ Will Begin Filming This August in Chicago

Oh my! Yes, I’m incredibly biased about this news and yes, I’m fully invested given Peel’s involvement AND WOC director Nia DaCosta. I don’t think much has been revealed about what this will bring to the table, however IMDB says this:

A “spiritual sequel” to the 1992 horror film ‘Candyman’ that returns to the now-gentrified Chicago neighborhood where the legend began.

I can’t wait to see it. I’m relieved that it won’t be retreading familiar ground because frankly, you can’t improve on what is already perfect.


Ari Aster Describes the Spiritual Connection Between ‘Hereditary’ and ‘Midsommar’; Trilogy Planned?

You got me. I’m obsessed with Ari Aster’s Midsommar and if it’s true, if there is a trilogy planned then consider me first in line to be part of it. Fuck me up, Ari!


Not All Women Are Meant to Be Moms

This is another article currently speaking to me. I’ve often spoken about how I’m not going to be a mum but that doesn’t mean I don’t sometimes question myself. Am I doing the right thing? I know I am but it’s not a light and airy topic, it’s not clear cut and it isn’t a decision made without serious thought.

I’m 100% that I will never change my mind but that doesn’t mean I don’t think about what I’d be like as a mother, what my kid would be like, etc. Thankfully I understand that I can still be nurturing without being maternal.

What are you loving this week?

Weekly Digest: Five Articles (#2)

A couple of articles I’ve enjoyed recently.

What I Learned From Dating Someone Totally Wrong For Me

I know what it’s like to be with the wrong person. I did it for 6 years, so this speaks to me on a deep level.

Particularly this bit:

The internal whisper that it was time to focus on my health and happiness became louder every time I chose to listen, and eventually it was the loudest voice in my mind.

I couldn’t act against myself and in favor of myself at the same time. I had to choose.


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8 Books Out In July In The UK That Will Make The Perfect Summer Reading Companion

I’m always down for a new book recommendation and some of these look bloody good. If I can be bothered to leave the house this Summer, I’ll be under a tree with a pile of books.


How to Have a Great Summer (According to Horror Movies)

This one definitely speaks for itself.


John Hughes Lied to Me

I love this essay, by author and journalist Caren Lissner. John Hughes most definitely has a lot to answer for (even though I love him still).


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Pinhead Also Being Resurrected in a ‘Hellraiser’ TV Series!

We have such sights to show you

I am so stoked that this is soon to be a thing. Could there be anything more heavenly than more time with the Godfather of Pleasure & Pain, Pinhead himself? At this stage it’s not known if Doug Bradley will be reprising his legendary role but I do hope so.

Meanwhile, any Hellraiser endeavor that doesn’t include Julia (Clare Higgins) is a travesty.

What are you loving this week?

Black Mirror – Season 5: Striking Vipers

Season 5 of Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror has been getting mixed reviews. I agree that the three episodes in the new set aren’t as strong as some of their previous counterparts but it’s still innovative and interesting television, and shouldn’t be written off completely.

They’ve actually inspired me to go back to the beginning and review a few of the best episodes over the years so I’ll start examining those soon. For now though, to Season 5, Episode 1 – Striking Vipers.

Two estranged college friends reunite in later life, triggering a series of events that could alter their lives forever

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*Minor spoilers*

Karl and Danny are old buddies from college. They’re also gamers who enjoy playing the fighting game Striking Vipers in their down time. The pair always play as Lance and Roxette. Danny (Mackie) lives with his girlfriend Theo (Beharies) – and one night the pair pretends to be strangers in a bar to spice up their lives. After they’ve done the business back home, Danny gets up and goes to play Vipers with Karl, who is crashing on their sofa.

Fast forward 11 years and the landscape looks very different. Danny and Theo are still together, married with a five-year-old. At a birthday barbecue for Danny, hosted at their house, Karl arrives after a long period of the friends having lost touch. He brings a present: Striking Vipers and a virtual reality kit which is needed to experience the game as it is now intended.

Ooooh!

That night the pals have a game wearing the kit, which transports them into the Striking Vipers world while their earthly bodies lay motionless in their respective homes. Danny’s surprised and exhilarated to find that not only is he fully immersed in his character’s environment, he can also experience pain from the fighting blows.

When they’re done fighting, Roxy (Karl) and Lance (Danny) share a passionate kiss – Danny and Karl then promptly leave the game, shocked and appalled at what they’ve done. But one thing leads to another and the characters start having a sexual relationship within the confines of the game. All the while the men can’t get enough of their virtual affair. At one point Danny remarks that he guesses they’re gay now and Karl responds that he thinks what they have goes much deeper.

“That’s us gay now.”

Danny starts to grow distant from his family, and when Theo calls him up on his strange behavior, he tells Karl they have to stop the affair. This is not before his wife tells him that she gets plenty of offers thanks very much and likes the attention she gets from sexy strangers – so he’d better shape up. (To paraphrase).

Well for a while the boys don’t see each other but things change when Theo throws a surprise dinner for Danny and invites Karl. The pair are frosty at first but then Karl admits that he’s tried everything to recreate the affair Lance has been having with Roxy. To no avail. I don’t want to spoil the conclusion but it stands to reason that the friends decide to meet and work out whether there is a true attraction between them in the flesh.

I’ll let you find out which way it goes. Striking Vipers was an interesting premise to start with – delivering quite the emotional dilemma. It examines masculinity, friendship, sexuality, monogamy – and it does so with the same bittersweet sheen of my favourite episode of all time, San Junipero.

One of the biggest issues with Black Mirror is that I find myself double guessing everything and expected this to take a much darker turn. I’m glad it didn’t in the end and I enjoyed the way it turns outs.

It was also cool to see Mackie in a different role to Falcon, who I’m just not that crazy about.

Episode details:

Striking Vipers
Year: 2019
Director: Owen Harris
IMDB Rating: 6.9/10
My Rating: 3/5

What are you watching?

Other People’s Blogs

I’m a very bad blogger. I mean, I post regularly on my own blog which is fine but I’m bad at commenting and keeping up with other people’s blogs and I wish to change that. We’re a community after all and spreading the love is the right thing to do.

Here are a few blogs I read as much as I can – some obvious additions and some real hidden gems. Go give them some love, why don’t you? We could all do with some new and enriching viewpoints. Oh, and they’re all women. Go figure.

Lightle-tainment

Obviously I’m hugely biased here given that Lightle is my homie but she is very clever, I swear. Talking about most of the things that float my boat too, my girl has a way with words and her love of all things entertainment is really fun to be part of.

Best recent posts:

I’ll Work Something Out

Natalie doesn’t blog all the time, more’s the pity. She seems to have this thing called a real life. Nevertheless, the essays she has written to date are lovely, honest, relatable and funny. Everything I ask for in a blog.

Best recent posts:

Lady K’s Movie Dialogue

Kath might be this blog’s biggest cheerleader and for that I am honestly so grateful. Kath shares my taste for movies and books so almost all her content is my jam. I’m a particular fan of anything that examines an original film/book and its adaptations/sequels which is lucky for me ‘cos Kath has done some absolute bangers.

Best recent posts:

The Pink Panther Snipes Again

As if I’d write a list and not include Wifey. Jill’s blog has been a source of constant joy for me for years now – and her friendship even more so. It blows my mind that I have a Librarian friend that I’ve only met once across the Pond but it’s the best thing ever. I love Jillian’s appreciation of terrible B-movies and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.

Best recent posts:

Screen Queens

I love Screen Queens, a blog created and written by young women and members of the LGBT community. Their content is brilliant and thought-provoking. Also quite often horror themed which of course is a bit of me.

Best recent posts:

Which blogs do you love?

Weekly Digest: Five Articles

I thought I’d share a couple of articles I’ve been reading lately.

Exploring the internet is one of the only things that gets me through my working day if I’m honest – that and my lovely work friends – and these are the ones that have caught my attention this week. Yes, Weekly Digest is back!

How Tony Scott Gave ‘True Romance’ Its Happily Ever After

One of my all-time favourites could have been very different, had Tarantino had his way. Bless you, Mr. Scott for the gift of this perfect ending. You were so cool.


How I Lost My Five Best Friends

This is all too real to be honest and actually quite a difficult read. Breaking up with a best friend can be just as heartbreaking as with a partner and we need to talk about that more.

I’ve lost a few friends in my time and I still miss every one of them, even though I wouldn’t do anything to change the outcome of them now. I’m exactly where I need to be with the people I share my life with now. (Even if I do lament it sometimes).


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All The Mugs I’ve Loved and Lost

I love a damn good mug so this memoir really appealed to me. I have a couple of favourite mugs myself and I’m always open to new ones. Glynn’s new rule is that I have to get rid of an old, crusty one if I purchase a new one though, which I suppose is fair.

Danielle makes me think more about the objects we come into contact with every day, and her prose is stunning.


I Started A Plants & Crafts Club To Combat Loneliness In My Area, Because Making Friends As An Adult Is *Hard*

Making friends as an adult is hard. When you get to a certain age it feels like a much bigger challenge to approach the people you think are cool and make them your besties. That’s why this is a gorgeous idea.

We could all take a leaf (giggle) out of Aoife‘s book and look at ways to combat loneliness and other social conditions locally. I’m going to have a think and see if there’s anything I can come up with. Keanu Reeves Fan Club – Brighton Division, anyone?


How Do You Choreograph a Good Queer Sex Scene? 6 TV Creators and Filmmakers Explain

There’s nothing I can add to this one, obviously but it’s interesting to see how much goes into filming a good queer love scene. Pose, for the record, is incredible.

What are you loving this week?

Cool Breeze Over the Mountains: Keanu’s Year

Keanu was my first love. Honestly, when I first clapped eyes on his sultry good looks, he stirred something in me that wasn’t completely innocent or holy – he made me curious about the opposite sex. Parenthood was my jam in particular and when I think about it even now, I get a little tingle.

I haven’t stopped loving him since and if we’re honest, this post is just one giant thirst trap. I’m using Keanu’s amazing 2019 as an excuse to post pictures of him and I’m not even going to deny it. It has been quite the year though so I thought I’d look at all the reasons Mr Reeves in still, and always with be, The One.


Not All Men Keanu

I don’t think men should be congratulated for doing bare minimum (not being perverts, etc) but in this climate, the actual good guys do stand out. While I don’t know Keanu personally (more’s the pity), I believe he’s a good person.

Recent photographs of him standing respectfully next to female co-stars (including Dolly Parton) and fans alike, keeping his hands strategically off their bodies has done nothing but reinforce this.

Horsin’ Around Keanu

Uh, John Wick 3 was fun AF but Keanu riding a horse through the streets of NYC, while fighting off the bad guys? HELLO. To be that saddle, amiright?!

A word about the John Wick franchise. I love the physicality of the role and it’s perfect for our boy, who’s notoriously method when it comes to his action parts. Even as an older gentleman, K uses his body to its fullest and I might have to stop typing this and have a little lie down for a moment.

But seriously, John Wick is a highly nuanced character and not just emotionally. Our hero kicks serious butt but he also suffers, looks knackered and in need of a damn good bubble bath after every fight – and I respect that.

This GQ Shoot Keanu

Sir Reeves was GQ’s May cover star and oh boy does he work it. No, I haven’t read The Legend of Keanu Reeves article that accompanies the set but I will. I definitely will.

*Sigh*

Always Be My Maybe Keanu

The man who embraces his mediocre nothingness shines greater than any. ~ Keanu Reeves as Keanu Reeves

The man himself plays Ali Wong‘s fling in this lovely romantic comedy and he’s brilliant. Sending himself up as the ultimate Hollywood douche, his scenes shine bright like a diamond in an already sparkling film. Sure, I’m biased so what?

The restaurant segment is wonderful as he and love rival Marcus Kim (Randall Park) vie for Sasha Tran’s (Wong) attention.

Destination Wedding Keanu

The story of two miserable and unpleasant wedding guests, Lindsay and Frank, who develop a mutual affection despite themselves.

I feel like this movie has been out forever in the US but hasn’t even opened in our theaters yet. It’s coming in the Summer I think. Either way, I’m waiting patiently for this Winona Ryder/KR pairing. It will be amazing regardless of whether it’s actually good or not.

Also, Keanu: “Unpleasant”, is that even possible?

Cyberpunk Keanu

I’m not a gamer at all so I genuinely don’t give a fuck about the game itself – however: a moment for this look. Rocking Bucky Barnes chic, CGI Reeves is just as beautiful as the real thing. If Glynn buys and plays Cyberpunk 2077 then maybe I’ll hang around to watch a little bit.

Be My Toy, Keanu

KR voices Canadian stuntman toy Duke Caboom in this month’s Toy Story 4 and I can’t wait. We’ve heard his dulcet tones voicing several animated characters over the years but I think he’ll be a magical addition to the Pixar universe.

“YOU’RE BREATHTAKING!” Keanu

During a Cyberpunk 2077 appearance, in response to a heckler screaming “You’re breathtaking!”, Reeves threw back the compliment, adding “You’re all breathtaking” to the audience. Is he the most perfect human being on this planet? By that token, is he even human? All I know is that we must protect him at all costs.

And finally…

Bill & Ted Face the Music Keanu

Once told they’d save the universe during a time-traveling adventure, 2 would-be rockers from San Dimas, California find themselves as middle-aged dads still trying to crank out a hit song and fulfill their destiny.

B & T are back to save the universe once more and they’ve never looked better. I love the idea of these Californian slackers being grown-ups but still essentially the same characters. If I’m honest I know little else about the premise and that’s okay. Roll on 2020.


It doesn’t seem as though the Keanussance is going to let up any time soon and teenage me would be so stoked about it.

Who knew my fantasy man would get better with every passing year?

Wholesome Content*: Colouring Between the Lines

Sometimes the only thing I want to do is come straight home from work, make a cup of tea and sit on the sofa doing my colouring. This isn’t a euphemism for a heinous new sex act, I’m afraid. I actually mean colouring shit in. On my phone. For hours on end.

Or rather, if I had my way it would be hours on end non-stop but my wrists start to seize up after the third or fourth picture – and I have to go and shake it off for a few minutes. Which reminds me of the time I got tennis elbow from being on my phone too much. What a modern condition!

So yes, I’ve swapped my first nights in Brighton in LGBT+ clubs, drinking shitty Spanish red straight from the bottle – to colouring in on an app in front of the BBC iPlayer. And I wouldn’t change it for the world. Like most things we really enjoy doing, it is wonderful for good mental health and really helps me relax.

When I first got into colouring, I did it the traditional way, I bought a mindfulness colouring book and some fancy-arse felt-tips, and it was good. I upgraded to a rude one that had pretty patterns curling around the ‘C’ word – that was the one I had to hide at work.

But I’m a weird perfectionist in no other area beyond this one – if I made even the smallest mistake, if I slipped and went outside the line, or the flow of the felt-tip stroke was off – then I had to start a new one.

This means somewhere on my desk are half a dozen colouring books with half-finished pages in them – it’s a terrible waste. And then I found my app.

We (the Happy Color Massive) get ten new pictures a day and often, for an extra special treat, I will save up a couple of days’ worth so as far as the eye can see I have fresh drawings to paint. There’s no freedom in colouring this way, the colours and where they go are decided for us – but I kind of love that structure in my life.

You never know how a picture is going to look until you’re finished. Sometimes you can doubt it will be all that and then – boom! – a highlighter or a dark outline comes along and it turns out perfectly.

You can’t go over the lines because you’re just tapping sections on the screen, so you don’t get ink on your new mani. The colours never run out and the app is 10% free – unless they release a very rare colouring pack – there hasn’t been one of them for a long time.

If you ever wonder about your life and how maybe you need to get one – remember this post in which I managed to type just under 500 words on the joy of colouring in. And you’ll feel better.

What are you doing to relax?

*Guess I’ve got a new series featuring all my favourite Wholesome Content then!

Top Five: Podcasts

I’ve decided to start a new Top Five series to encapsulate a handful of things I like (and dislike) at a time. Also because I’m very lazy and this is a foolproof way to structure content without busting a nut.

I’m a massive fan of the podcast medium as I’ve mentioned countless times before. I even produce and co-host my own (below). These are the five currently on rotation.

Oh, and I’m a creature of comfort ultimately so you’ve probably read mention of some of these before. Sue me.


Evolution of Horror

TEOH is responsible for my ever increasing horror watch list – and for freaking me out more than once while I’ve been listening on my own in the darkness. I’ve talked about it previously in my Spooky Podcasts post.

This is my most listened to podcast for several reasons. First, the content is perfection. Exploring the history of horror movies in sub-genres, so far we’ve explored Ghosts, Slashers, Folk Horror and Zombies (my least favourite but still entertaining). The next category has just been announced and it’s the Occult – which I can’t wait to dip in.

Secondly, host Mike Muncer is adorable. Given the fact he covers some truly horrifying films, there’s something quite wholesome about him and I love it. He is a great presenter who is always engaged in the topics covered and knows how to bring out the best in his guests. Horror geeks are my favourite which is another reason I’ll always be listening – I can talk to my friend Matt about it in great detail after each episode.

Best recent episodes:

Shag Married Annoyed

The only non-horror podcast on the list. Comedian Chris Ramsey and his wife Rosie talk about their everyday lives and list the beef they have with each other every week. While the comedy is a bit broader than I normally enjoy (ooooh snob!), both hosts are likeable – and it’s nice to have something fun and normal to listen to in between all the murder and crime.

Rosie is the stand out for me. Her laugh cracks me up.

Best recent episodes:

Say It Five Times Horror Podcast

Call me biased – because I totally am. I’ve included this because it’s the newish podcast I record with my friends, Matt and Sam. We’re only three episodes old but I’m having a blast.

So far we’ve had a few technical difficulties which has meant we got off to a slow start but we’ve found a way to make it work – and I think you can tell there’s a dramatic difference between our first and latest episode, in sound quality and the way we’ve relaxed into each other as co-presenters.

On SIFT, Matt and I talk about the horror films we love and try to ‘educate’ Sam, the horror novice. Each week we take a turn picking the movie – and of course my first choice was the movie that inspired the name – the wonderful Candyman.

Best recent episodes:

The Boo Crew

This has some really cool interviews on it – and I’ve enjoyed every one of the episodes I’ve listened to so far. I gave it a mention in my recent book post and have been rinsing it ever since. The actual BC consists of horror-loving friends Trevor, Lauren, Leone, Austin – and a revolving door of reoccurring guest presenters.

The Crew talk about horror movies and bring on some of the best talent in the movie industry including, most recently, Juliette Lewis to talk about her extensive movie CV and Pet Sematary directors, Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kölsch.

It’s an excellent soundtrack to walk to and from work to. Trust me.

Best recent episodes:

Double Murder Podcast

I’m really new to Double Murder and have hardly listened to any of it yet – but that’s okay. It’s already charmed me with it’s Remake Vs Original selection – and talks about lots of the films I really love.

I feel like it’s going to become a constant companion to The Evolution of Horror into the Summer when I’m walking around more. Proving spooky isn’t just for Halloween…

Episodes I’m most looking forward to:


What are you listening to?