Sunday, October 19, 2014

B05: It's Cold In This House, Pt. III



In this episode:
  • The third of four installments of "It's Cold In This House," a short story Ian wrote back in high school.
  • Sixteen-year-old Erica and her parents are staying in the home of her childhood friend Kurt while they move into a new house. When Kurt and Erica investigate an open window in the middle of the night, neither of them are prepared for what follows.
  • Written, performed, and music by Ian Doherty.
  • The whole story:
THERE'S ALWAYS AN ADDENDUM:
  • Apparently I was really a fan of the word "abyss" when I wrote this story.
http://archive.org/download/AMOTB05/AMOTB05.mp3

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

053: Constantine and His Magical Friends



SPOILERS FOR THE HELLBLAZER COMIC SERIES, NBC’S CONSTANTINE 1x01, CONSTANTINE, and SILENT HILL (2006). Mild spoilers for THE WALKING DEAD SEASONS 2, 3, & 4; SUPERNATURAL SEASONS 4 & 5; GOTHAM SEASON 1; and HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER SEASON 1.

In this episode:
  • Friend of the show Christina joins us as we do our best to give you an overview of what makes Constantine so awesome and why we're so excited / worried about this adaptation.
    • Christina actually got to see an advance screening of the pilot at NYCC. Her verdict is mostly positive.
      • Pros? Matt Ryan seems to have a good handle on the character and some of the scenes have a definite X-Files vibe going for them
      • Cons? Pacing issues (which are pretty much par for the course as far as pilots are concerned) and some of the characters are still struggling to find their voices. The effects are also a little hit and miss.
  • Let's address the elephant(s) in the room: Constantine (2005) is a decent supernatural thriller but we can't in good conscience call it a Constantine movie. The New52 Constantine just doesn't feel like a good fit when it comes to his place in the wider DCU and he seems hamstringed (hamstrung?) by the rating of the mainstream DC books.
    • We also gripe about the New52 and our issues with DC's "House Style."
    • Actually, there's a lot of pissing and moaning about comics in this one. Fair warning.
      • Part of that is the assertion that DarknGritty seem to be uttered in the same breath when it comes to the direction to take stories in recent years, but they're really two different concepts that don't necessarily have to go hand in hand.
  • Christina regales us with stories of early HellBlazer, especially the way in which it grapples with social issues of the time.
    • Comics are inherently political media. That's not really part of the podcast, I'm just soap-boxing at this point.
  • We speculate on the state of the universe this adaptation is going to take place in. We already know from the presence of Dr. Fate's helmet in the trailer that there's a wider magical universe out there, but what exactly is the composition of that universe?
    • Most importantly, how close will this adaptation cleave to Judeo-Christian Mythology and the Good / Evil binary that have been nearly ubiquitous in network supernatural TV series thus far.
    • Also importantly, are we going to see Zatanna or Swamp Thing at any point during this adaptation?
THERE'S ALWAYS AN ADDENDUM:
  • Christina recently launched a podcast called Bond Girls located over at Deadshirt.net. You can find it here and here.
  • As far as further reading to catch you up to speed on exactly who Constantine is before the show begins, Christina recommends the HellBlazer trades Original Sins and Dangerous Habits.
  • We get into a lot of asides during this recording. They don't really venture into super spoiler-y territory, but in case you're worried, they cover Twin Peaks, Sleepy Hollow, Ghostbusters 3 Rumors, The Walking Dead, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Gotham, Supernatural, DC's New52, Marvel's Ultimate Universe, Bones, and Leverage.
Music:
  • Intro music: "This is My Design" - original song, music by Ian. More on this as it develops.
  • Outro music: "Don't Fear the Reaper" - Blue Oyster Cult | YouTube | iTunes |

http://archive.org/download/AMOT053/AMOT053.mp3

Sunday, October 12, 2014

B04: It's Cold In This House, Pt. II



In this episode:
  • The second of four installments of "It's Cold In This House," a short story Ian wrote back in high school.
  • Sixteen-year-old Erica and her parents are staying in the home of her childhood friend Kurt while they move into a new house. When Kurt and Erica investigate an open window in the middle of the night, neither of them are prepared for what follows.
  • Written, performed, and music by Ian Doherty.
  • The whole story:
THERE'S ALWAYS AN ADDENDUM:
  • Yeah, these are probably going to be a Sunday thing from now on.
  • In case you didn't see it: Last post Fio was quick to inform me that I was not the only person dressed in Halloween-appropriate garb (as depicted in the header image). My apologies.
 http://archive.org/download/AMOTB04/AMOTB04.mp3

Sunday, October 5, 2014

B03: It's Cold In This House, Pt. I



In this episode:
  • The first of four installments of "It's Cold In This House," a short story Ian wrote back in high school.
  • Sixteen-year-old Erica and her parents are staying in the home of her childhood friend Kurt while they move into a new house. When Kurt and Erica investigate an open window in the middle of the night, neither of them are prepared for what follows.
  • Written, performed, and music by Ian Doherty.
  • The whole story:
    • Part I (this post)
    • Part II
    • Part III
    • Part IV (coming 4th weekend of October)
THERE'S ALWAYS AN ADDENDUM:
  • Sorry this is so late. Originally there wasn't going to be music, but my brain won't let me half-ass anything, so once I was like "Hey! I could do music for this!", I couldn't not. I think it was worth it, but who am I to judge? 
  • Holy flashbacks, Batman.
(Header image: Me, freshman year of college, done up very simply as a character from this story. It was Halloween, and our writing club decided we should dress up as characters from our own fiction. I'm proud to say that, IIRC, I was the only person whose costume was particularly Halloween appropriate.)

http://archive.org/download/AMOTB03/AMOTB03.mp3

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

052: Sexy Mummies

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Mild spoilers for Season 3 of The Walking Dead

In this episode:
  • Tonight: Horror Literature. *chamber music starts playing*
  • But before that, Ian talks a little bit about his experience at Scare-a-Con. In short: it was fun!
  • Fio and Ian take on the gigantic topic of horror literature, its origins, and where it has gone in the past three hundred years or so.
  • ...and show very quickly that they have done none of the research omg.
  • Alternate title for this episode: Vaguely Remembering Books We Read in High School.
  • The Dead Authors Podcast
  • Ian teases a special addition to the podcast for the month of October, in celebration of Halloween coming up!
THERE'S ALWAYS AN ADDENDUM:
  • Correction: The podcast adaptation of Dracula written by MST3K's Frank Conniff is titled "Dracula Has Risen in the Polls."
  • I worded it weirdly on the podcast, but what I meant to say was, Jeffrey Combs recommended I watch the DVD version of Re-Animator because it includes stuff that is not in the version on Netflix.
  • Also, I can't believe we didn't mention this on the podcast, but if you aren't watching Frankenstein, MD, you really should be (thanks for the reminder, Alina!). Attempts to describe it at the moment are failing me, so just watch it; it's friggin' awesome.
  • Again, neither of us were in top form for this podcast, so rest assured, it's likely we'll be touching on at least some of the topics or books mentioned on this episode again in more detail in the future.
  • I'll link it here once I have a post of the pictures from Scare-a-Con put together. Watch Tumblr for it.
Music:
(Header image from http://blog.oskoui-oskoui.com/?p=6125)

http://archive.org/download/AMOT052/AMOT052.mp3

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

051: Pantsless Chaos


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SPOILERS FOR P. T.

In this episode:
  • Ian's friend Kenny joins us for our discussion of Horror in tabletop RPGs! (NOTE: We do our best to limit or explain jargon for non-players.)
  • Before that, though, Ian talks about his experience playing P. T., the PS4-exclusive playable teaser for the upcoming Silent Hill game "Silent Hills" helmed by Hideo Kojima and Guillermo del Toro. In short: AAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH.
  • If you want to skip the P. T. discussion, our short discussion of the two cons Fio and I attended/would be attending begins at 18:00, and our Horror in RPGs discussion begins shortly after.
  • Ian, Fio, and Kenny retell their experiences running horror-themed Dungeons & Dragons adventures and the difficulties and successes they ran into.
  • We also talk a little bit about non-D&D tabletop RPGs, including an old Starcraft tabletop game, Call of Cthulhu, CthulhuTech, and the Buffy tabletop RPG.
  • We wrap things up with some unsolicited advice on running adventures.
  • Kenny joins us from Lag Time Podcast, a podcast dedicated to gaming discussion and local brews. Subscribe on iTunes here, and follow them on Facebook here!
  • Also, here's a link to the original Kickstarter for Toe Tag Riot, the comic Fio mentions early on, and how to pre-order the comic.
THERE'S ALWAYS AN ADDENDUM:
  • I mention on the podcast how I was going to be at Scare-a-Con "this weekend," but it was the weekend after we recorded, and we recorded last Tuesday, so...yeah. Apologies for issuing the invite to talk to me there, after it's already happened. Rest assured, I will be talking about it next episode.
  • I still have not played Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm, so I could not nerd out about it with Fio and Kenny. *hangs head in shame*
Music:
  • Intro: "This is My Design" - original song, music by Ian. More on this as it develops.
  • Outro:"In the Garage" - Weezer | YouTube | iTunes |
(Header image taken from http://shapescapes.blogspot.com/2013/04/human-slaves-of-insect-nation-part-11.html)

http://archive.org/download/AMOT051/AMOT051.mp3

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

050: PREPARE TO REMINISCE!

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I don't care who you are; that's fucking terrifying.

SPOILERS FOR GRAVITY FALLS 2x02 "INTO THE BUNKER" & 2x03 "GOLF WAR," VARIOUS COURAGE THE COWARDLY DOG EPISODES, VARIOUS ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK? EPISODES, STEPHEN KING'S IT, THE NEW BATMAN ADVENTURES 1x12 "OVER THE EDGE," and probably various other things that I'll have to edit into here as I listen back tomorrow.

In this episode:
  • It's our 50th episode! We...didn't plan anything particularly special.
  • Join us as we venture into the realm of children's horror and a discussion of its importance.
  • ...which lasts a few minutes or so, and then we just start listing off our favorite Courage the Cowardly Dog and Are You Afraid of the Dark? episodes.
  • We take a quick detour into the land of Tim Burton--specifically, his use of a lot of horror aesthetics without actually making "horror movies," per se.
  • Children's horror covered in this episode:
    • The Beetlejuice cartoon
    • Gravity Falls
    • Courage the Cowardly Dog
    • Are You Afraid of the Dark?
    • Aaahh!!! Real Monsters
    • Nickelodeon's Halloween specials
    • Batman: The Animated Series
    • Neil Gaiman's Coraline
    • Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
    • The Goosebumps books and TV series
    • Hocus Pocus
  • They got away with so much shit in the 90s. Like, seriously.
  • I couldn't find a particular quote with Neil Gaiman talking about the importance of children's horror, but here's the comment on his journal about whether or not Coraline is appropriate for young children, and how children and adults receive the story.
  • Here's the Gammell illustration for Scary Stories that I always think of.
  • We hit Twitter at the end of the episode to see what others recalled from their childhoods. Thanks for the responses!
THERE'S ALWAYS AN ADDENDUM:
  • I couldn't find a clip to link to for where I got the title of this episode from, so here's a screenshot of the moment. (In all honesty, when is there going to be a better time for me to make this reference?)
  • Fio pointed out that when I said "Tia and Tamara Madly," I meant "Tia and Tamara Mowry." The brain does funny things with memory.
  • From Fio: If any of our listeners could explain exactly what the fuck was going on in Aaahh!!! Real Monsters, that would just be splendid.
  • Also from Fio: Okay, so the JtHM comic comment was a bit of an exaggeration, I think they might have decided to give him the cartoon in the middle of Squee!, so after JtHM.
  • More from Fio's timemarks:
    • 7:12 - You pronounce “neither” like “naayther” here. So. ‘Sup with that?
    • 1:03:00 - Part of the AMoT Drinking Game should be “Take a drink every time Fio goes out of his way to mention Mia Kirshner, Neve Campbell, or Winona Ryder”
    • 1:24:10 - I wasn’t quite sure about the timeline here, but there’s definitely a big gap where I wasn’t really reading any horror between Goosebumps and King. I’m pretty sure all of fourth and fifth grade for me were just nothing but Harry Potter.
    • OH MY GOD IM PRETTY SURE THE SEAN CONNERY SNOWMAN’S BACKSTORY INVOLVED HIS LOVE INTEREST GETTING FRIDGED
    • Comparing Twilight Zone to Are You Afraid of the Dark I’m stumbling around a lot, I think when it comes down to it my point is that one of these shows has Rod Serling and the other one doesn’t.
    • Hocus Pocus. That is all.
Music:
  • Intro: "This is My Design" - original song, music by Ian. More on this as it develops.
  • Outro: "Dreaming" - Bruno Coulais, Coraline Original Motion Picture Soundtrack | YouTube | iTunes |
(Header image from http://courage.wikia.com/wiki/File:Vlcsnap-2013-03-25-11h55m54s206.png)

http://archive.org/download/AMOT050/AMOT050.mp3