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Hellbent For Horror

Oct 19, 2017

History is full of real-life horror stories. 

In this episode I talk with Dr. Harold Aurand, a professor of History at Penn State University, Schuylkill Campus, about true horror stories of history. 

We discuss the Great Molasses Flood in Boston, the Johnstown Flood of 1889 in Johnstown, PA, mine disasters, and some...

Oct 8, 2017

Do you ever wonder how the legends of monsters are born? 

What made people think werewolves and vampires were real?  How did the ideas of silver to kill werewolves, and garlic to repel vampires get passed down from generation to generation? 

People with mental illness were thought to be visited by ghosts.  Throughout...

Oct 1, 2017

The movie adaptation of Stephen King’s ‘It’ was hotly anticipated, and broke box office records. 

I was curious about the fervent response to this movie, not just by horror fans, but also by mainstream outlets.  After all, the novel came out in 1985, and there was already a miniseries created from it in 1990. ...

Sep 22, 2017

Sometimes, once just isn't enough.

And, in the case of Tobe Hooper, it felt right to honor this quirky and often misunderstood artist with a second helping of praise.

On this episode, I talk with John Cribbs and Christopher Funderburg, the co-creators of "The Pink Smoke" film review website ( about...

Sep 14, 2017

Extreme Horror Films: they are the "Elephant in the Room" for horror fans.

These films push the limits of the viewer to such the extent that they even divide the horror community on whether they go too far.

A large majority of these films have little, or no, socially redeeming value.

And yet...

There are a few extreme...