Sunday, April 24, 2011

Episode 33--What are "B" Movies?

Good Eeeeevening, my fellow deviants!

I pose a question to all of you, and to myself, "Does the "B" movie still exist?" Sure, we have the back catalogue of Roger Corman and Jack Hill--which serve as latenight movie fodder. But are there modern "B" movies? Would you consider Stars Wars, Jaws, Indiana Jones, or Transformers to be the stuff of "B" movies? When George Lucas and Steven Spielberg changed the game of Hollywood in the late 70's, budgets, and cinema, were never the same. Movies that many of us grew up with, staples of the genre, would have once been considered "B" movies.

Stories of space wars and aliens, were considered pulp magazine page fillers, and saturday matinee tripe. Now, movies about giant robots from space are blockbusters.

  What defines a "B" Movie? Is it budget, subject matter, or genre?

While I may not have definitive answers in this week's episod--I bring up some interesting ideas.

As always, you can listen to the B-Grade carnage here. Or, download the show for iPod, or similar device from

Videos of The Week:
Corman's classic The Terror! Starring Boris Karloff and Jack Nicholson

Links of the Week:
SAVE WICKED GROUNDS! San Francisco's premiere kink-themed coffee shop!

The Music of Roy Garrou!
As featured in this week's episode

The trailer for France's first 3-D movie!
Behind the Walls, starring the lovely Laetitia Casta!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Episode 32--The Phantom Rickshaw

This week, I take you to the dark side of India with Rudyard Kipling's tale of love and revenge, The Phantom Rickshaw

Originally published in 1888, in the anthology The Phantom Rickshaw and Other Eerie Tales, the titular story has become one of the best known, and most reprinted, ghost stories of all time. Kipling's contributions to the horror genre cannot be understated. Though he is best known as the author of The Jungle Book We can also thank him for some intelligent scare fests.

As always, you can listen to the show here, or download it from

Link of the Week:
The Art of Richard M. Powers
(The above image was scanned by me, from an old edition of Kipling. It was illustrated by Richard M. Powers. No infringment is intended on the work of this great Sci-Fi and Fantasy artist)

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Episode 31--The Cthulhu Mythos (Part One)

Good Evening, my lovely deviants!

Your faithful high priest of all things icky, and Cthulhu, is back! This week, I preach the vile gospel of our Lord Cthulhu. I come to you with tidings of doom, gloom, and eldritch nightmares as I discuss the Cthulhu Mythos.

This week, I discuss four stories from the legendary Mythos.

They are...

The Nameless City
The Festival
The Dunwich Horror
The Call of CTHULHU!

By no means is this an exhaustive study of Lovecraft. These episodes are meant to serve as a starting point for analysis, and study, of the world of H.P. Lovecraft, and his creations.

As always, you can listen to the eldritch horror here. Or, you can download the show from

The forgotten classic RITUALS (A.K.A The Creeper) from 1977. This is a public domain film that is soon to be released on DVD (later this month, actually). It stars the great Hal Holbrook, who squares off against the elements, and an unseen killer. 

Also...One of the sickest, and possibly coolest, toys of the 1960's...the SHRUNKEN HEAD KIT!

This Week's Music
1. Interlude--Roy Garrou (from, and his album: My Little Kingdom)
(Creative Commons)

2. St. James Infirmary Blues--Harlem Hot Chocolate
(Public Domain)

3. Django Reinhardt and Dicky Wells--Between the Devil and Deep Blue Sea

(Public Domain)

This Week's Links
The website of horror writer Todd Russell

My reading of The Call of Cthulhu

This Week's Videos
Smell the eldritch goodness!

A Cthulhu video for the little spawns at home

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Sunday, April 3, 2011

Episode 30--H.P. Lovecraft: The Man From Providence

Good eeeevening, my eldritch darlings.

This week, I offer up an eerie tale of Providence, alien gods, and the man who changed the face of horror forever.

H.P. Lovecraft: Part One (Biography)

Originally, this was intended to be part one of a series of episode about the Cthulhu Mythos. But, since there was such a wealth of biographical material, this episode turned into an impromptu lecture about someone whom I've dubbed, The Man From Providence. The aforementioned Cthulhu Mythos episodes will star infesting the airwaves next week.

As always, you can listen to the blue-blooded goodness here, or download from

Lovecraft circa 1934
Lovecraft's wife of two years

 Lovecraft and his parents circa 1891

Lovecraft was very fond of cats...even the ones from Ulthar!

Lovecraft's grave in Swan Point Cemetery

This Week's Videos

Next Week: The Cthulhu Mythos: Part One!