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Castle Talk with Castle Bridge Media
12 minutes | Jan 27, 2022
Matt Glass & Jordan Wayne Long, dirs. of Ghosts of the Ozarks
Tonight we’re chatting with Matt Glass and Jordan Wayne Long, directors of Ghosts of the Ozarks, which premieres In Select Theaters, On Demand and Digital February 3. The film stars Tim Blake Nelson, David Arquette, Angela Bettis, Thomas Hobson, Phil Norris and Tara Perry. About the film: In post-Civil War Arkansas, a young doctor is mysteriously summoned to a remote town in the Ozarks only to discover that the utopian paradise is filled with secrets and surrounded by a menacing, supernatural presence.
15 minutes | Jan 19, 2022
Edoardo Vitaletti, writer/dir. of THE LAST THING MARY SAW
Tonight we’re chatting with Edoardo Vitaletti, writer and director of THE LAST THING MARY SAW, his feature length film debut, a Shudder Original Film premiering exclusively on Shudder Thursday, January 20.THE LAST THING MARY SAW stars Stefanie Scott (INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 3), Isabelle Fuhrman (THE NOVICE, ORPHAN), and Rory Culkin (LORDS OF CHAOS, SCREAM 4) and has been a hit on the festival circuit leading up to its hotly anticipated launch on the platform. It follows the story of Mary, a young woman living in Southold, New York, in the year 1843. Mary finds herself in a loving relationship with Eleanor, her family's young maid, and what first begins as a story of religious punishment turns into something much more dark and wicked.
80 minutes | Jan 18, 2022
Discussing Valley of the Dolls with Film Writer Katharine Coldiron
Tonight we have a special conversation with author Katharine Coldiron on the subject of bad film and The Valley of the Dolls, a film that has divided audiences since its debut—is it bad or do we even know what that word means?Katharine Coldiron is the author of Ceremonials and a recent book from PS Publishing on Plan 9 from Outer Space. Her work on film has appeared in many online journals and routinely appears for free on Twitter. Valley of the Dolls is a 1967 film directed by Mark Robson that follows three women in the entertainment industry.
13 minutes | Jan 14, 2022
Lawrence Fowler, dir "Jack in the Box: Awakening"
Tonight we’re talking to Lawrence Fowler, writer director of Jack in the Box: Awakening, a new film that follows on Fowler’s film Jack in the Box, releasing Jan 18, 2022 (VOD, Digital HD & DVD) in the U.S. In the new film, terminally ill heiress Olga Marsdale acquires a mysterious gothic box containing a captured demon - Jack. The powerful entity within makes a deadly deal with Olga and her devoted son Edgar - deliver six victims to Jack and Olga will live.Lawrence Fowler is a multi-award winning Welsh Film Director and Writer. Working alongside his producing partner Geoff, Fowler Media Limited was born to produce genre feature films and TV projects for world-wide audiences. His 2020 film 'The Jack in the Box' earned a Best Feature Award at the British Horror Film Festival and held its premiere at prestigious Leicester Square.
31 minutes | Jan 11, 2022
Chris Buse, Author of The Neon Graveyard
Tonight we’re chatting with writer and pop culture columnist Chris Buse, author of the novel "The Neon Graveyard," available on Amazon. The book spans sixty years of American history and popular culture and several genres, featuring a group of modern-day devil hunters. In the book, his heroine Idalis Troy must reclaim her identity, and perhaps her soul, as she comes face to face with the Fallen One.
23 minutes | Dec 17, 2021
Sean Nichols Lynch, writer/ director of Christmas Vampire Movie Red Snow (Out 12/28)
Tonight we’re chatting with Sean Nichols Lynch, writer and director of Red Snow (Out 12/28). In the film, a struggling vampire romance novelist must defend herself against real-life vampires during Christmas in Lake Tahoe.SYNOPSIS:When an injured bat transforms into a handsome vampire, struggling horror novelist Olivia Romo hides him in her garage to protect him from a vampire hunter. Besotted by the creature, she feeds him animal blood, but any chance of romance is soon thwarted when a gang of fellow bloodsuckers invade her home in search of their missing friend.Release Date: December 28, 2021 (DVD, VOD, & Digital)
52 minutes | Dec 2, 2021
Michael Aronovitz on his New Horror Collection "Dancing With Tombstones"
Tonight we’re chatting Tonight we’re chatting with Michel Aronovitz, author of the new book collection of stories called Dancing with Tombstones. This new book from critically acclaimed genre author Michael Aronovitz collects some of his greatest stories that celebrate the beauty of the darkness in the world.•In the section titled GIRLS, you'll learn "How Bria Died," and will also meet "The Sculptor" in the story that inspired Aronovitz's full-length serial killer novel of the same name.•In the section featuring PSYCHOS, you'll feel the chill of the Anti-Christ in "Quest for Sadness," and fall prey to the most frightening circus creature on the face of the earth in "The Exterminator."•In TOOLS & TECH, you'll find out the dark secret of "The Tool Shed," and will also experience the full-length ghost-novella, "Toll Booth."•And finally, in MARTYRS & SACRIFICIAL LAMBS you'll experience hell on earth in "The Echo," and unwittingly release the darkest force of the forest in "The Falcon."With Dancing with Tombstones, the author of Alice Walks and The Sculptor deliciously thrusts us down the twisted avenues deep inside the haunt of our most secret repressions.
20 minutes | Nov 27, 2021
Cory Choy on Psycho Thriller Esme My Love
Today we’re chatting with Cory Choy, director of the new film ESME MY LOVE, a psychological thriller starring Stacey Weckstein as Hannah and Audrey Grace Marshall as Esme.Synopsis: When Hannah notices the symptoms of a terminal and painful illness in her aloof daughter, Esme, she decides to take her on a trip to their abandoned family farm in a desperate attempt to connect before they have to say goodbye…See the trailer at: www.esmemylove.com.
32 minutes | Nov 23, 2021
Katharine Coldiron Talks New Plan 9 From Outer Space Book
Tonight we’re chatting with Katharine Coldiron, who’s just published the book Plan 9 from Outer Space from Electric Dreamhouse Press. Her work as a book critic has appeared in the Washington Post, the Guardian, NPR, and elsewhere; her work as a film critic has appeared in Bitch, Bright Wall/Dark Room, and Video Librarian. She earned an MA in creative writing from California State University, Northridge, and a BA in film studies and philosophy from Mount Holyoke College. Find her at kcoldiron.com.
16 minutes | Nov 12, 2021
Programmer Lars Nilsen on his book Warped and Faded
Jason is joined by Tony Salvaggio to chat with Lars Nilsen, author of Warped and Faded: Weird Wednesday and the Birth of the American Genre Film Archive, about the book, the phenomenon of the Alamo Drafthouse, and programming one of the weirdest and most fondly recalled repertory series ever.
35 minutes | Nov 7, 2021
Adam Ethan Crow, writer/director of Lair, Out Nov 9
Today we’re chatting with Adam Ethan Crow, writer/director of Lair, a new horror film released by 1091 pictures.Adam Ethan Crow is a multi-award-winning writer/ director based in London, working globally. Buena Vista, The BBC, and Sky TV have all commissioned content from Ada. Lair (2021): When Ben Dollarhdye is accused of murder, saying he was possessed by a demonic force, Steven Caramore investigates his friend's claims, setting off a chain of events that forces a young family into a terrifying battle for survival.
13 minutes | Nov 5, 2021
Zin E Rocklyn, author of Flowers for the Sea
Today we’re chatting with Zin E Rocklyn, author of Flowers for the Sea which just came out in paperback from Tordorcom.Zin E. Rocklyn is a contributor to Bram Stoker-nominated and This is Horror Award-winning Nox Pareidolia, Kaiju Rising II: Reign of Monsters, Brigands: A Blackguards Anthology, and Forever Vacancy anthologies and Weird Luck Tales No. 7 zine. Their story "Summer Skin" in the Bram Stoker-nominated anthology Sycorax's Daughters received an honorable mention for Ellen Datlow's Best Horror of the Year, Volume Ten. Zin contributed the nonfiction essay “My Genre Makes a Monster of Me” to Uncanny Magazine’s Hugo Award-winning Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction. Their short story "The Night Sun" and flash fiction "teatime" were published on Tor.com. Flowers for the Sea is their debut novella. Zin is a 2017 VONA and 2018 Viable Paradise graduate as well as a 2022 Clarion West candidate. You can find them on Twitter @intelligentwat.In FLOWERS FOR THE SEA, survivors from a flooded kingdom struggle alone on an ark. Resources are scant, and ravenous beasts circle…and their fangs are sharp. Rocklyn centers the story on Iraxi, a refugee that is ostracized, despised, and a commoner who refused a prince. Iraxi is also pregnant with a child that might be more than human, and her fate may be darker and more powerful than she can imagine.
69 minutes | Nov 3, 2021
The Vampire Panel: Vampires in Media from Bloodsucker City & Castle Bridge Media
On the release date of the bloody new vampire novella BLOODSUCKER CITY by Jim Towns from Castle Bridge Media.Join our select list of vampire experts and writers as they chat about the remarkable resilience of the vampire in media. Not only does everyone have a favorite but they tend to fight for it, from regal old-world romancers like Bela Lugosi's Dracula to the seething predator of Stoker's original, to femme fatale vampires like Carmilla, to sparkly lovers like Twilight's Edward. Where do YOU come down?Panelists:Jim Towns, director and author, American CrypticChristopher Farnsworth, author, The President's VampireLeanna Renne Hieber, author, Strangely BeautifulCharles R. Rutledge, author, Dracula's RevengeModerated by Jason Henderson, writer, Sword of Dracula
30 minutes | Nov 2, 2021
Castle Talk: Catherynne M Valente on Comfort Me with Apples
This week Jason chats with Catherynne M. Valente.She is the New York Times bestselling author of over two dozen works of fiction and poetry, including Palimpsest, the Orphan’s Tales series, Deathless, Radiance, and the crowdfunded phenomenon The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (and the four books that followed it). She is the winner of the Andre Norton, Tiptree, Sturgeon, Eugie Foster Memorial, Mythopoeic, Rhysling, Lambda, Locus, and Hugo awards, as well as the Prix Imaginales. Valente has also been a finalist for the Nebula and World Fantasy Awards. She lives on an island off the coast of Maine with a small but growing menagerie of beasts, some of which are human.Her most recent book The Past is Red came out in July and is an Amazon Editor’s Pick as Best Science Fiction and Fantasy, and coming in just a few weeks, early November still very much the spooky season, is COMFORT ME WITH APPLES, a terrifying fantasy/horror story.Comfort Me With Apples is a terrifying new thriller from bestseller Catherynne M. Valente, for fans of Gone Girl and Spinning SilverSophia was made for him. Her perfect husband. She can feel it in her bones. He is perfect. Their home together in Arcadia Gardens is perfect. Everything is perfect.It's just that he's away so much. So often. He works so hard. She misses him. And he misses her. He says he does, so it must be true. He is the perfect husband and everything is perfect.But sometimes Sophia wonders about things. Strange things. Dark things. The look on her husband's face when he comes back from a long business trip. The questions he will not answer. The locked basement she is never allowed to enter. And whenever she asks the neighbors, they can't quite meet her gaze....But everything is perfect. Isn't it?
20 minutes | Oct 20, 2021
Paula Guran, editor of The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror
Freelance editor, anthologist, and reviewer Paula Guran was senior editor for Prime Books for seven years. Previously, she edited the Juno fantasy imprint from its small press inception through its incarnation as an imprint of Pocket Books. In addition to the annual Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror series, she’s edited many other anthologies. The supernatural, surreal, and the all-too real. Tales of the dark have always fascinated us, and in The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror: Volume Two (October 19, PYR), editor Paula Guran has selected 30 modern authors (20 of those women) to carry on the disquieting traditions of the past while inventing imaginative new ways to unsettle us. Volume two begins with a COVID-19-based tale by Victor LaValle, who was commissioned (along with 28 others) by the New York Times to “write new short stories inspired by the moment.” Along with LaVelle’s story Recognition, this year’s collection includes six stories set in a dystopian future, three tales around the human genetic code, and horrific tales of the supernatural. “It wasn’t until after I started assembling this volume that I realized how often homes, houses, and other domiciles played important roles in many of the selected stories,” said Guran. “Considering most of us have been home more than usual lately, this is… interesting.”
30 minutes | Oct 15, 2021
New "This is GWAR" and "Who Killed the KLF?" defy the usual music doc tropes
Jason chats with writer Tony Salvaggio about two new music documentaries that premiered at this year's Fantastic Fest: This is GWAR and Who Killed the KLF?
28 minutes | Oct 14, 2021
Derek Presley, writer/director & Jason Starne, producer of WHITETAIL
Tonight we’re chatting with Derek Presley, writer/director & Jason Starne, producer of Whitetail, releasing this month. Synopsis: Whitetail follows a broken family consisting of a father, an uncle and the son as they embark on a weekend hunting trip out in West Texas. The mother has recently died of an overdose and the trio hope to get away from it all by being out in nature and hunting. Instead they find a mysterious man shot in the stomach and clutching onto a backpack full of money. This film is a southern gothic thriller, drama and survival film. All taking place over one day and one night in the brush land of Texas.
40 minutes | Oct 8, 2021
Fantastic Fest Recap with Tony Salvaggio
In this special episode, Tony Salvaggio recaps the highs of the Austin's premiere genre film festival, Fantastic Fest. Films discussed are:CANNON ARM AND THE ARCADE QUESTBINGO HELL (Theater 5 Main House)BLACK PHONEFREAKS OUTTHE BLACK PHONE (Theater 5 Main House)LAST OF THE WOLVESIKÉ BOYSHELLBENDERTHE EXORCISM OF GODBEYOND THE INFINITE 2 MINUTESCOP SECRETSALOUMLET THE WRONG ONE INMAD GODFOUND FOOTAGE PHENOMENONWOODLANDS DARK DAYS BEWITCHEDTHE TRIPKING CARGLASS HOUSEDIGITAL VIDEO EDITING WITH ADOBE PREMIERE PRO: THE REAL-WORLD GUIDE TO SET UP AND WORKFLOWFor more, visit https://fantasticfest.com/films/features
34 minutes | Oct 2, 2021
Joe Bob Briggs on Community, Horror, and his 2021 Halloween Hoedown
Tonight I can’t tell you how great it is to talk again to Joe Bob Briggs. The Shudder Original Halloween special Joe Bob’s Halloween Hoedown will premiere Friday, October 8 with special guests from the upcoming Halloween franchise installment, Halloween Kills: director David Gordon Green and producer/Blumhouse CEO and founder Jason Blum, as announced today during Blumhouse’s second annual BlumFest celebration. Joe Bob’s Halloween Hoedown premieres live on the Shudder TV feed at 9pm ET/8c on October 8. Fans can also watch on demand on Shudder and within the Shudder offering in the AMC+ bundle on Sunday, October 10.
20 minutes | Oct 1, 2021
Caitlin Starling on The Death of Jane Lawrence
Tonight we’re chatting with Caitlin Starling, author of The Death of Jane Lawrence, out this October from St Martin’s Press.Caitlin Starling is a Bram Stoker-nominated author of the Luminous Dead and people have been liking the book to Mexican Gothic and Guillermo Del Tor’s Crimson Peak.
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