Three horror writers and their guests riff on objects, inspiration, and those ideas that scratch at the door, miaowing to be let in.
Season 1 guests include JS Breukelaar, Ellen Datlow, Brian Evenson, Kathe Koja, John Langan, Garth Nix, Dan O'Malley, Lynda E. Rucker, Melinda Smith, Paul Tremblay, Sean Williams and more!
S02-25 AsylumFest 2022
The Cat gets unhinged at the second live recording from AsylumFest 2022, with special guests AJ Spedding, Kat Clay, and David Schembri. While Kaaron finds a book from the world's most haunted school, Aaron is haunted by a supernatural cow, and Joseph by the ghosts in crap plastic toys. (Yeah, thanks for nothing, Uncle Marty!) AJ brings a voodoo doll and makes a Black Beauty confession. Kat develops the killing name and mummifies a cucumber. David brings his toys and reminds everyone to play. Ennui is discussed. Also balloons, having fun with your art, and using imaginative play to take control of those situations in which you have none. Everyone crosses a line and sends Aaron back to his "other planet".
Odds and bodkins discussed in this episode include:
Dale Bamford, sculptor and special effects artist. Frances Jenkins Alcott's The Book of Nature's Marvels Robert Bloch's The Pin Spaceballs Check out the episode page for more pics and bits.
The Cat gets festive with an off-the-rails Season's Greetings special, with laconic superstar guest, Kaaron's Christmas tree! While Kaaron gives everyone presents from her personal Ground Zero of weird objects, Aaron slouches toward Bethlehem and Joseph wemembers Gweat Bwitain and the Xmases of yore. Pizza trees are discussed, also cursed paintings, holly, ivy, prawns and suncream. Lobster shells are deftly utilised as a metaphor for the stages in a life. Honour is restored in the Hunter S. Thompson universe. Kaaron exposes her most extraordinary fetish. Aaron longs for anarchy. Joseph is so horrified he loses the power of speech. Everyone wishes everyone a Merry Whatever and a Happy New Thing!
Some of the baubles and other cheap decorations mentioned in this episode include:
Jonathan Richman's That Summer Feeling Bruce Wagner's The Marvel Universe: Origin Stories L. Campbell Taylor's Serenity The Crying Boy painting Check out the episode page for more pics and seasonal bits.
The Cat goes on a road trip and sets a record with special guest, author, publisher, and haunted asylum owner, Geoff Brown. While Aaron makes like Ellen DeGeneres, and Joseph makes like Dr Phil, Kaaron makes like Ricki Lake and goes hitchhiking on a serial killer's patch. Geoff walks through a wardrobe into his own private Narnia. Dreams are (cheaply) analysed, impostor syndrome is discussed, as is luck, ghosts, and the decisions that haunt us. Geoff tells a real-life ghost story. Kaaron wears oversized pajamas. No one wants to go to Aaron's for Christmas.
This episode was recorded live at AsylumFest 2022, in the Bijou Theatre, Beechworth Asylum. These pics and more courtesy of the inestimable Cat Sparks.
Some of the ghouls and gimlets from this episode include:
The Coen Brother's Fargo (in particular William H. Macy’s performance) Peter Howitt's Sliding Doors Australasian Horror Writers Association Asylum Ghost Tours Check out the episode page for more pics and bits...
The Cat makes like The Wicker Man and gets ritualistic with special guest Kirstyn McDermott, award-winning author of Hard Places and the Never Afters novella series. While Kaaron builds a backyard pool and Aaron gets his steps in, Joseph ruins summertime Christmas for everyone. Kirstyn learns the steps to Venus and shares a brief history of statuary in Ballarat. Folk horror is discussed, also Whitby, habits, and ultimate reality. Kaaron makes a Tina Turner joke. Everyone gets fed up with bestiality.
Some of the sundries referenced in this episode include:
Ray Bradbury's Dandelion Wine Shirley Jackson's The Lottery Harper Lee's Go Set A Watchman
The Cat goes on stage for our very first live show at this year's NatCon: Conflux 16. Special guests – drawn from the Hat of Mystery (a hotel conference glass with some hastily scribbled names folded up inside) – include CH Pearce, Emilie Morscheck, Claire Fitzpatrick, and Zachary Ashford. While Kaaron brings old movie posters for the edification of all and Joseph performs a viking funeral for his pet mouse, Aaron reveals his fetish for albino carrots. Repurposed objects are discussed. Also Fijian taxi drivers, childhood holiday treasures, family mysteries, the voices of loved ones past, and the most appropriate names for a ferret. Emergency surgery is performed in the garage. Everyone has their picture taken.
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The Cat reconnects with its purpose, turning trash into treasure with co-owner of Canberra's legendary Green Shed, Sandie Parkes. While Kaaron is haunted by an old woman in a knife and Joseph cashes in on his teenage son's emotional vulnerability, Aaron makes a robot out of paddle-pop sticks. Wet string is discussed, and doctors' waiting rooms. The history and mystery of objects, their journeys and purposes old and new. The tragedy of objects unused. Fine art. Trench art. The slide rule world, set alight.
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If you want to know horror
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