26 episodes

A horror podcast hosted by author and filmmaker Scotty Milder. Loose, casual conversations about books, short fiction, and movies with some of the genre’s most exciting fans and creators.

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Horror from the High Desert Scotty Milder

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A horror podcast hosted by author and filmmaker Scotty Milder. Loose, casual conversations about books, short fiction, and movies with some of the genre’s most exciting fans and creators.

Music by JaxiusMusic (licensed from Pond5)

    C.J. Leede

    C.J. Leede

    Scotty talks to author C.J. Leede about going from a sci-fi and fantasy-reading medieval studies major who had "never read a horror novel in [her] life" to becoming the author of "Maeve Fly" (2023, Tor Nightfire), which is nominated this year for both a Splatterpunk Award and a Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a First Novel. C.J. talks about immersing herself in horror and transgressive fiction, learning to love her newly adopted city of Los Angeles, celebrating female monstrousness in her work, and more. She and Scotty also discuss their love of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show."

    You can find C.J. online at: https://cjleede.com

    You can get your copy of "Maeve Fly" at: https://bookshop.org/p/books/maeve-fly-cj-leede/18738964

    You can listen to C.J.'s "Maeve Fly" Spotify playlist at: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/43upE7fyzFUo1wCY7iVOQf?si=6bc41c47f6b94b63

    You can pre-order "American Rapture" at: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0CQHMBG1Y/

    You can listen to the most recent episode of "The Weirdest Thing," where Scotty and Amelia talk about the history of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" at: https://open.spotify.com/episode/3e9NY8GMtgNyxQXt70VfCX?si=85000aac9be14399

    Be sure to tune in to Daniel Braum's YouTube series "Night Time Logic." The series focuses on the strange, weird, and wonderful side of dark fiction through readings and discussions with diverse authors from around the world. You can tune in on Daniel's You Tube Channel, which is his name DanielBraum or @danielbraum7838. The next episode will feature author Paul Tremblay, and will be live on August 29 at 7 p.m., EST: https://www.facebook.com/events/797113355174358

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    • 56 min
    Robert P. Ottone

    Robert P. Ottone

    Scotty talks to author Robert P. Ottone about growing up on Long Island, his decision to leave his job as a copywriter and become a teacher while also pursuing a career as a writer, and the pushback he received writing horror while working toward an MFA in Children's Literature. Robert also discusses the importance of writing as an outlet for grief, his early forays into publishing, and major influences from the brilliant John Langan to Nickelodeon's "Are You Afraid of the Dark?"

    Robert and Scotty also talk about how fears around both pregnancy and parenthood informed his acclaimed novel "The Vile Thing We Created" (2023, Hydra Publications), and Robert explains how a teenage in-joke between friends inspired his blood-spattered recent book "Curse of the Cob Man" (2023, Weird House Press).

    WARNING: This episode contains a few spoilers for both "The Vile Thing We Created" and Paul Tremblay's "The Cabin at the End of the Woods." Listener discretion advised.

    You can find "The Vile Thing We Created" at: https://hydrapublications.com/the-vile-thing-we-created/

    You can find "Curse of the Cob Man" at: https://weirdhousepress.com/products/curse-of-the-cob-man-by-robert-ottone

    You can read Robert's short story "Falling Asleep in the Rain" in "The Half That You See" (Dark Ink): https://www.amazon.com/Half-That-You-See-ebook/dp/B08FH8S1QQ/

    You can hear Scotty's story about his haunted house at "The Weirdest Thing Afterschool Special Halloweek Spooktacular!": https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-weirdest-thing/id1534847356?i=1000539987047

    Be sure to tune in to Daniel Braum's YouTube series "Night Time Logic." The series focuses on the strange, weird, and wonderful side of dark fiction through readings and discussions with diverse authors from around the world. You can tune in on Daniel's You Tube Channel, which is his name DanielBraum or @danielbraum7838. The next episode will feature author Paul Tremblay, and will be live on May 28th at 7 p.m., EST: https://www.facebook.com/events/797113355174358

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    • 1 hr 46 min
    Rachel Eve Moulton

    Rachel Eve Moulton

    Scotty talks to author Rachel Eve Moulton about her acclaimed novels "Tinfoil Butterfly" (2019) and "The Insatiable Volt Sisters" (2023), both from MCD x FSG Books. Along the way they discuss Rachel's upbringing in Antioch, Ohio, her early influences from Flannery O'Connor to Stephen King, the importance of place in her work, the culture shock of moving from Rhode Island to New Mexico, how horror fiction can free an author from the need to write in metaphor, the beauty of and terror of exploring fictional relationships, the ickiness of teeth, and much more.

    They also talk about the brilliant teen werewolf movie "Ginger Snaps," and how the film's sibling dynamic informed that in "The Insatiable Volt Sisters."

    You can find Rachel online at https://www.rachelevemoulton.com

    You can get your copy of "Tinfoil Butterfly" From Bookworks here in Albuquerque!: https://www.bkwrks.com/book/9780374538309

    You can get "The Insatiable Volt Sisters" from Bookworks as well: https://www.bkwrks.com/book/9780374538323

    Read Rachel's story "Deluge" at New Ohio Review: https://newohioreview.org/2019/12/13/deluge/

    Read Rachel's essay "On the Haunted Lives of Girls and Women" at LitHub: https://lithub.com/on-the-haunted-lives-of-girls-and-women/

    Be sure to check out the next episode of the YouTube show "Night Time Logic" from Daniel Braum. The series focuses on the strange, weird, and wonderful side of dark fiction through readings and discussions with diverse authors from around the world. The next episode will be LIVE on April 23 at 7 p.m. EST, and will feature authors Douglas Ford and Jeffrey Ford. You can tune in on Daniel's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/@danielbraum7838

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    • 1 hr 19 min
    Aaron Campbell

    Aaron Campbell

    Scotty talks to comic-book artist and writer Aaron Campbell about his early horror influences from Dungeons and Dragons, T.E.D. Klein, and H.P. Lovecraft, and the labyrinthine path through the early days of his career. They discuss "Infidel" (2018, Image Comics), Aaron's acclaimed collaboration with writer Pornsak Pichetshote and colorist José Villarrubia, which was named one of NPR's "100 Favorite Horror Stories of All Time" in 2018.

    They spend time on Aaron's current work with DC Comics in the "Hellblazer" and "Sandman" universe, and finish with a long conversation about Aaron's writing debut with the Hammer-Horror influenced "West of Sundown" (Vault Comics), his collaboration with co-writer Tim Seeley and artist Jim Terry. Aaron talks about bridging the gap between disparate genres (gothic horror and the "Spaghetti Western"), and the importance of representing the truth of America's southwestern colonial past, even in the context of genre fiction.

    They also spend more than a few minutes breaking down the Hammer classic "The Brides of Dracula" (1960), discussing how its style influenced the aesthetic of "West of Sundown," and Aaron rhapsodizes about his favorite piece of cinematic schlock: 1981's "The Monster Club," starring Vincent Price and John Carradine.

    Find Aaron online at: https://www.aaroncampbellarts.com

    Find "Infidel" at Image Comics: https://imagecomics.com/comics/series/infidel

    Read NPR's "Click If You Dare: 100 Favorite Horror Stories:" https://www.npr.org/2018/08/16/632779706/click-if-you-dare-100-favorite-horror-stories

    Search for Aaron at DC Comics: https://www.dc.com/talent/aaron-campbell

    Read "John Constantine Hellblazer Dead in America #1:" https://www.amazon.com/John-Constantine-Hellblazer-Dead-America-ebook/dp/B0CPZZVJLT/

    Find "West of Sundown" at Vault Comics: https://vaultcomics.com/products/west-of-sundown-vol1#variant=Paperback%20+%20eBook

    Read artist/writer Jim Terry's memoir "Come Home, Indio:" https://www.streetnoisebooks.com/come-home-indio-a-memoir

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    • 1 hr 51 min
    Larry Hinkle

    Larry Hinkle

    Scotty talks to author Larry Hinkle about his excellent new collection "The Space Between" (February 14, Trepidatio Publishing). They discuss how Larry's mother helped him discover his early love of horror, but also how negative experiences in writing workshops pushed him out of fiction writing for nearly three decades. After Scotty cools down from his rant about bad teachers, they talk about the value of brevity in the horror story, balancing humor, horror, and poignancy in Larry's work, time travel narratives, Lovecraft's complicated legacy, how to turn a garbage dump into a living, peeing kaiju, and much more. They also talk about the incredible 2017 independent sci-fi/horror mindbender "The Endless," which was written-and-directed-by and stars Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead.

    You can find "The Space Between" at https://journalstone.com/bookstore/the-space-between/

    You can find Larry Hinkle online at https://writtenbylarry.wixsite.com/writtenbylarry

    You can follow Larry on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/willwriteforbeer/

    And be sure to check out the next episode of Daniel Braum's YouTube show "Night Time Logic." The series focuses on the strange, weird, and wonderful side of dark fiction through readings and dicussions with a diverse authors from around the world. The next episode will be LIVE on March 28 at 7 p.m. EST, and features Gwendolyn Kiste talking about her new novel "The Haunting of Velkwood." You can tune in on Daniel's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/@danielbraum7838

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    • 1 hr 29 min
    Maureen Bharoocha

    Maureen Bharoocha

    So why is Scotty having a former segment director for Jimmy Kimmel Live! as a guest on his horror podcast? Well, aside from being one of his oldest friends, Maureen Bharoocha is also the director of two Lifetime Network thrillers, along with the upcoming teen horror/comedy "The Prank" (March 15, from Iconic Events).

    Scotty and Maureen talk about her upbringing in a mixed Catholic/Muslim household, their time in film school together as argumentative "natural contrarians," Maureen's uncanny ability to turn a job at an upscale Beverly Hills bakery into a legitimate filmmaking career, how making "women in peril" movies for Lifetime is sort of like the modern-day Roger Corman school of low-budget filmmaking, how she thinks about the balance between horror and comedy, what it's like giving notes to movie legends like Keith David and Rita Moreno, and a whole lot more. Maureen takes us on her very own unique journey through the entertainment industry.

    Find Maureen on IMDb here: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2043336/

    Check out "The Prank" on March 15!: https://iconicreleasing.com/the-prank/

    Watch the trailer for "Golden Arm" here: https://youtu.be/G7leSu8mQLw?si=gUMYX9vuM-x1uvXG

    Watch the trailer for "I Am Watching You" here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ub3AVIdEWWk

    Watch the trailer for "Fatal Flip" here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ViYnELvlzPk

    "Sprinkles Shorts: Coconut:" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Np6LNUGLb80

    "Sprinkles Shorts: A Taste of Magic, starring Justin Willman:" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDy5IxhW7e4

    "Sprinkles Shorts: Strawberry, Starring Yeardley Smith:" https://youtu.be/Jf5AizZqd_Q?si=epnqil2vbuaoZgyT

    Be sure to check out the next episode of Daniel Braum's YouTube show "Night Time Logic." The series focuses on the strange, weird, and wonderful side of dark fiction through readings and dicussions with a diverse authors from around the world. The next episode will be LIVE on March 28 at 7 p.m. EST, and features author Gwendolyn Kiste talking about her new novel "The Haunting of Velkwood." You can tune in on Daniel's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/@danielbraum7838

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    • 2 hr 3 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

Beck N Caller ,

Always a winner

If you are a horror fiction fan, horror movie fan, or just a fan of learning what makes authors tick, this is the podcast for you. Scotty does his research: there is none of that “so what do you write” nonsense that is prevalent on a number of similarly themed shows. Scotty reads the books, watches the movies, (and must never sleep :D), and conducts fascinating and engaging conversations with his guests. Peruse his show catalog and listen to just one episode: you are sure to be hooked.

Darthneeks ,

Good stuff

Engaging discussions with horror authors about the genre amongst other things! Scotty is a great host too. Highly recommend.

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