A catalogue of inconclusive conversations about culture, gender, bodies, literature, movies and horror. With Howard David Ingham and friends.
Episode 9: Health and Horror, Dignity and Disgust, with Dr. Catherine Belling
Bioethicist, expert in medical humanities, horror fan and Jeopardy runner-up Dr. Catherine Belling joins me in this week's episode to talk about why horror and health are inextricably linked. Starting with the throughline between Dr. Pimple Popper and the early work of Ridley Scott, we examine a whole casebook of media – including hereditary possessions, anti-Hippocratic oaths, verminous transformations and infested Mayan ruins – and touch on dissection, infestation, plastination, cancerification and death.
There's some pretty grim stuff mentioned in this one, so content warnings for discussion of suicide, eugenics, ablism, and that white goopy stuff that comes out of pimples and cysts.
By the way, the anthropological text neither of us could think of the name of was Mary Douglas, Purity and Danger.
Episode 8: The Death of the Mid Budget Movie, with Raquel S Benedict
In episode 8, Raquel S. Benedict, most dangerous woman in speculative fiction, joins me to talk about what a mid-budget movie is, what's great about them and why they're an endangered species. Expect a discussion of the magic of The First Wive's Club, the deadly influence of the Thinkpiece-Industrial Complex, and how James Gunn became a victim of his own blob.
Go check out Raquel's own podcast, Rite Gud (Patreon here) and here's Raquel's most recent contribution to BloodKnife.
Episode 7: Horror on Screen vs Horror on the Page, with Montilee Stormer
In episode 7, horror writer, movie critic and troublemaker Montilee Stormer is here to talk about the difference between horror on the page and horror on the screen. Join us for an invigorating chat about final girls, the ascendance of the TikTok Moment, how green bubble wrap is better than crap CGI, whether the current crop of horror novels could even be novelised (and how many words of text Midsommar might actually amount to), why we all need Bad Decisions, and what makes an unfilmable book unfilmable.
Check out this interview with Montilee at the GLAHW here and then make sure to subscribe to Movie Reelist for Montilee's regular movie reviews.
Episode 6: We Appreciate Power, with Tamsin Davis-Langley
This episode, I'm joined by queersoteric hero Tamsin Davis-Langley to talk about one of the Great Questions of our era.
Grimes or Poppy?
That's where we start, anyway. But it gives us an inroad to talking about billionaire Singularity enthusiasts, whether consciousness is an emergent phenomenon, the shocking history of sideburns and sandwiches, and how you get a banging pop tune inspired by the sort of people who want us dead.
Stick around for the discourse, and then go and find Tamsin's book (writing as Misha Magdalene) Outside the Charmed Circle.
Episode 5: Neurodiversity in Horror, with Joanna Swan
In episode 5, I'm joined by actor Joanna Swan to talk about the horror of being neurodiverse in a neurotypical world, why the best depictions of neurodiversity in cinema are in horror, and to do some deep dives into the movies Excision (2012) and May (2002).
Episode 4: Return of The House of Psychotic Women, feat. Kier-La Janisse
In this episode I talk with Kier-La Janisse – writer, editor, festival programmer, award-winning director of Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched and much more – about her hugely influential book House of Psychotic Women, the new and expanded edition of which is due out very soon. You can pre-order the book at fabpress.com/hopw-expanded-edition-hardcover.html.