I am actually obligating to other things this summer, but I’m going to try to squeeze some light reading and audio booking into my schedule. I always have horror and mysteries on my mind, but having just wrapped a semester of Horror Genre, and with so many great horror films popping up recently, not to mention the obvious daily anxieties, I’m finding it a great time to wallow in the monstrous and scary.
My Current Reading/Listening Queue:
MY FAVORITE THING IS MONSTERS by Emil Ferris – Heart heart heart! In case you haven’t yet heard, this is a (mightily hefty) graphic first novel by 50+ female writer-artist in the form of a 10-year-old girl’s journal as she investigates her neighbor’s murder in Chicago of 1968. It’s like it was written for me! Hubris aside, this is a glorious, gorgeous book is a fiercely brave and rich autobiographical journey. I’ve only just started it, but cannot wait to be fully immersed in Ferris’s world. [NPR Interview with Ferris]
Shock Waves Book Club – The good folks of the Shockwaves Podcast have a Facebook book club. This month’s book…
LOVECRAFT COUNTRY by Matt Ruff. Chicago again, 1954. When the protagonist’s father goes missing he and his uncle must take a road trip through Jim Crow America. (Soon to be a mini-series directed by Jordan Peele). “A chimerical blend of magic, power, hope, and freedom that stretches across time, touching diverse members of two black families, Lovecraft Country is a devastating kaleidoscopic portrait of racism—the terrifying specter that still haunts us today.”
If you don’t know Blumhouse’s SHOCK WAVES Podcast, it is the bomb when it comes to horror geekdom. Hosted by Rob Galluzzo (Senior Editor: Blumhouse.com, FEARnet, Icons Of Fright), Elric Kane (This Week In Horror, Inside Horror) and Rebekah McKendry (Editor In Chief: Blumhouse.com, Fangoria), weekly discussion of all things horror. Their weekly recap of horror films they’ve watched will make your Letterboxd Watchlist explode (see mine for example). They also discuss theatrical releases, books, conventions, and television, and feature intriguing guests.
POST MORTEM with Mick Garris is my favorite podcast of all time. He’s been hanging with fellow Masters of Horror, and interviewing them, for decades, so his “interviews” are more like warm, friendly discussions, and you get to be a fly on the wall. Oh the stories! Horror people are the best people, after all.
I also have some streaming picks, but I will save that for another post. Now I must go get some work done so I can justify an evening off to see: IT COMES AT NIGHT