Killer POV Ep 117: Literary Horror!

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This week on Killer POV, your hosts Rob Galluzzo (FEARnet), Elric Kane (Inside Horror) and Rebekah McKendry (Fangoria) tackle the topic of “literary horror” with special guest Del Howison! But first, the latest horrors! All 3 hosts got to see M. Night Shyamalan’s new movie ‘The Visit!’ Check out what the gang had to say about the usually polarizing filmmaker for this go round. Rob checked out Scream Factory’s new release of ‘The Legacy,’ as well as ‘New Nightmare.’ Bekah watched ‘Homebodies,’ the 1987 ‘Flowers In The Attic’ and has jumped back into the TV series ‘Bones.’ Elric revisited one of his favorite films of the year ‘It Follows.’

Then we bring on Del Howison, the owner of Burbank’s horror-centric hot spot Dark Delecacies and author, who recently edited the anthology book ‘Midian Unmade: Tales of Clive Barker’s Nightbreed.’ We talk about how his book store has maintained itself in the industry for over 21 years (!) through special events, signings and just old fashioned face to face customer service. We all discuss our favorite authors, the first time we all discovered the greats like Stephen King, Clive Barker, Robert Bloch. We name our top 5 horror novels and also give recommendations for horror reference books, making-of movie guides and true crime. This is the episode for horror book lovers!

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  • Another great show! I am a huge reader of film history/analysis/theory books and I have to say that NIGHTMARE USA is one of the most rewarding books I have ever read and it is the prize of my book shelf (I have the first edition hardback). I’ve read it front to back twice and have cracked it open to reread passages many times. Love that book! Another one I have to recommend is from the same publisher, FAB Press (I LOVE almost all of their output), called HOUSE OF PSYCHOTIC WOMEN: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL TOPOGRAPHY OF FEMALE NEUROSIS IN HORROR AND EXPLOITATION FILMS by Kier-La Janisse. That book is PHENOMENAL. As the title implies it is a study of horror films from the perspective of female neurosis and Janisse interweaves her reviews and interpretations of these films (many of which I was unfamiliar with, which is great of course!) with her personal history with her mother, her father and her stepfather and her developing interest in horror films that coincided with her upbringing (which wasn’t rosy). Great, great book, very much recommended. Also also, Joseph Maddrey’s Lance Henricksen biography NOT BAD FOR A HUMAN is so damn good, a must read for any Henricksen fans out there! Another great podcast everybody, I got some good recommendations from all of you and if/when I am ever in LA I will for sure be checking out Dark Delicacies!!

    • Dennis Atherton

      Cheers Guys, Great fun as ever, funny sidenote is I thought Dark Del would look more like Spooky Dan, Congrats on 21 years of business especially after the guy from Amazon trying to put all smaller businesses out of business, I did not know that shocking fact but I am not surprised, seeing as I cant ever visit Jumpcut then DarkDels os still on the list and hopefully Secret Sixteen will find a new home,
      On the literary front I will give one shout out because its my favourite, its a short story Anthology so I know that’s got your interest, Joe Hill, 20th Century Ghosts is my go to Anthology and is also one of the best read AudioBooks I have ever heard, I cant recommend it enough for subtle delicate involving Horror

  • Shad Youngblood

    Great episode! I had actually just bought several Dan Simmons novels on audio. Rob, there are audio versions of Gunnar Hansen and Kane Hodder’s books as well. If you get the print version of Kane’s book you can me in the chapter about meeting fans. I’m the guy he’s choking while holding a signed machete.

  • Marko Översti

    You should check out Thomas Ligotti, easily one of the best modern horror writers.