Posts by Jason Henderson

About Jason Henderson

Jason Henderson, author of the Young Captain Nemo (Macmillan Children's) and Alex Van Helsing (HarperTeen) series, earned his BA from University of Dallas in 1993 and his JD from Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law in Washington, D.C., in 1996. His popular podcasts “Castle Talk” and “Castle of Horror” feature interviews and discussion panels made up of best-selling writers and artists from all genres. Henderson lives in Colorado with his wife and two daughters.

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Ranking Film Adaptations: The Good, The Bad and Jaws

This episode Jason talks to the creative minds behind the Adapt or Perish podcast, a bi-weekly show that examines adaptations of all kinds, whether stage to screen, book to television, comic to blockbuster, or film to musical and back again. The hosts are Arielle Lipshaw (dramaturg, director, voiceover artist, and knitting enthusiast) and Jeremy Latour […]

"Becky" Directors on Bringing the Scary Mofo Out of Kevin James

Becky Directors on Bringing the Scary Mofo Out of Kevin James

This episode Jason talks to Cary Murnion and Jonathan Milott, the directors of Becky (debuting June 5), a new revenge thriller about a teen girl, Lulu Wilson, who faces off against a gang of neo-Nazis led by an unusually villainous Kevin James. You guys have called it an "ultra-violent Home Alone." Say the producers: Spunky and rebellious, […]

Bookselling Requires a Great Query Letter & It's Harder Than It Looks

This episode Jason talks to Angie Hodapp about her new book Query Craft, the Writer-in-the-Know Guide to Getting Your Manuscript Requested. The author is the Director of Literary Development at Nelson Literary Agency, where she acts as a conduit between authors pitching books and agents looking to represent them. Her new book is about the […]


Lake of Darkness Explores the Dark Side of WWI-Era Chicago

This episode Jason talks to Scott Kenemore, author of the new book Lake of Darkness (May 5, 2020; Skyhorse Publishing/Talos Press). The book explores an alternate history in which power, crime, and the supernatural converge during the First World War on the South Side of Chicago. The publisher says: A combination of detective thriller, cosmic […]


The Haunted Scares in a Single House Over One Long Night

This episode Jason talks to director and writer David Holroyd, whose new film The Haunted is about a young caregiver in an isolated house who finds her elderly charge's house may be haunted by a vengeful spirit. That makes The Haunted a straight-up, old-fashioned haunted house story. Shot on a limited budget, the film works […]


Leslie Lutz Talks Fractured Tide And Building a Better Lost

This episode Jason talks to Leslie Lutz, whose strange Lost-like thrilled Fractured Tide debuts this month from Blink/HarperCollins in hardcover. Says the publisher: This young adult thriller pushes 17-year-old Sia into a reality where the waters in front of her and the jungle behind her are as dangerous as the survivors alongside her. Told through […]


Master of Horror Ramsey Campbell on The Wise Friend and the Uncanny

This episode Jason talks to Ramsey Campbell, who the Oxford Companion to English Literature describes as "Britain's most respected living horror writer." It's practically impossible to talk about Campbell without an awareness of his importance to the horror genre—he's received more awards than any other horror writer, including the Grand Master Award of the World […]


Robert Nairne on Creature-ing in Jack in the Box, Star Wars

This episode Jason talks to Robert Nairne, who stars in the new film The Jack in the Box on VOD Digital and DVD this month. The Jack in the Box is an old-fashioned creature feature perfect for spring days in quarantine. As described by the producer: When a museum is donated a vintage Jack-In-The-Box, it's […]


Issa Lopez on the Beauty, Savagery of Tigers are Not Afraid

This episode, Jason chats with Issa Lopez, the director, and writer of Tigers Are Not Afraid, which releases in May on DVD and DVD/Blu-ray SteelBook. Tigers Are Not Afraid is a story of horror and even fanciful imagery set against the backdrop of Mexico's devastating drug wars. Tigers Are Not Afraid follows Estrella, a girl […]


Grady Hendrix on Bringing Dracula to the Southern 'Burbs

This episode Jason spoke to author Grady Hendrix about his new book The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires, which is currently a New York Times Bestseller. The book has already been acquired for adaptation as an Amazon TV series. Hendrix explains that the book, which the publisher has pitched as "Steel Magnolias Meets […]


Invasion of the Body Snatchers 1978 Is An Urban Pandemic Classic

This week we had a supersized episode combining the casts of two horror podcasts to discuss a classic of pandemic paranoia: Philip Kaufman's Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978). The Castle of Horror team (Drew Edwards of Halloween Man, Attorney Julia Guzman, Tony Salvaggio of Rooster Teeth, and writer Jason Henderson)  were joined by the […]


Cassandra Peterson on Being Elvira and Creating an Enduring Character

This episode Jason chats with Cassandra Peterson, who created and has inhabited the role of Elvira, Mistress of the Dark since she created the character as a revamped TV horror host with her show Elvira's Movie Macabre. Peterson joined the conversation from her home, where she's busy putting the final touches on her autobiography and […]

Joe Bob Briggs and The Last Drive-In returns to Shudder this month, image courtesy of Castle Talk podcast.

Castle Talk: Joe Bob Briggs On Shudder Return and Slaying Sacred Cows

This episode we're talking with Joe Bob Briggs, host of Shudder's series The Last Drive-In, which returns to the OTT horror service this month. Joe Bob first came on the scene as the "drive-in movie critic" (a concept that Briggs had to invent) for the Dallas Times Herald in 1982. Since then he's seen his […]


Danielle Trussoni's The Ancestor Takes Gothic Horror and Twists

This episode we're talking with Danielle Trussoni, the New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling author of the Angelology series whose new book The Ancestor (reviewed Tuesday at the New York Times, which called it "as creepy as you might expect from an author who also writes the Book Review's horror column.") is a gothic thriller about […]

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Menna Van Praag Moves into Grim Fantasy with The Sisters Grimm

This episode we're talking with Menna van Praag, author of the new book The Sisters Grimm from HarperVoyager. The publisher says about the author: Menna van Praag was born in Cambridge, England and studied Modern History at Oxford University. Her first novella – an autobiographical tale about a waitress who aspires to be a writer […]

Sea Fever Official Trailer | On Digital April 10th | DUST Feature Film

"Sea Fever" Gets First-Ever Live Stream Film Premiere

In what global entertainment company Gunpowder & Sky and its Sci-Fi label DUST is calling the "first-ever live stream film premiere," Neasa Hardiman's new film Sea Fever will be streamed live on the evening of Thursday, April 9 at 5:00 PM PT/8 PM ET at The screening will be followed by a live Q&A […]

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"Sea Fever" Director Neasa Hardiman on the Horror of the Sea

  This episode we're talking to Neasa Hardiman, writer/director of the new film Sea Fever, due out April 10 from Gunpowder & Sky/Dust. Sea Fever tells the story of Siobhan, a marine biologist (Hermione Corfield) doing research aboard a fishing trawler captained by Freya (Wonder Woman's Connie Nielsen) when the ship is stopped by what […]


Re-Assessing the Paranoiac Warm Glow of "The Twilight Zone: The Movie"

Recently the Castle of Horror asked listeners what kinds of films they'd like us to discuss, and the winner far and away was "more anthologies." That's probably because horror anthologies are always fun and rarely wear out their welcome—generally, if you're not crazy about the segment you're watching, if you hang around a few minutes, […]


New Thriller "Vivarium" Plays like a Feature Length "Twilight Zone"

We chatted with Lorcan Finnegan, director of the new film Vivarium (due out March 27), which plays like a feature-length Twilight Zone episode that turns out to have an eerie prescience for the deserted streets of today's pandemic social isolation. In Vivarium, as the producers describe it: Tom and Gemma (Jesse Eisenberg and Imogen Poots) […]


"Scientists with Guns" Return in James Rollins "The Last Odyssey"

This episode we're talking to James Rollins, author of the new book The Last Odyssey from William Morrow/HarperCollins– a book in which Rollins' Sigma Force returns to investigate a mystery surrounding an ancient path to Tartarus, the Greek Hell. As Sigma Force investigates, different powers begin to move in on a radioactive discovery that could trigger […]