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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Crypto-Z Extends Bestseller Ancestor In Post-Apocalyptic Podcast

Crypto-Z Extends Bestseller Ancestor In Post-Apocalyptic Podcast

In this episode, Jason chats with producer Hadrien Royo about the audio series Crypto-Z, which you can find on any podcast app. Hadrien is an award-winning filmmaker who has helped independent features come to life and get prestigious festival runs. He is the producer and director of Crypto-Z, an audio drama podcast, and the founder […]

Talking Haunting of Bly Manor with Castmember Kamal Khan: Interview

Talking Haunting of Bly Manor with Castmember Kamal Khan: Interview

In this episode, Jason chats with Kamal Khan who joins the cast of The Haunting of Bly Manor, which premieres October 9 on Netflix. The Haunting of Bly Manor is a follow-up to the American anthology supernatural horror drama web television series The Haunting of Hill House, created and directed by Mike Flanagan for Netflix, and will […]

Death of Me with Maggie Q is Wicker Man in Southeast Asia

Death of Me with Maggie Q is Wicker Man in Southeast Asia

This episode, Jason chats with Darren Lynn Bousman, director of the new movie Death of Me coming to theaters, On Demand and Digital on October 2, 2020.   The producers describe the movie thus: Vacationing on an island off the coast of Thailand, Christine (Maggie Q) and Neil Oliver (Luke Hemsworth) awake hungover and with […]

Is Batman Just a Fascist Fantasy Now (With DS9 Artist Greg Scott)

Is Batman Just a Fascist Fantasy Now? (With DS9 Artist Greg Scott)

Jason is joined by Deep Space 9 artist Greg Scott to discuss the new trailer for Matt Reeves' 2021 film The Batman starring Robert Pattinson. Specifically, we debated whether Batman has gone off the rails of heroism. In the trailer, Pattinson's dark knight detective is shown beating a gang member to death and calling himself "vengeance." How is […]

JH Moncrieff Cruise Ship Killers &#038 the Need for Empathy in True Crime

JH Moncrieff, Cruise Ship Killers & the Need for Empathy in True Crime

This episode Jason is joined by Castle of Horror castmate Julia Guzman to chat with JH Moncrieff, whose book City of Ghosts won the 2018 Kindle Book Review Award for Best Horror/Suspense. She won Harlequin's international search for "the next Gillian Flynn"  and her horror book  Monsters in Our Wake was a TOP Amazon horror […]

Set My Heart to Five: Funny Tragic and Edgar Wrights Next Joint

Set My Heart to Five: Funny, Tragic and Edgar Wright's Next Joint

This episode Jason chats with Simon Stephenson, whose book Set My Heart to Five debuts from HarperCollins this September. Set My Heart to Five is on tap for adaptation by Edgar Wright, the director behind Baby Driver and the upcoming Last Night in Soho (set for an April 2021 release). Set My Heart to Five is set in the year 2054, and follows […]

No Escape is a Tension-Filled Indictment of the Vlogger Life

No Escape is a Tension-Filled Indictment of the Vlogger Life

Jason joins Director/Writer Will Wernick (who also directed the hit thriller Escape Room) to talk about his new film No Escape.  The story here, per the studio: Cole, a social media star, travels with his friends to Moscow to capture new content for his successful VLOG. Always pushing the limits and catering to a growing audience, […]

Catherine House: Elisabeth Thomass Full Scholarship to Spookytown

Catherine House: Elisabeth Thomas's Full Scholarship to Spookytown

Jason chats with Elisabeth Thomas, whose debut novel Catherine House from HarperCollins was called "spellbinding" by Publishers Weekly… it's a sort of contemporary gothic about a young woman, Ines, who is invited to attend a very selective school, the titular Catherine House. The school cuts Ines her off from the outside world but promises access […]

Cadets Steal Starship to Save Humanity in Devastation Class

Cadets Steal Starship to Save Humanity in Devastation Class

This episode we're talking to Glen Zipper and Elaine Mongeon, authors of the new science fiction book Devastation Class from HarperCollins/Blink. Zipper is known for creating the wildly popular Netflix series Dogs and producing such films as the Academy Award ® winning Undefeated and the critically acclaimed Showbiz Kids directed by Alex Winter (Bill & […]

Kinsane Nabs Media Rights for Middle-Grade Trilogy Wedgie &#038 Gizmo

Kinsane Nabs Media Rights for Middle-Grade Trilogy Wedgie & Gizmo

Multi-media company Kinsane Entertainment Inc. acquired the media adaptation rights for best-selling author Suzanne Selfors' comedic Wedgie & Gizmo book series published by HarperCollins. Kinsane reported they planned to develop the literary franchise as an animated series, like mobile games, consumer products, and more for worldwide release. The publisher described the series thus: Wedgie & […]

Maisie Williams Tries to Rob the Wrong Doctor in The Owners

Maisie Williams Tries to Rob the Wrong Doctor in The Owners

This episode, Jason chats with Julius Berg, co-writer and director of The Owners, a new home invasion thriller coming to theaters and on-demand Sep 4, 2020. The film stars Maisie Williams, Sylvester McCoy, Jake Curran, Ian Kenny, Andrew Ellis, Rita Tushingham. The director explains that the film is based on the Belgian graphic novel Une […]

Rifftrax Bridget &#038 Mary Jo Bring Frankensteins Daughter to Life

Rifftrax' Bridget & Mary Jo Bring Frankenstein's Daughter to Life

This episode, Jason chats with Bridget Nelson and Mary Jo Pehl are a writing and comedy team known for their work on Mystery Science Theater 3000 and for the past several years as the Rifftrax audio commentary team Bridget & Mary Jo, where they riff on features, industrial shorts, often with an eye on the social […]

Gothic Horror Panel: The Ten Gothic Horror Movies You Must See

Gothic Horror Panel: The Ten Gothic Horror Movies You Must See

On August 4, Castle Bridge Media presented a panel on mid-century Gothic horror films featuring leading voices in horror fiction and commentary. The panel was made in celebration of the release of the book Nightwalkers, a new look at Gothic horror ranging from the films of Britain's Hammer Studios, home of Christopher Lee's Dracula and […]

Cursed Films: Shudder Series Asks Can Haunting Movies Haunt Back

Cursed Films: Shudder Series Asks, Can Haunting Movies Haunt Back?

Jason chats about the Shudder miniseries Cursed Films with the miniseries' director/writer/editor Jay Cheel and writer Mitch Horowitz (As a Man Thinketh), who provides much of the commentary on the series. They talk about the films the series covers, with an episode each for The Exorcist, The Omen, Poltergeist, The Crow, and The Twilight Zone. Cheel […]

Krauss Living Dead is 650 Pages of Zombie Gore Tension and Sadness

Kraus's Living Dead is 650 Pages of Zombie Gore, Tension and Sadness

This episode we're talking to Daniel Kraus, author of The Living Dead: A New Novel (Tor), a book written in part by Night of the Living Dead's (and so much more) George Romero and then expanded and completed by Kraus—expanded, in fact, to a door-stopping, Micheneresque zombie magnum opus that melds ideas from Romero over the course […]

Why Do We Flock to Midnight Movies Time Warp Tries to Tell Us

Why Do We Flock to Midnight Movies? Time Warp Tries to Tell Us

This episode Jason talks to Danny Wolf, director of the documentary series Time Warp: The Greatest Cult Films of All Time, which viewers can view via several on-demand services including for rent and purchase on Amazon and Vudu. Through three feature-length episodes, the series explores the definition and finest examples of the cult film– essentially, films […]

Alien-Infection Thriller The Beach House Brings Horrible Irony

Alien-Infection Thriller The Beach House Brings "Horrible Irony"

This episode Jason talks to Jeffrey A. Brown, writer, and director of The Beach House, which comes to AMC's horror streaming service Shudder on July 9th (US/Canada/UK/Ireland). The film stars Liana Liberato as a girl who, while on a weekend beach house getaway with her boyfriend, suddenly finds herself trying to survive amid the onslaught […]

Gavin Rothery on Bringing AI Thriller Archive to Life

Gavin Rothery on Bringing AI Thriller Archive to Life

In this episode of Castle Talk, Rooster Teeth Technical Director Tony Salvaggio talks to Writer/Director Gavin Rothery about his soon-to-be-released science fiction thriller Archive. Gavin fills us in on the development of the film, his influences, and what it is like to transition from being an artist and production designer to acting as writer and […]

Cory Doctorow Says Goodbye to the Racist Past of Splash Mountain

Cory Doctorow Says Goodbye to the Racist Past of Splash Mountain

This episode of Castle Talk, Jason Henderson chats with futurist and author Cory Doctorow on Disney's decision to rebrand the Disneyland and Walt Disney World attraction Splash Mountain to move the flume ride away from the problematic politics of the 1946 film Song of the South. The decision, which Doctorow predicted shortly before the announcement came […]

Ashleigh Morghan Stars in Head Count a Creepy Pasta It

Ashleigh Morghan Stars in Head Count, a Creepy Pasta "It"

This episode Jason talks to Ashleigh Morgan, who starred last year in Head Count directed by Elle Callahan which one a special jury prize from the Los Angeles Film Festival. Ashleigh explains how she approaches her craft. She talks about how the movie has a distinct creepy-pasta vibe, an element of transplanted folklore, as the young […]