Castle Talk Podcast


Alien-Infection Thriller The Beach House Brings Horrible Irony

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

The film expertly handles several eerie scenes, from waves of glowing spores washing in to a trippy moment when a woman walks through a grove of trees laced with glowing, alien slime.[caption id="attachment_1232827" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Castle Talk Podcast logo and The Beach House (2020) poster used with permission.[/caption]The producers describe the film:  Escaping to his family's[...]

Gavin Rothery on Bringing AI Thriller Archive to Life

Gavin Rothery on Bringing AI Thriller Archive to Life

We get a peek at the development and production process of this stunningly taut tale of a man and his singular pursuit to bring back the person he holds most dear.  In the free-flowing conversation, Gavin also discusses how a nine-year project came together, and how calling upon all of one's “plus one” skills becomes vital[...]

Ashleigh Morghan Stars in Head Count a Creepy Pasta It

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

The summoning is straight out of Candyman, which was straight out of backyard campouts: say its name five times.[caption id="attachment_1227804" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Poster for Head Count and logo for Castle Talk Podcast, used with permission[/caption]The producers describe the movie thus: Newcomer Evan joins a group of teens on a getaway in Joshua Tree[...]

Shock and Context: Midnight Movie Society Horrifies the Living Room

Shock and Context: Midnight Movie Society Horrifies the Living Room

Gober calls herself a lifelong horror fan who "still can't quite believe she got lucky enough to spin that into a career." The Midnight Movie Society's creators explain they allow viewers to "gain access to a film library of shocking underground, outrageous gore, creature features, cult classics, and much more! Those with a taste for the[...]

Discover the Spooky World Around You with American Cryptic

Discover the Spooky World Around You with American Cryptic

Horror fans may know Towns from his deep, knowledgeable dives into cult horror, the YouTube series 66 Horror Flix, and October Country. [caption id="attachment_1219154" align="aligncenter" width="600"] The cover of American Cryptic and the official logo of Castle Talk Podcast.[/caption] Anubis describes the new book: American Cryptic is an open-minded cynic’s take on the uncanny and sometimes frightening things[...]

Ranking Film Adaptations: The Good The Bad and Jaws

Ranking Film Adaptations: The Good, The Bad and Jaws

You can find their show wherever you find your podcasts and at  https://www.adaptorperishcast.com/[caption id="attachment_1213572" align="aligncenter" width="600"] The official logos for the Castle Talk Podcast and Adapt or Perish Podcast.[/caption]The question of how to discuss adaptation is tricky-- the hosts found that their best conversations come out when they can dive deep into works that have[...]

Becky Directors on Bringing the Scary Mofo Out of Kevin James

Becky Directors on Bringing the Scary Mofo Out of Kevin James

The trip immediately takes a turn for the worse when a group of convicts on the run, led by the merciless Dominick (Kevin James), suddenly invade the lake house.[caption id="attachment_1213567" align="aligncenter" width="600"] The official logo for the Castle Talk podcast and the official poster for Becky.[/caption] The directors talk about James' efforts to create a truly[...]

Bookselling Requires a Great Query Letter &#038 Its Harder Than It Looks

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

Her new book is about the tool that authors use for pitching: the query letter.[caption id="attachment_1209091" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Cover of Query Craft and the logo of the Castle Talk Podcast, used by permission[/caption]The query letter is a single page—usually closer to half a page—whose purpose is to explain who the writer is and what their[...]

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

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

The logo of the Castle Talk podcast and used with permission.[/caption]The publisher says:A combination of detective thriller, cosmic horror, and historical fiction, LAKE OF DARKNESS takes readers deeply into Chicago's very dark history. When a series of child murders takes place, Officer Joe "Flip" Flippity is summoned by the city's mayor, the legendary Big Bill Thompson himself--during a[...]

The Haunted Scares in a Single House Over One Long Night

The Haunted Scares in a Single House Over One Long Night

The official logo for the Castle Talk Podcast and used with permission.[/caption]Holroyd, an English director who moved to Australia during post-production on The Haunted, discusses how quarantine has only continued what had been started—movie-makers are learning to work remotely, with crews scatted across continents and oceans.Holroyd talked about what it takes to make an independent[...]

Leslie Lutz Talks Fractured Tide And Building a Better Lost

Leslie Lutz Talks Fractured Tide And Building a Better Lost

The official logo for the Castle Talk podcast and used with permission.[/caption]Leslie Lutz is a devoted diver and fan of creature horror Her writing has appeared in various journals, including Orca Literary Journal, Kaaterskill Basin Literary Journal, Typishly, Number One, The Lyric, and Raintown Review She is a member of International Thriller Writers and Horror Writers Association[...]

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

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

The logo for the Castle Talk Podcast and used with permission.[/caption]Flame Tree Press reports that, “In 2015 [Campbell] was made an Honorary Fellow of Liverpool John Moores University for outstanding services to literature He is the President of the Society of Fantastic Films The Influence, the film based on his novel, is now a major[...]

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

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

The logo for the Castle Talk podcast and used with permission.[/caption]Nairne joined Castle Talk from his home in the UK, where he also is under quarantine Nairne is a remarkably prolific creature actor with who has appeared in the five most recent Star Wars films, as well as playing Hondo Ohnaka on screens throughout the[...]

Issa Lopez on the Beauty Savagery of Tigers are Not Afraid

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

It's a brutal, often breathtaking vision which no less than Guillermo del Toro called "an unsparing blend of fantasy and brutality, innocence and evil."[caption id="attachment_1203502" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Official poster of Tigers are Not Afraid and the Logo of the Castle Talk Podcast, used with permission[/caption]Tigers Are Not Afraid has collected at last county fifty awards in[...]

Grady Hendrix on Bringing Dracula to the Southern Burbs

Grady Hendrix on Bringing Dracula to the Southern 'Burbs

He’s one of the founders of the New York Asian Film Festival, which the New York Times called “one of the city’s most valuable events.” You can discover more about Hendrix at gradyhendrix.com.Listen here:https://api.spreaker.com/v2/episodes/25860268/download.mp3Listen on YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uO8dGipz5mg Jason Henderson is the host of the Castle of Horror and Castle Talk Podcasts, the editor of the Castle of Horror Anthology series, and[...]

Cassandra Peterson on Being Elvira and Creating an Enduring Character

Cassandra Peterson on Being Elvira and Creating an Enduring Character

With any luck, we'll get to talk with her again when her autobiography appears next year.Listen here:https://api.spreaker.com/v2/episodes/25675465/download.mp3Listen on YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WO-6vOC9GFYJason Henderson is the host of the Castle of Horror and Castle Talk Podcasts, the editor of the Castle of Horror Anthology series, and the author of Quest for the Nautilus: Young Captain Nemo from Macmillan Children's Books.[...]

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

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

He notes that at the time there were constant conversations about first amendment rights in which the arguer would condemn the movie while “defending its right to exist.” Briggs says his attitude was, "let me defend them because I like these movies."[caption id="attachment_1193714" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Joe Bob Briggs and The Last Drive-In returns to Shudder[...]

Danielle Trussonis The Ancestor Takes Gothic Horror and Twists

Danielle Trussoni's The Ancestor Takes Gothic Horror and Twists

We also talked about the influences of the book, which are many (from Frankenstein and Jane Eyre all the way to 20th-century Gothics) as well as Trussoni’s own rigorous writing process.Listen here:https://api.spreaker.com/v2/episodes/24906582/download.mp3Listen on YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9qSYysIdl0Check out the Crypto-Z trailer:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDinMJFP2DQJason Henderson is the host of the Castle of Horror and Castle Talk Podcasts, the editor of the Castle of[...]

Menna Van Praag Moves into Grim Fantasy with The Sisters Grimm

Menna Van Praag Moves into Grim Fantasy with The Sisters Grimm

This book is labeled straight fantasy, and Van Praag says she’s warned people with young teens that some of the themes and violence of the book might not be YA-appropriate.As always we also discussed process—Van Praag says she’s a café writer who haunts the shops of Cambridge, but she has morphed into early-morning writing since[...]

Sea Fever Director Neasa Hardiman on the Horror of the Sea

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

On the set version of the vessel, the actors could be arranged in the cramped space while the camera sat in the place of the wall, with the crew “outside” and out of the way.Hardiman tells us that one of the things inspiring her to make the film is her realization that we know “more[...]