On the show this week!

This week on the show we have interviews with 2 authors: 

Jack Ketchum

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Horror and thriller author, mentored by “Psycho” author, Robert Bloch, and friend of Stephen King has been consistently scaring America out of their wits since his first book, “Off Season”, was published in 1980. “Off Season” reportedly prompted the Village Voice to publicly scold its publisher in print for publishing violent pornography. When he’s not collecting Bram Stoker awards he often appears in film adaptations of his works. Such as Girl Next Door

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NO, not that Girl Next Door (but really, what did happen to Elisha Cuthbert??)

This Girl Next Door:

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Jack Ketchum will be at Rock and Shock October 18th through the 20th, tune in and show up!

 

Seanan McGuire/Mira Grant

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Under the name Mira Grant, she penned the anxiety producing “Newsflesh trilogy” (it’s about the pursuit of truth, government cover-ups, relationships, clones and zombies everywhere). Her upcoming book “Parasite” is about tapeworms… and conspiracies and having you life saved or stolen.

As Seanan McGuire she’s written the popular October Daye series, InCryptid series as well as a fairytale remix starring a detective version of Snow White called “Indexing.” 

She’s also the coolest person on twitter. Tune in for book news, how she gets her ideas, feminist awesome and why Bronies should just stop.

Also, Dr. Chris and Pam will talk TV, what they’re going to be for Halloween, and Rock And Shock. Get weird, Worcester: If you’re local, tune to 91.3 fm WCUW or listen at wcuw.org Sunday(err…Monday) 12a-2a EST

On the show this week: actor Zack Ward!

Actor Zack Ward! Know the name? 

Well you definitely know his face: 

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Zack Ward as Scut Farkas in A Christmas Story

Well, that one’s a bit outdated… How about in his more recent role in the 2007 blockbuster Transformers?

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Looking familiar?

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Ahhhh… there we go.

Zack Ward of horror films The Club, Freddy vs. Jason, Resident Evil: Apocalypse, Alone in the Dark 2, and The Devil’s Tomb.

He’s also done guest spots EVERYWHERE including some of my personal favorite action/scifi/genre shows over the years like, Hawaii 5-0, NCIS, Warehouse 13, Dollhouse, Lost, Charmed, Sliders and (OMG I totally forgot about this show) SheSpies. 

So much excitement!

Got any burning questions for Zack? Let us know! You can tune in Sunday night (errr… Monday morning) 12am-2am EST on wcuw.org (or 91.3 if your a Worcesterian). 

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Is Academia Driving You Insane?

School has been back in session for a little bit now, too early yet to feel the crushing pressure of midterms…. seems the perfect time to ponder the legacy of students pushed too far in the horror/fantasy genre.

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(photo cred)

Last night before Radio of Horror, Dr. Chris and I were watching the Masters of Horror: Stuart Gordon episode, Dreams in the Witch House, in which Miskatonic University grad student Walter Gilman (played by Ezra Godden- who was also in the HP Lovecraft based Stuart Gordon directed film Dagon) fears he is going insane after he rents a room in an old boarding house which was the residence of a 17th Century witch. He balances helping out a fellow resident, Frances Elwood (played by Chelah Horsdale, recently featured in Cabin in the Woods, the Killing and Arrow- and Supernatural as Bobby’s momma) and her young son, school work… and uh, nightmares about witches and the possibility of an alternate dimension inside his walls.

In another HP Lovecraft/Stuart Gordon film, featuring another Miskatonic student, Re-animator, med students Herbert West and Dan Cain reanimate corpses and fight against the administration that tries to take credit for their “research.”

In the most recent incarnation of Poison Ivy’s origin story, college student Pamela Isley researches and creates her thesis around manipulating emotions with pheromones, she then gets an internship at Wayne Enterprises and Bruce thinks she’s out of her damn mind. She freaks and steals her research, accidentally dosing herself with the pheromones and giving herself the ability to control plant life.

Sliders, the late nineties sci-fi show, starring Jerry O’Connell, follows Quinn Mallory, Professor Arturo and friends as they slide through alternate dimensions after Physics student Quinn’s basement science project opens a portal to other dimensions. Poorly researched, the friends end up lost, screwing up their world and becoming embroiled in an interdimensional war.

What’s your favorite scifi/horror plot involving students driven astray or pushed to the brink of stability by their ambition?

The Fifty Shades Cast

The internet already exploded at this and Sweaters For Days wrote something more hilarious and awesome than I will.

I didn’t read that book because it was boring as shit. Ana had no damn personality and I can’t suffer through it. I didn’t read twilight, and I’m not an undersexed housewife, so really fuck that stupid book.

I did read far enough to see the descriptions, and really Matt Bomer was the only choice, here.

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but anyway, they cast Charlie Hunnam. Who in my opinion is incredibly fine. (people on Sweaters for Days were ripping him apart, and I’m like “bro, do you even watch Sons of Anarchy?” That’s fine. But really, you’d fuck him. Don’t play.)

But absolutely no one wants to see him in a suit.

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Ps- Did you know he really talks like this:

And arms himself with hatchets, machetes and a samurai sword. Weapons in every room. I always admire preparedness.

I’m hiding out at Charlie Hunnam’s house for the z-poc!

The 50th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech post

Lately I’ve been watching Under the Dome, right? That shows, like 40% of my blog hits. It’s crazy. This show is problematic beyond all belief. You can read the recaps if you want to know about the plethora of problems… but specifically, for my point today: All of the people of color have disappeared, or frequently do not appear and no one seems to notice, or they show up here and there to do a favor for a white lead and then fall off the screen. Dodee shows up here and there (all though, she was absent during the meningitis episode and no one noticed) has gadgets and special talents to save everyone’s ass (but no story of her own), Phil was missing for 2 episodes, showed up long enough to have one line and get shot, then disappeared for 2 episodes. Carolyn’s wife died, and she’s been grieving off camera for 2 episodes. And Ben, who was written as a wacky side kick for Joe, has been absent since standing up to Angie’s abusive and unstable boyfriend… for three episodes. Carolyn and Ben used to be in every episode. They were not the most well formed, multidimensional characters (which was shitty enough), but they were there… and now they are not there. WTF? Where are you?

Have you seen me?

Have you seen me?

I’m actually really worried about Ben. If Junior killed him and threw him in a ditch we should have at least seen him go down fighting.

The only PoC who gets any screen time is Linda, a cop who’s defacto sheriff (and she frequently gives her authority to Barbie, a white male).

No. really. It’s jacked up.

I saw 3 movies over the weekend… of the three… there were two PoC. As minor characters. And they were in the same film.

The comics I’ve been reading lately have been doing a better job at being diverse (The Movement, The X-Men, Lazarus) and looking like an actual microcosm/representation of a city. But I’ve been reading some good comics.

By and large, people of color are hugely under represented in the area of science fiction, superheros, fantasy and speculative fiction. Most of this is due to institutional racism that has been impacting fandom for decades upon decades. And because PoC are stereotyped into non complex roles and are only shown as background players.  Women of color are often highly exoticized and are often only used to further the white male protagonist.

Pretty much because the writers who are accepted into the archaic sci-fi boy’s club write a bunch of wish fulfillment garbage and can’t even be bothered to talk to someone who isn’t of their general social description.

It’s terrible.

Erasure is racism. Just admit it.

Links! from people who write better than me and will enlighten you so you don’t shoot your mouth off like an over privileged asshat as often, please:

Fangs for the Fantasy: What will you do in a dystopian?

Dennis R Upkins: Geek Culture is for White People

“Girls Don’t Like Comic Books” & other hot nonsense

This post has been brewing in my cranium for a while. More so since last week when I went to pick up my comics and this dumb dumb behind me said “I can’t believe girls by comic books” in front of me with my stack and the girl working there. And he follows up with: “Cute girls, too.”  And this isn’t that surprising, it happens all the time. The stereotype that how people happen to look has to have some effect on the kind of things they are supposed to like. Of course Mr. I-have-no-goddamn-social-skills-and-have-no-idea-about-what-girls-like is feeding into his own comic book nerd stereotype, but I digress.

I didn’t read comics for years. Years and years.

And then this:

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And I said, “Oh HELL YEAH!” (even though I will say that I got PO’d at comments on CNN.com where dudes were all “feminists better support this, they say they want equality but then they don’t like Women’s MMA, women won’t read this” here’s the deal: feminists and ALL WOMEN and really ALL HUMANS like different assortments of things. I don’t have to like everything. I don’t have to like something because an empowered woman is there if it’s not the type of thing I would otherwise like. I don’t watch MMA. You know what feminists don’t love? When men tell them they HAVE TO love something. Seriously.)

But since I was at the comic book store, I found some other stuff to dig:

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Now look at these. Look at all the females! And they are all different!

When people bring up female fronted comic books that fail, someone undoubtedly says “Red SheHulk is cancelled” Red She-Hulk is a knock off of a knock of. Red Sonja is a fierce Barbarian and adventurer, Cassie Hack is a serial killer killer out for revenge, sharp tongued enough to keep Ash to his toes. While both females are scantily clad and quick witted no one would mistake one for the other. Toni Chu bites people to see the future and works for NASA, the females of Extinction Parade bite because their vampires, Mercy wolfs out to save the soul of her dead lover. Lazarus main protag Forever Carlyle who was considered “too butch” for one male fan (who got schooled hard by Greg Rucka) would surely not be raiding Sonja or Cassie’s closets, she’s a genetic experiment who can take bullets and barely miss a beat, she isn’t funny like Cassie or serious and experienced like Sonja… because women aren’t all the same.

That why “the all girl X-men” is so frigging good. The characters have different strengths, speak differently, have their own faults, interact in ways that you think they would based on previous events. Not just “I’d better like it because there are women there.”

And then today I read this in which rape and victimization of women that are so present in comics is passed off a “okay” because it’s not “for women.” The author of the article rightly points out that it is not okay for men and young boys to be repeatedly shown rape scenes because it normalizes this behavior and, frankly, women should be concerned if men enjoy reading unadulterated rape scenes.

…”comic creators Todd McFarlane (Spawn), Mark Millar (Kick-Ass) and Gerry Conway (The Punisher) have unabashedly inferred that it doesn’t matter how they portray women in their comic creations, because comic books are not for women, anyway. “…

WHHHHHAAAAAAAATTTT? No, jackasses… your books are not for women, who you have no respect for, clearly. But there are plenty of good female centered comics out right now (some by women and some not). Why creators are trying to appeal to less of the population instead of more, I don’t know. But if you write like crap… I won’t read it. And if you build it, they will come, fuckers. “Women liking comic books” isn’t the responsibility of the women. I won’t like a female character who’s a default knock off, or who has no relationships with other women. I will not like a book that uses rape to advance the plot. I will not read one dimensional characters.

It’s like I expect you to write good or something.

Important Questions: New Sailor Moon and Imaginary Boyfriends

A new Sailor Moon Anime is coming, which is riveting news. I was discussing this with some new friends at Comic Con.  Apparently the new show will be more like the original manga. Which I haven’t read. Nor have I watch the Japanese version of the show. I know, I know, nerd street cred not achieved. 

But my friends and I watched the show when we were kids, and I’m telling you…

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…that Tuxedo Mask was our first boyfriend.

After blurting that one out one of my new buddies said that people fall in love with a character and then fail at relationships because they are waiting for that perfect character.

So my question for today: What fictional character has ruined you for all other men/women? Or to rephrase in a less creepy and dooming way: What character are you waiting for to leap out of the pages or off the screen to be your be your sweetie?

With the announcement of the 12th Doctor, I will add

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Where the New 12th Doctor doesn’t inspire wibbly wobbly feelings for me, shout out to the 10th Doctor… adorbz

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Let me know about your fictional lovers! Leave a comment below!