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Jul 18, 2017

In our latest Summer SciFi Drive-In, we talk about the movie adaptation of Ray Bradbury's classic Something Wicked This Way Comes. We also hear about how it traumatized Lisa as a child.

 

 

The Know Fear Cast is hosted by Mel, Lisa, and Matt.

Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @knowfearcast or visit us on the web at www.knowfearcast.com. You can contact us via email at knowfearcast@gmail.com

If you like what you hear, please consider supporting us on Patreon at www.patreon.com/knowfearcast. As a thank you, our donors can get early access to episodes and exclusive mini episodes. Even a little bit makes a huge difference.

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Jul 4, 2017

For our first real summer drive-in episode, we talk about what is widely considered to be the worst movie ever made: Ed Wood's Plan 9 From Outer Space. We also dive into the life of it's creator, the inimitable Ed Wood.

 

For more information on Plan 9 check out its page on Imdb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0052077/?ref_=nv_sr_1

as well as the page for the Tim Burton movie Ed Wood

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0109707/?ref_=nv_sr_1

 

The Know Fear Cast is hosted by Mel, Lisa, and Matt.

Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @knowfearcast or visit us on the web at www.knowfearcast.com. You can contact us via email at knowfearcast@gmail.com

If you like what you hear, please consider supporting us on Patreon at www.patreon.com/knowfearcast. As a thank you, our donors can get early access to episodes and exclusive mini episodes. Even a little bit makes a huge difference.

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Jun 27, 2017

In this mini episode, tied to our last main episode on Day of the Triffids, we discuss John Wyndham, author of Day of the Triffids, The Kraken Wakes, The Midwich Cuckoos and many other novels. 

This mini episode is a free look at what our Patreon supporters get every other week. We hope you enjoy it! If you're interested in getting more mini episodes, check out www.patreon.com/knowfearcast for more details

 

The Know Fear Cast is hosted by Mel, Lisa, and Matt.

Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @knowfearcast or visit us on the web at www.knowfearcast.com. You can contact us via email at knowfearcast@gmail.com

If you like what you hear, please consider supporting us on Patreon at www.patreon.com/knowfearcast. As a thank you, our donors can get early access to episodes and exclusive mini episodes. Even a little bit makes a huge difference.

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Jun 20, 2017

For our first Summer Drive-In episode, we're joined with two special guests: Alex and Alasdair from the Pseudopod podcast. We talk with them about John Wyndham's book Day of the Triffids and the subsequent film versions of it, as well as the works that it inspired.

 

You can find the audio version of Day of the Triffids mentioned in the episode here and the article pointing out connections between 28 Days Later to Day of the Triffids can be found here.

 

If you're interested in hearing more about John Wyndham, our next Patreon exclusive mini episode will be about him. For more information go to www.patreon.com/knowfearcast to become a donor.

 

The Know Fear Cast is hosted by Mel, Lisa, and Matt.

Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @knowfearcast or visit us on the web at www.knowfearcast.com. You can contact us via email at knowfearcast@gmail.com

If you like what you hear, please consider supporting us on Patreon at www.patreon.com/knowfearcast. As a thank you, our donors can get early access to episodes and exclusive mini episodes. Even a little bit makes a huge difference.

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Jun 6, 2017

In this episode we talk with up-and-coming author Andy Davidson about his upcoming novel In the Valley of the Sun.

Andy Davidson holds an MFA in fiction from the University of Mississippi. His work has appeared in Drunken Boat, Carve magazine, the Santa Clara Review, and other journals. He lives in Georgia with his wife.

 ADVANCE PRAISE:

“In this bold, confident debut, Davidson takes the vampire myth to 1980s West Texas, perfectly capturing the feel of the era and place . . . Davidson successfully makes the lines between genre and literary fiction bleed together in a complex novel of horror, human nature, and the American South.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

 In the Valley of the Sun is a flint-hard, gorgeously written nightmare.” ―Laird Barron, author of The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All

 “Turns out there’s a middle space between Tender Mercies and Preacher and Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer. It’s called In the Valley of the Sun. And if I didn’t know Andy Davidson had written it, I’d swear this was some long-lost William Gay. I burned through this. It’s got teeth on every page.” —Stephen Graham Jones, author of Mongrels

 

The Know Fear Cast is hosted by Mel, Lisa, and Matt.

Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @knowfearcast or visit us on the web at www.knowfearcast.com. You can contact us via email at knowfearcast@gmail.com

If you like what you hear, please consider supporting us on Patreon at www.patreon.com/knowfearcast. As a thank you, our donors can get early access to episodes and exclusive mini episodes. Even a little bit makes a huge difference.

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May 23, 2017

In our latest Master of Horror episode, we discuss Ira Levin. While his name may not be as familiar as someone like Stephen King or Clive Barker, we're sure you've heard of some of his works like Rosemary's BabyThe Stepford Wives, or Death Trap.

 

The Know Fear Cast is hosted by Mel, Lisa, and Matt.

Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @knowfearcast or visit us on the web at www.knowfearcast.com. You can contact us via email at knowfearcast@gmail.com

If you like what you hear, please consider supporting us on Patreon at www.patreon.com/knowfearcast. As a thank you, our donors can get early access to episodes and exclusive mini episodes. Even a little bit makes a huge difference.

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May 9, 2017

Now that the apocalypse is over, we turn to a discussion of someone we think is a master of horror: writer, director, and artist Clive Barker

 

The Know Fear Cast is hosted by Mel, Lisa, and Matt.

Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @knowfearcast or visit us on the web at www.knowfearcast.com. You can contact us via email at knowfearcast@gmail.com

If you like what you hear, please consider supporting us on Patreon at www.patreon.com/knowfearcast. As a thank you, our donors can get early access to episodes and exclusive mini episodes. Even a little bit makes a huge difference.

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Apr 25, 2017

For our last episode on the apocalypse, we go out with a bang by interviewing author MF Wahl about the apocalypse and horror in general. 

 

Reach out to M.F. Wahl via:

Website: http://mfwahl.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/FansOfMFWahl/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/RealMonsterHaus

 

Here is a trailer for her book Disease 

And her publisher is Stitched Smile

 If you'd like to read the blog post she referenced you can find it here

 

The Know Fear Cast is hosted by Mel, Lisa, and Matt.

Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @knowfearcast or visit us on the web at www.knowfearcast.com. You can contact us via email at knowfearcast@gmail.com

If you like what you hear, please consider supporting us on Patreon at www.patreon.com/knowfearcast. As a thank you, our donors can get early access to episodes and exclusive mini episodes. Even a little bit makes a huge difference.

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Apr 11, 2017

Get your HazMat suit ready, because in our third episode on the apocalypse, we talk about how the world might die because of germs and plagues.

 

The Know Fear Cast is hosted by Mel, Lisa, and Matt.

Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @knowfearcast or visit us on the web at www.knowfearcast.com. You can contact us via email at knowfearcast@gmail.com

If you like what you hear, please consider supporting us on Patreon at www.patreon.com/knowfearcast. As a thank you, our donors can get early access to episodes and exclusive mini episodes. Even a little bit makes a huge difference.

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Mar 28, 2017

In our second episode on the apocalypse, we discuss the fears that the world would end in a nuclear war and what the world might be like afterwards. We also discuss how these nuclear and other Cold War fears influenced culture from the 1950s onward.

Books we discussed:

If you're interested in watching The Day After you can find it here on YouTube

 

The Know Fear Cast is hosted by Mel, Lisa, and Matt.

Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @knowfearcast or visit us on the web at www.knowfearcast.com. You can contact us via email at knowfearcast@gmail.com

If you like what you hear, please consider supporting us on Patreon at www.patreon.com/knowfearcast. As a thank you, our donors can get early access to episodes and exclusive mini episodes. Even a little bit makes a huge difference.

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Mar 14, 2017

In this first episode in our new series on the apocalypse,  Matt and Mel give a historical overview of different kinds of end of the world myths. They also discuss the origins of modern apocalyptic fiction.

The Know Fear Cast is hosted by Mel, Lisa, and Matt.

Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @knowfearcast or visit us on the web at www.knowfearcast.com. You can contact us via email at knowfearcast@gmail.com

If you like what you hear, please consider supporting us on Patreon at www.patreon.com/knowfearcast. As a thank you, our donors can get early access to episodes and exclusive mini episodes. Even a little bit makes a huge difference.

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Feb 28, 2017

In our last episode in the series on the occult, Matt and Lisa talk about modern day ghost hunting, from the inspirations for the Conjuring movies to the slew of reality tv shows.

How to Sell a Haunted House

The Know Fear Cast is hosted by Mel, Lisa, and Matt.

Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @knowfearcast or visit us on the web at www.knowfearcast.com. You can contact us via email at knowfearcast@gmail.com

If you like what you hear, please consider supporting us on Patreon at www.patreon.com/knowfearcast. As a thank you, our donors can get early access to episodes and exclusive mini episodes. Even a little bit makes a huge difference.

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Feb 14, 2017

In this episode, Mel and Lisa discuss people who did psychic research, such as the Society for Psychical Research and the Duke Parapsychology Lab. They also talk about Psychic Detectives 

 

The Know Fear Cast is hosted by Mel, Lisa, and Matt.

Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @knowfearcast or visit us on the web at www.knowfearcast.com. You can contact us via email at knowfearcast@gmail.com

If you like what you hear, please consider supporting us on Patreon at www.patreon.com/knowfearcast. As a thank you, our donors can get early access to episodes and exclusive mini episodes. Even a little bit makes a huge difference.

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Jan 31, 2017

In our second episode devoted to the occult, we talk about the lore and history behind one of its most famous and enigmatic figures: Aleister Crowley. We also talk about some of the other secret occult societies influenced by him.

 

The Know Fear Cast is hosted by Mel, Lisa, and Matt.

Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @knowfearcast or visit us on the web at www.knowfearcast.com. You can contact us via email at knowfearcast@gmail.com

If you like what you hear, please consider supporting us on Patreon at www.patreon.com/knowfearcast. As a thank you, our donors can get early access to episodes and exclusive mini episodes. Even a little bit makes a huge difference.

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Jan 17, 2017

In our first episode on the occult, we discuss the Victorian Spiritualist movement that had mystics and psychics trying to contact the dead, though many of them turned out to be frauds and con artists. 

Also, please go to http://www.thisishorror.co.uk/awards/ and vote for us for best nonfiction podcast of 2016. Voting ends Sunday January 22!

The Know Fear Cast is hosted by Mel, Lisa, and Matt.

Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @knowfearcast or visit us on the web at www.knowfearcast.com. You can contact us via email at knowfearcast@gmail.com

If you like what you hear, please consider supporting us on Patreon. As a thank you, our donors get access to exclusive mini episodes. Even a little bit makes a huge difference.

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Jan 3, 2017

In this special episode, Mel and Lisa interview author and book critic Ruth Franklin to discuss her critically acclaimed book Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life, which was a New York Times Notable Book and appears on "best of 2016" lists, from Time, Entertainment Weekly, NPR, and The Boston Globe, to name a few.

Ruth Franklin is a book critic, who has contributed to The New Yorker, Harper's, The New York Times Book Review, and The New York Review of Books. Along with Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life, she is also the author of A Thousand Darknesses: Lies and Truth in Holocaust Fiction published by Oxford University Press in 2011.

 

The Know Fear Cast is hosted by Mel, Lisa, and Matt.

Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @knowfearcast or visit us on the web at www.knowfearcast.com. You can contact us via email at knowfearcast@gmail.com

If you like what you hear, please consider supporting us on Patreon. As a thank you, our donors get access to exclusive mini episodes. Even a little bit makes a huge difference.

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Dec 29, 2016

As a special Christmas gift, we're making this mini episode free to all our listeners. If you like what you hear, please consider supporting us on Patreon. In this episode we talk about horror myths and figures associated with Christmas

 

The Know Fear Cast is hosted by Mel, Lisa, and Matt.

Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @knowfearcast or visit us on the web at www.knowfearcast.com. You can contact us via email at knowfearcast@gmail.com

If you like what you hear, please consider supporting us on Patreon. As a thank you, our donors get access to exclusive mini episodes. Even a little bit makes a huge difference.

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Dec 20, 2016

For our Christmas episode, we have a special guest co-host Sherry, who joins us to talk about Charles Dickens and the Christmas ghost story and Dickens' broader connections to the horror genre.

 

The Know Fear Cast is hosted by Mel, Lisa, and Matt.

Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @knowfearcast or visit us on the web at www.knowfearcast.com. You can contact us via email at knowfearcast@gmail.com

If you like what you hear, please consider supporting us on Patreon. As a thank you, our donors get access to exclusive mini episodes. Even a little bit makes a huge difference.

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Dec 6, 2016

We talk about modern day zombie stories such as 28 Days Later and The Walking Dead. We also discuss how zombie stories give us a safe way to explore fears about the apocalypse and the "zombie as comedy" trend.

If you want to read the article that we quoted from in the intro, it can be found here

Books and movies discussed in the show:

The Know Fear Cast is hosted by Mel, Lisa, and Matt.

Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @knowfearcast or visit us on the web at www.knowfearcast.com. You can contact us via email at knowfearcast@gmail.com

If you like what you hear, please consider supporting us on Patreon. As a thank you, our donors get access to exclusive mini episodes. Even a little bit makes a huge difference.


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Nov 22, 2016

In our second episode on zombies, we talk about the influences on Night of the Living Dead and how it gave birth to the modern zombie film. We also discuss how zombies can represent fears of contagion and death as well as "internal" versus "external" horror.

For more info on Pittsburgh Zombies, check out these articles

http://popularpittsburgh.com/pittsburgh-zombies/
http://www.axs.com/horror-movies-that-were-filmed-in-or-around-pittsburgh-23886

The quote from Roger Ebert can be found here and his entire original reaction to Night of the Living Dead can is available here.

The Know Fear Cast is hosted by Mel, Lisa, and Matt.

Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @knowfearcast or visit us on the web at www.knowfearcast.com. You can contact us via email at knowfearcast@gmail.com

If you like what you hear, please consider supporting us on Patreon. As a thank you, our donors get access to exclusive mini episodes. Even a little bit makes a huge difference.

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Nov 8, 2016

For our first episode about zombies, we dig into their history by talking about their ties to Voodoo and the Caribbean.


Go Tell My Horse by Zora Neale Hurston
The Serpent and the Rainbow by Wade Davis
White Zombie
I Walked with a Zombie
The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey


The Know Fear Cast is hosted by Mel, Lisa, and Matt.

Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @knowfearcast or visit us on the web at www.knowfearcast.com. You can contact us via email at knowfearcast@gmail.com

If you like what you hear, please consider supporting us on Patreon. As a thank you, our donors get access to exclusive mini episodes. Even a little bit makes a huge difference.


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Oct 31, 2016

Happy Halloween!

In a special bonus Halloween episode, we talk about our Halloween traditions and offer up a few recommendations of what we're reading and watching lately.


The Know Fear Cast is hosted by Mel, Lisa, and Matt.

Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @knowfearcast or visit us on the web at www.knowfearcast.com. You can contact us via email at knowfearcast@gmail.com

If you like what you hear, please consider supporting us on Patreon. As a thank you, our donors get access to exclusive mini episodes. Even a little bit makes a huge difference.


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Oct 25, 2016

In our final episode devoted to haunted houses, we talk about haunted houses that are portals and what those portals mean. We also discuss postmodern and "new build" haunted houses and how the horror genre has adapted to modern technology.

Books we mentioned in this episode:

The Know Fear Cast is hosted by Mel, Lisa, and Matt.

Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @knowfearcast or visit us on the web at www.knowfearcast.com. You can contact us via email at knowfearcast@gmail.com

If you like what you hear, please consider supporting us on Patreon. As a thank you, our donors get access to exclusive mini episodes. Even a little bit makes a huge difference.

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Oct 11, 2016

In our third episode about haunted houses, we talk about the Gothic influence from literature on our ideas of haunted houses, how haunted houses can be "keepers of the past," and social ghosting.

Books we talked about in this episode:

The Know Fear Cast is hosted by Mel, Lisa, and Matt.

Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @knowfearcast or visit us on the web at www.knowfearcast.com. You can contact us via email at knowfearcast@gmail.com

If you like what you hear, please consider supporting us on Patreon. As a thank you, our donors get access to exclusive mini episodes. Even a little bit makes a huge difference.


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Sep 27, 2016

In our second episode devoted to haunted houses, we talk about whether haunted houses are evil places or if they can possibly represent the psychology of the people in them.

Click here for the article from Psychology Today "What Makes a House Feel Haunted" that we referenced.

To learn more about the Berenstain vs Berenstein Bears and parallel universes see this article

The Know Fear Cast is hosted by Mel, Lisa, and Matt.

Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @knowfearcast or visit us on the web at www.knowfearcast.com. You can contact us via email at knowfearcast@gmail.com

If you like what you hear, please consider supporting us on Patreon. As a thank you, our donors get access to exclusive mini episodes. Even a little bit makes a huge difference.


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