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The Monster Men podcast covers horror movies, books, the paranormal, cryptozoology and other creepy things with a sense of humor. Plus interviews with authors and other horror personalities. A light conversation about dark topics, hosted by horror author Hunter Shea and Jack Campisi. Follow us as we cruise down the highway to hell.
Monster MenOct 10, 2022
Pumpkin Ale & Horror Heartthrobs
It’s time for our annual pumpkin ale tasting party to celebrate Halloween. We’ve got an interesting line up of brews and a few spooky snacks as well. While we knock ‘em back, we decided to talk about some of our favorite horror heartthrobs. So, pull up a bar stool and help us get into the Halloween spirit.
The Pumpkin Ales featured in this episode are Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin, Blue Point Mother Pumpkin Ale, Pumpkin Spice Cannoli from Shebeen Brewing and Terror On The Hudson from the Yonkers Brewing Co.
31 Days of Halloween Movie Watchlist
31 Days of Halloween Movie Watchlist
October is here and that means Halloween. And Halloween means movies. Horror movies. Lots of horror movies. 31 to be exact. One for every day of Horrortober.
Once again, we’ve got you covered, thanks to our buddy, Steve Hutchison. He’s back with another round of our favorite Halloween Dice game from his book 31 Days of Halloween. Once again, we’ve rolled a watchlist for you. Do you dare watch all 31 movies? Or better yet, get a copy of the book and roll your own list.
This book and game is a blast and you are sure to discover some hidden gems and forgotten classics. You can pick up 31 Days of Halloween on Amazon or at https://terror.ca/books
If you document yourself watching all of our movies, Hunter has a prize for you. You can find the list on our Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages.
Jason-Palooza: Let’s Talk About Friday the 13th
This time we take a trip back to Camp Crystal Lake for an episode devoted to our favorite hockey masked slasher, Jason Voorhees. (And his mom, Pamela, of course. Let’s not forget her.)
As usual, with no prep, we sat down and had a nice, long chat about this horror legend. The good, the bad and the hilarious.
Check it out, and let us know your thoughts on the unluckiest of all horror franchises.
Janine Pipe: Sausages - The Making of Dog Soldiers
When you wish upon a full moon, your dreams come true. Just ask our guest Janine Pipe. She has written “Sausages - The Making of Dog Soldiers” - an amazing book about the making of her favorite horror movie, Dog Soldiers. She’s here to tell us how it all happened and to share some of the stories behind the scenes.
As we said the last time we had her on the show, Janine is a bad ass woman of horror. She’s the author of the book, “Twisted: Tainted Tales” and many other horror stories and a force of positive energy in the horror community. She’s also a very good friend of ours and an inspiration to us all. She’s living proof that if you put your mind to it, work hard, and be good to people, you can achieve almost anything.
Look for “Sausages - The Making of Dog Soldiers” in May 2022 and here’s how to find more about Janine Pipe:
Twitter: @JaninePipe28 - https://twitter.com/JaninePipe28
Nature Strikes Back: Animal Attack Flicks
They say you shouldn’t mess with Mother Nature and this time on the Monster Men podcast we’ll show you why. We sat down in Hunter’s belfry and thought of as many “animal attack” movies as we could, off the tops our heads. We’ve got bears, snakes, gators, spiders, sharks, bees, frogs… and even some bunnies. It’s a pretty good list if you’re looking for something to watch tonight.
Movies discussed include Day of the Animals, Prophecy, Frogs, Them, Empire of the Ants, Tarantula, It Came From Beneath the Sea, Kingdom of the Spiders, Arachnophobia, Eight Legged Freaks, Night of the Lepus, Cujo, Eaten Alive, Anaconda, Lake Placid, Alligator, Mako: The Jaws of Death, Grizzley, Grizzley II: Revenge, Backcountry, Food of the Gods, Sssssss and more.
We’re sure we missed a few. Tell us what some of your favorites are.
HELLBENDER: Adams Family Interview – 1st Family of Horror Film
This time on Monster Men we are pleased to welcome the First Family of Horror Filmmaking, Toby Poser, Zelda Adams and John Adams. This talented troupe has written, directed, filmed, edited and starred in some amazing films including Rumblestrips, Knuckle Jack, The Shoot, Halfway to Zen, The Deeper You Dig, and the brand new HELLBENDER.
The Deeper You Dig happens to be a Monster Men favorite and Hellbender is probably our most anticipated movie of 2022. So you can image, we were thrilled to have them ion the show.
This incredibly skilled and creative family shares their amazing stores behind their films and the process of making them. If you’re looking for inspiration to start working on your passion projects and living your dreams, you’ve come to the right place.
Hellbender debuts on Shudder on February 24, 2022.
Teaser synopsis: A lonely teen discovers her family's ties to witchcraft.
You can learn more about the Adams family at:
Web site: http://wonderwheelproductions.com/pages/about.php
Lady Ghostbusters with Eleanor Wagner (Author/Paranormal Investigator)
One thing you can say about the Monster Men, we ain't afraid of no ghosts! We kick off 2022 with special guest and Lady Ghostbuster, Eleanor Wagner. An author, sensitive, and paranormal investigator, Eleanor tells us how she got into exploring the strange and sometimes terrifying. From building an investigative team, to exploring haunted mines, historical homes and business and more, who can resist a great ghost story?
But wait, there's more! During her travels around Sussex County, New Jersey, she's collected tales of Bigfoot and UFO encounters that will make your hair stand on end. After listening to this, we know you'll want to grab a copy of her Sussex and Warren counties hauntings books.
You can learn more about Eleanor and her amazing work at www.authoreleanorwagner.com or listen to her Strange and Scary World podcast at https://www.spreaker.com/user/paukradionetwork/eleanor-wagner-john-matthews.
Halloween Extravaganza: Booze, Food & Horror Movies
Bon Appetit, boys and ghouls! In keeping with our tradition of celebrating Halloween with a Pumpkin Ale episode, we present our Halloween Extravaganza. This year we are pair an odd assortment of October themed alcoholic drinks with an equally quirky array of Fall flavored foods. All while we pair an lesser known horror movie with an old favorite.
Some things on the menu include pumpkin whisky & soda, toasted marshmallow seltzer, pumpkin pasta, Halloween Peeps and Monster Mash cereal.
You may call it Octoberfest, but around here we call it Horrortoberfest.
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31 Days of Terror: Halloween Horror Movie Watch List
Horrortober is here and that means it’s time to start watching horror movies as much as you can. As usual, the Monster Men are here to help. We’ve got 31 movies for the 31 days of October. We have rolled an amazing watch list using the dice game/book, 31 Days of Terror. This is the official horror movie handbook for all serious fright film fanatics.
Our pal, author Steve Hutchison continues to set the bar, adding new movies and a couple of new star contributors. That’s right, the year Jack and Hunter have been added to the roster and are included in the book. We are thrilled to be in such esteemed, creepy company.
How does the game work? Easy. Just roll the dice and follow the book as it takes you into a dark labyrinth of films. Watch us unveil our list and use it… or better yet, buy a copy of the book and set your own October viewing list. Or if you are just looking for an extensive, curated list of horror movies to help you find something to watch anytime, this is for you.
You can pick up 31 Days of Terror on Amazon at https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B09DJCW752/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_359QZBTQKWW6Z7SREY7Q
Get our list at https://themonstermen.net
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The Fly Remake vs Original w/ the PaleoCheeze Podcast
The time on Monster Men, we welcome our pals Chad Lutzke and Jeremiah Bannister from the PaleoCheeze Podcast. Chad, like us, is a crusty horror veteran and he often watches horror movies with Jeremiah, who has hardly seen anything scary on the silver screen. It’s always a lot of fun.
We’ve invited them to watch and compare two legendary horror movies; The Fly, starring Vincent Price from 1958 and the remake with from 1986, directed by David Cronenberg and starring: Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis.
You should follow these guys and subscribe to their podcast.
Chad Lutzke is also one hell of a writer. Check out his books on Amazon or his site:
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Welcome to Monster Men: Where Horror Hangs Out
The Monster Men take on all things horror and paranormal with their special brand of graveyard humor. If you're into vampires, zombies, UFOs, werewolves, ghosts, movies, scary books, movie reviews, the supernatural or just about anything dark and monstrous, welcome home.
Find more Monster Men at:
Audio Podcast: https://anchor.fm/monstermen
Hunter Shea: http://www.huntershea.com
Jack’s Blog: http://www.backinjack.com
Final Guys Podcast: http://www.finalguys.com
Janine Pipe: Badass Woman of Horror
Talk about a whirlwind! We welcome Janine Pipe, horror reviewer, author, editor, blogger, podcaster and everything in between. In just one year, Janine has been a force of nature in the horror genre, and this is only the beginning. We talk about how she came to be a reviewer, her past life as a copper, upcoming writing projects and so much more. If you dream of breaking into the world of horror, you need to listen to Janine’s story. Aside from her reviews in Scream Magazine and Night Worms and editing for Kandisha Press, you can find her at :
Blog - https://janinesghoststories.wordpress.com/
YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC32B_iUm0Kxy95mcsPfr-QQ
Crytids, Crypts and Coffee podcast - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiIsIodtIZ29WE1rlL9o3Vw
Twitter - @JaninePipe28
Instagram – mrsdisney_28
Paranormal Investigation wth Glenn Laycock of T.O.P.S.
You might want to check this episode out with the lights on. The Monster Men were thrilled to have Glenn Laycock on the show. Glenn is the director of T.O.P.S. (The Ontario Paranormal Society York Region Chapter), and has been a paranormal investigator for five years. He’s lived in a haunted home for over a decade and was even featured on Paranormal Survivor. Glenn talks about some of his most chilling investigations, what it’s like to be on TV, the backstory behind his haunted house, ghost hunting equipment and why graveyards are not the best place to seek the paranormal.
You can learn more about Glenn and T.O.P.S. at their Facebook page where they share video and hair raising audio https://www.facebook.com/topsyorkregionor their website https://ontarioparanormalyorkregion.com/
Rock Songs in Horror Movies with Mike Carlon
Are you ready to rock? This week we welcome our buddy Mike Carlon on the show to reminisce about some of our favorite songs featured in horror movies. It’s a fun and nostalgic ride down the Highway to Hell. Mike is an author, podcaster and stand-up comic. He also knows a lot about 80s hair metal. Don’t mess with him when it comes to Dokken. He also has a funny story about the time he saw the Warrens.
So bust your hair spray out and get ready to bang your head, it’s time to rock out.
Some of Mike’s books include: All the F*cks I Cannot Give, The Ruin of Souls, Return to Casa Grande and Uncorking a Murder.
You can find Mike’s books and podcast, Uncorking a Story, at https://uncorkingastory.com and he’s on Twitter at https://twitter.com/uncorkingastory
Self-Publishing from a Pro with Armand Rosamilia
Talk about prolific! Author Armand Rosamilia has written more books than most people have owned underwear! Having navigated a successful career of traditional and self-publishing, we pin the man himself down to give us some tips on how to succeed as a self-published author.
Before we dig into that, we discuss obscure Marvel titles that would make great movies and then talk about his latest book, a collection of his short stories titled Make Pretend : The Complete Short Fiction of Armand Rosamilia.
The man is a master of many genres and we can all learn a little from him.
Exploring Ceremonial Magick & The Occult
Welcome to a truly fascinating episode of Monster Men. Or should we say, Magick Men? This week we welcome our buddy Morgan who tells us about his in journey into the world of ceremonial magic and the occult. With years of study and experience, he has seen a lot of amazing things and learned a lot along the way. It’s intriguing and a bit mind-blowing. If you are curious about real-life magic and the occult, this is a great place to start.
2020 The Year in Horror - Movies, Books & TV
2020 was a pretty terrible year, for all the reasons you already know about. However, there was a bright spot, and it came from one of the darkest places… the horror genre. 2020 brought us an amazing array of horror movies. There was something for everyone. And let’s not forget all the great books and TV shows, while we’re at it.
So, sit back and join the Monster Men as we review the year in horror that was 2020.
Movies discussed include: The Wolf of Snow Hollow, The Invisible Man, The Color Out of Space, The Lodge, Come To Daddy, Anything For Jackson, Possessor, Hunter, Hunter, The Dark And The Wicked, Freaky, 1BR, Hosts, The Owners, His House, Impetigore, VFW, The Hunt, Sea Fever, The Rental, Sputnik, The Hunt and more.
Books include Crossroads by Laurel Hightower, The Plumbers by Terry M. West, Clown in a Cornfield by Adam Cesare, Until Summer Comes Around by Glenn Rolfe, My Best Friend's Exorcism by Grady Hendrix, Meathead 2 by Steve Barnard, The Pale White by Chad Lutzke's and more.
1970s Made-For-TV Horror Movies with Terry M. West
The Monster Men welcome back the man himself, author Terry M West, to the show. Some people say that we are living in the new golden age of horror movies. Well, the belt holder for the decade of the BEST horror made for TV movies was, is and always will be the 70s. Jack, Hunter and Terry wax poetic over a cavalcade of 70s horror classics like The Night Stalker, Trilogy of Terror, Duel, and dozens of other found and hidden gems that hit the airwaves during a presidential resignation, gas crisis, hostage crisis, and overall identity crisis. Build your to-watch list and let us know your own personal favorites.
You can follow Terry M West and buy his excellent books at www.terrymwest.com
IT FOLLOWS Horror Debate with JG Faherty
IT FOLLOWS. It’s just one of those movies, either you love it, or you hate it. Some considered a modern horror masterpiece and others want their 1h and 40 minutes back. On this episode of Monster Men we welcome author JG Faherty for a good, old fashioned throw-down on this polarizing film. JG is not shy and he knows his stuff, so this is sure to be a great debate.
You can fiind JG Faherty at https://www.jgfaherty.com
Thanksgiving From Hell
Gobble, gobble everyone. Yes, Jack and Hunter are truly at it again with their second annual Thanksgiving tasting feast from the far reaches of hell. Thank Cthulu they also had a bevy of delicious pumpkin ales to choose from to wash that cornucopia of nastiness down. Filmed in a secret location, far from the corona virus police, the Monster Men invite all to break bread with them and sample some fine beers. Give thanks that you can laugh at their misery.
Note: This is a very visual episode, so you might want to check it out on YouTube to get the full effect. Look up Monster Me 13 to find us.
UFO Investigation with Ryan Sprague
Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a... a tic tac! This is the episode Hunter has been waiting for since the Monster Men crawled out of the muck and into the interwebs. Join us as we talk UFOs (or as some call them now, UAPs) with one of the world's leading Ufologists, Ryan Sprague, the author of Somewhere in the Skies and host of the podcast of the very same name. We're talking about government disclosure, real life encounters, horror at a drive-in, terrifying abductions and more. Trust us. After this one, you'll all keep your eyes on the skies!
Find Ryan Sprague at:
Halloween in Quarantine & 1978 Horror Movies
It’s Halloween time again, but times have changed and so must we. Thanks to the pandemic, Halloween will look a little different this year, and so does our Halloween episode. We have done it remotely, as is the case with most things in 2020… but that does not stop us from having fun.
This time we discuss and celebrate the horror movies 1978, the year the John Carpenter’s Halloween came out. It was quite a year for the genre. Plus, throughout the conversation we talk about some of the ways you can enjoy Halloween while still staying safe.
So, pull up some candy corn and join us as we celebrate our favorite holiday. And don’t forget to get yourself a Monster Men shirt, hoodie or mug at our TeePublic store. Go to http://tee.pub/lic/S9-0-iRSDP8 and don’t forget to post a pic and tag us once you have your swag.
The Paul Lynde Halloween Special
In this knee-slapper of an episode, the Monster Men take the center square for the win. What better way to start Horrortober than a trip back to that magical era where every star had their own variety show? And what better show to unearth than the Paul Lynde Halloween Special from 1976? It’s a cavalcade of stars surrounding the master comic who looked like someone had a gun to his head from start to finish. The jokes may fall flatter than Jack and Hunter's ass cheeks, but the unintentional humor is hysterical. Come join Paul and his witchy friends as they're joined by the likes of Florence Henderson, Betty White, Pinky Tuscadero, Tim Conway and…wait for it…KISS (who perform 3 songs because we guess the writers ran out of corny jokes)!
Hunter also reviews a fun Halloween read, Creature Feature, by Steven Paul Leiva (you can get it on Amazon and Jack recommends – Monster Carnival, an anthology of classic and rare tales of horror collected and edited by William P. Simmons.
31 Days of Terror: Halloween Movie Watch-list
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It's that time of year again, monster boys and girls. Horrortober is upon us, and who doesn't want to fill their days and nights with a little blood and guts, screams and scares? Welcome to the fourth annual Monster Men Halloween movie curation event, thanks to the killer game book, 31 Days of Terror. Author Steve Hutchison has done it again, filling the pages with new categories and a host of movies to tickle your horror bone.
Looking for something new to watch or revisit a lost classic? Just roll the dice and follow the book as it takes you down a path of darkness and delight. Jack and Hunter pony up to the craps - we mean, 31 Days of Terror table - and get to rolling. What follows is an unexpected viewing list, curated by the book and the fickle finger of fate. Play and watch along, or grab a copy of the book and set your own viewing list that will take you all throughout Horrortober and deep into Halloween night.
You can pick up 31 Days of Terror on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/31-Days-Terror-Halloween-Horror-ebook/dp/B07TLTLL3Q
How to Write Horror with Tim Waggoner
So, you wanna be a horror writer? Perfect timing. Prolific, award winning author Tim Waggoner has penned the essential guide to writing horror. Tim sits down with the Monster Men to discuss his latest book, WRITING IN THE DARK.
When a Bram Stoker award winner and acclaimed creative writing professor gives you all the tools you need, you listen and get ready to fill your toolbox! Tim's also written many movie and television tie-in novels and we dig deeper into that unique world. His articles on writing have appeared in Writer's Digest, Writer's Journal, and Writer's Workshop of Horror. Oh, and we naturally talk about horror movies and what makes us all children of the night.
You can check out his books from Flame Tree Press (THE FOREVER HOUSE and THEY KILL), his tie-in novels and explorations into horror and fantasy over at that little start-up company, Amazon. Follow him on Twitter at @timwaggoner and Instagram at @tim.waggoner.scribe
Werewolves with Michelle Garza
Beware the moon! This week we welcome Michelle Garza to the podcast. Michelle alongside her twin sister, Melissa Lason, are better known as The Sisters of Slaughter, authors of some great horror, science fiction and dark fantasy. This week we discuss a subject that’s near and dear to Michelle; werewolves. Naturally we cover many of the staples of the genre including The Wolfman, An American Werewolf in London, The Howling, Dog Soldiers, Ginger Snaps and more. You’ll be howling at the moon by the end of this one.
Be sure to check out The Sisters of Slaughter. Their novel, MAYAN BLUE, was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award and their work has been featured in anthologies such as FRESH MEAT by Sinister Grin Press, WISHFUL THINKING by Fireside Press and WIDOWMAKERS a benefit anthology of dark fiction.
You can find The Sisters of Slaughter on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/sistersofhorror
Twitter - @fiendbooks
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Hunter Shea: http://www.huntershea.com
Jack’s Blog: http://www.backinjack.com
Final Guys Podcast: http://www.finalguys.com
BONUS EP: Horror Hangout with Glenn Rolfe from April 2020
Check out the Horror Hangout from April 2020 where we welcomed back our pal, horror author & musician Glenn Rolfe. He’s an old friend of the show and one hell of a guy. This particular show really sums up what our Horror Hangouts are all about; a great, and often hilarious conversation that ranges from Guns ‘n Roses to drinking with minor league pro-wrestlers. Oh, and don’t worry, there is plenty of horror talk, including Glenn’s new vampire novel, Until Summer Comes Around, which comes out in May of 2020.
Be sure to check out Glenn’s other books as well, including The Window, Becoming, Blood and Rain, The Haunted Halls, Chasing Ghosts, Abram's Bridge, Things We Fear, Boom Town, and the collections, Slush and Land of Bones.
You can find Glenn Rolfe at:
BONUS EP: Horror Hangout with Laurel Hightower from March 2020
Check out to the first ever "Stay at Home Horror Hangout” from March 2020, just as the Covid-19 lock down began.
The corona virus has swept the world and forced us all to stay home as much as possible for the foreseeable future in order to slow the spread. In these kinds of times, connection with others is vital. That’s why the Monster Men have decided to host a Stay at Home Horror Hangout. We’ve invited horror author and podcaster Laurel Hightower as our guest for a chat about all things horror. We talk about the books and movies we plan to enjoy during the shutdown, the life of a horror author and podcaster and the importance of the horror community in days like these.
Laurel Hightower is the author of Whispers in the Dark and one of the hosts of the Ink Heist podcast.
You can find her at:
Laurel Ink Heist: https://inkheist.com
Elevated Horror with Chad Lutzke
It’s time to elevate the Monster Men show and talk about Elevated Horror. What exactly is elevated horror? What does that term even mean? Is it a good thing or a bad thing? What are some of the best examples of elevated horror?
To help us tackle these questions, we welcome horror author Chad Lutzke to the show. This man has a legit horror resume. He’s written for Famous Monsters of Filmland, Rue Morgue, Cemetery Dance and Scream magazine. His books include: OF FOSTER HOMES & FLIES, STIRRING THE SHEETS, THE PALE WHITE, SKULLFACE BOY and THE NEON OWL.
You can find Chad Lutzke at http://www.chadlutzke.com Twitter - @chadlutzke