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Episode 29 - The Boyfriend

Monstrous teenagers and teenage monsters!  Thrill as mean teenagers fake deaths, fake zombiefication, fake other deaths, and then can't figure out why nobody likes them!  Chill as everybody has a silly expensive car but no moral compass whatsoever!  It's 2 AM, do your children know how to close and lock a window?

Joanna is a stuck up bitch.  Her boyfriend Dex is an insane gaslighting.... secret prosthetic makeup expert?  When Dex falls off a cliff and dies, Joanna keeps seeing him around, like, at the mall.  Is Dex dead?  Is Dex alive?  Are all of these people awful humans anyway?  It's The Boyfriend by RL Stine!

I chose this as one of my 4 for 40 books partly to complement Courtney's choice of Fear Street: First Dateand partly to revisit this book I got off a paperback spinner rack at a library when I was a kid even then reading way more grownup horror books to try to figure out why exactly I found it a little scary?

So this is part of the Point Horror series, a 90…

Episode 8: "Palomino"



EDIT - HOLY FUCKING SHIT YOU GUYS THE AV CLUB FEATURED THIS EPISODE ON THEIR PODCAST ROUNDUP!
Proof:
I almost didn't even see this because my Google Alert clearly fell down on the job!

We have a January treat for you: books we actually read as criminally young girls!  Sara's is Palomino by Danielle Steel.

Samantha is one of those hyper-competent insanely beautiful has-a-weird-nickname Steel women who is taking the advertising world by storm while simultaneously being abandoned by her shitheel husband.  She goes off to heal her broken heart on a ranch in California and meets a super hot ranchin' dude.  If you were like me and you loved books about horses and books about boning, this book was everything.


Amazingly, this is another book with zero sexual assault.  Like, there's actually a scene where she says no and the guy listens.  Ghasted me flabbers, it did.

A few other content notes - this book does have a lot of fertility talk in it.  Sam is infertile and it comes up a lot.  However, there are no attempts to conceive, miscarriages, stillbirths, etc.  This book also deals with disability issues.  I felt it did so in a surprisingly woke way, but it's still the early 80's, so be aware.

As promised, here is Danielle Steel's actual desk that she actually sits down at and writes at every day:

A picture of a cluttered room with a desk that is made to look like three giant books stacked on top of one another.  They are all Danielle Steel books.

Look at it.  LOOK AT IT.  You will never be that baller.

That picture is from a little yet great  Vanity Fair article which you should totally read.

... I can't stop looking at it.  The longer you look the more you see.  Like...  is that a rug on a rug?  Might it be a rug on a rug on a rug?  TYPEWRITER MAGNETS!  I swear this picture never gets old for me.

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