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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 28 - Morning Glory


She's barefoot and pregnant!  He's... awfully close to barefoot!  It's Georgia!  It's 1940!  Chickens!  Old cars!  Manual water pumps!  Dooryards!  BEES!  omg bees


It's LaVyrle Spencer's Morning Glory, a book about not much in particular except the deep meaning of the heart until there's a war and then a... murder framin'?  This book has no nonconsensual sex but it does have a lot of discussion of childhood trauma, the past-tense murder of a sex worker, and some seriously weird slut shaming and then murdering of another woman which is really tonally weird and we expected better of you, LaVyrle.

We read this book because Amazing Human Beverly Jenkins mentioned LaVyrle in a list she so graciously gave us of vintage romances she really liked back when we did our episode on Night Song.  In the future I won't wait that long to listen to the lady because this book is so good except when it makes such weird choices in the last act.

And there's a MOVIE!  Starring, of all people, Christopher Reeve!  Which is incredibly weird casting!  It's one of those weird things you can either rent on Amazon for three bucks or you can watch on the more oddball free streaming places - Tubi, evidently.  Somebody watch us and tell us, wtf Christopher Reeve?  Like he's hot but I don't see him and think "rawboned country boy who probably killed a Texas whore", do you?  It's got a solid... 57% on Rotten Tomatoes with no critic score whatsoever, so clearly we need to find out.

In this episode we discussed Michael Twitty's book The Cooking Gene and this article in the Bitter Southerner, "Dear Disgruntled White Plantation Visitors."  It's a fantastic article and you should read it.

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