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Binary System Podcast #98 – Horror movies with special guest Hannah

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Binary System Podcast #98 – Horror movies with special guest Hannah

The nights are longer, the air is cooler, there’s pumpkin spice everywhere, so you know what that means? Time to break out our favorite horror movies and scare ourselves silly. (Hey, could you leave the light on in the hallway tonight? Why? Um, no reason…)

Special guest Hannah Wallace joins Binary System as we put flashlights under our faces and discuss our favorite horror movies: it was supposed to be one apiece, but that plan went out the window fast as we touched on (*deep breath*) In the Mouth of Madness, Blair Witch Project, The Ring, Event Horizon, Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Warriors, What Lies Beneath, and The Descent.

We also talked about a few of the gorier films (Saw, Drag Me to Hell, Silent Night Deadly Night) and why the hell we watched them, and then we finished up with moments from Snap Judgement “Spooked,” The Orbiting Human Circus of the Air (well, the one bit that we actually liked, starts right at 17 minutes), two sentence horror stories, Texts From a Jack O’LanternThe Black Pumpkin, and a cartoon Hannah remembers that had gargoyles in it. No, not that one, a different one.

 

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Review: The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All, And Other Stories

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Review: The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All, And Other Stories

October is here! Time for another month of scary, horrifying, or just downright creepy books.

First up is Laird Barron’s 2013 short story collection, The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All. The title of the book is misleading to say the least, unless you have a completely different interpretation of what “beautiful” means. But something is most definitely is waiting, oh yes, and we won’t know exactly what it is until it’s far too late.

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Review: Curious Goods – Behind the Scenes of Friday the 13th: The Series

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Review: Curious Goods – Behind the Scenes of Friday the 13th: The Series

It’s just a few more days until the 30th anniversary of the first episode of Friday the 13th the Series. As a long-time fan, I’m kicking myself for the fact that a book about the series was released almost two years ago, and I’m only just noticing now.

When I picked up a copy of Alyse Wax’s book Curious Goods – Behind the Scenes of Friday the 13th: The Series, I expected an episode list, maybe with a rundown of writers, directors, and guest stars. But what I got was exactly what I want out of a fan book: a lovingly-detailed summary of all 72 episodes, plus interviews, photos, and tons of fascinating details about the background of the show and what went on during the making of each episode.

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Review: Hasbro’s First Strike

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Review: Hasbro’s First Strike

IDW’s big crossover event has been going on for a couple of months now, and a secret group of pro-Earth forces is getting closer to their goal of wiping out the entire race of Transformers, plus any G.I. Joes who get in their way. Click the jump for a look at the story so far and some preview images of Hasbro’s First Strike #3.

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Binary System Podcast #96: The Kitchen Sink Episode

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Binary System Podcast #96: The Kitchen Sink Episode

Since there’s no Night Vale to recap this week we figured we’d just talk about everything else, starting with our family in the path of Hurricane Irma (spoilers: they’re fine) and upcoming travel plans that are making our recording schedule interesting.

After that we talk about a Transformers game that Kathryn’s ridiculously addicted to very enthusiastic about and she’d like you to play too so she can get more points you can enjoy it as well. Then we discuss why we haven’t finished watching Defenders yet, and it has something to do with this Netflix show about drug deals, we won’t say which, but it rhymes with “Narcos” and it’s (appropriately) addictive.

Also we try to talk briefly about this amazing 80’s show called Friday the 13th the Series, and fail. To talk briefly. We even had “BRIEFLY” written in our notes and underlined and we still went on and on.

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Review: The Stone Sky

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Review: The Stone Sky

“…some worlds were built on a fault line of pain, held up by nightmares. Don’t lament when those worlds fall. Rage that they were built doomed in the first place.”

The world of Stillness is as good as dead. The planet is being smothered under volcanic ash by the Rifting, caused by an orogene who couldn’t stand being a slave for one more moment. But Alabaster had a plan when he cracked the planet in half, and he’s taught his former lover Essun how it’s going to work. All she has to do now is use the Obelisk Gate to tap into all the energy boiling up from the Rift.

Unfortunately Essun’s ten-year-old daughter Nassun has learned how to harness the Obelisk Gate as well. The third book in N.K. Jemisin’s Broken Earth trilogy finds mother and daughter on opposite sides of a war that goes back centuries, each with a different goal in mind. Both of them want to stop the ten-thousand-year Season before humanity starves, but Essun wants to do it by returning the lost Moon to its orbit to end the Seasons once and for all.

Nassun plans to crash the Moon into the planet and end everything.

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Binary System Podcast #95: WTNV #113 “Niecelet” and many tangents

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Binary System Podcast #95: WTNV #113 “Niecelet” and many tangents

It’s a nice rambly podcast this week, first with a Night Vale recap where Cecil talks about eclipses you can’t see from this planet and then gets stuck in his own recording booth. And then Elizabeth drags the podcast off on not one but TWO tangents, once about mythical two-headed snakes and another about alien tourists on Earth. And finally a segue into the Defenders, John Barrowman’s awesome DragonCon cosplay, sand castles, Lady Killer, Motor Girl, conventions, Cabin in the Woods, and “My Dad Wrote a Porno.

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Review: Down Among the Sticks and Bones

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Review: Down Among the Sticks and Bones

The first novella in Seanan McGuire’s Wayward Children series introduced us to identical twins Jacqueline and Jillian (or Jack and Jill, “…because our parents should never have been allowed to name their own children.”) The siblings were just two of the students at Eleanor West’s Home For Wayward Children, a school and halfway home for those who once stepped through a doorway into some kind of fairyland, and who would now do anything to be able to go back.

Down Among the Sticks and Bones is not the story about Eleanor West’s school. This is the story about how Jack and Jill ended up in fairyland in the first place.

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