The Underground Space Station

As I write this, the funeral for George Floyd is in underway in Houston. The commentary about this case, and the coronavirus before it, has pretty much driven me away from social media. Not because people are saying things I disagree with–reasoned discussion is a hallmark of an intelligent person and developed relationships. Several people I know I have eliminated from the roll of my Facebook call as all they would ever do is spout, well, nastiness. I don’t need that in my life, no matter how long I’ve known a person. These aren’t the people I want to talk about right now.
The ones I want to discuss are the uneducated, unthinking ones. Some are related to people I know, some are just loud and obnoxious so everyone hears them. They’ll take whatever agrees with their viewpoint from the media and run with it, arguing to the last even…

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Palaver Podcasts

Cord CoverSo, I played around with Youtube in order to record a blog post because (1) it would have been multiple long blog posts that I don’t have time to write at the moment and (2) why not? Here’s the post in the form of three videos that are really more audio than video since I do not do video editing.

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The Fly Cover

This week the crew finds itself still minus Becca thanks to the crazy world we live in right now. However, good friend of the show and familiar voice to the listeners Issac Cain stepped in to help John, Jerry, and Richard discuss 1986’s horror classic, The Fly.

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Invasion

This week on The Assignment: Horror Podcast the gang is minus Becca  so John, Jerry, and Richard make a go of it on their own. Tonight’s pick is one of John’s favorite movies ever, 1978’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers. From a weird dog face thing to a fantastic ending, there is a lot to talk about with this sci-fi/horror thriller.

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Con Cover

2020 is largely turning into the year without a fan convention. We saw a few conventions take place just after the New Year, but then the Big Bad Bug hit America’s shores and con after con started announcing their closures. If it wasn’t already apparent to everyone before it got to this point, the idea that this was going to be a year where fan gatherings had to fall to the needs of public health came when SDCC announced they were shutting their doors for 2020. 

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Cover

So, starting with the shameless plug… We did an episode of The Assignment: Horror Podcast focusing on 1977’s The Haunting of Julia. As we were going over the films many attributes, another film came up as we were discussing films that had a very well executed aspect of intentional ambiguity about them. When done right, it’s something I love to see in a film.

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ROM Spaceknight

It’s more of a pipedream than a wishlist item, but, still…

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(This was originally written as a part of the Needless Things 31 Days of Halloween series for October 2015. The article was removed from the site along with various other contributions and is now being republished here.)

In this hyper-political age, we’ve seen what seems to be an almost unending debate among the political class of this land over the highly charged topic of immigration reform. Countless hours are spent arguing whether this person or that person should be allowed citizenship for this country, whether still others should even be allowed into the country at all, and of course whether or not we’re giving some “a free pass” to citizenship. But what we have not seen, my friends, is the much more important question addressed. Should these people be able to bring their monsters with them?

Because, let’s face it, until this is addressed they will continue to come and eventually you will be faced with a kill or be killed situation with a creature that doesn’t follow the rules as you know them. Since we can’t count on legislation, we’ll have to turn to education. To that end, this series will give you the basics on the monsters that you only think you know but in fact play by other cultural rules. Today we look at the Blemmyes.

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Romanian Vampire

(This was originally written as a part of the Needless Things 31 Days of Halloween series for October 2015. The article was removed from the site along with various other contributions and is now being republished here.)

In this hyper-political age, we’ve seen what seems to be an almost unending debate among the political class of this land over the highly charged topic of immigration reform. Countless hours are spent arguing whether this person or that person should be allowed citizenship for this country, whether still others should even be allowed into the country at all, and of course whether or not we’re giving some “a free pass” to citizenship. But what we have not seen, my friends, is the much more important question addressed. Should these people be able to bring their monsters with them?

Because, let’s face it, until this is addressed they will continue to come, and eventually you will be faced with a kill or be killed situation with a creature that doesn’t follow the rules as you know them. Since we can’t count on legislation, we’ll have to turn to education. To that end, this series will give you the basics on the monsters that you only think you know but in fact play by other cultural rules. Today’s monster is the Romanian Vampire.

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