The Two Mikes

The Two Mikes
Ever wanted to talk with someone about a book you just read? You could just join a book group and talk about it, drink a little, veer off on tangents, work back around to the book again, and finally wrap it up by picking the next book.

But what happens when the book you just read is about about hungry zombies or a haunted house, and your Eat, Pray, Love–reading friends aren’t really into reading it, much less discussing its finer points? That’s what we’re here for. We Two Mikes will be your virtual book group for discussing new and interesting and old and half-forgotten horror books.

If you want to follow along with us, look at the next forbidden book on the table and start reading.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Episode 131: Michael McDowell's The Amulet


The Mikes rejoice to read a real and ripping spinner-rack horror novel from the genre's heyday in the 70s and 80s. Join us as we follow the deadly accessory's trail of destruction through a sleepy/sleazy southern town. Fun summer read!

It's Cocktail Time!

Southern Discomfort
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, mix 
  • 2 shots fresh grapefruit juice
  • 2 shots Southern Comfort
  • 1/2 shot simple syrup
Shake. In rocks glass rub a slice of fresh jalapeno pepper around the rim, fill with ice and toss in the pepper slice. Strain shaker into glass. Enjoy. Hmm . . . somethin' ain't right . . . 

closing music: "I Keep Forgetting" by Laura Jane Grace

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Episode 130: Tim Powers's Three Days to Never



The Two Mikes can't take it anymore and decide to travel back in time to stop themselves from reading Tim Powers' Three Days to Never.


Cocktail Time!

6 Day Hangover

Arak
2 shots Barrel Proof Wild Turkey
1 shot St. Germaine Liqueur
1/2 shot fresh lemon juice
dash thyme bitters

Swish the Arak around a rocks glass and pour it back in the bottle.  In a shaker put ice and the booze. Shake, pour into the rocks glass and top with the bitters. Garnish with a lemon peel and thyme sprig.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Episode 129: Tim Powers's Declare

The Mikes go deep undercover and play both sides in a battle to discover the merits of Tim Powers's Cold War/Arabian Nights novel of intrigue and lots and lots of gin/djinn.

It's Cocktail Time!

Spirits of the Air

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, pour
  • 1 shot British gin
  • 1/2 shot apple juice (not cider)
  • 1/2 shot lemon juice
  • 1/4 shot orgeat
Shake and strain into coupe glass. Float a bit of prosecco on top, along with a dash of Angostura bitters. Garnish with a mint leaf. Take flight.


Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Episode 128: Tim Powers's The Stress of Her Regard



The Two Mike's rip out their charred hearts and shove them into a paper bag as they read The Stress Of Her Regard by Tim Powers.  Can they free themselves of this everything-plus-the-kitchen-sink-blood-sucking-Nephilim novel by climbing the Swiss Alps or do they just need to down a few hundred cocktails?



It's Cocktail Time!

Maid of the Mountain

2 shot German Brandy like Ashbach
1/2 shot Kirschwasser

Shake with ice. Pour into a tall glass and top with club soda and cherry bitters.

Song: %Origin of Love% by Mika