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.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Episode 17.0 Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol in Prose

In the spirit of the season, The Two Mikes from Doppletown Are gonna try to find the cold heart of horror in Dickens's heartwarming classic. It is a ghost story after all . . .

And then we're gonna drink our
Christmas Cocktail:

Bloody Smoking Bishop

First, resolve to mend your miserly ways. Then wash and roast 6 unpeeled blood oranges (or 4 regular oranges and a grapefruit) in oven until brownish. Stick each piece of fruit with 6–8 cloves and place in warmed earthenware bowl. Add 1/4 pound of sugar and two bottles of red wine. Cover and leave in a warm place for 24 hours. Squeeze fruit into wine, then strain mixture into pot. Add 1 bottle port and heat: DO NOT BOIL (in this one case you are allowed to be stingey with the coals). Ladle into heated mugs and serve.

Music: The Most Wonderful Time of The Year

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Episode 16.0 Michael Bishop's Who Made Stevie Crye?

The Two Mikes declaim and mumble about Michael Bishop's metafictional, metahorror novel, Who Made Stevie Crye? (1984). It can be hard to find, but we recommend that, like us, you strive to touch the monkey. If you can't find it, pull out your old Olivetti Lettera 22 and type a nightmare of your own.

It is Cocktail Time!!!

Monkey's Paw Job

In a Collins Glass
Crush 1/4 cup pecans and to it add 1 tablespoon sugar
Wet the glass rim, and rim with pecan mixture ( like salting a margarita).

In a cocktail shaker, add crushed ice
2 shots of vanilla vodka
1 shot banana liquor or schnapps
1 shot of heavy cream

Shake vigorously and pour mixture (booze and ice) into the glass.

Garnish with a banana slice.

Incidental music: Steven Bishop's- On and On from the album The Best of Bish.