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, April 29, 2009

Episode 38: John Farris's All Heads Turn When the Hunt Goes By

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The Mikes tackle an atypical horror novel from the heyday of shiny-title horror novels and are pleasantly surprised by this complex tale of family secrets, colonial angst, and America's original sin. And snakes—squirmy, nasty snakes.

It's Cocktail time!

American Snakebite
1/2 pint of hard cider
1/2 pint of lager
1 shot of Southern Comfort

drink it with a straw!

End music: "Black Snake Blues" by Peter Cleighton


Emphyrio said...

Hey, you apparently made a character name list! Good for you!

Seriously, this was a great episode, and I love that you're buffing the podcast with sound efx, music, and even speaking, in the intro, your last names.

You ought to get a little fame out of all this effort, after all.

I love your absolute lack of snobbishness in light of your voracious high/low literature consumption.

Looking forward to the Exorcist. One device I loved was his recitation of atrocities in the preamble -- softening us up to believe there really must be some supernatural explanation for the extravagant cruelty humankind repeatly inflicts. said...

Thanks for the kind words, Emphyrio. I guess my way of looking at the high/low lit divide is that if I don't sense the author looking down on me or laughing at me from his great height (which can happen on both sides of the divide, really; I have felt patronized by Dean Koontz, lately), I tend not to look down on them.

I too am looking forward to discussing The Exorcist. Both Mikes have ideas about this classic bubbling up as we read; let's just hope they make it out of our hairy brains and into the sound file. And yes, we will be talking about evil.

Mike S.

Emphyrio said...

Housekeeping note:

The audio file for Episode 38: John Farris's All Heads Turn When the Hunt Goes By is defunct.