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.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Episode 79: The Fog by James Herbert

No it's not book that inspired John Carpenter's film or the by son of the guy who wrote "Dune."  The two Mikes quickly get over their initial disappointment and head into the brain-altering mist of James Herbert's early novel.

"Everyone talks about the weather but no one does anything about it."  - Mark Twain

Cocktail Time

Fog on the Brain

Combine in a shaker of crushed ice:
A shot of Canadian Mist
A Shot of Bernard Loiseau Apple And Earl Grey Liqueur
1 teaspoon of powdered sugar
The equivalent of one egg white

Shake well and pour into a martini glass.  Drink. Chin, chin.


Emphyrio said...

Don Wollheim used to say, "yellow covers don't sell." This one's particularly unsavory.

Funny, you see that suicide-change-of-heart moment all the time in movies and TV now, or at least a variation. There's some joyous, heart-lifting reversal, long-lost lovers reunited, often, then one is run over by a bus. A gift of digital fx.

I wish somebody would take Herbert's premise and use it to satirize the current American id: Tea Partiers, Gundamentalists, Fox News and Rush Limbaugh and Birthers and Truthers.

That'd be more interesting than another zombie story.

What, we never get to hear your Spain adventure?

Hey, a new nominee: The VanderMeers' mammoth anthology The Wierd. Do just one or two stories at a time. Lots of obscure, literary, and foreign material in there. Really top-notch stuff.

Amazon Link. said...

Yellow covers, indeed, don't sell. I kinda love this one, though.

Sorry to be so reticent about the Spain trip. We try (and frequently fail) to stay on topic in the 'cast. The trip was wonderful. We were traveling with my wife's early music vocal ensemble, who was touring Basque country as part of the Tolosa Choral Festival. Her group won the festival (so proud). We Mikes were along for the ride, to take pictures, sell CDs and enjoy the comped food, hotel, and transportation. We contemplated heading into San Sebastian for a horror movie festival on Halloween, but couldn't make it work. We ate indecent amounts of jamon and other pintxos.

I almost picked up the VanderMeers' collection a while back, but I'd floated the idea to the other Mike about tackling David Hartwell's masterpiece anthology "The Dark Descent" and we couldn't agree on how to tackle it. I think I suggested doing one story per episode, along with our usual longer work. I'll bring it up again, what the hell. I would very much like to read that book.

Glad you're still out there, faithful listener.

Mike S.