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, March 10, 2017

Episode 119: Ray Russell's The Case against Satan

The Mikes read the book that formed the model for every demonic possession story you can think of, and they wonder why Ray Russell didn't sue the pants of William Peter Blatty. A short+sweet podcast for a short+sweet book.

It's Cocktail Time!

The Guilty Priest
  • 1 shot Apple bourbon
  • 1/2 shot Pernod
  • 1/2 Amontillado sherry
  • 1/2 shot good vermouth

stir and pour into rocks glass filled with ice.
garnish with sliced, spiced apple

Closing Music: Cover of "Tubular Bells" by unknown

1 comment:

Emphyrio said...

Love that elevator music version of Tubular Bells.

The connection between Sardonicus, Sagittarius and Sanquinarius (IIRC) is that they're all as gothic as hell. You might discuss why gothic horror was such a fad in the sixties -- all the Corman Poe movies, for that matter the whole Vincent Price oevre...Witchfinder General, Dr. Phibes, etc. Was it an echo of seeing the Frankenstein movies as kids a couple of decades before, now reverberating throughout the pop culture creative class?

Kind of like superhero movies today. The thousand sons of Stan Lee, ruling the pop culture world.

The grin makeup job in the very shadowy Mr. Sardonicus film was preposterous -- google it -- but the kind of thing if you saw it when you were ten or eleven (and it was basically the one shock in an otherwise slow, dread-filled film) would scar you for life. I saw it as an adult and still got laugh-shivers.

Another vibe in Russell's work -- that postwar, nascent sexual revolution, just-before-feminism treatment of women, reminiscent of John D. MacDonald.

Still hoping you guys try Tim Powers' Three Days to Never, and write list of character names before the discussion, and read an excerpt as a prompt at some point (preferably ten minutes in) in each podcast. When you did that it always sparked thoughts.

Love ya.