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Tales of supernatural suspense written and produced by Soren Narnia. The text of these stories is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license, meaning that anyone is free to adapt the stories as they see fit, even for profit, without the obligation to compensate the author. CC BY 4.0 Email: songofsadbirds@aol.com. Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/sorennarnia Also by the author: the podcast 'Those Snowy Nights You Read to Me, They'll Never Be Forgotten.'
 
Exploring the techniques, strategies, and key pieces of advice for aspiring horror directors, straight from the minds of some of the greatest filmmakers and creators in horror. Host Nick Taylor engages in one-on-one conversations with directors, producers, writers, actors and artists to uncover the keys to their creative and professional success in the horror business.
 
Hooks of Horror releases every three weeks. Challenging aspiring creative people to work off the given prompt and complete a project within 21 days. share it on an appropriate platform and then post a link to social media using #HooksofHorror. Whether that’s a written piece, poetry or even a role playing adventure or campaign is up to the listener to decide. Linking the show to your work, or emailing a copy in to the show gets your work out there, and potentially narrated. Your host will be ...
 
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A documentarian’s celebrity puff piece takes a dark turn when her subject reveals the story of a friend’s haunting. The documentarian Patricia Close : Mig Windows, www.migwindows.com Art by S. Patrick Brown, https://www.instagram.com/scalawagarts/ Music: ‘Mysa’ by Laurel Violet, all rights reserved. Audio mastering: Les Lentz COMING OCTOBER 1: A ta…
 
There is a curious fact about the tiny railway station mentioned by the teller of this story that he would never know: Almost sixty years before the events he describes, the station was partially demolished in the night by someone or something unknown, and had to be rebuilt from the ground up. Unknown, yes, but there were indeed whispers--from the …
 
Someday, when you find yourself alone in a place like the one where this story occurred, take note of what happens to your footprints as the minutes tick by. As one of the narrators claims, the wind shifts things around fast--and it’s as if no trace of you ever existed. The cast: Anson, the seeker – Ebenezer Alasi, https://resumes.actorsaccess.com/…
 
Guys, we got ADAM FUCKIN’ GREEN ON THE SHOW TODAY!! Adam is a guy who needs no introduction; the man behind Holliston, Frozen, Spiral, Digging up the Marrow, and the beloved Hatchet series, Adam is a household name in annals of horror history and a downright awesome human being. I'm sure you already listen to his podcast The Movie Crypt, but if you…
 
Corinna Faith is a British Writer and Director who recently made her feature debut with The Power. The Power tells the story of a young nurse forced to work the night shift in a crumbling hospital during a time when England was plunged into mandatory blackouts every night to conserve power. As she works her shifts by candlelight, a terrifying prese…
 
Josh Miller is a household name in the horror community, an American filmmaker, writer, director, and actor. Among other things, Josh created the Fox animated series Golan the Insatiable and wrote the script for Sonic the Hedgehog film, and is directing the cult horror-comedy Hey, Stop Stabbing Me! He is the co-host of The Greatest Movies Never Mad…
 
J.D. Lifshitz and Raphael Margules are the founders and executives of BoulderLight Pictures, a horror-centric production house in Los Angeles. Under BoulderLight, JD & Rafi have put out over 15 movies including: Becky, Pledge, Contracted, Dementia and most recently, The Vigil. When asked who the next Blumhouse will be, Jason Blum, without question,…
 
David Prior is an American writer and director who made his feature directorial debut with The Empty Man. The Empty Man is an epic in the world of horror and one of the most criminally overlooked horror movies of 2020. The movie itself has the scope, ambition, and execution of a Chris Nolan movie while mixing elements of cults, quantum horror, and …
 
We have a super special episode today with Brea Grant and Natasha Kermani in the house!! Brea Grant is an actress, writer, director, graphic novel author, and a household name in the horror community. Perhaps best known among us horror fans for her acting work in Dexter, Heroes, After Midnight, and Rob Zombie's Halloween 2, Brea also recently wrote…
 
Steve Niles is an American comic book writer, novelist, screenwriter, and producer with a prolific portfolio of groundbreaking horror comics including Criminal Macabre, Ash & the Army of Darkness, Batman: Gotham County Line, Ghosts of Krypton, a Superman adventure and October Faction upon which the Netflix show is based. Steve also wrote the origin…
 
Keith Thomas is an American writer and director who made his feature directorial debut with The Vigil from IFC Midnight. The Vigil tells the story of a young man in emotional emotional recovery after fleeing from his Hasidic community, who is called upon to perform an all night vigil over a the body of a recently deceased man in his widow's apartme…
 
Kevin Lewis is an American director of multiple features, including The Method, Downward Angel, The Drop, and The Third Nail. Most recently, Kevin has wowed the horror crowd with Willy's Wonderland, a wonderfully bonkers 'survive the night horror thriller' that pits a group of demonic animatronic animals against an understatedly badass Nicolas Cage…
 
Kourosh Ahari is an Iranian American director who just made his directorial debut with the horror-thriller, The Night, from IFC Midnight. The Night focuses on a young couple and their baby girl as they check into a hotel room that they suddenly cannot leave until they work out their own inner demons. The Night is currently available on demand. I bo…
 
What’s the shortest time you’ve ever lived somewhere before you left in frustration? What was the problem—bad neighbors, leaks, noise problems, lousy plumbing? Something worse? Something mystifying? The trashman: Benjamin Gilmour Audio mastering by Les Lentz The text of these stories is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Internationa…
 
Rodney Ascher is an American documentary filmmaker, perhaps best known among us horror fans for ROOM 237 - a documentary that focuses on the exhaustively diverse amount of theories surrounding The Shining. Rodney’s other projects include The Nightmare, a terrifying deep dive into sleep paralysis, and Primal Screen, about childhood fears of characte…
 
Kyle Rankin is an American writer and director, having directed such films as the Battle of Shaker Heights, Infestation, Night of the Living Deb, and The Witch Files. His latest film is the extremely controversial school shooter thriller, Run Hide Fight. In this conversation with Kyle, we explored the genesis of the movie as well as some of the fil…
 
Ricki Stern is an American film director, screenwriter, producer, and award-winning documentarian of multiple features and series. She's directed such projects as the Trials of Darryl Hunt, The Devil Came on Horseback, Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, Surviving Jeffrey Epstein, and The Preppie Murders. Ricki's latest project is Surviving Death, a 6-pa…
 
Monsterforge is an extremely exciting new production company specializing on monster related media across films, animation, games, comics, and even toys! Monsterforge was founded by 30-Days of Night creator Steve Niles and artist/animator Shannon Eric Denton. The company is brand new, having launched in November, so I wanted to catch up with the gu…
 
Welcome back to the Nick Taylor Horror Show! As we put the literal horror show of 2020 behind us, I felt it was important to kick off this year with an episode about someone we lost last year, who left a tremendous void in the horror community, and that, of course, is Stuart Gordon. To call Stuart a boundary pusher would be an understatement. Stuar…
 
Lowell Dean is a Canadian writer and director perhaps best known for his lycanthropic cult classic WolfCop and its sequel Another WolfCop. Usually, I'm not a fan of movies that intentionally embrace campiness, but WolfCop is a different animal, well written, well-acted, great effects, lots of laughs, and overall a lot of fun and unmissable. WolfCop…
 
Welcome back to the Nick Taylor Horror Show! Stephen Chiodo is an American writer, director, and special effects makeup artist and one of the legendary Chiodo Brothers. The Chiodo Brothers are a trio of special effects and stop motion artists and animators best known for their work on Team America: World Police, Critters, and Killer Klowns from Out…
 
Justin Dyck is a Canadian director who just released Anything for Jackson, now streaming on Shudder. Anything for Jackson is definitely one of my favorite horror films of the year - it really delivers the goods. It’s scary, funny, emotionally poignant, and an extremely unique and different take on ghosts and demons. All in all, it’s a hell of a tim…
 
Here today, we have the president of Blumhouse TV, Jeremy Gold. Jeremy manages Blumhouse's portfolio of scripted and unscripted TV series, documentaries, and streaming movies. Since coming to Blumhouse in 2016, Jeremy has expanded the Blumhouse brand beyond horror content to explore not only genre material but also dark, provocative subject matter.…
 
Within every grandiose scheme, there lies the seed of possible disaster. Some of these disasters are loud, chaotic, and violent ... but sometimes they only sound like the wind sighing through haunted ruins. Music: ‘Between the Noise’ by Kyle Preston, ‘Dreams of Light’ by Jacob Pavek. All rights reserved. The text of these stories is licensed under …
 
Tate Steinsiek is an award-winning special effects makeup artist, writer, and director who's highly anticipated Castle Freak reimagining launches today on Shudder! Tate has worked on multiple films, including Spiderman, Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich, Scare Package, Satanic Panic, Sharknado 2, and Dragged Across Concrete. Tate is also a mainstay…
 
Ok, guys, we’re going non-horror this time around! Ian and Eshom Nelms are the brotherly directorial duo behind FATMAN - an edgy and vision of Santa Claus that has St. Nick a grizzled and seasoned Mel Gibson who comes under a vicious attack by a hired hitman played by Walt Goggins. The film is a complete and total miraculous genre concoction of hum…
 
Alright, we’re doing things a little bit differently this time around; on this episode, I have four very brief interviews with each director who made a film for Welcome to the Blumhouse. As a collaboration between Blumhouse Productions and Amazon Studios, Welcome to the Blumhouse is a slate of feature films showcasing diverse casts, female and emer…
 
Jordan Downey is the writer/director of The Head Hunter, one of my favorite horror movies of 2018, and now streaming on Shudder. One of the remarkable things about The Head Hunter was how resourceful it was. Considering the fact that it was an ultra low budget movie, it is extremely ambitious in terms of scope, and world-building, but while still p…
 
Oz Rodriguez is a writer and director who started his career in comedy, having written and directed for Funny or Die and Saturday Night Live, where he’s been for multiple years. Oz just put out his very first feature, Vampires vs. The Bronx, now streaming on Netflix. Vampires vs. the Bronx pits a group of young kids from the Bronx against a ruthles…
 
Ryan Spindell is a writer-director who recently made his feature debut with the fantastic horror anthology, The Mortuary Collection, now streaming on Shudder. Mortuary Collection blends all of the nostalgic elements of anthologies like Tales from the Crypt, Bodybags & Creepshow with spooky atmospheric nods to vintage horror, all while packing a ser…
 
Tony D’Aquino is an Australian filmmaker who made his directorial debut last year with The Furies, now streaming on Shudder. The Furies is a bloodbath daylight slasher extravaganza, with strong nods to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre but with a modern twist. In this conversation, we hear about Tony’s director origin story, the making of Furies, and maj…
 
For Halloween, a tale of two people dwelling among the monsters who own the night. Music: 'Altered Communications' by Emanuele Errante. Intro music by Emma Fradd of the Sibling Horror podcast. The text of these stories is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license, meaning that anyone is free to adapt the stories as the…
 
Joe Russo is an American writer, director, producer and podcaster. On top of being a very accomplished screenwriter with multiple scripts under his belt including the recent Bruce Willis thriller, HARD KILL, Joe’s had a multi year collaboration with Mick Garris, and in addition to producing Mick’s Post Mortem Podcast, Joe produced the amazing antho…
 
Eric Powell is a writer, artist, and creator of multiple award-winning graphic novels including Hillbilly, Chimichanga, and my favorite comic of all time, The Goon. I’ve been looking forward to speaking to Eric for a while. His work is sensational and mixes a potent combination of horror, pulp fiction, film noir, and fart jokes into fun & poignant …
 
The letters and diaries of several 19th century soldiers allude to “the terrible Demon of Moscow” that once haunted the city’s streets. One witness alone told the entire story of the ghostly force most still believe was not truly of this world. Music: 'Balance' by Muted, 'Stratum' and 'December' by Dear Gravity. The text of these stories is license…
 
Yann Gonzalez is a French filmmaker who made his feature debut with You & The Night and followed it up with his incredible tour de force second act, Knife + Heart. On top of being a breath of fresh air of originality in the horror genre, I think I will dare to say that Knife + Heart might be one of the best, if not the best neo-giallo ever made. To…
 
Ryuhei Kitamura is a Japanese director of such movies as Versus, Clive Barker’s Midnight Meat Train, No One Lives, Downrange, and the Mashit segment of Nightmare Cinema. Ryuhei’s director origin story is pretty inspiring - when making his feature debut, Versus, he went through a brutal series of hardships but still managed to pull off an extremely …
 
David Marmor & Alok Mishra are the director-producer duo behind 1BR. Made for an extremely low budget, 1BR swept the VOD world by storm and not only made its way into Netflix’s top 10 movies but even landed at the number one movie on Netflix for some time. This is no small feat, especially for a first time director & producer duo. This interview ac…
 
About three months before he passed, I was given the incredible honor of conducting one of the last interviews with Stuart Gordon. I’m extremely humbled to be able to air this never before published conversation between Stuart and me. We happened to speak right on the heels of him completing his autobiography, so Stuart was in a very reflective moo…
 
Steven Kostanski is a writer, director, and practical effects makeup artist. His latest movie, Psycho Goyreman, is about to be released and it looks fuckin awesome! Prior to Psycho Goreman, Steven directed Leprechaun Returns, Manborg, and The Void. The Void is an incredibly impressive movie. Imagine a deadly cult film that mixes The Thing with Hell…
 
Aaron B. Koontz is a writer, director, producer, and founder of Paper Street Pictures. Aaron made his feature debut with Camera Obscura, and recently directed the core story in Scare Package, featured on The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs. Aaron's most recent release was The Pale Door, a horror western about a group of cowboys who take shelter i…
 
Coralie Fargeat is a French writer and director who made her feature film debut with 2017’s Revenge, now streaming on Shudder. Coralie started her career in France as an AD, and shortly after realizing that she wanted to be a director, she made a short and took it on the festival circuit. The short opened many doors for her, and from there, she wro…
 
'What about the forest where this terrible thing happened?' people sometimes ask when they hear the story of the small town that became so precariously balanced between true evil and unexpected hope. 'Is it still there?' The answer is yes... the forest is still there. Music selections by Emma Fradd of the Sibling Horror podcast, and by Anthony Sand…
 
Carlo Mirabella Davis is a writer & director who just made his feature debut with Swallow. Swallow tells the harrowing tale of a newlywed housewife who’s oppressive existence forces her to succumb to a compulsive urge to eat non-food items like dirt, thumbtacks, marbles, and more. The condition is real, and it’s called Pica. While the movie paints …
 
My guest today is a household name among horror fans, and the director of one of the most talked about horror movies of recent times, Terrifier! Terrifier’s star, Art the Clown is on the fast-track to slasher stardom and is without a doubt, the most iconic movie slasher in decades. All you have to do is observe the rampant fan art and the alarming …
 
Cig Neutron is a creature designer, special effects makeup artist and a creative force of nature. He’s done effects work on multiple movies including Tron Legacy, Suckerpunch, and Star Trek Discovery, and was on Face/Off's season 7 then again on season 11 as one of the Face/Off allstars. Nowadays Cig and his partner in crime Rani are putting out a …
 
Relic is one of the newest movies from IFC Midnight and the feature debut of Australian filmmaker, Natalie Erika James. Relic tells the heartbreaking story of a family of women dealing with the mental decline of their matriarchal grandmother due to what seems to be Alzheimers, but upon closer inspection appears to be something malevolent and evil. …
 
Alston & Julius Ramsay are two brothers and a writer/director duo. The Ramsay brothers made their feature debut with Midnighters, a high octane indie thriller released by IFC Midnight in 2017. Their most recent feature is The Current Occupant is the latest entry in Blumhouse’s Into the Dark series on Hulu. For the uninitiated, Into the Dark is a Bl…
 
Frank Sabatella is a writer, director, and photographer who’s made such films as Blood Night: The Legend of Mary Hatchet, and most recently, 2019’s The Shed. One of the things I really appreciated about The Shed was how it explored pretty serious subject matter; themes of bullying, school shootings, and child abuse were all confronted in this movie…
 
Anthony C. Ferrante is an American filmmaker, director, and writer, best known for being the man behind the Sharknado franchise. In addition to Sharknado 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6, Anthony has directed such horror hits as Boo, Forgotten Evil, and Zombie Tidal Wave. Anthony and I talked a lot about Sharknado, as well as how he’s able to make his sets an …
 
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