The High Five Podcast Episode 35 – A Neil Gaiman Sampler

Get into the Halloween spirit with this sampler of Neil Gaiman goodies that I think will give you a nice launchpad into his fantastic work! The best part? It’ll only take a few hours!

Link time! You can find the Neil’s Works section of his website here and read the Colleen Doran interview I did here.

I also tackled five more films in It’s All Connected 2021 to keep that moving along. I finished my Jill Schoelen mini-marathon, indulged a bit on my favorite slasher franchise, watched another John Carpenter film and then got to one wacky killer animal flick!

As always, you can email me at high5tj at gmail.com or follow me on Twitter and Instagram. Also feel free to subscribe to my YouTube Channel!

The High Five Podcast Episode 30 – The Works Of Grady Hendrix!

On this week’s episode, I discuss my recent journey making may way through most of author Grady Hendrix’s fantastic horror novels. I’m mainly covering Horrorstor, Paperbacks From Hell, My Best Friend’s Exorcism, The Southern Book Club’s Guide To Slaying Vampires, We Sold Our Souls and just a bit about The Final Girl Support Group!

For what it’s worth, I think I realized why some might not connect to We Sold Our Souls as much. I think it’s because there’s no friendship at the heart of the story like there is in most of the other ones. This also explains why it feels more akin to HorrorStor to me because Amy’s in a similar boat.

If you’re interested, I wrote a bit about HorrorStor here and covered Paperbacks From Hell here.

As always, you can email me at high5tj at gmail.com or follow me on Twitter and Instagram.

The High Five Podcast Episode 29 – It’s All Connected 2021 Part 1

On this week’s episode, I let you into the wonderful world of It’s All Connected 2021, the horror film project I do wherein each movie is connected to the previous in some way! I’ve already gone through six flicks and it’s only August, so hopefully this will be the best year yet! If you’re curious about last year’s It’s All Connected, you can find all the links here!

If you’re curious, here‘s my review of The Dead Zone book from several years back.

As always, you can email me at high5tj at gmail.com or follow me on Twitter and Instagram.

The High Five Podcast Episode 27 – Rebel Girls with Elizabeth Keenan-Penagos Part 3

With this week’s episode we conclude the epic and delightful conversation I’ve been having with Dr. Elizabeth Kennan-Penagos, author of Rebel Girls. This time around we talk more music, including Bratmobile, Sleater-Kinney and even Taylor Swift! Enjoy!

The Spotify playlist based on Elizabeth’s suggestion is here. You can follow Elizabeth on Instagram and Twitter and also keep an eye on her website, ElizabethKeenanWrites.com! You can email me at high5tj at gmail.com or follow me on Twitter and Instagram.

The High Five Podcast Episode 26 – Rebel Girls With Dr. Elizabeth Keenan-Penagos Part 2

On this week’s episode, I continue chatting with author and music professor Dr. Elizabeth Keenan-Penagos. In the first part, which you should definitely listen to, we got into the characters and setting of her 2019 YA novel Rebel Girls. In this one, we dig further into the pop culture that fuels the book including Athena’s love of Bikini Kill’s Revolution Girl Style Now tape, Shaun’s affinity for Spider-Man and our own love of David Lynch! I hope you enjoy part two of our talk from the end of last summer!

I put together a lengthy Spotify playlist based on Elizabeth’s suggestion, you can check that out here. You can follow Elizabeth on Instagram and Twitter and also keep an eye on her website, ElizabethKeenanWrites.com! You can email me at high5tj at gmail.com or follow me on Twitter and Instagram. Oh and here’s a video of Bikini Kill performing “Rebel Girl” from the Tubes for good measure:

The High Five Podcast Episode 25 – Rebel Girls With Dr. Elizabeth Keenan-Penagos Part 1

On this week’s High Five Podcast, I talk to my longtime friend Dr. Elizabeth Keenan-Penagos about her book Rebel Girls from a few years back. We recorded last fall, but the conversation about this excellent book still feels fresh. In part one (of three), we really dig into the characters of the book and what went into bringing them to life in 1992 Baton Rouge. Over the next two episodes, we get into the history of Riot Grrrl, the beautiful weirdness of David Lynch and my very first experiences listening to Bikini Kill and Bratmobile.

I put together a lengthy Spotify playlist based on Elizabeth’s suggestion, you can check that out here. You can follow Elizabeth on Instagram and Twitter and also keep an eye on her website, ElizabethKeenanWrites.com! You can email me at high5tj at gmail.com or follow me on Twitter and Instagram.

The High Five Podcast Episode 16 – May The Force Be With Me

On this week’s episode, I’m celebrating my nearly life-long Star Wars fandom! From the days of watching the movies on cable to earning a few bucks from one of my favorite franchises, this one covers it all!

Want to drop me a line? Hit me up at high5tj at gmail dot com or on Instagram and/or Twitter.

The High Five Podcast Episode 12 – Great Current Horror Writers…Who Aren’t Stephen King

On today’s episode, I’m running down five rad horror authors working right now who are not the master Stephen King. Over the course I talk about a dozen different books that have really hit me over the past decade or so. Hopefully you’ll find someone new to read as you listen!

I’ve written about a lot of these books here on the site: Final Girls, The Last Time I Lied, A Head Full Of Ghosts, HorrorStor, Paperbacks From Hell, Locke & Key, Heart-Shaped Box, Horns, NOS4A2, 20th Century Ghosts, The Shining Girls and Broken Monsters.

In the episode I also mentioned Valancourt Books, Thriftbooks, Bookbub and the Kindle Daily Deals email list. Check them out!

The High Five Episode 6 – A Quintet Of Women Horror Writers

To close out Women In Horror Month, I talked about five women authors I read in February. As you can see and hear, it’s a mix of classics, 70s goodness and one of my favorite new horror books around!

For what it’s worth, when I compared Saint-Germaine to Doc Sampson, I meant Doc Savage.

I wrote about Monster, She Wrote last year. You can check it out through its publisher Quirk Books as well as the Valancourt series of reprints. Valancourt’s The Auctioneer can (and should) be ordered here.

If you’re curious about the episodes of The Midnight Comic Club I mentioned the adaptation one is here, the DC and Marvel one is here and then all the others are here.

In the episode I also mentioned the discount audiobook service Chirp which you should check out as well as the equally great Bookbub.

The High Five Episode 5 – The Kids’ Favorite Shows Of 2020

On this week’s High Five Podcast I’m joined by not one, but two very special guests: my kids! On this one, the three of us discuss our favorite TV show watching experiences of last year. It might sound a little funky because it was recorded differently than the others, but I hope you’ll enjoy our takes on some of the best shows for families around!