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!

The High Five Podcast Episode 1 – My Favorite Comics & Books Of 2020

Hi gang, as you can tell from the title here, I’m launching a brand new podcast called The High Five. The idea is that I love pop culture so much and want to get the word out to as many people as possible, so I’m creating High Five lists each week that celebrate the worlds of film, TV, comics, books, toys, music and even other podcasts!

To kick things off, I’m doing a series of episodes looking back on the very bad year that was 2020 with an eye towards some of the great media I put into my brain. This first one gets into my favorite comic and book reading experiences of the year. You might notice a lack of horror titles and that’s because I’m going to do a whole separate list focusing on just that genre for most of these categories because I absorb so much of it.

The High Five Podcast Episode 1 – Best Comics & Books Of 2020

I hope you enjoy the episode. If you’re looking for a rundown of what I talked about, hit the jump and see the comics and books as well as some other helpful links!

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Book Report: The Saturday Night Ghost Club

One of the things I miss most during this time of quarantine is just aimlessly wandering around stores. Obviously, there are so many other more important things going on, but it’s one of the little things about the old days I look back on fondly, especially when it comes to book stores. I haven’t been in a Barnes & Noble in months and it really bums me out! I’d love to go to a used or independent book store too, but there aren’t any around where I live, much to my chagrin.

To at least partially fill that void, I’ve signed up for a few ebook mailing lists to bring cool new books and some hot new deals into my life (see what I did there?). If you’re interested, you can sign up for one through Amazon, but there’s also a site called BookBub that I’m a big fan of. You just go in, add the genres you like and they’ll hit you up with daily sales on digital books that run between one and three bucks. That’s how I first came upon Craig Davidson’s The Saturday Night Ghost Club!

Enter, if you dare…

Book Report: Damnation Game & The Reaping

As anyone who was paying attention to UM in the fall will know, I plunged deeply into the world of horror for most of September and October. By the time I finished up the epic undertaking of It’s All Connected 2020, I took a break from watching a lot of horror movies throughout most of November, but kept on making my way through my daunting To Read boxes. To that end, I pulled out an old paperback I scored from the library’s free table several years ago as well as the next Paperbacks From Hell reprint from my favorite publisher Valancourt!

Read on!