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Sunday, January 14, 2018

The Dyatlov Pass Scares Us - Part 2

Hi Dear Listeners,

Welcome to part 2 of episode 10! If you didn't have a chance, go check out episode 10 part 1. So, enjoy episode 10 part 2 where we discuss all our thoughts, theories, and ideas about what happened at the Dyatlov Pass.

Katya had so many answers and so much answer face for this part of the episode its pretty unreal. Aliens, avalanches, yetis, government conspiracies!?  Plus, Davey talks about radioactivity and isotopes (science). We change our minds all the time about what happened so write to us and let us know what you think happened!


Katya and Laramie

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Recording This Weekend ...

To celebrate (and promote) the publication of my first play, Frankenstein Among the Dead, we'll be focusing on one of the many Frankensteins out there (and the monster too!).

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Episode 10: The Dyatlov Pass Scares Us!

Okay, kitty cats, there's some disturbing content on this post, namely some mummified/frozen/possibly-Yeti-murdered real life people corpses.  So I'm going to just leave some space here, and if you want to skip this post, feel free.

Okay, here are some of the images of the poor unfortunate schmucks who got maybe UFOd, maybe yeti'd, maybe government'd, maybe all of the above at the Dyatlov Pass.

Here are the victims; now you can use this grid to sort out all the Yuris!

I'm not even gonna joke.  This makes me feel sad.  And afraid.  But mostly sad.

Nightmare.  The tent, cut open from the inside.

Okay.  Brace yourselves.  Here are some of the victims:

If you want more info, check out the Dytalov Pass website (click here).

ALSO ... I keep lamenting that there isn't a movie based on DPI, but turns out ... there is!

Click here for info on The Dyatlov Pass Incident!

The Dyatlov Pass Scares Us - Part 1

Hi Dear Listeners,

Happy New Year, and thank you for joining us again!  We are releasing our 10th episode and couldn't be more excited.  This is by far the scariest episode we have ever done, and because it is so scary it is in two parts!  Fear not, though because we will be releasing part two in a week.

The Dyatlov Pass Incident is this week's topic and is it ever weird.  We run you through all of the things you need to know about one of the strangest happenings in modern history.  Missing tongues, eyes, radioactive bodies and mountains with foreboding names all make an appearance in this topic (we even scared ourselves a bit with this one)!

On a lighter note, we have a lot of fun at the beginning of this episode talking about some of our favorite things, and singing some of our favorite random songs.  We Love you dear listeners and we hope that 2018 is a wonderful year for you and yours!

Thanks for listening and stay tuned for part two next week!


Katya and Laramie

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Friday, December 29, 2017

Episode 9: Tales from the Crypt Scares Us!

Check out episode 9 (below this post, or click here), focusing on the EC Comics phenomenon of the 1950s, which gave us Tales from the Crypt, The Haunt of Fear, and The Vault of Horror

I name-dropped Graham Ingels a bunch during the episode; even though the Old Witch, my favorite Ghoulunatic, isn't hosting it, here's one of my favorite stories from Tales from the Crypt, "Blood Type 'V'! (Bang!)"

And speaking of vampires ... the final issue of The Vault of Horror, illustrated by Johnny Craig, which definitely possesses, shall we say, a queer sensibility ...

And finally, a few portraits Graham Ingels painted of the Old Witch in his later years:

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Tales From the Crypt Scares Us

Hi Dear Listeners,

We hope you had a wonderful and festive holiday!  We spent our holiday fighting technical difficulties, but creepy Krampus brought us a sack full of tech support gore and our episode is finally released.  This week we discuss The Tales From The Crypt Series and all of its glory.  Be warned this is a bit of non-scary episode, but the story of the rise and fall of this beloved franchise should scare us all!

In this episode we talk about possible poorly constructed murder plots, memories from Eastern Montana, why you shouldn't listen to Brand New anymore, and ways to find non-murdery hobbies.

So, come join us to learn about the origins of those wonderful Tales From The Crypt cartoons, movies, TV series, and Comics that you may remember from your childhood in the 90's (nostalgia)!  Also, the end of the episode has a creepy Christmas tie in that we totally planned when we recorded.  Enjoy the rest of the holiday season dear listeners!


Katya and Laramie

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Friday, December 22, 2017

Episode Nine (Coming Soon!): Tales from the Crypt Scares Us

While you're tremulously waiting for Episode 9 to drop (this Sunday!), prepare yourselves by reading this story that upset Katya so much ... from EC Comics' Tales from the Crypt #33 to, um, bone up (heh heh heh, to quote the Crypt Keeper):

Here's the cover, which I first glimpsed in its Gladstone Comic reprint in the late spring/early summer of 1990, in Gordon's, a now-defunct grocery store in Glasgow, Montana:

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Horror in the Daylight Scares Us!

What is that thing?  Is it a bear? The werewolf from Silver Bullet?  Or something more ... sinister? 

(Photo of the Clark Fork River in our very own Missoula, Montana; courtesy of my talented husband.)

Saturday, December 16, 2017


A little taste of what we watched tonight, and what we'll record about tomorrow eve ...

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Monsters Scare Us!

In a recent episode (and I can't remember which one exactly; you should just go back and listen to them all!  Again!) but in a recent episode I referenced the Crestwood House monster books; if you were a child of the 70s/80s, you probably remember them:  your library had them, they were orange and black, and they sported a scandalized looking King Kong on their backs.  Like this:

Isn't he a looker?

Anyway, I checked out The Wolfman and Dracula the most frequently (from multiple libraries; at the time, it seemed that every little town in Eastern Montana had 'em); it was The Wolfman that scared me so badly that my parents gave me a silver pen to sleep with to protect me.  I'm going to assume it worked, since I have yet to be attacked by a werewolf.  I guess it only takes on time, though, doesn't it.

The first few pages, starting with Oliver Reed from Curse of the Werewolf ...

And then this description, which terrified me, and recurs whenever I think of the full moon in autumn ...

And the photo that sent me -- ahem -- howling for that silver pen.

And you should follow Kong's advice ...

When I think of Dracula, this is the first thing that comes to mind.  Always.

And finally, a little teaser for the big news that I'll be revealing in a future episode ...

Monday, December 11, 2017

Episode 8: Being Compliant Scares Us!

I did not realize, when we talked up the 2012 film Compliance based on the events Katya and I discussed in Episode 8 (click here to give a listen, or simply scroll down below this post, as Davey brilliantly linked the blog and the podcast site!) ... I did not realize that it starred Ms. Dreama Walker, who I was a little obsessed with a few years ago when she starred on the much underappreciated  Don't Trust the B in Apartment 23.  Now I must see it.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Strip Search Phone Scam

Hello Dear listeners,

Welcome to a truly terrifying episode of This Place Scares Us!  This week we are discussing the horrible phenomenon that was "Strip Search Phone Scams".  Were you alive for the eras of phone cards, star 6-9, and calling collect?  If you weren't you get to learn lots, if you were then enjoy a trip into nostalgia. So come learn why picking up the phone may be a scary thing to do!

Also, we shout out some of our wonderful listeners! CommaSplice, Tori, and a wonderful reviewer on iTunes gave us lots of reasons to feel great!  Plus, Katya and Laramie struggle with words, idioms, and common phrases throughout!

We do joke around a bunch in this episode, but much like our Israel Keys episode, this phenomenon had lasting awful implications for the people involved. So please come join us as we talk about something sad, and finish it up with a recommendation. ALWAYS QUESTION AUTHORITY and TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS!!!


Katya and Laramie

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Episode Two: Winning THE LOTTERY Scares Us

Find out why winning the Shirley Jackson lottery is so much more rewarding than others of its kind by clicking here.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Horror in the Daylight Scares Us

 I teach a film studies unit for my Intermediate Theatre class, and this year I replaced The Dark Knight, which I had grown excruciatingly exhausted teaching, with Jaws, which I never get tired of ... anything.  And while I was teaching it, I realized how much of it follows the "horror in the daylight" trope that Katya and I have spent much time discussing, and that Davey loves so much.  (Someday Katya and I will do an episode on the entire Jaws quadrology -- which is totally a word I just now invented and plan to use forevermore -- all four of 'em ... even Jaws:  The Revenge.  Especially Jaws:  The Revenge.)  It's bad enough that something horrible lurks beneath the surface of a place we treat as a recreational toy, waiting to explode from the water and chomp us to death in a horrible fountain of our own blood, but for it to happen in broad daylight, when we can actually see, and should be able to defend ourselves ...?  Unacceptable.

I started considering this post when I found this "deleted" image from an earlier trial of the Alex Kintner death scene (you know, the poor kid who finds himself on the wrong end of the shark's serrated titular teeth).  Now, I love me the original scene (you can see it in gif format below), but there is something really, truly horrible about the maw of this leviathan beast just looming over doomed little Alex and his soon-to-be-tattered yellow raft. 

In broad daylight.

Ohmygod.  You can totally see his awful little eye and the top of his snout.

The schlub in the pond, otherwise known as "the estuary victim."  The first time we get a pretty good look at the shark, and it's unnerving as hell.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Episode Seven: Angelique Scares Us!

Katya and I discuss this moment (one of my very favorites in the whole series), where Angelique the witch curses her husband Barnabas to a life of bloodsucking and eternal emo-ness ... and the flappy stick bat that appears immediately after on the latest episode.  (Those aren't special effects; those are Lara Parker's actual eyes.)  Click here to listen now!

Friday, December 1, 2017

Episode Six: Ultraterrestrials Scare Us!

Katya introduced me to the magical term "ultraterrestrial" (oops; blogger doesn't recognize that as a word) during episode six (click here to listen), while we talked about the so-called "black eyed kid" phenomenon (I wish they made a sarcasm font; sorry Katya!).  I found this lovely image of the ultimate ultraterrestrial, Katya's darling, the Mothman!  We'll get around to doing a Mothman episode; don't you worry your pasty little faces about it. 

Look out!  Here he is!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Episode 4: The Circleville Letter Writer Scares Us!

Curious about Circleville, Ohio?  Who isn't!  A fascinating place, obviously - listen to Episode 4 by clicking here and learn all about the poison pen wielding madmen and/or madwomen who terrorized a small midwestern town ... and may have led to murder! 

They like pumpkins too.  You'll see.

 Welcome to Circleville.

Home of the Pumpkin Show.

And the spooky Octagon House, which has seen better days.

They care about their pumpkins, and here's the thing -- I get it.  I do.  I lived in Southern Illinois for three years, where there were apple fests and vulture fests and mosquito fests ... so many fests. 

...excuse me.  SHOWS.