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Horror and Rumors of Horror

On this week’s episode of Wandering Monster, John, Lemons, and I discuss medical monsters – a topic that has perhaps never been more relevant to the three of us for reasons I don’t need to go into here (not to mention this whole “pandemic” thing that I’ve heard might be going on). Make sure to check it out, as it’s a doozy of an episode!

Not to toot my own horn, but one of the things that makes it a doozy is my selection for monster of the week: Josef Heiter, the perverse sadist (and talented surgeon!) at the dark heart of the infamous Dutch film The Human Centipede (First Sequence).

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Sharksploitation Coat-Tails: Barracuda (AKA The Lucifer Project)

The seventies are chock full of badly rendered ripoffs of Jaws, each trying with varying amounts of success to reproduce the rabid popularity of the monster hit of 1975. Just as I love me some bad sharksploitation films, so too do I adore watching these shit shows. 

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Reed Alexander’s Horror Review of ‘Midsommar’ (2019)

The consequences of gaslighting your girlfriend

Jesus fucking Christ. I haven’t seen a movie go for broke on the whole “asshole boyfriend” trope since White Settlers (2014). At least that asshole showed some growth. This prick doubled down at every moment of the movie. He goes from gaslighting his girlfriend Dani (played by Florence Pugh), to stringing along their relationship rather than dumping her, to using Dani’s sister’s suicide as a weapon, to being completely unsupportive as a boyfriend, to stealing a thesis from someone who is supposed to be a friend, to eye-fucking every woman in sight. The list goes on and fucking on. GOD! How hard do you have to drive home the guy being an asshole?

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Salamander Justice by Tamika Thompson Out Now

Salamander Justice is a creepy, sexy, fast-paced thriller that’s not afraid to get weird. As a well-crafted love triangle plays out on the surface, powerful elements of the natural world threaten the characters from shadowy corners and watery depths. This page-turner will leave you guessing until the end–and possibly reconsidering your next tropical vacation.
–Katherine Memmel

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Lesser Things

It began as a scientific oddity, bordering on urban legend. Our species – always so eager to grub around in the dirt with our plump pink digits – noted with amusement that ants were beginning to behave oddly.

For one thing, they started to take things home with them. The taking itself was quite mundane; we’ve all seen neatly ordered lines of ants carrying crumbs or fleshy shreds of fruit home to the colony. It was what they started to take. Strange things. Plastic and broken glass, scraps of cloth and twists of wire. We figured that the ants detected minute scraps of edible matter on the debris, or that this behavior was some novel but harmless quirk, the arthropological equivalent of magpies hoarding their dubious treasure.

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