Test Runs and Tech Failures

So there we were, poised, ready to record. Patrick and I had both watched and re-watched the Halloween films multiple times. We had thoughts. We had opinions. I had 8 pages of notes, most of which was whining about how Rob Zombie had betrayed me. We logged on the night before recording day, and we were ready to go! Everything worked! All programs were online (I have to use a total of 4, one to talk to Patrick, one to record the call, one to seperate the audio from the video, and one to edit the audio for your listening consumption). Everything was set. And when we logged on the next day, nothing worked. 2 programs demanded to be updated. 1 program decided that it couldn’t work with the updated programs. 1 just kept failing to record and when I visited the site to see about an update, I found that it was no longer being supported, good luck, thanks for the fish, fuck off.

So.

So…

Where do we go from there? Patrick is happily writing for Morbidly Beautiful and planning a wedding. I’m taking an overloaded semester packed with honors courses because my old ass wants to make the big bucks and roll hard as a professor of history and I’m looking to transfer to university from my community college this time next year (I hope). Do we want to keep doing this? Do we have time? Is it worth it? I ask Patrick this all the time, mainly because despite our having been friends for almost a decade, despite him kind of taking the place of a cousin whose friendship and closeness I’ve lost over the years (sorry to drop that bomb on you Krause, you’re my cuz now, deal with it. If I ever squeeze out loin fruit, you’re the automatic godfather), one never knows what’s in someone else’s mind. Is he just sticking with this because he feels he has to? But, this is as much his baby as it is mine (wait, we’re cousins…. you’re my brother? we have a baby together… I’ve seen this episode of X-Files, right?) He’s as adamant as I am: despite our setbacks, we both have a lot of love for horror, and sharing our opinions about it. We’ve likely lost all the listeners we had, and hey, that’s fine. We’ve didn’t start our little podcast for money or fame, we started it because we love horror and we love talking about horror. If you like to listen to us talk about horror, we love you. To quote Stephen King’s forward from Night Shift:

And the only thing we seem to be able to agree upon about them is this: that those who practice these arts honestly would continue to practice them even if they were not paid for their efforts; even if their efforts were criticized or even reviled; even on pain of imprisonment or death.

So…

So.

So here we are, stymied by another breakdown. It’s a shame I would die in Jersey and it’s a shame Patrick has his whole life NOT on the west coast, because this would all be easier without the distance, but that’s not the case. We’ll get through this tech barrier, and we’ll come back to your earbuds and car speakers sooner rather than later. We’re sorry for the wait, and we’re sorry we’re not better at this already, but we’re not ready to let this corpse rest yet.

Zap it again Patrick, we’ve got work to do!

 

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Hiatus – Effective last year, announced this week

Hey guys. Not sure if you saw the official announcement that we are on hiatus for an unspecified amount of time. Want a Too Long; Didn’t Read? Happy to oblige, scroll to the last paragraph.

Recording a regular podcast while maintaining an adult life is admittedly difficult. Doing so as an absolute amateur in all things related to podcasting is harder. Doing it when separated by a 3 hour time difference makes it nigh impossible to hit regular episodes. Last year, each of our lives blew up personally, in both good and bad ways. Patrick lost his mom and gained a fiance. I lost my cat, a job, and made it on the honor roll as a returning student pursuing my degree finally. Recently, I also lost my grandfather.

Patrick and I love horror, and we love doing this podcast. We have every intention of continuing, it’s just going to take awhile. Neither of us is sure how long. While we get things back on track personally, both of us will be blogging fairly regularly, and there may be a couple mini-episodes posted. When we do come back, the format will be drastically changed. It’s not possible to do current event style episodes, because once we’ve planned and recorded and edited and posted, the things we talked about are weeks if not months old. Instead, we are going to focus on specific, non-time sensitive subjects, and really break it down and get into the meat of it. We have a few planned already, an in-depth analysis of Stephen King’s works, including which film version of The Shining is better, Grindhouse: The 10th anniversary, it’s relation to the actual grindhouse genre, and a discussion about the grindhouse era of horror. These future topics will be handled in long form episodes, sometimes broken into multiple parts if the length gets too unwieldy.

Patrick + Selana Versus Evil isn’t a ploy for viral fame or social recognition. We are not looking to make a living off of talking about horror. It’s a passion project, pure and simple. Unfortunately, the messy bits of life tend to distract from things like that.

Thank you all for your patience and understanding and unlikely fandom. We’re still here, we’re just taking a minute, or a few hundred thousand of them.

TL;DR – We’re not done podcasting, just on hiatus. We will continue blogging and sharing our opinions on horror in various formats.

The Lost Dead

So, my laptop took a dump and I lost everything that wasn’t backed up. Which was everything because I’m terrible and my external hard drive lives in a bin in the back of my closet. I’m reinstalling the programs I use to edit, and I have the rough draft I sent to Patrick in my gmail account, thank the gods.

Our take on season 6a of The Walking Dead WILL get out there soon! My technical difficulties and struggles with math have delayed it, and we are talking about a possible hiatus while I finish this semester. Also, we are migrating from tumblr to wordpress, so there may be more of Patrick’s awesome insights on a more regular basis.

Please bear with me as I try to get this together. I’m so sorry that it’s been so long. We haven’t quit, it’s just a bit of a struggle right now.

Selana

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Patrick – What Hooked me on Horror

Working on transferring old content from tumblr to WordPress. This is Patrick’s work, despite my tag at the bottom.

Selana

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Back in the days before cable t.v., the local alternative to the main networks was UHF. In the Central/Southern NJ and Philly area there was UHF channel 48 that showed Abbott & Costello, Laurel & Hardy and Blondie movies on Sunday, and on Saturday mornings was Creature Double Feature.

My first hook into the classic Universal Monsters was Abbott & Costello meet Frankenstein. It’s true; my first Frankenstein monster movie starred Glenn Strange as the creature, not Boris Karloff. But this movie hooked me enough to seek out the other Universal monster movies. But it was Creature Double Feature that turned me into a horror movie geek. The show had a ghoulish host and corny humor, like Elvira but w/o the boobs.

Saturday mornings found me in my mom’s room, intently watching her black & white television and seeing my first Hammer Horror movie (The Vampire Lovers);

my first Godzilla movie (it had Ghidorah in it);

my first “blaxploitation” movie (Blacula)

and movies that ran the gamut from bad (Dracula vs. Frankenstein –look it up, it’s awful. It was released in 1971) to classic Roger Corman movies and everything in between.

The final nail in the coffin, so to speak, was a haunted house attraction at the Jersey Shore: Brigantine Castle. I never got to go because my parents wouldn’t take me, but their commercials ran all the time on channel 48. The commercials scared the bejesus out of me! Their oldcommercials can be found on YouTube and there are some websitesdedicated Brigantine memories.

That’s how I became hooked on all things horror. Seven years old (give or take a year), laying on my mother’s bed on Saturday mornings, closely watching her 13” black and white television..it was all introduced to me in a quiet town nestled in the hills of New Jersey.