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Good Morning, folks! Today in the Madhouse, I'm sitting down with two of my favorite poets, Marge Simon and Bryan D. Dietrich, to discuss their upcoming poetry collection The Demeter Diaries. Now as a long-standing vampire fan--and a girl who has been mistaken for them about a half dozen times in her life--when I first found out about this book, I was turning-over-in-my-grave excited! I'm a sucker (ha) for those pale, suave monsters, and whether they're rocking a leather jacket like in The Lost Boys  or dancing in candlelight like in Interview with the Vampire , chances are, I'm swooning and terrified somewhere in a corner watching it all happen.  Now  The Demeter Diaries is a record of love and longing and the inevitable horror that arises between the minds of Mina Harker and Vlad Dracula as they court one another in waking dreams. The dialogue, written in both poetry and prose, imagines a psychic connection that develops between the two even before Dracul

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile: A Madhouse True Crime Discussion with Mercedes M. Yardley

I’ve always considered myself a bit of a true crime junkie. I read, watch, and listen to true crime on a fairly regular basis (shout out to Last Podcast on the Left and My Favorite Murder ), have visited Death Museums in Hollywood and New Orleans, and last semester I taught my first graduate course in it at Western Connecticut State University . However, despite knowing about Ted Bundy prior to traveling to Utah in 2008, it wasn’t until I heard Al Carlisle (Bundy’s prison psychologist) speak about his interactions with him that I got hooked on the case. How could this man kill so many women and get away with it for so long? How could he escape prison...twice? Why after all these years is his story resurfacing? I was lucky to listen to Carlisle--who was a wonderfully brilliant and kind man, god rest his soul--speak twice during his life, and both times I left feeling absolutely terrified, especially after hearing a recording of Bundy after he’d escaped and called Carlisle


Carrie by Stephen King was one of my favorite movies growing up and it remains one of my favorite books to this day. Most of you are probably familiar with the story: a young girl goes through some pretty scary transformations, gets bullied, puts on a prom dress, and then kills everyone for ruining that dress. As a kid, I remember cheering when Carrie lost it, and it was around that time that I knew I wasn’t watching horror movies like the rest of my friends were. I loved monsters, and later on in life, I started to create some of my own, and then later after that, I started sharing my monsters with the world, with all of you. Being a Guest of Honor at StokerCon 2019 was a definite highlight of my career, and I honestly feel so inspired that truth be told, I want to just lock myself in my office for the next three months and do nothing but write (and I should because I have a ton of stuff in store for you all soon!). You see, our community is nothing like Carrie White’s was. It