Thursday, July 19, 2012

The Thursday Thirteen: Podcast Fantasies


The Thursday Thirteen is a recurring feature here at Plan D in which I post a list of 13 items/movies/books/etc. of any given category.  This time around, I'm thinking about podcasting.

I love producing Mail Order Zombie, and 1951 Down Place has been a blast.  I've put together segments or submitted material for The B-Movie CastDisney, Indiana; and other shows.  A few years ago, I did a Countdown to Halloween podcast series.  It's a lot of fun for me (especially the editing part!), and I've joked with friends that if there was more time in the day and I didn't have to rely on things like steady income, employee benefits, and quality time with my wife (not necessarily in that order!), I'd set up shop behind the microphone and podcast a lot more.  For this Thursday Thirteen, I'm going to allow myself to daydream a bit and imagine what other podcasts I'd produce in that imaginary land of more-free-time-etc.-etc.-etc.

In no particular order . . .

- A Spaghetti Western podcast.  Years ago, I would have been shocked to know that I enjoy Westerns as much as I do now.  I seem to recall telling a group of fellow students during a class presentation in the mid-90s that I can find something to enjoy in nearly every type of movie except Westerns.  (One student approached me after that class to tell me that I shouldn't avoid Westerns because Western storytelling was as valid as storytelling in any other genre.  I just nodded and smiled.)  Over the years, my views have broadened quite a bit, and while I still don't get too excited about a lot of Hollywood Western product, the Spaghetti Western screams enthusiastically at me.  I love the colors, the storytelling, the music, the action . . . How much fun would it be to produce a regular podcast celebrating my love of this sub-genre?

- A Robert E. Howard podcast.  This is a no-brainer for those who know me as I've been citing REH as my favorite writer for years.  There are already podcasts devoted to the literary work of Howard's fellow "Musketeers of Weird Fiction" H. P. Lovecraft and Clark Ashton Smith, so why not?  (The only downside is that I couldn't call it the Crom Cast as that name's already been taken.)  How much fun would it be to get into the nitty gritty of Howard's literature in a podcast?

- A horror film music podcast.  I collect film scores, and I love my horror movie music.  This would ultimately turn into a podcast in which I just play my favorite music, but I can't imagine something like that working legally for very long!  Even then, how much fun would it be?

- A post-apocalyptic movie podcast.  We've danced pretty close to this territory on Mail Order Zombie, and have even devoted an entire summer on MOZ to the sub-genre, but how fun would it be to do this on a regular basic?  With my wife, even?

- An H. P. Lovecraft podcast.  This wouldn't necessarily unique in that there ARE other Lovecraft- and Cthulhu-flavored shows out there.  But wouldn't it still be fun to do?

- A Universal Monsters podcast.  One of my absolute favorite podcast experiences was producing Episode #170 of The B-Movie Cast.  Being able to share my love for all things Creature from the Black Lagoon was a lot of fun, and it's led to some conversations with listeners of the B-Movie Cast as well as some new friendships.  I love my zombie movies.  I love my Hammer films.  And I also have a mad love for the Universal horror classics.  I typically find myself falling firmly in the 40s as my favorite Universal monster decade when I have to think about my go-to-movies, but I love them all.  I'm super excited for the upcoming Blu-ray release, and hope that some day Universal will finally release some of their lesser known monster titles (Captive Wild Woman, for example) on DVD (honestly, I'd prefer Blu-ray, but I'm trying to think realistically here!).  There's no question - it WOULD be fun to produce a podcast like this!

- A Creature from the Black Lagoon podcast.  This would spin out of the the Universal Monsters podcast.  And, yes, I think I could sustain a regular podcast devoted to my favorite film and its franchise.  And, yes, I think it would be fun!

A writing podcast of some sort.  I subscribe to a lot of writing podcasts, and I enjoy them quite a bit.  I enjoy the interviews with writers, the sharing of writers' tips, the progress updates, and the knowing I'm not alone in the indie-writing-game.  I've learned about self-publishing, about different subgenres, about audience expectations, and about different markets.  And, honestly, producing a writing podcast of my own would help further my own writing and publishing goals in that it would broaden my own audience while further representing the genres in which I find myself most (important since I've noticed that most writing podcasts tend to stay away from the dark horror material unless it's flavored by urban fantasy elements).  It would be fun, wouldn't it?

- An odd film history podcast.  I've become more and more interested in the history of Hollywood as of late.  I spend a few hours every week going through the listings on TCM looking for the odd short films, making-of specials, public service announcements, etc.  I don't know what a podcast devoted to covering this sort Hollywood cinema scraps would entail in terms of research, etc., but it could be fun, couldn't it?

- A Peter Cushing podcast.  Listen to an episode of 1951 Down Place and you know why this would be fun!

- A John Agar podcast. Mr. Agar is another one of my favorite actors, and while he's most known for his B-movie work, he had a career spilling into other genres as well.  After reading his autobiography and interviews with his family, he seemed like a genuinely nice guy, and it would be a lot of fun to really dive into this man's filmography.

- An audiodrama of some sort.  Post-production is often times my favorite part of podcasting, and putting together an audiodrama would force me to flex those muscles while giving me an opportunity to spin some slightly different writing gears.  What kind of audiodrama would it be?  I don't know, but it's fun to think about!

- A podcast devoted to B-movies.  I hear what you're saying right now.  There's already The B-Movie Cast.  And it's a damned fine podcast.  It's one of the shows I listen to as soon as I download it to my iPod.  I love what Vince, Mary, Nic and company do every week on that show . . . and I love it so much I want to do it, too!


Joe Barlow said...

I'm right there with you! Sign me up for the second chair when you start that Universal Horror podcast, if I don't beat you to it first. :)

Been thinking about a writing podcast myself.

And as long as we're sticking to fantasy, I'd love to do a Batman show, too.


Derek M. Koch said...

Brother, if you launch a Universal horror podcast yourself, sign ME up for the (semi-regular) second chair!

In talking with a handful of writers who have their own writing podcast, they've all mentioned that one of the benefits of having their own show is having a sense of accountability, which isn't a bad thing at all . . .

And while I'm not the world's biggest Batman fan, I'd still tune in to your show. :)