Spooky Podcasts

The other night I stayed behind at work to do some overtime. I was seeing a movie with Glynn at 8.30 anyway, so it made sense just to stay at work until I could go and meet him, and get paid for the privilege.

Well, throughout the afternoon we’d been talking (my team mates and I) about the best ghost stories we’ve ever heard. Heather told a story about a gypsy stalking a woman via google maps and I nearly shit my pants. By the time they left me alone for the day, my skin was crawling so I thought I’d treat myself while I worked the remainder of the shift.

I put on the Evolution of Horror podcast and skipped to the Slender Man episode. SM is one of my favourite folk tales and I often fall down a rabbit hole reading stories about him on Creepypasta, so it was a no brainer. As the episode unfolded I learned more about a web series called Marble Hornets that tells the story of a couple of protagonists being stalked by a Slender-like figure.

My friend Matt has recently been watching it and trying to get me in on it. As it started to get darker and darker in the office, with all the lights around my pod automatically going off , I started to freak myself the fuck out. Every small noise became the footsteps of Slender Man walking towards me. Every slight chill was his breath on the back of my neck.

God, I love that feeling.

So to my favourite creepy podcasts for those times you just need to feel scared. In no particular order, a couple of fitting little listens to enjoy in the lead up to Halloween.

Evolution of Horror

Presenter Mike examines the way horror films have changed and evolved over the last hundred years – with a little help from his guests. I’m new to this podcast but I bloody love it. This week I’ve been working my way steadily through the folk horror episodes but there are also ghosts and slasher movies in the back catalog to look forward to. Rumour has it zombie movies are next. Basically this is a must-listen for any horror fan which will give you a new appreciation for the films you already love and inspire you to get on to the ones you haven’t.

Best episodes to far: Folk Pt. 11: Kill List (2011), Sightseers (2012) & A Field in England (2013), Folk Pt. 13: Slender Man (2018) & Viral Folk Horror

You can find Evolution of Horror on any podcast app, just type in the name and GO.

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The Last Podcast on the Left

This one is heavy on the jokes and at times that can take you out of the episode. The rapport of the three presenters (Ben Kissel, Marcus Parks and Henry Zebrowski) is fun but can also be jarring for that reason. However, they do examine truly interesting subject matter, from fairies to the suicide of Kurt Cobain, to the ongoing feud and subsequent deaths of Biggie & Tupac. Pretty much everything you can think of has been covered and if it hasn’t, you can be confident it will probably crop up at some point.

Best episodes so far: Episodes 279 & 280: The Enfield Poltergeist (fucking TERRIFYING)

Sword & Scale

This is the best true crime podcast I’ve heard so far with stories that go in deep on horrible crimes committed by ‘ordinary’ people. The tag line “The worst monsters are real” has never rung truer.

Best episodes so far: All of them

What are you listening to?

Weekly Digest

This week I’m digging:

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Marcella

IMDB Synopsis

Marcella Backland left the Metropolitan Police for the sake of her family, only to have her husband leave her. She returns to her job on the murder squad, investigating a case that seems disturbingly familiar to her.

Fucking hell. This show is great, Anna Friel is brilliant and men are the worst, obviously.

There are a lot of characters to keep track of and therefore a lot of suspects but it’s a compelling British crime thriller that keeps you on the edge. Particularly Marcella herself who could be good, could be bad but regardless is still someone you’re totally on-board with at all times.

Recommend.

Moleskine® Film Journal

I was recently given this amazingly thoughtful gift by my friend, Damon for my birthday. (Picture above, not mine).

The film journal is part of the Passion Journal range that allows you to log information about your hobbies (there’s wine, gardening, books). I’d already decided that keeping a log of the films we watch for the podcast was what I wanted to do – you know, actually writing down the name of actors and directors could do wonders for content. So this came at the best time. Here you can record comments on the films, give them a rating out of 5 stars, etc. It’s very cool.

Thanks again, Damon!

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Podcasting Again

Speaking of the podcast, after a December hiatus James and I are back in the studio. If by studio, I mean James’ front room, on the sofa (which is what I definitely mean).

I’ve really missed having the structure of watching films to talk about and having the podcast as my main (with this blog) creative outlet. You sometimes don’t realise how much you love and need these things until you stop doing them, even temporarily.

So we’re back in the game, determined to tighten things up and be more organised. I’m going to be better about taking notes (see above) – and I can’t wait to get stuck in.

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The Women of the Golden Globes

Goddesses, the lot of them. And yes, I could say a lot more than that but what have I got worth adding? Let them speak for themselves.

What are you digging this week?

What I’m Listening To: Podcasts #2

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Podcasts, am I right? Where would the waking day be without them?

I’m lucky enough to have a decent bus ride to work these days and that allows me some lovely listening time.

It’s been a little while since I did one of these run downs and when I wrote this I was still a newb to the podcast world. Now it’s my favourite medium and I’m one half of a podcasting duo (whodda thunkit?).

So a year on this is what I’m listening to:

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Hello Friend

I mentioned Hello Friend not long ago while talking about a book I’ve been digging (and shamefully am still reading). Hello Friend’s host and creator, Bethany Rutter had on Alice, a bookseller whose book recommendations have so far not let me down.

I follow both Bethany and Alice on Twitter because I have good taste in interesting women, what can I say? And Hello Friend is unmissable because Bethany has interesting friends too, and each episode takes time out to have a leisurely chat with one of them about how they met and whatever topics they fancy. I love the simple idea, the conversations (which can go deep and are often close to my own heart) – and Bethany’s voice.

Definitely in the top three of my faves for listening to on the bus.

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S-Town

This is a truly bizarre and unique story from the makers of Serial, the first podcast I ever listened to. The less you know about it going in the better I think.

Let’s just say, should you choose to have a listen you’ll quickly be sucked into the world of one very intriguing real-life character and one you just couldn’t make up. There’s nowt so queer as folk as they say, and they’d be right.

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Made of Human Podcast

Sofie Hagen is a Danish comedian and another cool feminist woman I follow on Twitter (and everywhere possible).

Made of Human is about talking to, again, fun and wise people – and getting their take on life and specifically how to be human. It’s extremely satisfying and helpful to know that you’re not alone when you’ve left the house with your maxi dress back to front and you’re not doing human particularly well yourself.

I highly recommend Sofie’s comedy as well, though I haven’t yet got to see her live. I will change this soon.

Radio Gorepress

Introduced to me by own podcast partner, I really like this because it’s just horror geeks talking about films I’ve watched/would watch with very normal reactions. They could be me and James and that’s comforting somehow.

So far my favourite episodes have been about Lords of Salem and Green Room.

Special Mentions

Shout out to Sword & Scale which still never fails to make my skin crawl and my stomach turn. Honestly, it’s very good about trigger warnings but some of it is haunting. A definite one for murder fans.

My boo Becky recently mentioned a new podcast she’s been listening to called My Favourite Murder so this is now on my playlist. Basically two girls talk about their favourite murders. Becks says it reminds her of me and I think that says a lot…

So, what are you listening to? May I recommend a good one for movie lovers?

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downloadBlogtober has been really fun so far but some days I’m filled with a special kind of panic if I’ve failed to pre-plan a post. It’s funny though, how you can start out a day with no idea and then be inspired by anything: a conversation with colleagues, a news report.

I was going to focus on a few feelings I have about some current news stories but you know what? It’s been a good, creative week and I’m not down for thinking negatively right now. Quite the opposite in fact.

On Tuesday, my podcast partner and I recorded a couple of new shows, one of which features our very first guest spot and it was so awesome I positively skipped home afterwards. (Not really, but I got a cab with a smile on my face). The next day and this morning, I’ve been carrying myself like Snow White, followed by woodland animals, smiling at everyone and just in love with life.

I’m in a weird position in work in that I’m flailing a bit creatively. I love my team and what I do, but it’s not an inspired role a lot of a time and I was starting to wain. In some ways the new injection of fun projects – the podcast and my blog, the collab with Jillian – have combated the stagnancy.

The podcasting in particular feels like an achievement. My friend and I talked about maybe trying something and now we’re actually doing it. Making plans and getting them down. It feels important and I feel more alert than I have in a long time. I have a new lease of life, and it feels fucking amazing.

I genuinely can’t wait to see where we go next.

What have you guys been up to? ❤

Ps. If you want to check out the podcast for yourself, our episodes are right here.

Self Promotion, Yo

Good morning!

This might not be the official home of All Out of Bubblegum, however, it is my blog and I’ll self-promote if I want to.

I’m so stoked to share the first ever episode – the smancy sounding “Pilot” – below.

Sure, we have a ways to go in terms of some of the technical side of things. We have to rein ourselves in and stop going out quite so far on the tangents. I must at least write down the name of directors, who are not ‘That Guy that did That Thing”. And the fidgeting! The tapping of the mugs and the pens must cease.

But beyond that, I couldn’t be prouder. I’m certain James feels the same way.

We’re currently working on our branding, on our website and some of the small things we’d like to change so expect to see some changes coming up shortly! Until then – enjoy ❤

And a very happy weekend to you all! ❤

All Out of Bubblegum Podcast: Coming Soon!

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Behind the scenes

So, I had the best day yesterday and could barely sleep last night because of my excitement!

I’m talking podcast, of course (and might be talking about it a lot for the foreseeable future, so sue me). Anyway, yesterday afternoon we got the pilot episode down – and then some.

Turns out the opposite of what I thought would be an issue was the issue: talking too much. We got about 2 and a half hours of waffle down, for an hour-long show. It’s so hard to stick to the plan when there are so many tangents to explore.

I think it’s great stuff – once we’d both got over the horror of listening to our own voices – we were really pleased with how it sounded. Very natural, and hopefully fun for others.

I will be linking to absolutely everything we do from here, no doubt so I do hope you’ll come and check us out.

It’s a work in progress at the moment, but there’ll also be an accompanying blog, which you can find here.

While we (well James) cleans up the first episode, adds an intro and music, here’s a little glimpse at your hosts:

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Me (obvs) and James: magic makers (hopefully)

Don’t worry, we’ll get some more professional ‘official’ shots.

Happy Humpday all! Hope you’re having a good week too ❤

Checking In, Catching Up

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I just like this building, okay? (via Unsplash)

Hello!

I don’t really know what I’ve been doing lately and although I’ve been posting regularly, I do feel as though I’ve been coasting along on here somewhat. Was that my plan when I asked for guest posts, I wonder?

(Yes).

Not really! I guess I’ve just been more of a doer lately, which is virtually unheard of in my world. I’m a huge fan of procrastination as well as navel gazing, and that combination, friends, leads to almost nothing getting done.

I mean, it’s not like I’ve achieved much, I haven’t worked out where white dog poo went or anything groundbreaking, but I am working on stuff. You know about The Podcast, I’ve been thinking about that a lot and doing my homework, which is basically watching films. (It’s great).

We’ve been brainstorming names and that, frankly, has been the hardest part (so far). We have a shortlist though and are nearly there. We’re recording our Pilot episode on 6th September which is so close you can almost touch it!

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Fellow gingers

What else has been going on?

I devoured BBC 3’s Fleabag in one day (excellent btw and I think it’s supremely lazy to label its writer/star Phoebe Waller-Bridge as ‘the British Lena Dunham’ just because she’s not frightened to talk about sex), got too much sun, hung out with some gorgeous fellow gingers. You know, all the usual things.

Summer’s been quite a bright one, some days just have been too much. I never signed up for actual sunshine, come on. Where’s Autumn?

Anyway, good stuff is coming. I’m getting back in the groove, hopefully you’ll see some of it soon. Guest Posts will start up again too – and all will be right with the world. I promise.

How are you guys? Good week?