One of my major concerns about taking the job I now have is that it involves a commute. Not gas (though that does suck), but how was I supposed to get through an hour in traffic each way?
Enter Death in the Afternoon.
For quite some time now, I have enjoyed watching the “Ask a Mortician” series on Youtube and followed Caitlin Doughty on Twitter because death and all it entails fascinates me.
It wasn’t always that way. When I was a kid I was afraid of my own shadow. I was deeply unsettled by the Garfield Halloween special, and if anyone even mentioned the name “Chucky” I didn’t sleep for days. Then at some point I decided I wanted to read a Stephen King book and it was all over after that. Now I’m trying to decide how I feel about the Child’s Play reboot, and one of my all-time favorite movie openings is the dance floor scene from Ghost Ship. From my love of horror grew a natural fascination with death, so it shouldn’t surprise anyone that I devour every possible bit of media that deals with mortuary science.
When I saw that the Order of the Good Death had a podcast, I couldn’t wait to listen to it. The episodes are short, much like the videos I enjoy so much, and so very bingeable. Great replay value too! I listened to all of them on the drive down to Houston, then spent the drive back up listening to another favorite – Nightmare on Film Street.
John and Kim are two complete goofball horror nerds and I love them. They chat about horror movies, film festivals, and make it feel like you’re hanging out in the living room with them after watching Candyman and dissecting it in the kind of detail I always hoped people would go into with me. I happened upon their Candyman vs. Beetlejuice episode and hearing them talk about two of my favorite movies made me a fan for life. All that wonderful horror that freaked me out when I was a kid is here and there are some folks who love it just as much as I do. Beware, though. They WILL try to get you to watch The Human Centipede 2.
My other go-to podcast is The Strange Sessions, a paranormal and oddity show done by two people I know and love. Kurt and I have known each other (and dated for a little while, full disclosure) since I was in high school, and through him I met Krista. They’re fantastic people and opened me up to some amazing experiences, so when I found out they had a podcast I was like “sign me up!”
They talk about a little of everything odd – cryptids, ghosts, paranormal investigation, you name it. They also taste test weird things, talk about Wisconsin, and generally make you feel like you’re hanging out in a basement watching TV together. Definitely recommend for long drives because it keeps your brain engaged and doesn’t let you get bored. Do yourself a favor and get in while the season just started!
If you’re a podcast person, or if you’ve been wanting to try one, I highly recommend these three for the strange and unusual.