PODCAST

Say Podcast and Die!

Say Podcast and Die!

Two queer horror nerds sit in a closet and revisit R.L. Stine's Goosebumps series. Season One looks at the original books, and Season Two tackles Series 2000 and Tales to Give You Goosebumps. New episodes every Monday!
Play Trailer
Listener Beware - You're in for a Scare!
S02E11 - Fright Camp (Goosebumps Series 2000 #8)Theories & Queeries #26S02E10 - Revenge R Us (Goosebumps Series 2000 #7)S02E09 - I Am Your Evil TwinS02E08 - Tales to Give You Goosebumps #1, Part 3
Andy and Alyssa conclude their three-part series on Tales to Give You Goosebumps #1 with a discussion of "Click," "Broken Dolls," and "A Vampire in the Neighborhood." In their discussion of "Click," they talk about laser discs, capitalist boredom, ironic wish fulfillment, time-controlling devices, the "Time Out" episode of Creepshow, Charmed, the "A Kind of Stopwatch" and "Time Enough at Last" episodes of The Twilight Zone, Troll 2, limbo, "Black Mirror, White Christmas," warping the fabric of reality, Timecrimes, alternate endings to The Butterfly Effect, magic/evil technology, and Countdown. In "Broken Dolls," they discuss fashion sense, craft fairs, Curse of Chucky, carnies, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, being transformed into a doll, Coraline, Child's Play, healing a sick family member, The Killing of a Sacred Deer, AI, The Dark Tower, the fear of child trafficking, the Pied Piper, changeling stories, the Satanic Panic, milk carton kids, The Deep End of the Ocean, I Know My First Name is Steven, sinister artisanal goods, Annabelle: Creation, and Goop. And with "A Vampire in the Neighborhood," they discuss the first person plural, butter burgers, vampire packs, Carmilla, stalkers, The Strangers, monster protagonists, My Favorite Thing Is Monsters, bullies, The Hole, Dead Girl, strange new kids at school, shunning outsiders, Let the Right One In, frame tales, folk horror, emancipated children, The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane. // Music by Haunted Corpse // Follow @saypodanddie on Twitter and Instagram, and get in touch at saypodanddie@gmail.com
Dec 27 2021
1 hr 13 mins
Theories & Queeries #25S02E07 - Tales to Give You Goosebumps #1, Part 2
Andy and Alyssa continue their three-part series covering Tales to Give You Goosebumps #1, covering "Strangers in the Woods," "Good Friends," "How I Got My Bat," and "Mr. Bear." In their discussion of "Strangers in the Woods," they talk about peanut butter fudgies; why directors wear baseball caps; Far From Home: The Adventures of Yellow Dog; erratic caregivers; The Lodge; The Visit; the woods; Dante’s Inferno; Twin Peaks; swamp gas; Scream 3; Peeping Tom; tentacles; 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea; well-meaning monsters; Monsters, Inc.; & Where the Wild Things Are. With "Good Friends," they discuss oak trees; Axel Foley; escapist delusions; Pan’s Labyrinth; imaginary friends; Z; Donnie Darko; lonely boys; Murder by Numbers; age-inappropriate behavior; Logan; Marrowbone; Big; & Girl, Interrupted. With "How I Got My Bat," they talk about power hitters; stolen futures; Chekov’s gun; seeking male approval; House of Wax; The Lion, The Witch, & the Wardrobe; the Creepshow short “Skeletons in the Closet”; the “Black Museum” episode of Black Mirror; Orpheus; bad bargains; Bedazzled; Needful Things; “too good to be true” scenarios; Little Shop of Horrors; sports horror; Battlefield Baseball; The Catcher; Clive Barker’s “Hell’s Event”; Ahockalypse; Dying to be a Cheerleader & other Lifetime cheerleader thrillers. And in "Mr. Teddy," they talk collectors; porcelain eggs; possessive possessions; Child’s Play; Dolls; the “Living Doll” episode of The Twilight Zone; Demonic Toys; Toys of Terror; Funzo; Toy Story; property damage horror; & Poltergeist. They wrap up with a conversation about media conspiracies; Gooseverse technologies; codependency; & hallucinogens. // Music by Haunted Corpse // Follow @saypodanddie on Twitter and Instagram, and get in touch at saypodanddie@gmail.com
Dec 20 2021
1 hr
S02E06 - Tales to Give You Goosebumps #1, Part 1
In the first of this three-part series covering Tales to Give You Goosebumps #1, Andy and Alyssa read "The House of No Return," "Teacher's Pet," and "Strained Peas." In their discussion of "The House of No Return," they talk about the first person plural, Jeffrey Eugenides's "The Virgin Suicides" (1993), Edwin Arlington Robinson's "The House on the Hill" (1869), the pathetic fallacy, Halloween costume choices, Shirley Jackson and small town horror, Freddy Krueger, wiliness, Hocus Pocus (1993), fairy tales, tradesies, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, things ostensibly for your own good, the Saw and Purge franchises, Alice Miller's "For Your Own Good" (1980), old possessive ghosts, the "How the Ghosts Stole Christmas" episode of The X-Files (1998), La Llorona, trauma bonding and cults, spend-the-night dares, The House on Haunted Hill (1959 and 1999), Cassandra Khaw's "Nothing But Blackened Teeth" (2021), Stephen King's 1408 (story 1999, film 2007), Nash and Zullo's "Totally Haunted Kids" (1994), and H.G. Wells's "The Red Room" (1894). With "Teacher's Pet," they discuss dumb gender lessons, rhinestones, snake education vs Andy's education, fears about eco-terrorism, the "Darkness Falls" and "Die Hand die verletzt" episodes of The X-Files (1994 and 95), Lawrence Pazder and Michelle Smith's "Michelle Remembers" (1980), animal liberation gone wrong, 28 Days Later (2002), 12 Monkeys (1995), Dracula's Renfield, The Omen (1976), ssssssssnakessssssss, Anaconda (1997) and other snake movies, snake people, Medusa, seitan, research and me-search, the "Shy Girl" episode of Masters of Horror (2006), The Fly (1986), Swamp Thing (1982), unresolved endings, Black Christmas (1974), The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016), Oculus (2013), and why R.L. Stine likes to leave us with a final scare. And in "Strained Peas," they talk about Dr. Destro, conflating morals and feelings, racial coding, scary babies, We Need to Talk About Kevin (novel 2003, film 2011), The Exorcist (novel 1971, film 1973), Who Can Kill a Child? (1976), The Brood (1979), Octavia Butler's "Bloodchild" (1985), The Baby (1973), being replaced by a new child, Addams Family Values (1993), The Good Son (1993), The Orphan (2009), sibling rivalry, Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962), Dead Ringers (1988), Psycho Yoga Instructor (2020), stalkers in your home, The Grudge (2004), secret baby switches, The Changeling (1980), and Big Business (1988). They wrap up talking about short story collections, Edenic parables, and the diamondback rattler. // Music by Haunted Corpse // Follow @saypodanddie on Twitter and Instagram, and get in touch at saypodanddie@gmail.com
Dec 13 2021
1 hr 16 mins
Theories & Queeries #24S02E05 - Invasion of the Body Squeezers, Pt. 2 (Goosebumps Series 2000 #5)
Andy and Alyssa read Goosebumps Series 2000 #5: Invasion of the Body Squeezers, Part 2. They discuss exoskeletons; screen doors; AIDS panic; pillow fights; the LAPD; communal swimsuits; locker rooms; Elder Things; mind-body dualism; foreign invasion; Train to Busan (2016); aliens with attachment issues; The Puppet Masters (1994); xenomorphs; alien communication; Contact; Ted Chiang’s “Story of Your Life” (1998); Stansław Lem’s His Master’s Voice (1968); being an informant; The Informer (2019); The Lives of Others (2006); mastermind fake-outs; Being John Malkovich (1999); Tommyknockers (1987); The Faculty (1998); Slither (2006); stranger danger; M; The Strange Ones (1950s); Get Street Smart: A Kid’s Guide to Strange Dangers (1995); Doctor Sleep (2013); primal scenes; The Children’s Hour (1961); Bob Balaban; Parents (1989); Society (1989); fetishes; conformity horror; Louis Althusser’s “Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses” (1970); Pleasantville (1998); The Stepford Wives (1972); The Lonely Crowd (1950); Cindy Hendershot’s I Was a Cold War Monster: Horror Films, Eroticism, and the Cold War Imagination (2001); Robocop (1987); The Amazing Colossal Man (1957); Kindergarten Cop (1990); the official Goosepunk holiday greeting; STI metaphors; It Follows (2014); Contracted (2013); fatal flaws; A New Hope (1977); Game of Thrones (2011-19); human suits; Silence of the Lambs (1991); The Thing (1982); The Witches (1990); The Terminator (1984); alien species taxonomies and reproduction methods; and Italo Calvino. . // Music by Haunted Corpse // Follow @saypodanddie on Twitter and Instagram, and get in touch at saypodanddie@gmail.com
Dec 6 2021
1 hr 4 mins
S02E04 - Invasion of the Body Squeezers, Pt. 1 (Goosebumps Series 2000 #4)
Andy and Alyssa read Goosebumps Series 2000 #4: Invasion of the Body Squeezers, Part 1. As they talk about the first half of this two-parter, they discuss War of the Worlds (1953), disturbing nature program(me)s, The Children's Hour (1961), phone creeps, horror movie special effects, beepers, problems with authority, Andy's go-to excuse for getting out of meetings, folk music, Coast to Coast and the 90s zeitgeist, David B.'s Epileptic (1996), the onset of mental illness, spying on the neighbors, the "Morty's Mind Blowers" episode of Rick & Morty (2017), Rear Window (1954), The 'Burbs (1989), Serial Mom (1994), being a witness, Witness (1985), Some Like It Hot (1959), Louise Fitzhugh's Harriet the Spy (1964), being failed by authority figures, The Game (1997), Total Recall (1990), Alien (1979), being failed by your peers, The Platform (2019), Heathers (1988), Death Becomes Her (1992), obedience horror, The Manchurian Candidate (1964), Going Clear (2015), JFK (1991), Men in Black (1997), The Killing Room (2009), haunted electronics, the "Wetwired" episode of The X-Files (1996), Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982), Serenity (2002), the mythology around horror movies, ideology, The Voices (2014), Beware the Slenderman (2016), alien invasions, Independence Day (1996), B movies, Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), the Son of Sam, and why R.L. Stine chose a two-part structure for this story. // Music by Haunted Corpse // Follow @saypodanddie on Twitter and Instagram, and get in touch at saypodanddie@gmail.com
Nov 29 2021
1 hr 5 mins
Theories & Queeries #23S02E03 - Creature Teacher (Goosebumps Series 2000 #3)
Andy and Alyssa read Goosebumps Series 2000 #3: Creature Teacher. Along the way, they discuss eating the irregular cookie; prologues; comedy as coping mechanism; Nancy Grace; eugenics in the U.S. educational system; complex molecules; scary boarding schools; Clive Barker’s “Pig Blood Blues” (1984); Milgram; A Little Princess (1905); Suspiria (1977; 2018); Halloween H20 (1998); The Blackcoat’s Daughter (2015); Child’s Play 3 (1991); monster teachers; the Bailey School kids; Treehouse of Horror V (1994); the Prussian schooling system; Mädchen in Uniform (1931); Henry James’s “The Pupil” (1891); “so awkward it’s painful” moments; May (2002); Creep (2014); The Invitation (2015); Saint Maud (2019); Cheap Thrills (2013); misogynistic monsters; Aisha Kandisha; Misery (1987 novel; 1990 film); Ma (2019); arbitrary, deadly competition; Squid Game (2021); The Belko Experiment (2016); Thirteen Sins (2014); Alice in Borderland (2020); “The Oeder Games” episode of Bob’s Burgers (2015); performance anxiety; Body Double (1984); The Perfection (2018); boggarts; Spiderman v. The Hulk; “The Funniest Joke in the World” from Monty Python’s Flying Circus (1969); turning on caretakers; The Harvest (2013); The People Under the Stairs (1991); Children of the Corn (1984); Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986); monsters living openly; Marv’s paternity; Villette (1853); queer villains; & high-achieving Goosekids. // Music by Haunted Corpse // Follow @saypodanddie on Twitter and Instagram, and get in touch at saypodanddie@gmail.com
Nov 22 2021
1 hr 5 mins
S02E02 - Bride of the Living Dummy (Goosebumps Series 2000 #2)
Andy and Alyssa read Goosebumps Series 2000 #2: Bride of the Living Dummy. Along the way they discuss Goodnight Mommy (2015), passive aggression, Slappy's new look, anger and anxiety, artist dads, The Bone Collector (1999), awkward gags, children's entertainers, coffin questions, Slappy's themes, heteropatriarchy, domestic abuse and implied sexual assault, child brides, Blue Velvet (1986), What Lies Beneath (2000), Jack Ketchum's The Girl Next Door (1989), Labyrinth (1986), Book 1 of A Series of Unfortunate Events (1999), the "Once More with Feeling" episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2001), marriage, the Satanic Panic, bombing on stage, "The Comedian" episode of Jordan Peele's Twilight Zone (2019), "Caesar and Me" and "The Dummy" episodes of Rod Serling's Twilight Zone (1964, 1962), Mr. Jelly from Psychoville (2009-2011), "girl versions" or distaff counterparts, Bride of Chucky (1998), Tourist Trap (1979), Mannequin (1987), possessions, The Conjuring 2 (2016), The Exorcist (1973),the trope of heterosexual as horror, Ira Levin's Rosemary's Baby and The Stepford Wives (1962 and 1976), Swallow (2019), rom-com tropes, expository diaries, Dracula (1987), The Prestige (2006), V for Vendetta (2005), villains' backstories, Anakin Skywalker, Halloween 2 (1981), Curse of Chucky (2013), Cult of Chucky (2017), sorcerers, the secret lives of inanimate objects, and what Slappy wants with a bride. // Music by Haunted Corpse // Follow @saypodanddie on Twitter and Instagram, and get in touch at saypodanddie@gmail.com
Nov 15 2021
1 hr 13 mins
Theories & Queeries #22S02E01 - Cry of the Cat (Goosebumps Series 2000 #1)S01E70 - Original Series Wrap-UpA Halloween Bonus Episode - Goosebumps RPG (Stories From the Grave)S01E69 - Monster Blood IV (Goosebumps #62)S01E68 - I Live in Your Basement! (Goosebumps #61)

0:00