As I pursue my English degree, I am constantly looking for analysis of writing outside my coursework. Little did I know, a friend of mine has a similar affection to literary scholarship.
Mary Sangiovanni is the host of Cosmic Shenanigans. This podcast is on a plethora of platforms found on the main webpage. “Cosmic Shenanigans is a podcast focusing on cosmic horror in films, television, art, games, music, fashion, pop culture, and just about anywhere else our little tentacles can reach. Host Mary SanGiovanni delves into what makes it timelessly relevant and enjoyable, and examines how it permeates so much of modern culture. Further, as a writer of cosmic horror herself, Mary looks at her and others’ roles in the subgenre and in publishing at large, and explores the female perspective toward and within works of cosmic horror.”
Every week I get to listen to Mary teach me, not only about the specific subject of the show but about the literary horror movement as a whole. Her vast knowledge on the history of the horror genre seeps into her enthusiasm to dive into works such as “The Damned Thing” by Ambrose Bierce, Robert E. Howard’s Lovecraft Mythos story, “The Black Stone,” and she even analyzes the cosmic horror elements of the Silent Hill video game franchise.
If you love horror, you will enjoy Mary’s thoughtful and educated analysis of major works within the genre.
If you love her on Cosmic Shenanigans, you will most definitely love her writing. You can find Mary Sangiovanni and links to all of her pages HERE (HINT: She’s giving away 100 free copies of her new book “Behind the Door” available for sale August 2018)
Dacia M Arnold
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