Things Get Sticky as Host Derek M Koch and I Discuss 1958’s THE BLOB!
What’s your favorite monster movie?
If you’re like me, you probably can’t name just one so you have qualifiers…your favorite Universal monster movie, your favorite giant monster movie, your favorite man-in-suit monster movie, and on and on. While I’d be hard pressed to name any one all-time favorite monster movie, I have a pretty clear sense of my top 10…or maybe 20…and the 1958 film The Blob is definitely in that list!
That’s why it was so much fun to be a guest on my favorite film podcast this summer talking about one of my favorite classic monster movies with host Derek M. Koch. I listen to a lot of podcasts and Derek’s Monster Kid Radio is consistently one of the best produced and most entertaining in my feed. Each week, Derek and a guest discuss a favorite monster movie; favorite classic actor, actress, or director; or a topic relevant to monster kids of all ages. Framed by mostly-spooky surf music, every episode of Monster Kid Radio is your weekly escape to the monster kid culture and a must-listen to fans of classic, and not-so-classic, genre movies of yesterday.
There’s a lot to talk about regarding The Blob, so much so that Derek and I can’t cover it ourselves! So to fill in some more blob blanks, Derek takes listeners back to Monster Bash for a recording from the Q&A session with Kris Yeaworth, the son of the film’s director.
You can listen to the episode on the Monster Kid Radio website or subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. With 335 episodes and counting, I highly encourage all you Monster Kids to subscribe to Derek’s podcast and dig into the catalog of back episodes. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed! Also, you can connect with the MKR community on the podcast’s Facebook Page and Facebook Group.
So check out Episode 331 of Monster Kid Radio and let me know what you think? Do I have a future as a podcaster, or should I stick to blogging? My friends always say I have a face for radio!
Collecting Classic Monsters Partners with SCARY MONSTERS Magazine
I started CollectingClassicMonsters.com because I was frustrated with my experience trying to research details on items I collected. Information was scattered all over the internet and print resources were often outdated. I have always envisioned creating a central hub for collectors of classic monster, retro Sci-Fi and vintage fantasy film memorabilia; a ‘digital clubhouse’ if you will. A place where collectors could find well researched and detailed profiles of collectible items — both vintage and modern. Though this isn’t my ‘day job,’ the response I’ve received from collectors and Monster Kids encourages me to continue pushing my “labor of love” forward.
With that in mind, I’ve partnered with Scary Monsters magazine to create a new ongoing column that extends the Collecting Classic Monsters mission into the print medium. We announced this new column in issue 105 of Scary Monsters with a really nice conversation I had with Don Smeraldi, the new co-publisher of Scary Monsters magazine. If you haven’t already, I encourage you to pick up a copy and read more about my Monster Kid origin story:
While this interview focuses more on why I started CCM, we also announced the new ongoing Collecting Classic Monsters column will begin in Scary Monsters #106, which is scheduled for publication this fall. It is our combined intention for this column to be part of every issue going forward.
According to Publishers Don and Vicki Smeraldi:
Being a Monster Kid is a lifestyle and collecting is such a big part of being a Monster Kid for so many. It’s our goal to elevate Scary Monsters to be everyone’s favorite classic monster magazine out there. We want to spark (and in some cases re-ignite) a contagious enthusiasm for all the classic creature features from the days of our “TV-rabbit-ear” youth and spur involvement from the entire classic monster kid community.
Well said! I am excited about this expansion of Collecting Classic Monsters into print and I intend the columns to be consistent with the format to the website. I’ll strive to keep the column fresh and informative and always interesting. While always focused on collecting and collectibles, I’ll feature interviews with collectors, in-depth profiles on collectibles both vintage and modern, and share my unbridled Monster Kid enthusiasm for all things classic monsters.
I hope you’ll consider subscribing to Scary Monsters and supporting Don and Vicki’s efforts. It’s not an easy time to be print magazine publisher and every back issue you order or magazine copy you purchase at the newsstand goes a long way to help, but those subscriptions make the biggest impact.
Visit their online store MyMovieMonsters.com to order your copy and see what other ghoulish goodies you can add to your collection!
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