Prime Stage Mystery Theatre:
Now on Audible

November 12th, 2020

The complete first season of Prime Stage Mystery Theatre is now available on Audible.

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Horror Therapy

November 5th, 2020

Horror can be therapeutic. That’s the point of a recent article in Psychology Today, where Robert T. Muller Ph.D. posits that horror allows us to “vicariously experience negative emotions in a controlled environment which may be useful for managing anxiety.”

Or, as a team of researchers at Aarhus University put it in a recent study:

Fiction allows the audience to explore an imagined version of the world at very little cost. Through fiction, people can learn how to escape dangerous predators, navigate novel social situations, and practice their mind-reading and emotion regulation skills.

Similar thoughts have occurred to me while reading the stories in The Best of Cemetery Dance II, a massive collection of over 50 stories representing the best from … [read more at The 21st-Century Scop].

The Final Reveal:
Act V of A Knavish Piece of Mystery

October 29th, 2020

You’ve explored the mystery, assembled the clues, dismissed the red hearings. Now it’s time for the final reveal. If you’ve been with us through the previous episodes of Prime Stage Mystery Theatre, you’re ready to move on to the final scene. You’ll find the link to that episode here. Otherwise, you’ll want to access the library of previous installments. After all, a good mystery should … [read more at The 21st-Century Scop].

Greg Hall on Mystery Theatre

October 23rd, 2020

I once said that if Greg Hall didn’t exist, the horror genre would have to invent him. That’s still true. He’s one of a kind. An improve comic who became an internet radio pioneer who went on to write stories and books leavened with equal dashes of horror and outrageous humor. He’s a versatile guy, but he’s perhaps best known for his alter ego The Funky Werepig, a podcast host who is to Greg Hall what Tony Clifton was to Andy Kaufman.

Over the years, The Funky Werepig podcast has interviewed some of … [read more at The 21st-Century Scop].