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!

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January 24, 2022 66 min

Andy and Alyssa read Goosebumps Series 2000 #9: Are You Terrified Yet? Along the way, they discuss Battleship Potemkin, the meaning of bravery, crushing, strange bets, Stanley Milgram's Obedience to Authority, changing schools, There's Something Inside Your House, runaway babies, The Witches, Louise Erdrich's "I'm a Mad Dog Biting Myself for Sympathy," being caught up in someone else's bet, the Rocky mov...

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Andy and Alyssa read Goosebumps Series 2000 #8: Fright Camp. They discuss The Art of Goosebumps; cinema verité; McKamey Manor; sailing sunfish; meeting your maker; Basic Instinct; Marianne; The Amber Spyglass; unethical artists; In the Earth; The Haunting of Hill House; Scream 3; sadism; Funny Games; Haunt; real-life horror; Peeping Tom; No Escape; “The Hauntening”; A Serbian Film; candid cameras; The Jinx; imprisonment horror; V f...

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January 14, 2022 14 min

On this minisode, we read Goosepunk messages and discuss R.L. Stine's take on classical literature and what we love about Melbourne. // Music by Haunted Corpse // Follow @saypodanddie on Twitter and Instagram, and get in touch at saypodanddie@gmail.com

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Andy and Alyssa read Goosebumps Series 2000 #7: Revenge R Us. They discuss abusive relationships, #JusticeForTara, frosted tips, classism and xenophobia, Karens, store-bought cake, small businesses, whether birds can have twins, hair horror, The Way Down, Dragula Season 4, xenophobia, Drag Me to Hell, The X-Files, urbanoia, sibling abuse, We Need to Talk About Kevin, The Addams Family, revenge reversals, Happy Death Day, Oldboy, in...

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January 3, 2022 69 min

Andy and Alyssa read Goosebumps Series 2000 #6: I Am Your Evil Twin. They discuss Mortonville, PA; donut hacks; infernal architecture; mack trucks; screensavers;  THE FUTURE OF CLONING; The Full Monty; old college roommates; experimental prose; Hugo Simpson; The Parent Trap; It Takes Two; Luke and Leia; Blood Rage; Dead Ringer and Dead Ringers; Eve 6; The Boys from Brazil; The Sixth Day; Primer; Us; Moon; Multiplicity; usurpation; ...

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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 En...

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December 24, 2021 33 min

On this minisode, Alyssa reads from Give Yourself Goosebumps #3: Trapped in Bat Wing Hall, while Andy chooses their own adventure. // Music by Haunted Corpse // Follow @saypodanddie on Twitter and Instagram, and get in touch at saypodanddie@gmail.com

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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 wood...

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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 pathet...

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December 10, 2021 22 min

On this minisode, Andy and Alyssa play a classic field trip bus ride game, with a Goosebumps twist. Andy learns that they completely missed the point of this particular activity as a kid. Alyssa wants to get ripped for Vanessa. // Music by Haunted Corpse // Follow @saypodanddie on Twitter and Instagram, and get in touch at saypodanddie@gmail.com 

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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 ...

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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.&...

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November 26, 2021 27 min

On this minisode, Andy and Alyssa return yet again to the Amazon, and its reviewers deliver. They cover opinions on Goosebumps 20-25: The Scarecrow Walks at Midnight, Go Eat Worms!, Ghost Beach, Return of the Mummy, Phantom of the Auditorium, and Attack of the Mutant. Could one of the reviewers be R.L. Stine himself? Listen to find out! // Music by Haunted Corpse // Follow @saypodanddie on Twitter and Instagram, and get in touc...

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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);...

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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...

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November 12, 2021 25 min

On this minisode, Andy and Alyssa revisit Give Yourself Goosebumps #2: Tick Tock, You're Dead! This time, Andy does the time traveling. Along the way, they encounter, dinosaurs, quicksand, knights, and coin flips. // Music by Haunted Corpse // Follow @saypodanddie on Twitter and Instagram, and get in touch at saypodanddie@gmail.com

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Season 2 of Say Podcast and Die! kicks off as Andy and Alyssa discuss Goosebumps Series 2000 #1 Cry of the Cat. We talk musical theater; #BirdWatch; Spartacus; severed heads; Carrie White; moms with boundary issues; Aunt Gayle; a possible Dogface cameo; cat ladies; Pet Sematary (1983); the return of Whitey; raising the dead; another mad science twist; Cats (2019) ; non-innocent victims; “Jennifer” from Masters of Horror (2005); gui...

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November 1, 2021 55 min

Andy and Alyssa reflect on the last year and a half of reading the original 62 Goosebumps books. They talk about trends through the arc of the series, their favorite books, the kinds of horror that appeal to each of them, the fairness or unfairness of the Gooseverse, walking the line between comedy and horror, the most standout and WTF moments of the series, and what's next for the podcast. // Follow @saypodanddie on Twitte...

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For this bonus Halloween episode, Andy and Alyssa choose their own scares. Using Stories from the Grave (available at DriveThruRPG.com), they play a Goosebumps RPG involving antique shops, cool kids, excommunication, Boosegumps, and questionable moral compasses. Believe it or not, this episode is not sponsored by Muscle Milk. // Follow @saypodanddie on Twitter and Instagram, and get in touch at saypodanddie@gmail.com

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Andy and Alyssa finish off the original Goosebumps series with #62: Monster Blood IV. They discuss RL Stine’s ambivalence; knitting; possible time warps; some number of mice; #EggWatch; Peachtree Street; embarrassment; Niles’s and Frasier’s los brother; the military-industrial complex; Prospero; blaming women; Genesis (ca. 900-700 BCE); Pandora; non sequitur sequels;  the Star Wars prequels (1999-2005); Austin Powers: The Spy Who S...

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