Apologies for the less-than-stellar sound quality folks, we had a couple of last-minute snafus (which ought to be expected when one has put off uploading any new episodes for a yea), and we've got a slight delay in editing and polishing episode 1 of season 4.
Since I promised that the season would start today, the Ides of March (honestly, what was I thinking?), here's a rundown of what the season is going to look like.
In a lot of ways I'm starting from scratch here after a tumultuous year. We all know 2020 wasn't kind. In a few more hours, my episode on Salem's Lot will be up, but while you wait (patiently, I hope), here's a teaser.
Hello Friends. This is not the podcast you were looking for.
Due to an unfortunate series of last-minute snafus, the first episode of this season, Salem’s Lot, has been delayed by about 12 hours or so- not long, I promise! But I didn’t want to not release anything on the day I promised to, so I thought I’d use this opportunity to give you a rundown on what vampire stories you can expect me to cover for the next several months.
First up, very shortly I’ll be dropping an in-depth analysis of the 1075 Stephen King Novel, Salem’s Lot. I won’t be going into the 1979 TV miniseries so much, but maybe, if I get enough requests, I can do a small supplemental episode about the significance of the ways the TV adaptation diverges from the novel, and what those changes mean to any critical analysis of the story. I’ve had an idea for a while to release small episodes in between the big drops, so if that’s something you’d personally like to see, do reach out on social media and let me know.
Next, we’re going to be moving to a Friday release schedule beginning March 26th with the release of my deep dive of the indie vampire graphic novel, “Life Sucks.” I’ve been working on this one for almost a year, actually. If you like the Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV show, you might find the graphic novel worth hunting down and reading. I quite enjoyed it.
On April 9th I’ll be talking about Martin, George Romero’s take on the vampire genre. His take is deeply rooted in folklore in a way that few other modern vampire films have been, and I’m excited to tackle it. If you’re interested in a supplemental episode discussing various forms of undead creatures in mythologthy that have made their way into pop culture, from zombies to vampires to dragur, again, let me know. I think that might be fun but I’ll only add supplemental episodes if I get enough feedback
April 23rd’s episode will be all about Christoper Moore’s 1995 novel, Bloodsucking Fiends. It’s shocking to me to contend with the fact that this quirky gem of a vampire romantic comedy has had its 25th anniversary come and go already- it was definitely a book that was highly influential on me as a babybat vampire fan and scholar, and I hope all of you enjoy a bit of 90’s nostalgia alongside me.
Moving into May, I’m going to be doing a two-parter of sorts, with an episode concerning Bill Gunn’s 1973 underrated black vampire classic romance, “Ganja and Hess” dropping on May 7th, which will be followed up with an episode about Spike Lee’s 2015 remake, “Da Sweet Blood of Jesus” on May 21st. There’s a lot to be said about the pointed symbolism both filmmakers use in their own versions of the same story. I know you won’t be disappointed to learn more about that.
June 4th I’ll be revisiting an episode I covered all the way back in my podcast’s first season in 2018: a much more nuanced and in-depth analysis of the 1987 classic vampire film, “Near Dark.” So many of you have asked me for more information on that movie, and I am more than happy to oblige.
Another vampire story I’ve been asked to cover time and again is Gerorge R R Martin’s “vampire on the Mississippi” steamboat horror novel, “Fever Dream.” We all know that Martin can write tension, tragedy, and and heartbreak into the most fantastical stories, and Fevre Dream is no exception. If you liked well, the first few seasons of Game of Thrones anyway, I think you’ll really enjoy submerging yourself into the world building of Fevre Dream, as well. That episode drops June 18th.
Finally, on July 2nd and 17th, I’ll be releasing a much-anticipated 2-part deep dive into the world of Vampire: the Masquerade. There’s honestly just so much to say about this enormously popular RPG that I know I won’t be able to cover everything in 2 episodes, but I’ll be interviewing individuals with insight into the game over the years as part of my research process, and my Patreon supporters will get access to as many of those interviews as I am given permission to share. Definitely let me know if you have any specific questions you want answered in those episodes, because while a lot of the work is already done, I’ll do my best to accommodate any burning questions you might have.
After that, I’ll be taking the months of August and September off. That’s the height hurricane season here on the Gulf of Mexico, so I’ll be taking a bit of downtime and working on the second have of 2021’s episodes of Rose Sinister: Vampires, returning in October, 2021.
And that’s it! Again, you only have to wait a little bit longer for my episode on Salem’s Lot. Until then, I hope you enjoy this sneak peek into upcoming episodes. If you’d like to avoid spoilers, please remember that none of my podcast episodes are spoiler-free, so be sure to get a head start on the stories before I cover them.
You can keep in touch with me online at Rose Sinister.com. I’m on instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and now- TikTok! I’ve also been planning a foray into Twitch for the longest time now- I’ve already reserved the Username Rose sinister which i use for all social media accounts, and you can expect some announcements about the Twitch channel in the next few months.
Remember, vampires may or may not have reflections, but their stories do. Their stories, of course, are reflections of us.
It’s good to be back.