Booked. brings you the first ever Christmas Extravaganza Spectacular! featuring guest hosts Amanda Gowin and Jesse Lawrence. What is a Christmas Extravaganza Spectacular!, aside from being something that is super annoying to have to type multiple times? Well, it’s an excuse for a few friends to get together and talk about a holiday through their own twisted prism.

Which includes a review of Adam Millard’s book The Human Santapede. And if you couldn’t guess, it’s about Santa, and creating a line of magical holiday characters, attached mouth to butt. So yeah, there’s that.

We also cover some favorite Christmas movies and TV Shows, talk about the Elf on the Shelf, share some of our own holiday traditions, and even do a gift exchange! It’s nearly two hours of holiday cheer, and for the special occasion, we even looped in the sound of a crackling fire, so you can actually imagine us, around the fireplace, mugs of warm egg nog, sharing a great holiday together. Talking about dildos.

Next episode is our recording of the inaugural Noir at the Bar Chicago, featuring organizer Jake Hinkson, and us as hosts for the evening. You’ll not want to miss this one. Just saying, you’ll never look at a wooden kitchen spoon the same way again. Until then, you can find us over at CrimeWAV, hosting an episode where Sin Soracco reads her story Must Gentrify Now. Also, listen to our appearance on This Is Horror Podcast, where we talk for like two hours about Hannibal… and Gossip Girl.

Booked. interviews Josh Malerman, author of Bird Box and the head dude from he band The High Strung! After checking out and really enjoying his book last episode, we decided to pull some strings (aka send a Facebook message) and ask him to suffer through some questions, which he did with much enthusiasm and grace. He even postponed celebrating his lovely lady’s birthday just so you can hear his thoughts on books, music, and where birds choose to poop. So be sure to go like Josh on Facebook.
(Really, we just want you to see him saying nice things about us.)

Next episode is our Christmas Extravaganza Spectacular! Until then, you can find us over at CrimeWAV, hosting an episode where Sin Soracco reads her story Must Gentrify Now. Also, listen to our appearance on This Is Horror Podcast, where we talk for like two hours about Hannibal… and Gossip Girl.

Booked. reviews Bird Box by Josh Malerman. A pulse-pounding suspense-filled thrill ride of amazing adventure! Malerman brings the tension in his debut novel, where a mother in post-apocalyptic times fights for the future of her children, in a blindfolded journey to a promised land, and a harrowing look at the events that lead to it.

After the review, we talk about Noir at the Bar, upcoming episodes, and beg like little bitches for you to give us money for the podcast.

Next episode is our Christmas Spectacular, with guests Amanda Gowin and Jesse Lawrence and featuring Booked.’s first ever Christmas gift exchange! Until then, you can find us over at CrimeWAV, hosting an episode where Hilary Davidson reads from her book Blood Always Tells. Also, listen to our appearance on This Is Horror Podcast, where we talk for like two hours about Hannibal… and Gossip Girl.

Booked. reviews Dodgeball High by Bradley Sands! There’s nothing better than jumping head-first into a Bizarro title, and the kids at Eraserhead brought us another gem with Bradley Sands’ latest.

After the review, we bring the author himself on to answer for his crimes! Or rather, to explain his book, his creation process, and to talk about how good he personally is with throwing around the rubber. That’s slang for dodgeball. That I just made up.

Check out all of Bradley’s books, or hire him to edit your manuscript. Details at Bradley’s website.

Next episode we review Bird Box by Josh Malarian. Brought to our attention by our loving friend Nikki Guerlain, we’re reading it because she’s never steered us wrong when it comes to book recommendations (or anything, for that matter). Until then, you can find us over at CrimeWAV, hosting an episode where Hilary Davidson reads from her book Blood Always Tells. Also, listen to our appearance on This Is Horror Podcast, where we talk for like two hours about Hannibal… and Gossip Girl.

Booked. reviews The Heart Does Not Grow Back by Fred Venturini. Fred was on the podcast way back in the early 100’s, as a part of a three author interview episode. First up we review the book, which we’ve been looking forward to since we heard Fred talking about it’s earlier incarnation, the indie hit book The Samaritan.

After the review, we bring Fred on to talk a bit about his involvement in The Booked. Anthology, Share some insights on The Heart Does Not Grow Back, and chat about normal stuff like being a burn victim, the generosity of Chuck Palahniuk, and getting beaten as a child.

Next episode we review Dodgeball High by Bradley Sands. Until then, you can find us over at CrimeWAV, hosting an episode where Hilary Davidson reads from her book Blood Always Tells. Also, listen to our appearance on This Is Horror Podcast, where we talk for like two hours about Hannibal… and Gossip Girl.