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Books and Beer

Hosts:  Zach, Andrew and Miguel

Books & Beer is a freewheeling podcast that delves deep into the many subgenres and tropes of horror, science fiction, and fantasy in literature. The hosts, Zach and Andrew are Austin based writers, while Miguel provides emotional support. They also drink a lot of beer.

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 BOOKS & BEER – EP 11: Horror Manga

We dug Uzumaki from the Body Horror episode so much that we decided to do a horror manga show. Listen and cringe as Andrew, Miguel and Zach go full weeaboo over Devilman, Parasyte, The Human Chair, The Enigma of Amigara Fault and Gyo while drinking that sweet, sweet Oskar Blues and chugging banana sauce. And yes, we gush over Junji Ito all over again.Empty Space

 BOOKS & BEER – EP 10: The Dying Earth

We take a trip so far into the future that we’re nearly at the End of Time. Andrew and Zach explore the science/fantasy Dying Earth subgenre while Miguel eats red gushers. In a world of supercomputers, vat people, sorcery, reincarnation, guilds, super AIs and gods, we cover Gene Wolfe, Jack Vance, C. J. Cherryh and Clark Ashton Smith.Empty Space

 BOOKS & BEER – EP 9: BODY HORROR PT 2

Join Andrew, Miguel and Zach as they melt their faces off with the worlds hottest chicken nuggets and discuss body horror. They cover some of the best books in genre: The Troop, Spread and Uzumaki. This episode ain’t for the faint of heart.

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 BOOKS & BEER – EP 8: JEREMY SZAL INTERVIEW

Join us as we down Four Lokos and chat with our favorite Australian science fiction writer, podcast editor, and honorary book boi, Jeremy Szal. We get this Aussie’s HOT take on SFWA, the Saddest Puppy named John Del Arroz (and his quest to make it to WorldCon!), Terry Goodkind’s classless response to his latest book cover, and the crazy gun laws in ‘Merica.

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 BOOKS & BEER – EP 7: BODY HORROR PART 1

The Book Boiz abandon the carefree glee of youthful Gushers and graduate to very hot wings to celebrate body horror. Listen to Andrew Hilbert, Miguel Villa, and Zach Chapman scream in mortal terror in their conversation about: The Hellbound Heart, Guts, and Johnny Got His Gun in part one of Body Horror. Empty Space

 BOOKS & BEER – EP 6: TALKING WITH AUTHOR LUCAS MAGNUM

Pop a few Gushers and stick in some ear buds as the Book Bois interview Lucas Mangum, author of Gods of the Dark Web. We chat about The Fly in all its forms, drink Kronenbourg beer, and learn how to not masturbate while writing our own sex scenes.

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 BOOKS & BEER – EP 5: SWORD AND SORCERY PART 2: S&S THROUGH THE AGES

Join Miguel, Zach, and Andrew on a journey throughout time as they replenish their Gushers stock, spit out mead, and discuss Fritz Lieber’s Ill Met in Lankmar, CL Moore’s Black God’s Kiss, Michael Moorcock’s Elric, Andrzej Sapkowski’s The Witcher series, and the comics Rat Queens and Autumnlands. It’s a big episode, but there’s plenty of beer to go around for all. Empty Space

 BOOKS & BEER – EP 4: SWORD AND SORCERY ORIGINS

Join Miguel, Andrew, and Zach while they grease up their muscles for battles against serpent men and alien elephant gods. With mouthfuls of Gushers and Off With Your Red IPA, they discuss Robert E. Howard’s Kull and Conan characters and the origins of Sword & Sorcery.

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 BOOKS & BEER – EP 3: CYBERPUNK PT 2

Jack into cyberspace with the three console cowboys with horrible stimulant addictions. Zach, Andrew, and Miguel discuss Neuromancer by William Gibson, Patterns by Pat Cadigan, Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson, the iconic anime Akira, and Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Get totally rad as we jump into the matrix and destroy everything you love.

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 BOOKS & BEER – EP 2: PROTO CYBERPUNK

Jaunt with Zach Chapman, Miguel Villa, and Andrew Hilbert as they drink 8-BIT PALE ALE (Tallgrass Brewing Co) and try to pass the Voight-Kampff empathy test while they cover proto-cyber punk books The Stars My Destination and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. Get out your poop sheets because one of us might be an android.

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 BOOKS AND BEER – EP 1: HAUNTED HOUSE

This month on Books and Beer, Zach, Andrew, and Miguel go exploring haunted houses throughout literature. From The Yellow Wallpaper through Horrorstor, they discuss the common tropes of the haunted house story. Place your bets on the death match over which haunted house novel is better; Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting at Hill House or Richard Matheson’s Hell House. They won’t be staying the night in any of them because you can’t fall asleep if you’re woke. So, pull up a chair, put on your headphones, and don’t stare too close to that wallpaper.