The Two Mikes

The Two Mikes
Ever wanted to talk with someone about a book you just read? You could just join a book group and talk about it, drink a little, veer off on tangents, work back around to the book again, and finally wrap it up by picking the next book.

But what happens when the book you just read is about about hungry zombies or a haunted house, and your Eat, Pray, Love–reading friends aren’t really into reading it, much less discussing its finer points? That’s what we’re here for. We Two Mikes will be your virtual book group for discussing new and interesting and old and half-forgotten horror books.

If you want to follow along with us, look at the next forbidden book on the table and start reading.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Episode 125: Cormac McCarthy's Outer Dark

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The Mikes read some hi-falutin' literature about down-and-out folks. We tackle the first of our Cormac McCarthy books and find out the world is a nasty place. We're sure things will lighten up in the next books.

It's Cocktail Time!

The Cussed Mule

In a jar muddle a quarter of a ripe peach with some mint. Add a two shots moonshine or white whiskey. Add ice and fill with ginger beer or ginger ale. 

Closing Music: "Flop-eared Mule" The Skillet Lickers

Monday, October 2, 2017

Episode 124: R. R. Ryan's The Echo of a Curse



The Mikes finally finish reading and are ready to conclude their foray into the mind of R. R Ryan in the Echo of a Curse.  Is it Tom or Terry? Is it Vin or Vic?  Do mother and daughter have the same name?  And what about Don? WHAT ABOUT DON?


It's Cocktail Time!

"Don-Grow-A-Pair-Anon"

Into an iced shaker and shake well :

2 shots of good English gin
1 TB of Golden Syrup
1/2 lemon squeezed

Pour into a fluted glass and top with middling champagne.
Chin Chin.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Episode 123: R. R. Ryan's Freak Museum


Our second foray into the forgotten fiction of R. R. Ryan. The Mikes rummage around the museum and find a few oddities, but nothing really to get excited about. Except that maybe people shouldn't keep big pools of acid under their floors, but that stands to reason.

It's Cocktail Time!

The Antidote

In a cocktail shaker, muddle

  • 12 strawberries
  • 15 blueberries
  • 15 fresh mint leaves
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tbsp. grated fresh ginger
then add
  • 4 shots vodka
  • 2 shots Cointreau
Stir and decant into two glasses (you may strain it first or just dump it in).
Garnish with lime wedge.

Chin chin!



closing music: "Superfreak" by Big Daddy 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Episode 122: The Subjugated Beast by R. R. Ryan



The Two Mikes lock themselves in some creepy ass castle and swear not to move until they finish reading R.R. Ryan's  The Subjugated Beast.  Maybe it will release the murderous beasts hidden within their DNA or maybe after a few weeks, they will pretty much forget everything about what they read.  Let's celebrate and eat raw meat!

IT'S COCKTAIL TIME!

High Tea aka I Can't Feel My Legs

1/2 shot of Returner ( Earl Grey Liquor)
1/2 shot of Gin
1/2 shot of Rum
1/2 shot of Tequila
1/2 shot of Triple Sec
1 shot of Sour Mix

Mix and pour into a tall glass of ice and top with a splash of cola.

Chin Chin.














Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Episode 121: Ray Russell's Incubus


Mike and Mike round out their tour of Ray Russell's horror career with his 1974 skeeze classic of sexual liberation and ickiness. Gallons of ickiness.

It's Cocktail Time!

Screamin' Demon Semen

In a shot glass layer,

  • 1/3 shot butterscotch schnapps
  • 1/3 shot Irish cream
  • 1/3 shot rum
  • add a few drops green Midori liqueur on top.
Shoot it (in the head).

closing music: "Electric Demons in Love" by Electric Six

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Episode 120 : Ray Russell's Haunted Castles: The Complete Gothic Stories




The Mike's serpentine the sorely segmented stories of Sardonicus, Sagittarius and Sanguinarus and simply simultaneously squeak sophomoric silliness. Sneaky Ss strike stridently - start screaming straightaway.  So sorry.


It's Cocktail Time

The Lock Jaw

2 shots blended Scotch
1/2 shot Apple Jack
1/2  shot Fernet-Branca Bitter Liquor 

Put in shaker of ice. Shack until frothy. Decant in a martini glass and garnish with a 10 penny nail.













Friday, March 10, 2017

Episode 119: Ray Russell's The Case against Satan


The Mikes read the book that formed the model for every demonic possession story you can think of, and they wonder why Ray Russell didn't sue the pants of William Peter Blatty. A short+sweet podcast for a short+sweet book.

It's Cocktail Time!

The Guilty Priest
  • 1 shot Apple bourbon
  • 1/2 shot Pernod
  • 1/2 Amontillado sherry
  • 1/2 shot good vermouth

stir and pour into rocks glass filled with ice.
garnish with sliced, spiced apple



Closing Music: Cover of "Tubular Bells" by unknown


Saturday, February 25, 2017

Episode 118 The Things by Peter Watts





The Two Mike's take on The Things by Peter Watts.  Though entering into communion with a extraterrestrial entity sounds really nice, they stay firmly ensconced in their individual natures and unimaginable loneliness. Whew.  


It's Cocktail Time!

Frozen Communion 

Place crushed ice in a tumbler and add:

1 shot Aquavite
1 shot Cynar
1 shot Dry Sherry

Mixed and top with walnut bitters and a lemon or an orange peel.

Chin Chin. 




Thursday, February 2, 2017

Episode 117: Peter Watts's Echopraxia


The Mikes tackle a diamond-hard sci-fi novel (what?!) with vampires and zombies and intelligent slime molds . . . IN SPACE! They flounder about trying to parse the plot and find the horror. And they find it, obscurely, in the predator–prey relation of vampire to human, and in the weird notion that consciousness is a problem.

It's Cocktail Time!

Golden Shower

In a ice-filled tumbler pour
1 shot vodka
1 shot orange juice
1/2 shot lemon juice
1/2 shot triple sec
Fill with ginger ale. 
Stir. 
Drink. Or pour all over the bed.

closing music: "Echoes from the Hills" by Jack Guthrie