Meghan: Hey, Mike! Welcome back to our annual Halloween Extravaganza. Thanks for joining us on this very special day, birthday boy! What is your favorite part of Halloween?
Mike: My favorite part is promise of winter carried on the cool breeze. Where the beauty in nature falling comes out in colorful leaves ground into the mud.
Meghan: Do you get scared easily?
Mike: Not scared, but I am always anxious. Electrified bees stinging.
Meghan: What is the scariest movie you’ve ever seen and why?
Mike: I am a fan of hint but don’t show. The Autopsy of Jane Doe is probably my favorite with that raining bell and the promise of horror.
Meghan: Which horror movie murder did you find the most disturbing?
Mike: I don’t know if it is the most disturbing, but when the man is cut into pieces that slowly fall apart in Cube, that stayed with me.
Meghan: Is there a horror movie you refused to watch because the commercials scared you too much?
Mike: No, but the ads for Blair Witch promised something they didn’t manage. I was too ready to be screaming.
Meghan: If you got trapped in one scary movie, which would you choose?
Mike: Nightbreed. I would find my place in Mideon among the monsters in the graveyard.
Meghan: If you were stuck as the protagonist in any horror movie, which would you choose?
Mike: How do you not pick Ash from Evil Dead? He knew no fear because he had no sense. And always managed to prevail despite himself.
Meghan: What is your all-time favorite scary monster or creature of the night?
Mike: I adore Baba Yaga. The hut with chicken legs. She is a culmination of different terrors.
Meghan: What is your favorite Halloween tradition?
Mike: Remembering being excited for my birthday, when it was a special day. The anticipation. For a moment, remembering when the world was at our fingertips.
Meghan: What is your favorite horror or Halloween-themed song?
Mike: Right now it is Dead Skin Mask by Slayer, a sweet song about Ed Gein. Code Blue by The Damned is another classic.
Meghan: Which horror novel unsettled you the most?
Mike: The first half of Heart Shaped Box. The tension and fear were cranked up. It lost it all in the back half, but the beginning was amazing.
Meghan: What is the creepiest thing that’s ever happened while you were alone?
Mike: I was watching Hereditary for the first time and right when the infamous car scene happened, someone banged on my door. I nearly needed to change.
Meghan: Which unsolved mystery fascinates you the most?
Mike: What happened at Roanoke to all those people?
Meghan: What is the spookiest ghost story that you have ever heard?
Mike: My friend, Lin, and I would listen to Art Bell every Halloween for the Ghost to Ghost show and every now and then a caller would believe their story so much you couldn’t help but feel it.
Meghan: In a zombie apocalypse, what is your weapon of choice?
Mike: Solitude. I would just vanish.
Meghan: Let’s have some fun – Would you rather get bitten by a vampire or a werewolf?
Meghan: Would you rather fight a zombie apocalypse or an alien invasion?
Mike: Zombies. Man has always been most proficient at killing one another. Aliens would have to have tech we couldn’t fathom.
Meghan: Would you rather drink zombie juice or eat dead bodies from the graveyard?
Mike: Eat dead bodies.
Meghan: Would you rather stay at the Poltergeist house or the Amityville house for a week?
Mike: Amityville. I’ve been by it, middle of a populated neighborhood with access to the water.
Meghan: Would you rather chew on a bitter melon with chilies or maggot-infested cheese?
Mike: I’d take either. The cheese is supposed to be a delicacy.
Meghan: Would you rather drink from a witch’s cauldron or lick cotton candy made of spider webs?
Mike: Spider webs. Who knows what’s been in that cauldron.