31 Nights of Fright: An Interview with Something Ghoulish

By Jordan Gerdes

Having just recently talked to Gargantuan Podcast, it seemed appropriate to talk to Something Ghoulish, as they just recently added Gargantuan to their media network. I have followed SG on twitter for a few months now, having had them recommended to me by a number of friends in the genre. The amount of in depth content they produce is INSANE. This time last year, they did a piece on Expressionism, a period of horror that I absolutely adore, that I will link below following the interview.

Anthony was kind enough to jump on board and I cannot wait to share this with you all. Check them out and support their brand of horror creativity!

FOF:      First and foremost, tell us about yourself.

My name is Anthony Derington and the creator of Something Ghoulish! I’m a hot coffee fan and Halloween record enthusiast.

FOF:      What do you do? And why do you like it?

As the creator of Something Ghoulish, me and my gang of goblins are responsible for curating in-depth/educational media surrounding genre films. I absolutely love the horror genre for its rich history and layered expressions. That’s partially why Something Ghoulish exists – to unpack and explore the sociological aspects of genre media.

FOF:      Explain a little bit of your process? Where do you find your inspiration?

All of our videos start with an idea and from there we research to see if the idea has already been explored. If not we look at what resources are available to study the piece and afterward we begin an outline, first draft, final draft, and finally we jump into the design phase. We plan a storyboard around our script and think on a design aesthetic that will match the subject matter. For example: In our Expressionism episode we use a lot of Black and Whites or our Eiji Tsuburaya episode we used a lot of naturally aged paper.

FOF:      What drew you to horror in the first place?

My first interaction with anything remotely horror-related was the original Twilight Zone series and the Goosebumps books. I think the idea of being frightened in of itself is alluring, right? I think everyone to a certain extent wants to be scared. So the whole mystery of the Twighlight Zone and the creatures embedded in the fuzzy black and white screen was hypnotic as a child. I mean I still find myself just putting the series on whenever really. 

FOF:      What is your favorite horror work? (Movie, Show, Art, Book, whatever you want)

This is really an impossible question but as of right now in my life it has to be Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. He crafts ultimate tension and the whole thing just spirals out of control. It’s truly disturbing in the most honest definition of the word. 

FOF:      What has been your favorite thing you have gotten to work on doing this?

That’s a very difficult question. Because of our podcast, Ghoulish Cast, I’m always privileged to meet and collaborate with various horror creators. I think one of the coolest things we’ve recently had the honor of doing was making a cameo voiceover in the upcoming horror anthology Spine Chiller.  

FOF:      What role do you think your specific style of art plays in the community overall?

There wasn’t a ton of educationally focused conversations surround the horror genre, which is why we started Something Ghoulish. We’ve had people use our videos to teach in their classrooms, we’ve had people praise the podcast for diving in deep with indie filmmakers and it’s things like that, that make me happy. The idea that people are really using our platform to educate and inform. I hope Something Ghoulish may always be a place where people can think more critically about genre films.  

FOF:      Anything you are working on that you want to highlight? (Commissions, flash sales, new project?)

If you’re into giant monster movies, I highly recommend our new podcast Gargantucast. Hosts Chris McDonald and Cole Grisson have a roundtable-style discussion on all things kaiju and tokusatsu. We recently partnered up to produce the show and I’m very excited for people to hear the new season.

FOF:      If you could do anything with any horror franchise, what would it be?

I’ve always been a fan of car films. Drive, Nightcrawler, Baby Driver, so besides making my own car-focused horror film, I’d love a shot at remaking Christine. I think it’s well due for a remake and I think there’s a lot of terrifying things you could do with the property.

FOF:    Anything else you’d like to say?

Thank you very much for providing this opportunity to spill our guts. It’s not often we get interviewed so we greatly appreciate the chance.

You can find Something Ghoulish on Youtube. Hit that subscribe button. Trust me, you won’t regret it. You can also keep up with them on Twitter, Instagram or pick up a shirt here. And if you are enjoying their content, hit that Patreon page up.

Take a look at this piece below, it is one of my favorites.

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