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This web site is the online version of Cult Pop, a show that examines our current pop culture. Cult Pop is produced in the Downriver area, just south of Detroit, Michigan. It airs on Comcast Cablevision (channel 20) and is seen in 25 cities in southeastern Michigan. Click on any of the shows below to watch that particular episode.
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New! 15-May-2014 - Cult Pop 59, It's that time again. Cult Pop is at the 2014 Motor City Nightmares Horror Expo! And Jim Hall manages to interview actor extraordinaire, Tom Noonan! His body of work includes the movies: "The Man with One Red Shoe", Manhunter", "The Monster Squad", "RoboCop 2", "Last Action Hero", and "Heat" just to name a few. He also has appeared on Television in: "Hell on Wheels", "The Blacklist", "Bad Karma", "Law and Order", and others. Lately he was involved in a play showing at the Paradise Factory in New York. Tom and Jim talk about some of his acting experiences and about what his feelings are about attending a movie convention. He is truly a thoughtful and intelligent person.
5-Feb-2014 - Cult Pop 58, Jim Hall starts off the new year with a Cult Pop regular, author
with her fifth appearance on Cult Pop. They discuss the latest installment of
The Clockwork Century
body of work,
Cherie gives a synopsis of the story arc, starting with
31-Dec-2013 - Cult Pop 57, Jim Hall closes out 2013 with the fourth interview with thriller writer Jeff Carlson, who discusses his latest novel "Interrupt". Jeff discusses in detail what was involved in writing it and the reaction of the fans. We at Cult Pop highly recommend it, but be advised that this one takes some effort on the reader's part. Definitely a great end to the year! All the best in the new year from Jim and Jerry!
27-August-2013 - Cult Pop 55, More from the 2013
Motor City Nightmares Horror Expo!
This time Jim gets to talk with Todd and Tommy Brunswick, the folks behind MCN. They talk a bit about what it is like to put on the show, and let him know
about their Halloween Monster Bash at the Novi Sheraton on October 25, 2013. As always there is the Thursday Fright Night Double Feature at the Emagine Theater in Canton.
2-June-2013 - Cult Pop 54, More good stuff from the 2013
Motor City Nightmares Horror Expo!
Jim gets to talk with Dee Wallace and her daughter
They discuss her new movie, "The Lords of Salem",
and her experience at the Expo.
9-May-2013 - Cult Pop 53, Tommy and Todd Brunswick were kind enough to invite the Cult Pop
crew to the 2013 Motor City Nightmares
Horror Expo and Film Festival and we hit the jackpot! Jim Hall interviewed one of the stars of the popular TV show
"The Walking Dead",
The actor who portrays the lovable Merle Dixon! Michael talks about his early career and what it is like to work on the show.
18-April-2013 - Cult Pop 52, Cult Pop celebrates tax day by interviewing Mary G. Thompson who enters the YA science fiction world with two novels, "Wuftoom", and the soon to be released, "Escape From the Pipemen". She talks about YA, the novels, and her inspiration for writing them. A new author who merits watching in the future!
14-Februrary-2013 - Cult Pop 51, Cult Pop starts off the new year with a favorite author who comes back for his third interview. Jeff Carlson returns to talk about his new novel, "The Frozen Sky" which is based on his short story of the same name. He expands upon the goings on on Jupiter's moon, Europa. And goes into more detail about the political dealings between the EU the US and the Chinese factions who are interested in mining deuterium from the ice found there. This a first contact story of the first order. His aliens are truly that! Not just odd manifistations of the human form. This has all of the components of a sci-fi thriller. Also there are interesting illustrations in the book by Jeff Sierzenga and Jacob Charles Dietz.
25-November-2012 - Cult Pop 50, Cult Pop has reached a landmark! This is our 50th show! Jim Hall interviews artist and author Carl Lundgren at our satellite studio in Garden City, Michigan. He has many interesting stories about the Grande Ballroom and the 60's rock scene. They discuss their favorite posters, and Carl's new book "Rock Posters of the Psychedelic Era". Fans of CP may remember that Jim interviewed (episode 12) him at the 2008 Confusion Science Fiction Convention.
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25-September-2012 - Another new look for Cult Pop! We have been busy making the shows available on smart phones and tablets. IE users: be sure to allow ActiveX content if asked....
29-June-2012 - Cult Pop 49, Cult Pop now has a new look! From now on all shows will be shown in widescreen format! All the previous shows have been re-ecoded to display properly in the 16 by 9 player. We are quite excited about this!
Jim Hall and the crew attended the World Steam Expo in Dearborn Michigan. We ran into the Confabulation of Gentry a musical group that was somehow transported from 1912 to the present day. Prof. Milo R. Pinkerton is the grandfather of Milo T. Pinkerton III who we interviewed some years back. Milo senior is quite an interesting fellow, not to mention his musical group. Next we went to the Cult Pop studios to interview science fiction author Jeff Carlson who tells us about his latest work, ""Long Eyes"" , a collection of short stories. Jeff talks about the how and why of this book, and a bit about his "Plague War" series. This is a very cool show!
30-May-2012 - Cult Pop 48, Another year has passed by and Jim Hall visits the 2012 Motor City Nightmares convention. The 2012 version is better than ever with a whole host of stars in attendance, along with scores of exhibiters/vendors. This year Jim gets to chat with actor Sid Haig the creator of the iconic character - "Captain Spaulding". Sid tells Jim about what projects he is working on and a little about his film career. He is not as scarry as the characters he portrays! Next artist Don England stops by to talk about what he is doing. Watch the show to see some of his phenominal artwork! And last, but not least, actor Bill Moseley comes by. He seems to be the direct opposite of characters in his movies. He is most famous for the "Choptop" character that he introduced in "Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2". He talks about his acting career and his current project. We didn't know, but he is also a talented musician! Don't miss this one!!
10-Apr-2012 - Cult Pop 47, Jim Hall and the Cult Pop crew catch up with filmmaker Todd Brunswick at the Canton Emagine theatre where he and his wife Tommy host the "Fright Nights Double Feature" every Thursday at 8:00 PM. Todd and Jim talk about what goes on during the movies. Good fun! Next Todd tells Jim about the Motor City Nightmares horror convention that is coming up April 27th. Kane Hodder, Tony Todd, Sid Haig, and Dee Wallace are just a few of the stars that will be there along with many interesting vendors. CP was there last year (episode 43) and it was just amazing! CP is planning to attend and will have interviews coming in future shows. Finally they fill us in on the new "Monsters of Carnage" movie series. Todd and Tommy are using the Kickstarter website to help fund it. Also check it out on facebook for more info.
27-Jan-2012 - Cult Pop 46, Jim Hall and Cult Pop start off the new year with a visit to the 2012 Confusion where he gets to chat with one of Cult Pop's favorite authors, Tobias Buckell. Tobias tells us about his latest novel "Arctic Rising" which he describes as a near future techno-thriller about the fight for resources under the melted ice caps. Look for it at the end of February. "Tides From the New Worlds" is a collection of his short stories that have been published in a variety of venues. A definite must read for fans of all things Buckell! He also tells about his book "Nascence", which contains 17 "failed" short stories and details why they failed and what he learned writing and re-writing them. Tobias also tells Jim how he used Kickstarter to finance the next novel in the "Crystal Rain" series, "Apocalypse Ocean".
26-Dec-2011 - Cult Pop 45, Christmas is over and Cult Pop has another show. Previous guests Jeff and Ann Vandermeer are interviewed about their latest works, "The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities", "The Weird" and "The Steampunk Bible". Jeff tells us about his involvement with Shared Worlds, a fantasy writing camp held at Wofford College. As if this were not enough Jim talks about friend of the show John K. Snyder III who was interviewed previously. Episode 45 ends with some artwork that John has done for IDW Publishing's "Infestation" and "Duke Nukem" comics.
15-Oct-2011 -Cult Pop 44, The Halloween Special 2011. Cult Pop is in the Halloween spirit with two new interviews. The first is with author/musician Barry Brickey, the author of the fact based fiction novel "The Silence". Barry discusses the novel and his experiences at a real haunted house here in southeastern Michigan. His recollections and those of his friends and family are chilling. A must read for horror fans. Jim Hall then visits Scary Scott's Haunted House, the lair of Dr. Chopper. Jim interviews Marcell Marcolina (aka Dr. Chopper, and member of the Motor City Haunt Club) about the haunted house. Marcell tells Jim about what goes on at the Haunt Club meetings and information about other Halloween happenings. Watch the show, and don't get too scared!!
5-Aug-2011 -Cult Pop 43, "I've got to be honest with you guys, in six plus years of doing the show I think this might be my favorite." So says Jim Hall after he and the Cult Pop crew (Jerry) go to the Motor City Nightmares horror convention put on by Todd and Tommy Brunswick. (See show #38.) First off Jim chatted with Tommy Brunswick about the convention and her career as a Michigan based movie director/producer. Next Jim got a chance to interview Dee Wallace, star of "ET", "Cujo", "The Howling", and recently on "Detroit 187". She discusses her career and her new book "Bright Light" which chronicles journey through life. He then follows with Danielle Harris star of "Hatchet", Rob Zombie's "Halloween" and "Halloween II", along with her newest movie, "Stakeland". She discusses what it is like to attend a convention and gives a hint about the possibility of new movie. Follow her on Twitter. Last, but not least, the "Candyman" Tony Todd stops by. As intimidating as he is on the screen, he couldn't have been nicer in person. They talk about "The Event" TV series, "Hatchet II", and his new movie "Sushi Girl" This show is a definite watch for horror fans, and be sure to save the dates April 27-29, 2012 for next year's convention.
19-May-2011 -Cult Pop 42, Jim Hall interviews author Cherie Priest who is appearing on Cult Pop for the fourth time. They discuss her new novel "Bloodshot" along with her other new release "Hellbent". She also talks about The Clockwork Century website which describes an alternate-history world where many of her books and short stories can be found. Watch this one and see why we had her on the show 4 times!
9-April-2011 -Cult Pop 41, Jim Hall interviews artist/author John K Snyder III. John is a well known illustrator of comics and graphic novels. His work spans covers for DC comics' "Green Lantern", Dark Horse comics' "Grendel" and others. He discusses his latest work with IDW Publishing which includes covers for "Star Trek", "Ghost Busters", "Transformers", "GI Joe" and "Infestation 1 and 2". John's work is available at Anthony's Collectables. Jim then gives an update on what is coming up in the next few months on Cult Pop. Anyone with an interest in comics/graphic novels should not miss this one!
9-March-2011 -Cult Pop 40, Jim Hall tracks down author and friend of the show (shows #21 and #4) Brad Meltzer at the Birmingham Borders and talks to him about his newest novel "The Inner Circle". Brad also discusses his inspiration for the novel "Heroes for My Son". Although a well known author, Brad is now hosting a nationally televised show that appears on the History Channel, Brad Meltzer's Decoded which investigates the secret history of the symbols and codes that surround us. This is one of Cult Pop's best!
27-January-2011 -Cult Pop 39, With the holidays over and a new year starting Jim Hall is making more phone calls. First he contacts author David J. Williams about his "Autumn Rain" Trilogy. An action SciFi story about terrorism a hundred years from now. If you are a fan of hard SciFi you will love "Autumn Rain". Author/graphic artist Stefan Bucher is a friend of the show (see show #16) who has a new book out - "The Graphic Eye" which is a collection of photos taken by graphic artists from around the world. It contains a wide variety of photos ranging from landscapes to people in chicken suits. Stefan still has the Daily Monster site (a favorite of mine - Jerry) which is a lot of fun. Be sure to take a look at both these authors works.
20-October-2010 -Cult Pop 38, With Halloween nearly upon us Jim Hall rounds up Todd and Tommy Brunswick at Grace and Wild Studios in Farmington Hills, Michigan. Todd and Tommy are a husband and wife team who produce horror movies here in southeastern Michigan. They discuss their latest project, a feature length documentary based on the Father Gallagher tapes, and some of their earlier releases. We get to see clips from " Jingles the Clown", "They Must Eat", and "Born of Earth". Todd and Tommy also host a yearly convention and weekly movie screenings throughout the year. Cult Pop was truly lucky to get to interview them. Check out all of their titles at R Squared Films
23-August-2010 -Cult Pop 37, Jim Hall calls author and artist Bob Fingerman and they discuss Bob's latest writing effort "Pariah", a no holds barred zombie novel. If you like zombies, you will love this one. They also talk about his graphic novel, which Bob describes as a "speculative memoir", "From the Ashes". The discussion continues with Bob's thoughts on the novella "Connective Tissue", novel "Bottom Feeder", and his work on "Cracked" magazine. Definitely an interesting interview. Next, Jim talks about Cult Pop contributor Mike Wooley and his latest musical efforts with the group Dreamgaze. Their latest music video "Wasteland" from their debut album "Sound Color" is shown.
21-July-2010 -Cult Pop 36, Jim Hall visits the 2010 Penguicon. John Scalzi stops by to talk about his new Nebula and Hugo nominated novella "The God Engines" Also, he tells how he came about to write "Fuzzy Nation", a "reboot" of H. Beam Piper's 1962 science fiction novel "Little Fuzzy" and his work as creative consultant for "Stargate Universe". Author Cherie Priest discusses her succesful book "Boneshaker", which along with being nominated for the Nebula and Hugo awards, did win the 2010 Locus award. Congratulations to her from Cult Pop! Cherie and Jim talk about her new novella, "Clementine", and the upcoming release, "Dreadnought". She also discusses her interest in "Steampunk", past and future. Look for her new website the The Clockwork Century an alternate-history world setting she created. Lastly, Friend of the show Tobias Buckell comes by to discuss his future novels "The All Tree" and "Arctic Rising" and his collection of short stories "Tides From The New Worlds" which is out now.
New! 15-May-2010 -Cult Pop 35, After some more time off Cult Pop and Jim Hall are going international! Jim called fantasy author Stephen Deas in London, England to discuss his latest novel, "The Adamantine Palace", a novel about Kings, Queens, knights and dragons. But these are not the friendly dragons found in a Disney movie. They are "Thirty tons of lightning-fast, fire-breathing terror". Don't miss this fast-paced, exciting read. Back here in the States Mark Terry, an old friend of the show comes to visit. His newest novel, "The Fallen", has one of our favorite characters, Derek Stillwater. This time Dr. Stillwater has to save the G8 Summit from disaster. This one will definitely keep you up all night.
15-January-2010 -Cult Pop 34, Cult Pop and Jim Hall took December off and are starting off the new year with two new interviews. First, is friend of the show and Hugo winner John Scalzi interviewed at the 2009 Penguicon. John discusses his newest novel, "Zoe's Tale", which was nominated for Best Novel Hugo and "METAtropolis" also nominated for a Hugo in the Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form catagory. As the creative consultant for "Stargate Universe" he tells Jim what that entails. Also is a phone interview with Jim Hines whom we missed at Penguicon. Find out about his newest offerings in the Princess series, "The Stepsister Scheme", and "The Mermaid's Madness", and coming out in July "Redhood's Revenge". Also, there is some information about his short story work.
13-November-2009 -Cult Pop 33, Cult Pop's offering this Friday the 13th is Jim Hall's interview with Brom about his illustrated book "The Child Thief", which is a somewhat darker re-telling of the Peter Pan story. He also discusses his other books, "The Devil's Rose" and "The Plucker". Brom tells Jim about his background and what influences his writing and art.
29-September-2009 -Cult Pop 32, Jim Hall catches up with Marcus Sakey for a third time. Marcus discusses his fourth novel - "The Amateurs". Marcus also talks about what it means to have his novels optioned for movies. He tells Jim about the The Outfit, a site where authors of crime fiction discuss writing, ideas, and current events.
20-August-2009 -Cult Pop 31, Jeff Carlson chats via phone to Jim Hall of Cult Pop. Jeff follows up his novel "Plague Year" with the second of three installments - "Plague War". A novel set in the near future which tells the story of Cam and Ruth as they struggle to reverse the plague that has been unleashed upon the earth. This one hits close to home! Don't miss it!
6-July-2009 -Cult Pop 30, Jim Hall gets a dream interview with Elmore Leonard author of western and crime novels including "Hombre", "the Big Bounce", "Valdez is Coming", "Mr. Majestyk", "Fifty-Two Pickup", "Stick", "Glitz", "Kill Shot", Get Shorty", and "Out of Sight" just to name a few. They talk about his latest Jack Foley novel, "Road Dogs". Mr. Leonard tells about his creative process and which of his 43 novels are his favorites. If you like crime novels Elmore Leonard books are the place to start!
26-May-2009 -Cult Pop 29, The Cult Pop crew visits the 2009 Penguicon and interviews author Cherie Priest (see show #18) who talks about her novels "Fathom" and "Those Who Went Remain There Still" along with her "Eden Moore" series. She also gives a quick synopsis of her brand new novel "Boneshaker" to be available around Halloween. She is truly a Cult Pop favorite!
16-Apr-2009 -Cult Pop 28, Reprising and earlier show, Jim Hall interviews Jeff VanderMeer about his new book "Predator: South China Sea". Jeff talks about what it takes to write a story that has to fit into a known universe. He also discusses his earlier work "Shriek: An Afterward" that has been re-released as a special edition. Then Jim brings Jeff's wife Ann on the show to talk about the fantasy fiction magazine "Weird Tales" where she is the fiction editor. The show finishes with both Ann and Jeff discussing the short story anthologies that they have co-edited.
9-Mar-2009 -Cult Pop 27, Cult Pop gets back to science fiction. Jim Hall interviews J. P. Frantz and John DeNardo, the duo behind SFSignal, a web site devoted to all things science fiction (and a Cult Pop supporter). They discuss details of how the site is maintained and opinions about current science fiction movies and television shows. Be sure to give their web site a look.
2-Febuary-2009 -Cult Pop 26, Jim Hall interviews Marcus Sakey and Sean Chercover two great crime novel authors. Marcus returns (Cult Pop #9) and talks about his new novel, "Good People", the third novel after "The Blade Itself", and "At The City's Edge". He discusses the story, and the plans for a future movie based on "The Blade Itself". Sean in his first Cult Pop interview discusses his second novel "Trigger City" which is the second time Ray Dudgeon, a Chicago PI, appears. He tells Jim about this novel, and his background as a private investigator and how it influences his writing. His first novel "Big City, Bad Blood" has won numerous awards, including the Shamus and the Gumshoe. Look for both of them on The Outfit Blog . Don't miss this episode!
13-January-2009 -Cult Pop 25, Cult Pop starts the new year with part 2 of the 2008 Comicon. This starts off with Gregory Itzin, President Charles Logan from the TV show "24", Tom Sullivan, special effects artist noted for the films "Evil Dead"and "Army of Darkness", actor Ami Dolenz star of the movies "Witchboard 2", "Pumpkinhead", "Can't Buy Me Love", David Petersen, creator of "Mouse Guard", Al Feldstein, artist and editor of EC Comics' "Tales From the Crypt" and "Mad Magazine", and artist/painter Arthur Suydam, of "Marvel Zombies" fame. Also, for those with high speed DSL or cable modems view this show in Hi Def!!
19-December-2008 -Cult Pop 24, Earlier this year Cult Pop and Jim Hall visited the 2008 Comicon. He interviewed so many interesting people that we will have two shows. This is the first one where Jim interviews Erik Estrada, Ponch, from "CHIPs", Lou Ferrigno, the Hulk from the TV show of the same name, Cliff Simon "Ba'al" from "Stargate SG1", The Ghoul, one of our favorite guests, and finally Walter Koenig, "Checkov" from the original "Star Trek" TV series. Also, for those with high speed DSL or cable modems view this show in Hi Def!!
13-November-2008 -Cult Pop 23, Author Tobias Buckell talks to Jim Hall about his latest novel "Sly Mongoose" the third in the "Crystal Rain" series. He also tells how he came to write "The Cole Protocol" a novel set in the Halo game universe. Also featured is his short story collection "Tides From The New Worlds" available from Wyrm Publishing. Lastly Tobias tells about the original audio anthology " METAtropolis" that came out last month. This is a must see interview!
20-October-2008 -Cult Pop 22, Bram Stoker award winning horror author Sarah Langan is interviewed over the phone by Jim Hall. She discusses her new novel "The Missing" and what it meant to her to win the Stoker. Brad Meltzer then talks about his comic book work.
15-September-2008 -Cult Pop 21, New York Times bestselling author Brad Meltzer talks to Jim Hall about his new novel "The Book of Lies". He also discusses his Eisner award winning comic offerings and his efforts to save the home where the Superman comic was originated in this revealing interview.
13-August-2008 -Cult Pop 20, Jim Hall and Cult Pop score again! John Scalzi just won a Hugo for Best Fan Writer! Watch the last interview from the 2008 Penguicon with John Scalzi author of the new novel "Zoe's Tale". He discusses his past novels and his non-fiction offerings.
15-July-2008 -Cult Pop 19, more from the 2008 Penguicon. In the second of three shows Jim Hall interviews Matt Arnold 2008 Penguicon's Minister of Communication and next year's convention chairman. He discusses the activities that were there this year and what is coming up next year during Penguicon 7.0. A big thank you to Matt from Cult Pop for all his help this year and in years past. Also interviewed is science fiction legend and multiple Hugo Award winning author Vernor Vinge. Author of "True Names", and Hugo Award winning novels "A Fire Upon the Deep", "A Deepness in the Sky", and "Rainbows End". A must see interview.
19-Jun-2008 -Cult Pop 18, the Cult Pop crew visits the 2008 Penguicon and got to chat with some of our favorite authors. In the first of three shows Jim Hall interviews Jim Hines author of the Goblin series of books. He next talks to gothic horror/fantasy author Cherie Priest and they discuss her Eden Moore book series.
30-May-2008 -Cult Pop 17, Jim Hall calls The Consortium of Genius in New Orleans and nearly gets more than he asked for. He talks to Dr. Milo T. Pinkerton III, Dr. Harry A. Rachnid, and Dr. Z, three mad scientists that are bent on taking over the world. Bow to the COG! Long may the COG rule!........
10-May-2008 -Cult Pop 16, Jim Hall is still on the phone. He calls Ben Tanzer in Chicago, author of " Lucky Man" a coming of age novel that Jim compares to Stephen King's "Stand by Me". Next he calls author/artist Stefan Bucher in Los Angeles, author of "100 Days of Monsters" an unusual book that contains his drawings of monsters along with stories submitted by people who viewed them on his web site.
16-April-2008 -Cult Pop 15, something to take your mind of income taxes! Jim Hall is on the phone again! He calls Lauren Groff in Florida, author of " Monsters of Templeton" a novel set in Cooperstown New York. Being a man of the world he then calls Corey Redekop in Manitoba, Canada, author of "Shelf Monkey" a witty story that any book lover would enjoy.
7-March-2008 -Cult Pop 14, an all art special. Jim Hall interviews artist Nina Friday at Wyandotte's River's Edge Gallery , Cult Pop's own Mike Wooley at A to Z Comics in Garden City, Michigan, and visits with George McVey and Michael Marcus the Hamtramck Idea Men in Hamtramck, Michigan.
27-February-2008 - Listen to Jim Hall and Jerry Jesion interviewed live by Jevon Ryan and Irma Arkus of HiSciHi on Friday, February 29 at 5:30 PST (8:30 EST). Just click here to listen live (may need to install additional software) or here (IE 7 or FireFox required) to listen if you miss the live broadcast.
6-February-2008 - Cult Pop 13, more from this year's Confusion. Jim Hall gets to talk to husband and wife authors Scott Westerfeld and Justine Larbalestier. They discuss the emergence of young adult science fiction and their contributions to this new genre.
24-January-2008 - Cult Pop 12, Jim Hall visits Confusion and interviews author Tobias Buckell and artist Carl Lundgren. Tobias discusses his upcoming novel "Sly Mongoose" and the video he made about it. (Cult Pop's own Mike Wooley composed the music!) He also tells about his short stories and more. Artist Carl Lundgren describes his creative process and his career as a rock and science fiction artist.
19-November-2007 - Cult Pop 11, Jim Hall goes to Hell (Michigan that is) and is Mayor for a day. Also included are interviews with artist Audrey Pongracz and author Susan Goodwill.
8-November-2007 - Cult Pop 10, Jim Hall interviews Jeff VanderMeer, author of "City of Saints and Madmen", "Shriek: An Afterword", and "Veniss Underground". He has also edited the anthologies "Best American Fantasy 2007", "The Thackery T. Lambshead Pocket Guide to Eccentric & Discredited Diseases" and "Leviathan 3". Jeff is located in Florida, and we interviewed him via phone.