Only the brave will join Frankie, Dennis, and Johnny for a spooky Halloween Special of the podcast! Anthony Bourdain’s Hungry Ghosts is the topic of discussion for this episode. This anthology of ghost stories was published in 2018 by Dark Horse Comics. It was written by Anthony Bourdain and Joel Rose, with art by Alberto Ponticelli, Vanesa Del Rey, Leonardo Manco, Mateus Santolouco, Sebastian Cabrol, Paul Pope, Irene Kohn, and Francesco Francavilla. Hungry Ghosts concerns a mob boss who hires several chefs to prepare a sumptuous meal for a dinner party. Once the dinner party ends, the mob boss dares the chefs to start a game of nerves once played by samurai in feudal Japan. Finally, each round involves a chef telling a story of horrifying story that was scarier than the one before it.
Frankie, Dennis, and Johnny discuss the possibility that Hungry Ghosts is meant for folks working in the food industry versus the common reader; the possibility of King Koopa being a Kappa; the logistics of biting the balls off of an entire crew of pirates; the similarities between one story in Hungry Ghosts and a character in Preacher; the reasons you don’t want to eat your war horse; why blackmarket cheese may not be the best cheese to serve people; how police determine a demon head from a decapitated head; which semester of medical school medical students learn to do treat ass-demons; and last but not least, the storytelling and art of Hungry Ghosts.
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Songe d’Automne by Latche Swing
Tonight Will Be Fine (Leonard Cohen cover) by The Walkmen