As an avid podcast listener, the innumerable amount of podcasts out there can be overwhelming to say the least. I've spent countless hours in the car listening to podcasts on subjects ranging from lessons on etiquette to trivia, music and film, and of course, horror. There are many that I enjoy and revisit regularly, but only one stands out above the rest as my personal favorite: Shock Waves. Presented by Blumhouse and hosted by Rob Galluzzo, Rebekah McKendry, Ryan Turek, and Elric Kane, Shock Waves is my go-to podcast for all things horror. They cover everything from revisiting the classics to discussing the latest films in the genre and each week they bring on a brand new special guest to join the discussion.
Let's be real for a minute: life can be crazy sometimes and the world we live in can be a very challenging place. While it's important to stay informed about current events and the things going on around us, I am also a firm believer that we all need breaks from the madness from time to time by means of escapism. There are countless ways we can temporarily "escape", whether it's by watching movies, traveling, or reading, but I've recently come across an act of escapism unlike anything I've experienced before and it is quickly becoming one of my new favorite things: the immersive experience. I like to describe immersive experiences as playing pretend for adults. Each experience is different, but they are alike in that participants will suspend disbelief, use every ounce of their imaginations, and in some cases, temporarily become someone else.