Episode 185: Multimedia Storytelling with Dr. Thaddeus Jones

On May 7, 2022, Kasie and Rex welcome Dr. Thaddeus Jones into the studio. Here are the show notes:

Theme for the day

Multimedia Storytelling 


  • Thaddeus Jones is here – Dr. Jones in the house!
  • Horror stories are our jam
  • What’s next for S.C. storytellers?
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Link to the podcast

Segment 1

First! This upcoming Tuesday it’s my turn in the SCWA Paths to Publishing series, a four-part event sequence featuring these topics and speakers:

  • May 3rd Raegan Teller talked about authorpreneurship and taking the business side seriously. – she was awesome, as expected.
  • May 10th Alexa and Kasie will be talking indie press publishing and the necessary promotion of one’s own work. 
  • May 17th Hub City Press is represented by Meg Reid and Anjali Enjeti talking about university and small press business models and opportunities.
  • May 24 Amy Bishop and JC JC Peterson talk about getting an agent, pitching big publishing houses, and the other joys and challenges of working with large publishers.

Use the link above to register. Recordings are only available to registered participants and while SCWA members get a discount, it is a paid series.

We’re visiting with Dr. Thaddeus Jones, filmmaker and entrepreneur. But above all, storyteller. Here’s some relevant links to learn more about Thad:

So let’s talk about where good story comes from.

Are these true stories or experiences you’ve had?

Are they other people’s stories? How much do you borrow?

Segment 2

What’s the appeal of horror? We visited last year with Mark Allan Gunnells with whom we talked about the draw humans have to the scary or creepy or dirty or sick. So let’s talk about horror and the subgenres thereof:

  • Comedy horror – Evil Dead the Musical
  • Folk horror – is this Deliverance? Or Blair Witch?
  • Body horror
  • Found footage – definitely Blair Witch
  • Holiday horror
  • Psychological horror
  • Science fiction horror
  • Slasher – Scream, Halloween
  • Supernatural horror – vampires, werewolves, fairies, etc.
  • Gothic horror – 
  • Natural horror
  • Zombie horror
  • Teen horror – Nightmare on Elm Street? Scream?

Segment 3

In case you’re out there thinking horror is just all KILL KILL KILL, here’s this blog with the 5 elements of horror and it may surprise you that death isn’t one of the five. Or is it?

  • Fear
  • Surprise
  • Suspense
  • Mystery
  • Spoilers

Four elements of horror from the previous blog:

  • Frightening setting
  • Relatable protagonist who makes terrible decisions
  • Villain single-mindedly focused on devastation
  • Suspense-drive pace

Best types of horror (presumably by internet vote)

  • Psychological
  • Slasher
  • Possession
  • Found footage
  • Zombie
  • Ghost
  • Haunted House
  • Urban Legend

Segment 4

So what’s next for SC Storytellers?

  • Digital storytelling – collaboration, gaming, improv, streaming, etc
  • Small / indie films and distribution
  • Small / indie press and collabs with visual artists
  • Is there funding?
  • Is there entrepreneurship?
  • Can patrons be the way?
  • Can digital platforms bring those patrons into one place?
  • What about the return of festivals, events, and outdoors-space screenings?

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