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Goosebuds

Welcome to Goosebuds! A podcast where your hosts Paul Ritchey, Chad Quandt, and Kevin Cole dig into the Young Adult Literature of Goosebumps by R.L. Stine and give these tomes the deep critique and respect they deserve. Sometimes they get too scared and cover other adjacent 90s books and culture instead. Come join us and re-discover the stories you grew up with or jump in for the first time.
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Now displaying: 2024
May 13, 2024

Get in formation, Goosebuddies! Your hosts Chad Quandt, Paul Ritchey, and Kevin Cole watch another classic The Adventures of Pete & Pete episode, "Day of the Dot". As Big Pete's marching band competes in the Regional Championship, he struggles with affections for Ellen and a tyrannical teacher. Meanwhile Little Pete is trapped on an endless school bus as Bus Driver Stu wrestles with a broken heart. This is a sweet indie episode and we're inspired by the discussion. Enjoy!

Episode Discussion begins: 18:18

OFF-TOPICS: SpongeBob SuperBowl, Perfect High School, Doctorin', Wolf C.I.A., You Can Desaturate Your Phone Screen, Chad's Take On Sonic 2 (The Movie)

You can support Goosebuds, get access to bonus episodes, join our secret Discord, and more at patreon.com/goosebuds
 
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Edited by Kevin Cole (@RealKevinCole)
 
Music by Seth Earnest (sethearnest.net)
Apr 22, 2024

Your Goosebuds Chad Quandt, Paul Ritchey, and Kevin Cole read through the 1985 CYOA book The Badlands of Hark, written by R.L. Stine! This is written before Goosebumps, Fear Street, or Horrorland; what sort of sci-fi fantasy world does a younger Stine have in his soul? Turns out it's one with an endless maze. A lot of death in this hellworld of R.L.'s. Can Paul and Kevin survive and find The Nonspecific Treasure?

OFF TOPICS: Phone Cord Twirling, Beet Feudalism, Picard's robot body, Robot Hands, RoboCop, Chad's First Cousins Once Removed

Adventure begins: 14:15

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Edited by Kevin Cole (@RealKevinCole)
Music by Seth Earnest (sethearnest.net)
Cover art by Brock Gallagher (@brockadile)
Apr 15, 2024

Your Goosebuds hosts Chad Quandt, Paul Ritchey, and Kevin Cole review R.L. Stine's Goosebumps Horrorland book Dr. Maniac vs Robby Schwartz where aspiring cartoonist Robby discovers his comic creations come alive to eat squirrels and torture local kids. But also none of this matters as Robby resets the narrative multiple times (it was all a joke, reader!) and it causes an emotional cataclysm for your Goosebuddies . To be honest, this episode really broke us. But don't CTRL+ALT+DEL on us; we'll keep pounding through Young Adult books because tackling R.L.'s legacy is our great purpose in life.

OFF TOPICS: Rocky, Bioshock/Judas, Ben Franklin, Code Lyoko vs Reboot

Book discussion begins: 16:40

Complete mental breakdown begins: 1:23:59

You can support Goosebuds, get access to bonus episodes, join our secret Discord, and more perks at patreon.com/goosebuds
 
Style your skeleton with Goosebuds at goosebuds.store
 
Edited by Kevin Cole (@RealKevinCole)
Music by Seth Earnest (sethearnest.net)
Cover art by Brock Gallagher (@brockadile)
Mar 18, 2024

Beware of grues, Goosebuddies! Your hosts Chad Quandt, Paul Ritchey, and Kevin Cole check out another Choose Your Own Adventure book based off one of the first adventure games ever: Zork! This 'What-Do-I-Do-Now" Book is Zork #1: The Forces of Krill by S. Eric Meretzky. Is Krill the Ganon of this world? Would we be shaking in our +1 Boots at the mention of his lizard men if we had played the original game? It seems Krill just likes hiding in holes in the ground, which isn't that much different than Tears of the Kingdom. We also discuss how delicious 'dino damage' used to look on toys. Enjoy the episode and stay alive!

Book adventure begins: 12:00

OFF TOPICS: Daylight Savings Time, Bugs, Jurassic Park Battle Damage Toys, J. Kenji López-Alt, Bugs Part II

You can support Goosebuds, get access to bonus episodes, join our secret Discord, and more at patreon.com/goosebuds
 
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Edited by Kevin Cole (@RealKevinCole)
 
Music by Seth Earnest (sethearnest.net)
Mar 11, 2024

There's a terrifying affliction of fear going around; so we're enforcing a Haunted Mask mandate! Your Goosebuds hosts Chad Quandt, Paul Ritchey, and Kevin Cole read R.L. Stine's Goosebumps Horrorland book The Scream of the Haunted Mask. It's been a year since the original story and Carly Beth is worried she'll put the mask back on and become evil. She could just get rid of it, maybe try to destroy it, but it stays locked in her basement. Until it doesn't. But also: Ghost horses haunt the local children's center/farm! It's very tragic. This book that's really about spectral steeds should've been called Goosebumps: Horse Death.

Book discussion begins: 17:30

OFF TOPICS: Millenial Internet Faux Pas, Willy's Chocolate Experience, X-Men Movies

You can support Goosebuds, get access to bonus episodes, join our secret Discord, and more at patreon.com/goosebuds
 
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Edited by Kevin Cole (@RealKevinCole)
 
Music by Seth Earnest (sethearnest.net)
Feb 26, 2024

This episode is part of a balanced bookfast-! Your hosts Chad Quandt, Paul Ritchey, and Kevin Cole read the third of R.L Stine's Goosebumps Horrorland series: Monster Blood for Breakfast. The iconic green growth slime is back for a fifth time. And somehow this is the least-scary story!Protagonist Matt Daniels deals with the terrifying idea of... being taller and stronger and winning the swim meet? We also get the next chapter of the Horrorland narrative and meet monster revolutionary Byron. We also discuss toy belts with I.P. powers and the mystery of missing Skeeter.

Book discussion begins: 12:50

OFF TOPICS: Chad's beef with the Disney Imagination Belt, Where's Skeeter??

You can support Goosebuds, get access to bonus episodes, join our secret Discord, and more at patreon.com/goosebuds
 
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Edited by Kevin Cole (@RealKevinCole)
 
Music by Seth Earnest (sethearnest.net)
Feb 12, 2024

The corn state is in trouble, listeners! Small robotic drones designed like metal wasps are terrorizing the youth. They are not being used for war. Let us make that clear: this is not a metaphor about drone warfare at all. Your hosts Chad Quandt, Paul Ritchey, and Kevin Cole cover Johnathan Rand's American Chillers: Iron Insects Invade Indiana. And we're joined by the wonderful Payton Whaley (WTIU's Flyover Culture). Payton's an Indiana boy like Chad and the two bond about their lives in the 'Crossroads of America', working for public television, and enjoying a time when there weren't metal menaces filling the skies. It was a simpler time. Anyway, this is a good episode! Enjoy.

Book discussion begins: 4:30

Off Topics: MIMAL THE ELF, The Friday Zone

Check out Payton's show Flyover Culture: youtube.com/flyoverculture

You can support Goosebuds, get access to bonus episodes, join our secret Discord, and more at patreon.com/goosebuds
 
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Edited by Kevin Cole (@RealKevinCole)
 
Music by Seth Earnest (sethearnest.net)
 
Note: This is a re-upload as a former version had corrupted audio.
Jan 22, 2024
Giddyup, Pegacorn! Your hosts Chad Quandt, Paul Ritchey, and Kevin Cole wrangle the Choose Your Own Adventure book Flight of the Unicorn by Deborah Lerme Goodman. In a previous episode we had a great adventure in Deborah's Scottish-ish fantasy world. In this book we're the apprentice to some sort of horse-mancer? It involves sewing wings onto cats to turn them into unicorns? There has to be a better method, right? Either way a dastardly royal wants to turn our beautiful flying horses into an unstoppable army! We can't have any of that. Thankfully we have the strongest weapon in the kingdom: pocket cat!
 
OFF TOPICS: Sousou no Frieren, A Certain Fantastic Streaming App (boo capitalism)
 
Adventure begins at 12:00
 
You can support Goosebuds, get access to bonus episodes, join our secret Discord, and more at patreon.com/goosebuds
 
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Edited by Kevin Cole (@RealKevinCole)
 
Music by Seth Earnest (sethearnest.net)
Jan 15, 2024

We're back in Horrorland, Buddies! Your hosts Chad Quandt, Paul Ritchey, and Kevin Cole cover R.L. Stine's Goosebumps Horrorland book 'Creep from the Deep'. We're reunited with Billy and Sheena Deep and their uncle Dr. D. What sort of doctor is Deep? A water scientist? He does not have respect for the ocean like he should and his children suffer once again because of it. But this book has some pretty fun stuff including ghost pirates! Or pirate ghosts! And we learn more about the shared book story of Horrorland. What are the Horrors planning? Do they even have a plan? Note: despite the cover there are not Shrek Eels.

Book discussion begins: 14:45

OFF TOPICS: Episode 666, iconic Scabby and Stinko, Steamboat Willie, Chad pitches another Tontine

You can support Goosebuds, get access to bonus episodes, join our secret Discord, and more at patreon.com/goosebuds
 
Dress your skeleton with Goosebuds apparel at goosebuds.store
 
Edited by Kevin Cole (@RealKevinCole)
 
Music by Seth Earnest (sethearnest.net)
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