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Books, Horror Movies, True Crime, Paranormal, Writing and Whimsy Carla is: a bookdrunkard. a 40-something with psychology and counseling degrees with post-grad work in grief/loss/trauma, sex crimes, and forensic anthropology. a woman who has lived in three haunted houses. a former freelance journalist and counselor, who is never bored. a disabled introvert who sees connections everywhere--like John Nash, only less math-y. a knitting fidget who loves horror movies with a skewed passion. Like one of her heroes, Harriet the Spy, she wants to learn everything and write in all down (more likely than not in her bullet journal). Join her (and sometimes her friends) in her strange library as she INFJs everything from unused angles. It’s going to get weird in the best way. Let’s play.

Books, Horror Movies, True Crime, Paranormal, Writing and Whimsy Carla is: a bookdrunkard. a 40-something with psychology and counseling degrees with post-grad work in grief/loss/trauma, sex crimes, and forensic anthropology. a woman who has lived in three haunted houses. a former freelance journalist and counselor, who is never bored. a disabled introvert who sees connections everywhere--like John Nash, only less math-y. a knitting fidget who loves horror movies with a skewed passion. Like one of her heroes, Harriet the Spy, she wants to learn everything and write in all down (more likely than not in her bullet journal). Join her (and sometimes her friends) in her strange library as she INFJs everything from unused angles. It’s going to get weird in the best way. Let’s play.

Location:

Roseland, VA

Description:

Books, Horror Movies, True Crime, Paranormal, Writing and Whimsy Carla is: a bookdrunkard. a 40-something with psychology and counseling degrees with post-grad work in grief/loss/trauma, sex crimes, and forensic anthropology. a woman who has lived in three haunted houses. a former freelance journalist and counselor, who is never bored. a disabled introvert who sees connections everywhere--like John Nash, only less math-y. a knitting fidget who loves horror movies with a skewed passion. Like one of her heroes, Harriet the Spy, she wants to learn everything and write in all down (more likely than not in her bullet journal). Join her (and sometimes her friends) in her strange library as she INFJs everything from unused angles. It’s going to get weird in the best way. Let’s play.

Language:

English

Contact:

434-326-6069


Episodes

57: Watching the Detectives: Gwendy and Ex

1/7/2020
In which Carla reads again from her novel-in-progress, Watching the Detectives. And they were all rich. Rich in looks, rich in opportunity, rich in already wasted opportunities, rich in network, and rich in funds. And rich in frustrations, many of which they could not even name. --Carla Pettigrew Hufstedler, Watching the Detectives Theme song and stinger: “Comadreamers I” by Haunted Me, off their Pleasure album: https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Haunted_Me/Pleasure/ Promo: Rebel...

Duration:00:38:47

56: Happy Socks and the Flame

12/14/2019
In which Carla tells two stories that explain finding cupcakes in dark places: one is her story, one is Leonard Cohen's. Referenced reading: The Flame, by Leonard Cohen: his full acceptance speech for the Prince of Asturias Award, on October 21, 2011, from which I quoted in this episode, begins on page 267. Leonard Cohen at Apple Music Greg Behrendt, “There Might Be Cake”, Original Uncool (2011): Apple Music, Spotify My favorite happy socks. I own several sets, and I like to mix and...

Duration:00:12:40

55: Finding Fear

10/12/2019
In which Carla reads a Turkish folktale about a boy who goes on a quest to find out what fear is. Sources: Story: "The Boy Who Found Fear At Last", collected first by Ignaz Kunos, from the Olive Fairy Book, Andrew Lang Music: Podcast theme song and stingers: “Comadreamers I” by Haunted Me, off their Pleasure album: https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Haunted_Me/Pleasure/ How to Support Cupcakes: Sponsor: Audible Sponsor: Birchbox Sponsor: Care/Of Vitamins Patreon:...

Duration:00:13:52

54: Gilead: Meaning in Place

9/23/2019
In which Carla investigates why the place in Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale is called Gilead. Books referenced: The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood The Testaments by Margaret Atwood The Handmaid's Tale: The Graphic Novel by Margaret Atwood and Renee Nault Sources: Easton’s Bible Dictionary International Standard Bible Encyclopedia New Revised Standard Version Bible translation (NRSV) The Center for Judaic Studies, Lawrence E. Stager: The Song of Deborah Who was...

Duration:00:23:48

53: Exquisite Mayhem

9/12/2019
In which Carla further explores the Three Mothers horror movie series--Suspiria, Inferno, and Mother of Tears--as started in the episode Elegant Nastiness, by examining Luca Guadagnino's 2018 remake of Suspiria, taking a fresh look at Suspiria's influence, the fairy tale "Little Snow White", and taking a deep dive into the themes of identity, sleep and dreams, and, of course, motherhood. Sources: Books referenced: “Little Snow White”: The Complete First Edition of The Original Folk and...

Duration:00:52:01

52: Everything That Was Hidden Now Surfaces

8/3/2019
In which Carla interviews horror author Mike Bockoven, creator of FantasticLand (2016) and Pack (2018). Mike Bockoven: Facebook: facebook.com/BockovenBooks Twitter: @mikebockoven Instagram: @mikebockoven FantasticLand Pack How to Support Cupcakes: Sponsor: Audible Sponsor: Birchbox Sponsor: Care/Of Vitamins Patreon: Cupcakes Flattr: flattr/@theremightbecupcakes Where to Find Cupcakes: Facebook Page: theremightbecupcakes Facebook Group: There Might Be Cupcakes Twitter:...

Duration:02:23:07

51: Elegant Nastiness

6/21/2019
In which Carla dives deep into the mythology of the Three Mothers, Maters Suspirioum, Mater Tenebrarum, and Mater Lacrymarum of the Dario Argento and Luca Guadgnino horror movies, and explores dance and architecture as spellwork, as well as a tie-in to Disney and the fairy tales of the Grimm Brothers. Book referenced: Horror! 333 Movies to Scare You to Death by James Harriott and Kim Newman Source for music snippet: Goblin, "Suspiria", Suspiria soundtrack, link; Publication date 1977;...

Duration:00:36:21

50: Proust and the Meaning of Cupcakes

4/3/2019
In which Carla celebrates episode 50 by answering the questions of the Proust Questionnaire. Books to read: Vanity Fair’s Proust Questionnaire: 101 Luminairies Ponder Love, Death, Happiness, and the Meaning of Life Referenced Episodes: This Girl Just Had A Bad DateA Different World Family TreesCasey Anthony and Bonnie MacNaraWatching the DetectivesWatching the Detectives Part 2 How to Support Cupcakes: Sponsor: Audible Sponsor: Birchbox...

Duration:00:42:13

49: Books and Threads

3/3/2019
In which Carla talks about where she has been--in complex PTSD therapy and in major EDS flareup--and reviews the very best books she has read this year, in therapy and, of course, for fun. Much horror and true crime was enjoyed. Referenced Episodes: This Girl Just Had A Bad DateA Different WorldThe Mill GirlRecommended Reading: CPTSD: Traumatic Stress: The Effects of Overwhelming Experience on Mind, Body, and Society by Dr. Bessel van der KolkThe Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and...

Duration:00:35:36

48: The Use of Sorrows

1/30/2019
In which Carla celebrates two lives well lived, one in letters, one in play, both in finding and making cupcakes. Both lives have anniversaries in January: Mary Oliver, and Carla's younger brother, Eric. Source for Mary Oliver’s reading her poem “Wild Geese”: https://soundcloud.com/brainpicker/mary-oliver-reads-wild-geese (https://www.brainpickings.org/2014/09/24/mary-oliver-reads-wild-geese/) Link to full Instagram watercolor and tribute on There Might Be Cupcakes account:...

Duration:00:12:33

47: Victorian Christmas: The Goblin and the Paw

11/29/2018
In which Carla revisits the Victorian Christmas tradition of scary stories at Christmas by reading two classics of the era--and, in doing so, explores the not-well-known genesis of Dickens' A Christmas Carol, to boot. Things get silly and eerie in turn. Come sit by the fire and enjoy some cupcakes and wassail. Related and Referenced Episode: 32: What the Dickens Facebook Page: theremightbecupcakes Facebook Group: There Might Be Cupcakes Twitter: mightbecupcakes Instagram:...

Duration:01:00:52

46: The Mill Girl

10/30/2018
In which Carla reads Jennifer McMahon's short story "The Mill Girl", released especially for Halloween 2018. "The Mill Girl" copyright 2018 Jennifer McMahon, published by Penguin Random House Music: “Comadreamers I”, Haunted Me Official Site for Jennifer McMahon Recommended reading: Promise Not to Tell Island of Lost Girls Dismantled Don’t Breathe a Word The One I Left Behind The Winter People The Night Sister Burntown Facebook Page: theremightbecupcakes Facebook Group:...

Duration:00:26:24

45: Reverberations

10/16/2018
In which Carla talks about how the past always informs the present...especially the traumatic past. RAINN: About Sexual Assault | Types of Sexual Violence | Laws in Your State | Help Someone You Care About | Self-Care After Trauma | National Sexual Assault Hotline Recommended reading: Trauma and Recovery by Judith Herman https://amzn.to/2CM19Hc The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk: https://amzn.to/2CivFYi House of Windows by...

Duration:00:43:19

44: A Different World

9/26/2018
In which Carla explains what it was like to grow up as a '70's kid with Cosby as "America's Dad", especially as a survivor of violent sexual assault. RAINN: About Sexual Assault | Types of Sexual Violence | Laws in Your State | Help Someone You Care About | Self-Care After Trauma | National Sexual Assault Hotline Recommended reading: Maya Angelou Audre Lorde Facebook Page: theremightbecupcakes Facebook Group: There Might Be Cupcakes Twitter: mightbecupcakes Instagram:...

Duration:00:27:11

43: Hinterland

8/23/2018
In which Carla shares the beginning of an amazing and frightening book series. Recommended reading: The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert Melissa Albert: Goodreads, Twitter Music: Haunted Me, “Mechanics of Leaving” If you are interested in having your book featured and reviewed on the podcast, please email me at carla@theremightbecupcakes.com. My postal address may be found at theremightbecupcakes.com/about-me-myself-and-cupcakes. Website: theremightbecupcakes.com Network: Braintrust...

Duration:00:17:35

42: Dangerous Innocence

7/31/2018
In which Carla deconstructs one of her post-grad psychology papers and explores one of her favorite research topics: people who offend in pairs and murder as a team. Recommended reading from this episode: Deadly Innocence Invisible Darkness Karla: A Pact with the Devil Audio: Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka: The True Story of the Ken and Barbie Killers (Kindle format) (Audible link http://www.audibletrial.com/mightbecupcakes) Aftermath by Peter Robinson (fiction inspired by this...

Duration:00:44:35

41: Pears of Hands

7/15/2018
In which Carla reads to you fairy tales and folklore all about losing one’s grip. Recommended reading from this episode: The Haunters and the Haunted, ed. Ernest Rhys The Complete Fairy Tales Grimm Gregory Maguire: Mirror, Mirror Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister Wicked Son of a Witch A Lion Among Men Out of Oz Website: theremightbecupcakes.comhttp://theremightbecupcakes.com/ Network: Braintrust Network Show Pagehttp://braintrust.fm/shows/there-might-be-cupcakes/ Sponsor:...

Duration:00:16:22

40: Tachy Tacky

6/22/2018
In which Carla faces down the shame that can come from POTS’ symptoms. Other episodes about Chronic Illness: 12: Driving, Dancing, and Pizza Hut30: A Zebra with No Spoons The Mighty.com: All About POTS by People with POTS Website: theremightbecupcakes.com Network: Braintrust Network Show Page Sponsor: Audible Facebook Page: theremightbecupcakes Facebook Group: There Might Be Cupcakes Twitter: mightbecupcakes Instagram: theremightbecupcakes Patreon: Cupcakes Goodreads:...

Duration:00:11:19

39: Sweet

5/22/2018
In which Carla introduces a series about Vixens, a very special plantation, and ghosts in its hollow. sbc.edu Referenced reading: Mary Oliver Mary Lee Settle Molly Haskell Sally Miller Gearhart Music: Doctor Turtle, “His Last Share of the Stars” Website: theremightbecupcakes.com Network: Braintrust Network Show Page Sponsor: Audible Facebook Page: theremightbecupcakes Facebook Group: There Might Be Cupcakes Twitter: mightbecupcakes Instagram:...

Duration:00:20:18

38: Extra Extra

4/25/2018
In which Carla lets you know where she's been and where she's going. Referenced reading: Written in Blood: A True Story of Murder and a Deadly 16-Year-Old Secret That Tore a Family Apart by Diane Fanning Under Cover of the Night: A True Story of Sex, Greed and Murder by Diane Fanning All That Remains by Patricia Cornwell The Rose That Grew From Concrete by Tupac Shakur Website: theremightbecupcakes.com Facebook Page: theremightbecupcakes Facebook Group: There Might Be...

Duration:00:18:43