I wasn’t planning to take a three-month hiatus, but murder took a bit of a backseat while I went through some pretty dramatic transitions this summer.
The biggest change is that I’m single again, and living on my own for the first time in years, and I don’t think I’ve ever been this happy. Over the past few months I’ve made incredible memories with my amazing group of friends; I’ve traveled more and seen more live music than I did over the last few years; I even experienced my first music festival and my first drag show (turns out that I’m a major fan of both). I’m exploring so much more of what my city has to offer, trying new things and meeting new people and finally crossing lots of local restaurants off my bucket list. Best of all, I recently adopted the most perfect cat.
It was a summer of reckoning, and a wild ride of nonstop fun, but ultimately I’ve also been so busy that I haven’t made time to binge or critically evaluate any true crime entertainment since…June? (I also cut the cord and now I’m streaming services-only.) Now that #hotgirlsummer has ended, fall has arrived and life is calming down, I’m ready for more cozy nights at home watching murder shows with my kitty and working on this blog.
To kick off this journey back to my roots, I’ve been diving into the latest seasons of shows I already know and love.
Movies and series
With the exception of the excellent Netflix series Unbelievable, I haven’t been terribly excited for any new shows in the fall premiere lineups. Fortunately, a slew of my favorites are back in action:
- Mindhunter, season 2: You totally binged this back in August, right?? Other than Unbelievable, this was the only true crime production that I really enjoyed this summer, in no small part because it explored the Atlanta Child Murders.
- Elite, season 2: Remember this delightful Spanish guilty pleasure? This was the perfect holdover while I eagerly awaited the return of Riverdale.
- The Terror, season 2: Not nearly as strong as the first season, which was one of my favorite shows of 2018, but the actors are compelling and the plot certainly takes you for a ride.
- Riverdale, season 4: Speaking of wild rides, I couldn’t be happier that my favorite show of all time is back and ready to rock my world once more.
- American Horror Story 1984: Are y’all loving this season as much as I am?? It’s the perfect blend of slasher and camp, literally 🔪
On a not-murdery note, my other beloved shows Poldark, Big Mouth and Letterkenny all dropped new seasons recently as well, so there have been plenty of laughs too. (If you haven’t watched Letterkenny yet, please do so right now. I credit this show with helping me through my breakup, and it’s the only non-murder show I proselytize about as much as Riverdale, which is saying a lot. )
Coming up this week: new seasons of BoJack Horseman and Castle Rock! It really is the best of both worlds.
I’m in a transition period where I’m not sure what to read next. I still need to finish reading SSDGM, but I also want to go on a classic true crime kick and finish reading Mindhunter, which I started last month at the beach, then tackle Helter Skelter and The Stranger Beside Me. I’ve also heard a ton about Savage Appetites, so I’m super eager to read Rachel Monroe’s insights on the current state of true crime and my favorite topic, Dead Girls. Part of me wants to FIFO these reads and the other part is waiting to feel inspired, so we’ll see what I get through first.
Truthfully it’s been months since I listened to any podcasts, instead this playlist and Kim Petras were the soundtrack of my summer. But podcasts were the catalyst that pushed me to fully embrace my love of true crime, and I’m ready to bring them back into my life.
I felt inspired by this post from one of my favorite bloggers, who is also an avid true crime fan, where she recently sourced these top recommendations from her followers. I plan to work my way through the ones I haven’t heard yet, starting with The Thing About Pam, Culpable and The Clearing.
Since it’s Halloween season, I’m also trying to enjoy a few spooky podcasts from this list, starting with The Moonlit Road.
Speaking of Halloween…
You might remember how much I love my favorite holiday, and I plan on celebrating it all month long. This year I’ll be hosting a horror/glam drag show pregame Halloween party to the vibes of this playlist:
In the meantime, I’m working hard at watching all the scary movies still on my hit list:
- Midsommar***: After experiencing Hereditary last year, I have to say that these two films by director Ari Aster are among the freakiest, scariest and most upsetting movies I’ve seen. I agree with this critic that Midsommar didn’t quite scrape the depth of devastating emotional horror that made Hereditary so terrifying, but it’s so gloriously freaky and gross and weird that I must compel others to watch it, too.
- ***10 out of 10 would recommend both.
- In the Shadow of the Moon: A not-terrible, decade-spanning murder mystery for those who enjoyed Dark and Russian Doll.
- The Clovehitch Killer: This BTK-inspired story confirmed my suspicion that super-religious Boy Scout troop leaders are not to be trusted.
- American Psycho: This popped up on Netflix this month, definitely a fun re-watch.
Also, earlier this month I signed up for the Stephen King movie challenge, so cross your fingers I’ll get to compete or else I’ll end up doing it for free. If I’m not too bogged down with party planning, this is possibly how I plan to spend the weeks leading up to Halloween: scaring myself shitless. At least I’ll have good company next to me on the couch.