More "House of Ghosts" goodness!

House of Ghosts

This is the second official image from the next Mihmiverse film, and it's the first time we get to see 'verse regular Mike Cook in his role as Harlan. The first thing we noticed is that the actor best known as Gustav the Canoe Cop and Dr. Edwards looks...a little different! And, like the "House of Ghosts" image featured in last month's newsletter, something frightening appears to be happening—but what it is isn't clear. Although this image doesn't reveal much, we're still more excited than we were before! AND, may we say, the lighting by Cherie "Rhuby" Gallinati looks amazing in the two images we've gotten so far!

As of the release of this newsletter, principal photography of "House of Ghosts" is already over 50% complete and is on schedule to be completed by the end of December. The film is currently on pace to premiere around Memorial Day 2012!

Want to see your name in the credits of "House of Ghosts?" For as little as $50, you (your significant other, friends, pets, business...whatever) can become an associate producer and get your name added to the screen credit list. As a bonus, you'll also receive a pair of collector's tickets to the premiere, five copies of the film on DVD, and a frame-able certificate with your name and title—perfect for your own "wall of fame!" (That's a $75 value!)

For more information, visit the merchandise page at, the online home of the films of Christopher R. Mihm. To learn more about some of the folks who have already become associate producers, check out the Meet the Associate Producers interview further down in this newsletter!

Given the family-friendly scares the films of Christopher R. Mihm are known for, October has always been the busiest month for Mihmiverse-related events and appearances—with this month continuing the tradition! Almost every weekend will feature screenings of writer/director Christopher R. Mihm's films, including three Mihmiverse fan-favorites screening at the Geek Independent Film Festival" in Alexandria, IN, a "family matinee" screening of "Attack of the Moon Zombies" at the Madison Horror Film Festival, and a return to the Jack-o-Lantern Jaunt in Mukwonago, WI.

Also, a pair of very important Mihmiverse-related events take place near the end of the month.

First, "Attack of the Moon Zombies" will join George Romero's 1968 seminal zombie classic "Night of the Living Dead" and the 1959 B-movie masterpiece "The Killer Shrews" at the Stardust Twin Drive-in for Night of the Zombies: a once-in-a-lifetime, two-night special event to raise funds toward the purchase of digital projection equipment for the theater.

Scheduled for October 21st and 22nd, the weekend will be hosted by Dr. Ivan Cryptosis, the official horror host of the Mihmiverse. Attendees are encouraged to come dressed as zombies OR, for a small donation, you can be "zombified" at the theater! Make sure to visit the drive-in's website to find out more.

Secondly, the Mihmiverse is coming to ValleyCon, the Fargo Entertainment Expo from October 21st through the 23rd!

Now in its 37th (!) iteration, ValleyCon is the Red River valley's premiere genre event and has featured many familiar "big name" guests over the years! Speaking of which, writer/director Christopher R. Mihm has been added as a featured guest at this year's event! He is scheduled to host screenings of his films, panel discussions, and a party room packed with several recognizable Mihmiverse faces like Michael Kaiser, Mark Haider, Cherie "Rhuby" Gallinati, Rylan Bachman, Elizabeth Kaiser, Anthony Kaczor, and Sid Korpi!

For location and admission information, please visit the convention's website!

For a complete list of Mihmiverse-related events, visit (and bookmark) the events page!

Don't live near one of the cities in which the films of Christopher R. Mihm are screening? Why not check with an independently owned theater near you about hosting a Mihm-movie-night event? If you can successfully book a screening of one or more Mihmiverse films in your area, you'll earn a $25 gift certificate to put toward any merchandise featured on the merchandise page at, the online home of the films of Christopher R. Mihm! Please contact us at for more information. Depending on scheduling and distance, writer/director Christopher R. Mihm and a monster or two may even make it to your event!

The newest episode of the Mihmiverse Bonfire Podcast is now available for download!

Mike Cook!
Rhuby 'n' Hater are back around the backyard bonfire (tended by executive producer Rylan Bachman) in the fifth installment of the Mihmiverse Bonfire Podcast. In this episode, writer/director Christopher R. Mihm chats about the next Mihmiverse film, "House of Ghosts" (currently in production) and shares some interesting "fan mail." Also, the bonfire crew interviews super-starlet Shannon McDonough! Shannon is familiar to Mihmivites as the beauty (and talent) behind Julie Ann Saint Marie from "It Came From Another World!" and "Terror from Beneath the Earth" and Dr. Hackett from "Attack of the Moon Zombies!"

Also included: "If I," the newest poem from writer/director Christopher R. Mihm, a commercial for Uncle John's Burger Dog, and a new "Monster Word of the Day" with Michael Kaiser!

Click here to download part 1Click here to download part 2

The Mihmiverse Bonfire Podcast was created as a supplement to this newsletter and will be released on or around the 15th of every month. Moderated by hosts Rhuby 'n' Hater, this free-to-download monthly audiocast features exclusive news; interviews with the folks who make the Mihmiverse possible; shameless self-promotion; and original recurring content!

Our guest for the October 'cast is a name recognizable to most Mihmivites: Daniel R. Sjerven! Daniel played Lieutenant Elliott in "Cave Women on Mars," Stan Johnson in "Terror from Beneath the Earth," and Captain Herman "Ace" Frehley in "Attack of the Moon Zombies." The episode has already been recorded, and we're told it will be the longest one yet!

Catherine Hanson (Yureena Null in "Destination: Outer Space") and Stephanie Mihm (Rosemary in "Terror from Beneath the Earth") are scheduled as guests for the November and December episodes, respectively. If you'd like to ask a question of the hosts, writer/director Christopher R. Mihm, or any of the show's upcoming guest(s), click HERE to submit your questions! If we like them, we may even include them in a future podcast!

The Mihmiverse Monthly, the official newsletter of the films of Christopher R. Mihm, is trying out some new columns. Alongside old standards like the Classic Movie of the Month, Associate Producer of the Month and Calendar of Events, you'll find an ever-changing array of guest-written columns.

This month you'll find:
  • Monster Hits!
    Mike Cook (Gustav/Dr. Edwards) gives us a historical (and hysterical) perspective on some of the original "popular music" created for the schlocky drive-in films of the 1950s and '60s!
  • From the Mihmiverse Test Kitchens
    Best known as Rosemary from "Terror from Beneath the Earth," Stephanie Mihm will share her favorite recipes sure to satisfy any monster-sized appetite!
  • Ask Cryptosis ANYTHING
    The official horror host/pitchman of the Mihmiverse will answer your random questions in his trademarked irreverent style.
If you have any questions, comments or suggestions for other columns, OR if you're interested in writing one, please contact us at and let us know what you think! In the meantime, enjoy the new-and-improved Mihmiverse Monthly!

The Cyclops (1957)
Directed by Bert I. Gordon
Starring James Craig and Gloria Talbott

When a test pilot goes missing over a Mexican jungle that also happens to be home to a very large deposit of uranium, his worried fiancée charters a small plane to search for him. Unfortunately, because of the area's previously unknown high radiation levels, their plane is forced down. Now stranded in a strange valley with her three companions (one of whom is only out for the lucrative minerals), the group makes a shocking discovery: the animals in this particular area have been grossly mutated into over-sized monsters! And, most surprising of all, the woman is abducted by a dinosaur-sized, one-eyed man! Her companions set out to rescue her from the horrible creature and B-movie hijinks ensue. "The Cyclops" was written and directed by Bert I. Gordon, a '50s sci-fi/horror filmmaker best known for making "giant creature" films like "Beginning of the End" (giant grasshoppers attack Chicago), "Earth vs. The Spider" (a giant spider wreaks havoc), and "Village of the Giants" (hipster '60s teens magically transformed into lumbering giants dance a lot and take over a small town). There were few 1950s-era filmmakers who knew how to do what Mr. Gordon could do so effectively, and, in my opinion, the world is better off because of his singular talents. "The Cyclops" admittedly, wasn't his best effort compared to some of his other classics, but it is certainly worth checking out. Personally, I like the film, and if you're a fan of 1950s creature features, you owe it to yourself to see it!

— Christopher R. Mihm

Since so many fans and supporters have contributed and become associate producers, we wanted to take time to highlight some of these wonderful people! Thus, every month between now and the release of "House of Ghosts," we will randomly choose and interview one of them.

This month, we interview Derek M. Koch!

Derek M. Koch
Introduce yourself to the Mihmiverse!

My name is Derek M. Koch, and I'm a writer and podcaster. For whatever reason, my parents didn't think young Derek should watch horror movies, but they didn't have a problem with my going to the library and checking out the Crestwood House Monster Series of books over and over again. Even though I wasn't allowed to watch scary movies, throughout grade school, I was the kid who doodled monsters on his homework or wrote Halloween essays about how little girls dressing up as princesses were "ruining" the holiday because we should really all be celebrating Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff and the like. (I often wonder what happened to all those monster'ed up pieces of grade school homework, but not as often as I wonder what my teachers thought of the homework when I turned it in!) When I was able to start renting VHS tapes on my own, I devoured every local video store's horror section, and quickly made up for lost time, and thanks to those regular library trips as a kid, I also was reading voraciously, which ultimately fueled my love of writing. Even though I enjoy modern horror and science fiction, because of those Crestwood House books I have a lot of love for the classics of the genre. Digging through video store dollar bins introduced me to lower-budget contemporaries of the movies covered in that Crestwood House Monster Series, and I've been a fan ever since.

I do have a peculiar affinity for zombie movies, and launched the Mail Order Zombie podcast ( in January 2008 with my wife. We've reviewed over 300 zombie movies with a sprinkling of coverage of zombie videogames, comic books, television shows, novels, short stories and even a zombie opera. I'm also a semi-regular contributor to The B-Movie Cast (, and in September, I became the co-producer/co-host of 1951 Down Place (, a monthly podcast devoted to Hammer Films. When I'm not podcasting, I'm writing, having had a few short stories published in 2010 and 2011. I'm currently at work on a series of monster-huntin' horror novellas that I plan to start releasing within the next few months.

(I can be found online at my website Plan D at or at on Twitter.)

When and how did you discover the films of Christopher R. Mihm?

A few years ago, I was covering a HorrorHound Weekend for Mail Order Zombie when I stumbled across a table selling a few of the Mihmiverse titles. I'd heard of Christopher R. Mihm before through various blogs and the aforementioned B-Movie Cast, but I hadn't seen any of the movies yet. I made a note to myself that I needed to check out these movies as I've become a huge fan the "retro" style of filmmaking. (This might have been the year I saw "Alien Trespass" at HorrorHound Weekend.) When I got home, I Netflix'ed "The Monster of Phantom Lake" and that was it! (This was before Netflix somehow "lost" their copy of "The Monster of Phantom Lake" – curses!) I was hooked. I've been a fan ever since!

Which of the six released films is your favorite and why?

"Attack of the Moon Zombies" is my favorite so far, but thatís not to say I dislike the others. I fact, I love them all! "The Monster of Phantom Lake" is easy to point at and say that without it, we wouldn't have the Mihmiverse, so of course it's a good one (with a great monster design, too!). "Cave Women on Mars" hits all the right classic "Star Trek" and classic sci-fi buttons. "It Came From Another World!" delivers some glorious Professor Jackson time. "Destination: Outer Space" gave us the iconic A.D.A.M. There's a lot of great stuff in these movies, but my favorites would have to be "Terror From Beneath the Earth" (there's some real suspense in here, and, hey, some music from "Night of the Living Dead" turned up) and "Attack of the Moon Zombies" (partly because I love zombie movies of all kinds, and because the characters in this one have become some of my favorites—go, Ripley!).

You recently became an associate producer of "House of Ghosts." Why?

In high school, I got it in my head that I wanted to be a filmmaker. I made movies with my friends with our home video camera, and even put in a few years at film school. A number of circumstances led to my setting the video camera down (for now), but I've not lost my love of indie or guerilla filmmaking. When I watch one of the Mihmiverse films, I can get caught up in the retro-styling, the nostalgic archival or public domain music (Ronald Stein over the end credits of "Attack of the Moon Zombies" was FANTASTIC!), the monsters, the trappings of a style of film that I love, but what I see most of all on the screen when I watch one of these movies is everyone's love for what they're doing. I've listened to the commentaries, and I've made movies myself; I know it's hard work. But it's so rewarding to watch one of these movies because I can tell that everyone wants to be there, wants to work as hard as they can for these movies, and the pay off? I get to watch a movie that I know I'll go back and watch again and again and again. I live in the Pacific Northwest, so I'm nowhere near Mihm and the gang, but if I lived in their area, Iíd be that guy trying to crash the set because I want to help out. For me, becoming an associate producer is the next best thing.

Interested in becoming an associate producer? For a miniscule monetary investment, all associate producers will get their names listed in the end credits of "House of Ghosts," a pair of collector's tickets to the premiere, five copies of the film on DVD, and a frame-able certificate with their name and title—perfect for your own "wall of fame!"

Visit the merchandise page at, the online home of the films of Christopher R. Mihm, for more information. Who knows? Maybe next month we'll be interviewing YOU!

Movie soundtracks are as old as silent films, when the organist at the theater would provide live music as Rudolph Valentino would "make love" to his co-stars and as the Keystone Cops would create havoc while trying to control it. In 1934, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences began awarding Oscars® to the best score and the best song.

It didn't take long before savvy Hollywood producers were attempting to make sure their films had a hit song or two on their soundtracks to give them an extra marketing boost. (See the movie! Buy the record!)

In the 1950s, when Hollywood started churning out B-grade horror and sci-fi films for the drive-in movie crowds, producers realized that a key target audience would be teens who, if they weren't really "watching" the film (wink-wink), would at least be able to "hear" it. So attempts were made to create "hip," teen-friendly songs for nearly every film.

This month's song comes from arguably one of the best films of the era, 1958's "The Blob."

Last month, I went "on record" (pun intended) as saying that almost every "hip, teen-friendly" song written and performed for B-grade horror and sci-fi films in the 1950s was a complete failure. The key word was "almost," because there were a few notable exceptions. In 1958, a young songwriter named Burt Bacharach was teamed with Mack David (brother of his future composing partner, Hal David), to write a theme song for the now-classic creature feature starring an up-and-coming actor named "Steven McQueen." The song was recorded by a group of studio musicians who called themselves "The Five Blobs" and Columbia records released it in conjunction with the movie. The record reached #33 on Billboard Magazine's Hot 100 and is still sometimes played on oldies stations around Halloween. And Mr. Bacharach? He went on to write more than 70 Top 40 hits (many of them recorded by Dionne Warwick) and is still active today.

— Mike Cook

My big and little monsters enjoy having breakfast for dinner. This dish is sure to please even the pickiest monsters. Who can go wrong with ham and cheese deliciousness?

Ham 'n' Cheese Squares
Ham 'n' Cheese Squares

  • 1-1/2 cups cubed fully cooked ham
  • 1 carton (6 ounces) plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup crushed saltines (about 6)
  • 1/4 cup shredded Swiss cheese
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons caraway seeds (optional)
  • 6 eggs

In a large bowl, combine the first six ingredients. In a small bowl, beat eggs until thickened and lemon-colored; fold into ham mixture. Transfer to a greased 8-inch-square baking dish.

Bake at 375° for 20–25 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Let stand for 5 minutes before cutting.

Yield: 9 servings.

1 serving is only 141 calories. Serve with other breakfast treats like fresh fruit and cinnamon rolls. This yummy dish gets a 5-out-of-5 "monster claw" rating. ENJOY!

This recipe was originally found in the Taste of Home Comfort Diet Cookbook, a great cookbook if you're trying to lose weight but don't want to give up flavorful food! You can also find this recipe and its corresponding nutrition information on the Taste of Home website!
— Stephanie Mihm

This month's question was submitted by Mitch Gonzales, the creature designer responsible for the incredible moon zombie monster mask design!

Q: If I were to wake up as you one morning (or night if you're of the nocturnal persuasion), what would my day (or night) be like? I look forward to your answer.

A: Well first, Meach, and please note the Old Country spelling of your name, many have tried this fanciful change in lifestyle to no avail. Nonetheless I will try to give you, Meach, an idea of what may lie ahead.

First off, you must come to realize that as Cryptosis, you are neither a morning nor evening person. Time means nothing to you. Time neither reflects nor rejects, compromises nor vindicates the actions which you take during a given day. As Cryptosis, you are—and are forever—the Man For All Seasons. You are always the Preence and never the Pauper. While you don't wear the King's Crown, you do wear the Despot's Derby...and as such, the world as it stands awaits the wisdom that you, as Cryptosis, offer to the masses. The anarchists thrive on the fruits of your parables. The shallow reject the principles for which you stand and falter among their own footsteps. On the watch of Cryptosis, the meek, rather than inherit the earth, run rampant over the waters and the soils with total abandon. Both the bold and beautiful seek you out for the answers concerning their selfish need to be who they are, and you cast them to the four winds of disgrace. You show mercy to all, yet reject the pleas of the merciless.

The fact is, Meach, after the many challenges you would face as Cryptosis, today you would be cutting the lawn and emptying the dishwasher.

Want to ask Cryptosis, the official horror host/pitchman of the Mihmiverse, a question?

Send ANY question about ANYTHING to and yours may be the next one answered!

Now through October 30

Mike Cook (Gustav/Dr. Edwards) appears as "The Mayor" in "Unnecessary Farce" at the Fanny Hill Dinner Theatre.

Fanny Hill Dinner Theatre, 3919 Crescent Avenue, Eau Claire, WI
October 6 - 7:00pm

"Potpourri," a film starring Douglas Sidney (Dr. Collins) and a singing Shannon McDonough (Julie Ann Saint Marie/Dr. Hackett), premieres at the Riverview Theater.

Riverview Theater, 3800 42nd Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN
October 6–30

M. Scott Taulman (Sven) will be playing "The Jimmer" in "Escanaba in da Moonlight" for Flying Pig Productions on the Showboat in St. Paul.

Check the production company's website for location and admission information!
October 7

Rachel Grubb (Amy/Hagra) stars in and will be on hand to present back-to-back screenings of "CathARTic" and "Strip Club Slasher" at the Black October Art and Film Invasion at the Sci-Fi Center.

The Sci Fi Center, 900 Karen Avenue, Suite D-202 (upstairs inside the Commercial Center), Las Vegas, NV
October 8 - 1:20PM

Dr. Ivan Cryptosis, the official horror host of the Mihmiverse, presents a "family matinee" screening of "Attack of the Moon Zombies" at the Madison Horror Film Festival!

Market Square Cinema, 6604 Odana Road, Madison, WI
October 8 - midnight

A midnight screening of "The Monster of Phantom Lake," complete with a personal video introduction by writer/director Christopher R. Mihm, closes out the second day of the Black October Art and Film Invasion at the Sci-Fi Center.

The Sci Fi Center, 900 Karen Avenue, Suite D-202 (upstairs inside the Commercial Center), Las Vegas, NV
October 13

Sid Korpi (Administrator Ripley) will be a guest speaker at Waggalot Dog Lovers Weekend at Gunflint Lodge near Grand Marais, MN to benefit Homeward Bound animal rescue. Pooches are welcome to join in the fun. Package costs $395 and includes lodging, meals and all activities.

Gunflint Lodge, 143 South Gunflint Lake, Grand Marais, MN
October 14–15 - dusk, $1.00 donation

Continuing a long-held Mihmiverse tradition, "Attack of the Moon Zombies" will screen at this year's Jack-o-Lantern Jaunt in Mukwonago, WI! Mukwonago, home of the actual Phantom Lake, will again host this great family-friendly event where Field Park (essentially the town's "Central Park") is decorated with hundreds of carved, lit pumpkins placed along the walking path that runs through it. The movie will be screened "drive-in style" in the middle of the park. Bring your own seating! Admission is only $1.00 per person and the proceeds go to good local causes.

Field Park, corner of Highway 83 and County Road NN, Mukwonago, WI
October 15 - noon

"Empty Trash" starring Rachel Grubb (Amy/Hagra) will screen at the The Second Annual International PollyGrind Film Festival.

theatre7, 1406 South 3rd Street, Las Vegas, NV 89104
October 15

Shannon McDonough (Julie Ann Saint Marie/Dr. Hackett) will perform as a can-can dancer for the the Abbott Northwestern Hospital Foundation's Medicine Ball, Fête des Mères. Proceeds will support a new arrival—The Mother-Baby Center at Abbott Northwestern and Minneapolis Children's—in the fall of 2012. The new state-of-the-art birthing center will provide an extraordinary patient care experience for mothers, babies and families.

Check out the event's website for more information!
October 15 - 10:00PM

The Highway 61 Film Festival in Pine City, MN will be screening "Attack of the Moon Zombies" in its Saturday-Late-Night block of shorts and features! Check out the festival's website or Facebook page for more information!

Danny C's BeachRocks Resort on Pokegama Lake, 10762 Lakeview Shore Drive, Pine City, MN
October 20, 23, 27–30

Catherine Hansen (Yureena Null) will be playing Velma in the Dana's Boys production of "The Scooby Doo Show" at Bryant-Lake Bowl.

Bryant-Lake Bowl, 810 West Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN
October 21–23

The Mihmiverse is coming to ValleyCon, the Fargo Entertainment Expo!

Now in its 37th (!) iteration, ValleyCon is the Red River Valley's premiere genre event and has featured many familiar "big name" guests over the years! Speaking of which, writer/director Christopher R. Mihm has been added as a featured guest at this year's event! He is scheduled to host screenings of his films, panel discussions, and a party room packed with several recognizable Mihmiverse faces like Michael Kaiser, Shannon McDonough, Mark Haider, Cherie "Rhuby" Gallinati, Rylan Bachman, Elizabeth Kaiser, Anthony Kaczor and Sid Korpi!

For location and admission information, please visit the event's website!
October 21–November 6

Deanne McDonald (Elizabeth) will appear as Miss Minchin in the musical "A Little Princess" at Steppingstone Theatre.

Steppingstone Theatre, 55 Victoria Street North, St. Paul, MN
October 29

Shannon McDonough (Julie Ann Saint Marie/Dr. Hackett) will appear alongside the official horror host of the Mihmiverse, Dr. Ivan Cryptosis, at the Haunted Halloween Flea Market! Other guests will include WWF stars Honky Tonk Man & Greg Valentine, Linda Harrison ("Planet of the Apes"), Fred "The Hammer" Williams ("From Dusk Til Dawn"), and Bill Johnson (Leatherface from "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2")!

DuPage County Fairgrounds, Wheaton, IL
November 4–January 15

Mike Cook (Gustav/Dr. Edwards) appears in "A Very Rudyful Christmas" at the Fanny Hill Dinner Theatre.

Fanny Hill Dinner Theatre, 3919 Crescent Avenue, Eau Claire, WI
November 17

"In Harm's Way" starring Shannon McDonough (Julie Ann Saint Marie/Dr. Hackett) and Douglas Sidney (Dr. Collins) premieres at the Riverview Theater.

Riverview Theater, 3800 42nd Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN

Keep track of all of Sid Korpi's (Administrator Ripley) signings, interviews, appearances, and other promotional events for her book "Good Grief: Finding Peace After Pet Loss" by visiting the appearances page at her website:
We keep reminding you of Justen Overlander's (Sheriff Elliott) blog and Examiner column, but did you know he also kept a blog throughout the entire production of his self-produced feature, "Horror House?" (NOTE: "Horror House" also stars Emily Fradenburgh, who should be familiar to Mihmivites as Gorga in "Cave Women on Mars!") Check it out at:
Mike Cook (Gustav/Dr. Edwards) plays "The Landlord" in the new Sci-Fi/Fantasy web series "Forsythia." Watch the story develop at
Brooke Lemke (Eina) and Rachel Grubb (Amy/Hagra) are producing a web miniseries called "SAFE WORD," to be written by Rachel and directed by Brooke. This will be their first Los Angeles-based production! Check out their fundraising efforts and the perks you can get for your contribution:

"The Monster of Phantom Lake," "It Came From Another World!," "Cave Women on Mars," "Terror from Beneath the Earth," "Destination: Outer Space," and "Attack of the Moon Zombies" DVDs are now available at, the online home of the films of Christopher R. Mihm.

In addition, "The Monster of Phantom Lake" Collector's Edition DVDs, exclusive movie posters, patches, collectibles and other merchandise are now in stock. Everything is available in extremely limited quantities, so get yours today before they run out!

Copyright © and All Rights Reserved Saint Euphoria LLC 2011

If you no longer wish to receive the "Mihmiverse Monthly," send a blank email
with the subject "unsubscribe newsletter" to