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An Interview with Bill Oberst jr, Creator and Star of Bill Oberst jr's Gothic Goodnight

by Mike Haberfelner

March 2020

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Your new podcast Bill Oberst jr's Gothic Goodnight - in a few words, what is it about?


It's the creepiest way to go to sleep this side of a nightmare. My goal with this pod is to soothe frazzled nerves in 30 minutes or less. Strange how soothing dark tales can be, isn't it? I chose the gothic genre because lush, atmospheric language is soothing, too, like a sort of chocolate mousse for the ear.


You describe Bill Oberst jr's Gothic Goodnight as a "Corona-virus-cabin-fever inspired podcast" - care to elaborate on that?


Like everyone else right now, I'm stuck inside my home, and trapped inside my head. How do we extend ourselves outward in times like these? This is my way. I'm inviting listeners to take part, too, with a link for them to record audio messages and send them to me to include in the next episode. We're all in the dark together right now... I guess this podcast is my small whisper into the abyss and the loneliness. Maybe it will echo.


Why did you choose gothic horror as the basis of your show - is this something you're also fond of personally?


Oh yes! I cut my reader's teeth on Poe and Stoker and early Bradbury, and graduated to Lovecraft and Machen and Dickens. I'm a sucker for richly atmospheric descriptions of bleak landscapes and night shadows. We are made for language, and for a poetic view of the world. Such soothes the soul.


Do talk about some of the stories you are featuring/will feature on Bill Oberst jr's Gothic Goodnight, and why exactly these stories? And is there any chance you'll ever feature stories by current writers as well?


I very much want to feature material by current writers which fits into the gothic style. In fact, if any of your readers are authors, and wish to contact me about including selection from their works in the show, I'd be delighted to hear from them. My contact links are at I'd also be interested in any suggestions for classic gothic fiction to read on the pod. For these first episodes I've chosen personal favorites.


In regards to preparing yourself for your podcasts, how does it compare to your preparations for a movie role?


What an astute question, Mike. It is similar. I mean for the pod to be listened to in the dark, but I can't record in the dark. And I mean to transport listeners to a moonlit library, when I am actually in front of my digital audio workstation. Illusion is illusion no matter the medium, and an effective illusion does take preparation, additionally so because I mean to convey truth within the artifice: the guy on the pod is my real self, not a role.


What's a typical recording session for an episode of your podcast like?


Maddening... at first. I habitually and repeatedly scrap entire show recordings and start over. I do this until I am satisfied. It has to be right.


The $64-question of course, where can Bill Oberst jr's Gothic Goodnight be heard?


The pod's home is If folks prefer to listen on their favorite podcast app, there are links to the show on all the major apps at


Anything you can tell us about the feedback to your show yet?


Listeners say it helps them go to sleep! Which is the intention, so I'm happy. The general response has been "It's like you are whispering in the dark in a corner of my room." Which could be a scary thing, but horror fans tend to embrace the darkness, and that's a healthy choice in this life, I think.


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What's in the future for Bill Oberst jr's Gothic Goodnight? And any other future projects you'd like to share?


As long as corona virus shut-in continues, I'll continue the pod. Perhaps I'll follow it up with another type of podcast in future, but I can tell you that I won't do any podcast longer than 30 minutes, ever. I'm a big believer in small bites. My next film release will be Mark Savage's new thriller Painkiller later this year.


Anything else you're dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?


Only to say thank you, Mike. For years now you have been supportive of the independent arts and the independent artist. It is so very appreciated. You're a good man, my friend.


Thanks for the interview!


Thank YOU.


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