Anastasia Byrd
Scream Queen / Resident Foodie
Anastasia Byrd is a freelance writer, podcaster, avid horror fan, and thrash metal enthusiast. Ana also enjoys gaming with her husband and hanging out with her pet tarantula, Shelob. She lives and works somewhere in Mississippi (for now).
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All We Want for Christmas is… Hershey’s Gold

[Editor’s Note: In a special edition of Anastasia’s amazing food journal, I Just Came for the Food, she tackles the wonder that is Hershey’s Gold Caramelized Creme Peanuts and Pretzels! I wasn’t even a little interested, but now I want one immediately.] Recently, my husband brought home a Hershey’s Gold for me to review. Neither…

31 Days, Day 28: Spookcasts! Your Guide to Creeptastic Podcasts

For our annual 31 Days of Halloween, I’ve compiled a list of great horror podcasts to celebrate! Ranging from fiction to true crime, these podcasts are sure to give you the chills! Spooked! Hosted by Glenn Washington Spooked is a spin-off of the excellent storytelling podcast, Snap Judgement. Spooked features mostly first person accounts of…

31 Days, Day 3: ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU (1977)

A beautiful DVD transfer, The Island of Doctor Moreau stars Academy Award winner, Burt Lancaster, (Best Actor, Elmer Gantry – 1961), Michael York (Cabaret; the Austin Powers trilogy) and Barbara Carrera (Never Say Never Again; Dallas). It is technically the fifth film adaptation of H.G. Wells’ classic novel of the same name, but only the…

DEW-S-A! DEW-S-A! DEW-S-A!

My husband called me the other day to alert me of a new flavor of Mountain Dew, Mountain Dew*S*A. It’s a combination of three existing Mountain Dew flavors: White Out, Voltage, and Code Red. These flavors are all berry flavored Moutain Dews (raspberry, cherry, and “white cherry”). I was skeptical of the flavor combination given…

Scandal Always Followed LULU BELLE

Lulu Belle is a quintessential 1940s era film. Dorothy Lamour shines as the titular nightclub singer who gets swept off her feet by a young attorney (George Montgomery). The attorney, George, throws away everything for Lulu, but Lulu’s actions drive him to do the unthinkable, and he lands himself in prison as a result. Dorothy…

I Just Came for the Brightside Skittles

It seems that everytime I enter a convenience store, Skittles has introduced a new flavor mix. This time the new mix, Brightside, consists of “bright” colors and decidedly Summer-esque flavors. Without further ado… Kiwi Banana (yellow) – My favorite of all the flavors in this mix. I’ve always had a love for artificial banana flavor…

31 Days, Day 6: I Just Came for the Halloween Candy… Snickers & Hazelnut

It’s not hard to review a beloved candy bar. What is hard, is to review a beloved candy bar with a new twist! Lucky for me, most people know the joys of Nutella, and so Snickers & Hazelnut isn’t a strange leap for the Mars Company. You might think that this would taste like a…

I Just Came for the… VENOM

My journey to review these two ninety-nine cent energy drinks has been pretty interesting. It wasn’t hard to actually acquire said beverages (they are sold around the corner from my house at two different gas stations), but it was hard to obtain a promotional photograph of these new Venom Flavors. I emailed the Dr. Pepper…

I Came for the Food, Thirsty Thursday Edition… Part 1

Small Town Brewery has hit it out of the ballpark with their “Not Your Father’s” line of hard Sodas. These are gruit (German for herbs) inspired ales meaning they are bittered with roots, spices, flowers, and berries during the brewing process. So far they’ve produced these delicious treats: Root Beer, Ginger Ale (my favorite), and…

The Cinephile Files: The Strange Case of EUREKA

Eureka is a beautiful, mysterious film filled with themes of greed, lust and paranoia.  The film opens with us in a blizzard to see Jack McCann (Gene Hackman), a gold prospector, nearly freeze to death before being rescued by a fortune teller (Helena Kallianiotes). She arranges for through “supernatural” means for Jack to hit rich.…

ACCIDENTAL INCEST… Not for Everyone

Accidental Incest is the story of two depraved misanthropes, Milton and Kendra (Johnny Sederquist, Elyssa Baldassarri), who (as the title suggests) are relatives: brother and sister. Of course, they don’t find this out until after they’ve had sex.  Both happen to get murdered, go to heaven, and get a second chance from their respective guardian…

I Just Came for the Food: Reese’s Pieces Peanut Butter Cups

This week is the triumphant return of I Just Came for the Food! I’m reviewing the Hershey Company’s new twist on two old favorites: Reese’s Pieces and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. It’s exactly what it sounds like-lots of Reese’s Pieces stuffed inside the peanut butter center of a Reese’s cup, and it won Best in…

I Came for the Watermelon

Watermelon Pop Tarts I don’t know if it’s the fact that pastries just are not typically melon flavored, or if the watermelon flavor is best left to colder treats. I do, however, know these Pop Tarts taste very mediocre. They aren’t bad, but they’re definitely not delicious. Generally, something is just off about them. The…

I Came For the Dew

Recently Mountain Dew released a new flavor, Black Label. The color of a merlot and tasting of berries, It’s a delicious addition to the ever growing Mountain Dew flavor family (Code Red, Voltage, White Out, Baja Blast, Game Fuel, etc.) However, it does not require much investigation to realize that Black Label is just normal…