Still Scared: Talking Children's Horror

Still Scared: Talking Children's Horror

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase

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This episode we invite you to join Ren Wednesday, Adam Whybray and a cast of geese, scamps and orphans in the Dickensian horror-romp that is The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken.

Featuring shipwreck, secret passageways and a villainous governess, this book delivers the thrills and chills, and a plethora of Textures of the Week.

Content note: description of a child's death by drowning.

A full transcript of this episode is available at: https://stillscared.podigee.io/23-wolves

Malevolents & Anniversary Catch-up

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In this episode, Ren Wednesday and Adam Whybray celebrate one year of Still Scared with a ghost story graphic novella, Malevolents: Click Click, by Thom Burgess and Joe Becci.

We huddle in front of our campfire to discuss mental illness in horror, ghosts in our hometowns, and take a look back on what we've learned about children's horror over the year of our podcast.

A full transcript of this episode is available at: https://stillscared.podigee.io/22-malevolents

Thornhill

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In this episode, Ren Wednesday and Adam Whybray alliterate themselves into a particularly gothic gloomy ghost story, 2017's Thornhill by Pam Smy.

We discuss fibrous drawings, ambivalent endings and the powerlessness of childhood, as we talk about this uniquely told modern horror.

This episode also features a particularly crunchy and unanimous Texture of the Week that all you creepy puppet fans won't want to miss!

A full transcript of this episode is available at: https://stillscared.podigee.io/21-thornhill

Content note: Descriptions of school bullying, allusions to suicide, and death by fire.

The Witches

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In this episode, Adam Whybray, Ren Wednesday and returning guest Alex Ava discuss 'one of the cursed books of childhood', Roald Dahl's The Witches.

Together they discuss monstrous femininity, death positivity and the horror of the English seaside hotel, and Alex mounts a passionate defence of being turned into a mouse.

A full transcript of this episode is available at: https://stillscared.podigee.io/20-witches

The Pogles

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Get yourself a flask of bilberry wine, and join Ren and Adam as they talk about the 1965 stop-motion animation series The Pogles, by Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin.

In this episode we reminisce about what Postgate and Firmin's work has meant to us, chat about folk horror, and do more voices than might be strictly necessary.

Cosy horror has never been more charming.

A full transcript of this episode is available in the show notes at: https://stillscared.podigee.io/19-pogles

Round The Twist

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Strange things happen when you're going round the twist, and this week Ren and Adam re-discover this childhood favourite and it's particular brand of gross-out horror.

We talk shaggy-dog stories and pushing the boundaries of children's horror, and decide that it's probably for the best not to dress up in those dead clown's clothes that wash ashore in an old trunk.

Content note: Scatological humour, pregnancy storyline.

A full transcript of this episode is in the shownotes at: https://stillscared.podigee.io/18-roundthetwist

The Water-Babies

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In this episode, your hosts Adam Whybray and Ren Wednesday go way back to 1863 for their discussion of the bizarre and 'nearly unreadable' Victorian morality tale The Water-Babies, by Charles Kingsley.

Join us for an underwater spectacular of whimsy, heavy-handed moralising and offhand bigotry, that'll have you saying: 'I'm glad I didn't have to read this book!'

A full transcript of this episode is available at: http://stillscared.podigee.io/17-waterbabies

Content note for discussion of a part of the novel that features anti-black racism.

The Crysalids

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In this week's podcast, your hosts Ren and Adam discuss the 1955 novel The Crysalids by John Wyndham in an unusually disciplined 45 minute episode!

This episode we chat about the implications of a telepathic society, enjoy descriptions of mutant flora, and congratulate Wyndham on his refreshing lack of misogyny, as well as try a little bit of telepathy of our own.

A loving hand-crafted transcript of this episode is available at: http://stillscared.podigee.io/16-crysalids

Content note for references to suicide and torture.

Over the Garden Wall

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Trees made of people, skeletons dressed in pumpkins, and a paddle steamer of holidaying frogs distraught at not getting to hear a bassoon - it can only be Over the Garden Wall! Join Ren Wednesday, Adam Whybray and special guest Alex Ava as they journey into The Unknown and discuss the charming, bizarre, and assuredly disturbing things they discover there.

A full transcript of this episode is available at: http://stillscared.podigee.io/15-over-the-garden-wall

Mercedes Ice and Kasper in the Glitter

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City kids, moonlight dudes and pearly queens, welcome to Philip Ridley week on Still Scared!

In this episode Ren and Adam discuss the urban fairy tales Mercedes Ice and Kasper in the Glitter and chat about imperfect parents, gender performativity and whether marmalade would taste good on banoffee pie.

Join us in the curious worlds that Ridley offers to get lost in.

A transcript of this episode is available at: http://stillscared.podigee.io/14-mercedeskasper

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A podcast in which one film lecturer and one scaredy-cat discuss creepy, spooky and disturbing children's books, films and tv.

by Ren Wednesday, Adam Whybray

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