Still Scared: Talking Children's Horror

Still Scared: Talking Children's Horror

The Crystal Prison (Deptford Mice Book Two)

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Mouselets and Corn Dolllies! Join Adam Whybray, Ren Wednesday and Ava Foxfort as they discuss Robin Jarvis's The Crystal Prison from 1989, the second in his Deptford Mice series.

Featuring Green Mouse fundamentalists, gods of the fields and Starwife the astrology squirrel, The Crystal Prison takes our characters on a peril-drenched trip to the countryside where there's a new threat around every corn stalk.

Shout 'Fenny' if it gets too much, but even that might not save you.

A full transcript is available in the shownotes at: https://stillscared.podigee.io/29-crystal-prison

Be aware this episode contains grisly character deaths and a subplot of an abusive father.

The Dark Portal (Deptford Mice Book One)

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Put on your welly boots, spooky kids and join Adam Whybray, Ren Wednesday and returning guest Ava Foxfort as they go beyond the Grill into the murky sewers of Robin Jarvis's novel The Dark Portal from 1989.

Featuring jerk-ass bats, dad mice and notable hazards of the murdering profession, fans of rodent ultra-violence and Lovecraftian deities will find plenty to gnaw their teeth into in this episode.

A full transcript of this episode is available in the show notes at: https://stillscared.podigee.io/32-darkportal

Mini Episode: Picture Books

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Join us this time for a mini-episode, as Ren Wednesday and Adam Whybray gleefully chomp on a monstrous spread of picture books from Maurice Sendak, David McKee, Beatrix Potter and Neil Gaiman.

Featuring undulating midnight oceans, trembling patchwork elephants and the existential crisis of a monster who finds himself treated as a boy, it's a zippy tour around the creepiest picture books of our childhoods.

A full transcript of the episode is available at: https://stillscared.podigee.io/31-picturebooks

Room 13 & Nightmare Stairs

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Once again, spooky kids, Ren Wednesday and Adam Whybray are here to take you into the world of children's horror literature with Room 13 from 1989 and Nightmare Stairs from 1997, both by Robert Swindells.

This time, Ren and Adam are at the seaside, enjoying the fresh air, the pier treats, and the sound of the Dracula in the next room gnawing on his latest victim. Join us for stakes, sleepwalking, stairs and a special guest interview with a fictional teenager.

A full transcript is available at: https://stillscared.podigee.io/30-room13

Something Wicked This Way Comes

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What's that haunted tune whistling through the calliope? Find out with Ren Wednesday and Adam Whybray as they take a tour of Cooger and Dark's Pandemonium Circus and explore the whirlingly evocative, if admittedly morally confusing world of Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes.

We talk Dust Witches, balloon funerals and masculinity, in a rollickingly ghoulish episode filled with plenty of children's horror to get your panic-coloured teeth into.

A full transcript of this episode is available at: https://stillscared.podigee.io/28-somethingwicked

The Garden of Darkness

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In this episode Ren Wednesday and Adam Whybray talk about the post-apocalyptic Young Adult novel The Garden of Darkness by Gillian Murray Kendall from 2014.

We discuss what makes a horror, look at the early modern influences on the book,
and despair of our own chances in a post-apocalyptic setting.

Plus we discover the natural source of morale.*

Content notes, there are a few: Discussion of an adult character preying on children, including in a sexually-loaded way, discussion of eugenics and mention of Nazis in relation to the same character.

Also apologies also for the slightly poorer sound quality than usual on this episode, we had some mic volume issues!

A full transcript of this episode is available at: https://stillscared.podigee.io/27-gardenofdarkness

* It's toucans.

Children of the Stones

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Happy day, spooky kids! In this episode Ren Wednesday, Adam Whybray and returning guest Ali Kay delve into the brain-washing, time-looping world of the 1977 BBC TV series Children of the Stones.

Join us for Morris dancing, Solar Serpents and educational asides into the history of surgery, as we try to untangle the plot of this creepy and atmospheric seventies classic.

A full transcript of this episode is available at: https://stillscared.podigee.io/26-childrenofthestones

The Box of Delights

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What's up, spooky kids? Join Still Scared for their Christmas-or-thereabouts episode about the 1984 TV series, The Box of Delights.

This time, Ren Wednesday, Adam Whybray and special guest Willow discuss whimsical kidnapping, dolphin chariots and 1930s slang, and Willow really gets some #teachervibes going.

All this and more from a podcast that can proudly say that it's not in the pocket of Big Posset.

A full transcript of the episode is available at: https://stillscared.podigee.io/25-boxofdelights

The Dark Crystal

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In their most squamous, writhing, goopy and tendril-filled episode yet, Ren Wednesday and Adam Whybray explore the vibrant landscape of 1982's dark fantasy puppet film, The Dark Crystal.

Join us for this wallow in a many-textured world, featuring a special guest appearance from Adam's unattached false front tooth.

A full transcript of this episode is available in the show notes, here: https://stillscared.podigee.io/24-dark-crystal

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

About this podcast

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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