Still Scared: Talking Children's Horror

Still Scared: Talking Children's Horror

Witch Week

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This episode your co-hosts go back to one of Ren's childhood favourites, Witch Week by Dianna Wynne Jones.

Adam and Ren discuss ad-lib approaches to magic, the horror of not being able to escape your classmates and exactly how difficult it would actually be to ride a broomstick, as they talk about this decidedly chilly and unsettling boarding school story.

Heads up for discussion of bullying and an extract from the book in which a character deliberately burns themselves.

A full transcript of this episode is available at: http://stillscared.podigee.io/11-witchweek

House Of Stairs

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Five teenage orphans are subject to an alarming test of both their morality and balance, in William Sleator's 1974 novel House of Stairs.

Adam and Ren discuss queer subtexts, classical conditioning and what on earth William Sleator's problem is with Blossom, and bring back their popular 'Texture of the Week' segment, for all you tactile fans.

Content notes: Discussion of fat-shaming in reference to one of the characters, allusions to sexual threat, mentions of a fascistic dystopian regime.

A full transcript of this episode is available at: http://stillscared.podigee.io/10-houseofstairs

Interstellar Pig

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Enter into the board game with Ren and Adam as they begin a two-parter into William Sleator novels, starting with 1984's Interstellar Pig.

Laugh nervously, as they discuss gelatinous, slug-like invertebrates, and the '80s preoccupation with windsurfing. Have your hackles raised as they describe the creepy backstory of the captain's cottage. Ask yourself: will Barney's parents ever return?

A full transcript of this episode is available in the show notes at http://stillscared.podigee.io/9-interstellarpig.

Beetlejuice, or The Ghosts Who Were Nice

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Adam yearns for the sweet release of the void and Ren goes googly-eyed over Shelley Duval as Still Scared discusses Tim Burton's Beetlejuice, and the short films Frankenweenie and Vincent.

Your co-hosts discuss childhood home movies, and their love of stop-motion, as well as going a bit deeper with some chat about racial and class anxiety in Tim Burton's films.

A full transcript of this episode is available at: http://stillscared.podigee.io/8-beetlejuice

Goosebumps: Werewolves

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Ren and Adam start their journey into Goosebumps in this episode with a trifecta of werewolf stories: Werewolf of Fever Swamp, Werewolf Skin and the choose-your-own style Night in Werewolf Woods.

They discuss the phenomenon that is Goosebumps, contemplate the '90s obsession with gunge, and fall down a bottomless pit and are rescued by a pterodactyl.

Will nostalgia win out, or will the outlandish cliffhangers prove too much? Find out in this episode of Still Scared.

A full transcript of this episode is available at: http://stillscared.podigee.io/7-goosebumps-werewolves

Mini Episode: Beware of the Boiler

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Sneaking in under the wire on the 12th day of Christmas, it's Still Scared's holiday season catch-up!

Ren and Adam recap the show so far, tell stories from their anxious childhoods, and delve a little bit into what makes children's horror special. Let's be monsters in a good way.

cn for references to transphobia and transmisogyny in recap clip.

A full transcript of this episode is available at:http://stillscared.podigee.io/6-mini-episode

Return to Oz

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Still Scared takes a ramble into the world of the 1985 children's horror classic 'Return to Oz' and the two Oz books it's based on.

In this episode Ren Wednesday and Adam Whybray discuss gender play in the Oz books, the tragic fate of Jack Pumpkinhead, and enforced happiness in the original musical, as they get their teeth into the many strange and uncanny aspects of the world of Oz.

Content note: mentions of enforced electric shock treatment in the context of the story.

A full transcript of this episode is available at http://stillscared.podigee.io/5-return-to-oz

The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray

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Still Scared talks over 'The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray' by Chris Wooding, and finds that the podcast title has never been more appropriate.

In this episode we discuss the romanticisation of Jack the Ripper, chat about plotting a novel like a D&D campaign, lament the fact that we never became goths, and stop our discussion in the middle to read the creepiest extracts out loud to each other.

The subject matter does also get a bit dark at times, so heads up for references to murder (including one reference to child murder), violence against women, disease, and some grisly monsters.

A full transcript of this episode is available at http://stillscared.podigee.io/4-alaizabel_cray

Paranorman and The Boxtrolls

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Tropes abound in this discussion of two children's horror/fantasty films that just could have been better, to be honest.

We get critical in this one, as we discuss transmisogyny and appearance-based morality in The Boxtrolls, and mixed messages and dodgy jokes in Paranorman, but at least people who use electric toothbrushes are represented.

A full transcript of this episode is available athttps://stillscared.podigee.io/3-paranorman

Pilot: The Demon Headmaster

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In our very first episode, we try and work out what we're doing with this whole podcast thing, and discuss a creepy fixture of both our childhoods!

We talk about programming in Basic, sentient spaghetti and Czechoslovakian state-surveillance as we take a look at 'The Demon Headmaster'.

A full transcript of this episode is available at https://stillscared.podigee.io/2-pilotepisode

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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