Back from the dead! The Fear is back for a one off spooky special, recorded on socially distant Zoom in the strange time of October 2020.  

Writer WILL MACLEAN (The Cunning Woman, High Strangeness) discusses his debut novel The Apparition Phase, described by Alice Lowe as “horror for the connoisseur”.   

We do a (very) deep-dive on his love for 1972s THE STONE TAPE, a sonic ghost story starring Jane Asher and Michael Bryant that still has the power to chill your blood. We also unpack his childhood fear of being stranded on an alien planet, and muse on the very real fear of going mad in mad times. 

PLUS: Horror’s often problematic representation of mental illness, and why we take comfort in scary movies in a pandemic.  Including: Doctor Who, The Fortean Times, Usbourne Guide To The Supernatural: Ghosts, Terry Gilliam’s Brazil, Saint Maud, The Shining, Rosemary’s Baby, The Yellow Wallpaper, They Live, Lovecraft Country, HR James and Shirley Jackson. Look, we’ve been indoors for a while, alright?

Will on Instagram: @willmacwriting 

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The Fear is a podcast where funny people talk about the things that scare us. In each episode comedy writer Sarah Morgan (@sarahlmorgan) asks her guests to bring in three fears - a scary moment from film or tv; a fear from their childhood, and a fear they live with now. It's Spooktacular! The theme music and production is by Tim Bazell. 

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