Retrospectives

And Now The Screaming Starts!

Amicus

A Retrospective

In this Amicus Productions retrospective, we cover all 24 films from 1965’s Dr Terror’s House of Horrors to the company’s swansong, 1977’s The People That Time Forgot… 

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Baby On Board: A Production Diary

Andrew David Barker shares this ongoing production diary charting the making of the short film Baby On Board, written by Stephen Volk and directed by Andrew...
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Amicus Productions rises from the grave

After decades in the shadows, the legendary Amicus Productions is set for a grand revival thanks to the team at Hex Studios. Their upcoming film, 'In the Grip of Terror', seeks to honour the classic studio's legacy while forging a…

Television

The unremitting terror of

Ghostwatch

Graham Williamson heads back to Halloween 1992 for the BBC’s broadcast of Ghostwatch and examines how Stephen Volk’s ghost story still endures despite only a single airing in over 30 years…

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Creeping through the countryside

At once sublime and horrifying, the English countryside is increasingly the backdrop in horror that explores a growing unease about our place in the world. Melissa Elborn digs deeper into why the ground beneath our feet is revealing our darkest…

Alexander J. Zawacki explores the hauntological majesty of Ghost Box Recordings, and becomes immersed in music both familiar and strange…​

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Holidays in a Haunted Country

When you love escaping from reality into horror, it is somewhat irritating when the tables are turned. You’re trapped and scared, it is time to plan a dark holiday. Tamar Newton explores the options...

Retrospectives

Warnings to the Curious:

A Ghost Story for Christmas

A retrospective on the long-running BBC series, essaying every episode from Whistle and I’ll Come to You to Martin’s Close…

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The Treasure of Abbot Thomas (1974)

The Treasure of Abbot Thomas was the first of two A Ghost Story for Christmas episodes to be adapted (or written as an original tale) by celebrated writer, John Bowen. Conrad Kurtz looks back at the 1974 episode...​
Martin’s Close

Martin’s Close (2019)

Peta Stamper's companion piece to Graham Williamson's essay on the BBC's A Ghost Stories for Christmas episode explores M.R. James' as a story and place of visitations, retribution and doubt...
Martin’s Close – A Ghost Story for Christmas

Martin’s Close (2019)

Mark Gatiss returned to M.R. James for 2019's A Ghost Story for Christmas, adapting the writer's 1911 tale, Martin's Close. Graham Williamson explores the episode...

Fiction

Tea with Mrs. Hindley

by Jez Conolly

Pages from the private journal of Derek, a fiftysomething loner who chronicles his afternoons spent in the company of Mrs. Hindley, a woman whose dark past Derek helps to keep hidden…

Daughters of the Doctor

Daughters of the Doctor

Daughters of the Doctor is a voyeuristic narrative that leads the reader into a strange, abandoned building, where we are witness to uncanny bodies and the unusual horrors left behind by the now absconded doctor...
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The Monster of Glamis

Story by Stuart Cleland. A man is determined to find a secret chamber in a castle. From the moment of discovery and enlightenment on its tragic history, he is never alone. Or safe.
The Mall

The Mall

A tour into a hellish purgatory where you shop ‘till you drop...