a celebration of stephen volk

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What better way to see in Halloween than with a celebration of the very writer who scared the hell out of anyone who settled down on a Saturday night, All Hallows’ Eve in 1992, to watch a BBC ‘spoof’ horror programme? 

Ghostwatch left an indelible mark on many, if not everyone, who experienced it and caused such tremendous shockwaves that it’s never been rebroadcast. Even 28 years later, Ghostwatch is still heralded as landmark horror television, and quite rightly so. 

Yet, Stephen Volk’s career is about more than Ghostwatch alone. From the screenplay to Ken Russell’s Gothic (1986) to last year’s set of essays, Coffinmaker’s Blues, by way of the brilliant triptych, The Dark Masters Trilogy and 2011’s The Awakening, his work continues to terrify, thrill and challenge us. 

Our celebration (below) features an essay on Ghostwatch, reviews of Stephen’s writing, an interview with the man himself, a competition to win a compendium of his work courtesy of PS Publishing – entry via Horrified and PS’s Twitter and Facebook pages – and a brand new short story, written exclusively for Horrified.

And, just before you think of leaving this page…remember, Pipes said we’ve got to stay…

No Creaking Gates, No Gothic Towers: An Interview with Stephen Volk
From watching ghosts to making coffins, Stephen Volk is rightly regarded as one of the great British horror writers. John Clewarth interviews the man about his life and work...
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A National Séance: 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 28 years...​
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Coffinmaker's Blues - a review
Ally Wilkes reviews Stephen Volk's most recent book, Coffinmaker's Blues, a collection of essays on 20 years of writing in the film and television industry...
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The Dark Masters Trilogy - a review
Ann Laabs delves into Stephen Volk's triumvirate of novellas featuring a grieving Peter Cushing, a very young Alfred Hitchcock, and Dennis Wheatley's mysterious summons from 'The Wickedest Man in the World'...
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For the benefit of the tape
In a brand new story by Stephen Volk, exclusive to Horrified: DS Hepworth has carried out more interviews than he cares to remember, in his role as a police detective, encountering the worst of society in all its guises. Yet, in this disturbing tale, he discovers things that challenge even his sense of reality...
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Studio of Screams
Studio of Screams, an Amicus-style prose portmanteau featuring novellas by several authors, including Stephen Volk, is reviewed for Horrified by Paul Gorman...​
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