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What makes a good scary story?

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26 October 2015

Episode 211

30 minutes

We go on a spooky investigation to figure out which elements make for a decent spine-tingling tale. With contributions from graphic artist Graham Humphreys, film critic and author Kim Newman and editor of ‘The Folio Book of Ghost Stories’, Mandy Kirkby.

26 October 2015

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Kim Newman, horror author and film critic

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Horror aficionado Kim Newman discusses what he thinks are the best horror films with Rob Bound and why an element of the everyday is needed to add a little bit of extra terror.

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Mandy Kirkby discusses ‘The Folio Book of Ghost Stories’

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Mandy Kirkby is the editor of ‘The Folio Book of Ghost Stories’, which compiles haunted tales from the likes of Charles Dickens, Vladimir Nabokov, Shirley Jackson and some of the key writers from the Edwardian and Victorian eras. She tells Monocle’s Daniel Giacopelli how she decided what made the cut.

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Graham Humphreys, horror-film artist

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Did you ever have the poster of one of your favourite horror movies on your bedroom wall? Well, it’s likely that it was designed by Graham Humphreys who has worked on campaigns for ‘The Evil Dead’, ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’ and many more. He talks to Ben Rylan about what makes a good horror film and how you choose what to put on the poster.

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Film-festival curator in Madrid, Popy Blasco

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We creep over to Madrid where a short Halloween film festival called MovEat will be held at slaughterhouse-turned-cultural precinct El Matadero this weekend. Our correspondent Liam Aldous sat down with curator Popy Blasco to talk about what gives a good horror flick its edge.

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