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When it comes to vintage creepiness, “Folk Horror” has become a thrilling genre in its own right.

From terrifying films like The Wicker Man and Witchfinder General to the weird folklore of The Owl Service and even the gentle thrills of Worzel Gummidge, the popular culture of the late 20th century is riddled with dark magic and eerie stone circles. And, indeed, a feeling that something ancient and distinctly unpleasant lies just beneath the soil… 

Since 2017, Stephen Brotherstone has been expertly chronicling the terrifying popular culture of the 1970s and ‘80s as co-writer of the acclaimed Scarred For Life books. Fortean Times columnist Bob Fischer, meanwhile, is the creator of The Haunted Generation, a multi-media exploration of the weirder side of the 1970s childhood. 

In this brand new live show, Stephen and Bob will be unearthing the twisted, buried artefacts of Folk Horror. Penda’s Fen, Robin Redbreast and the BBC’s classic Ghost Stories For Christmas are all in their sights, together with more recent additions like Midsommer and Enys Men.

This is a sequel to the original Scarred For Life show, a crowd favourite at Enable US back in 2021! And afterwards there’ll be a Q&A, so feel free to chip in with your own thoughts on the genre. And, indeed, to let us know if you’re concerned about the strange whistle you’ve just uncovered on the beach…  

Dates: Sunday 12 November, 2023
Venue: Drama Studio
Time: 8:00 pm
Cost: £13 full price, £8 Concessions and University Staff, £6 Students and under 30s
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