Released Wednesday 25th October 2017
Story Etc. Episode 8: Fear was produced and presented by Tom Crowley, Jenny Redmond and Eleanor Rushton. The supervising editor is Odinn Orn Hilmarsson, who also composed the music.
- Eleanor was particularly terrified by The Woman in Black, a ghost story by Susan Hill, and The Witches, a children's horror book by Roald Dahl.
- Jenny was frightened by Scream, Wes Craven's 1996 slasher movie satire, and the novel American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis.
- Tom was frightened by Ghostwatch, the 1992 ghost-hunting drama written by Stephen Volk.
- Eleanor cites The Hound of the Baskervilles, a Sherlock Holmes mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle.
- Robert is an actor and creature performer. He can be found on IMDB here and on Twitter at @robertnairne.
- Robert has recently been seen in Penny Dreadful, Rogue One and Red Dwarf, and can also be seen in Hammer House of Horror Live: The Soulless Ones, which has been extended until 4th November 2017.
- Robert has Marfan syndrome, a genetic disorder of the connective tissue, to which he attributes his tall, thin and hyper-flexible physique.
- Robert mentions two other hugely influential creature performers: Doug Jones and Javier Botet, who also have Marfan syndrome.
- Hammer Films, producers of The Soulless Ones, have a legacy in horror dating back over 80 years, and are best known for a host of British Gothic horror film productions from the 1950s-1970s.
- Robert cites Frankenstein, Mary Shelley's Gothic novel, and its iconic Monster.
- Robert's favourite creature performance is Doug Jones as The Pale Man and The Faun in Guillermo Del Toro's 2006 film Pan's Labyrinth. He also loves Javier Botet's performance as the titular Mama in Andy Muschietti's 2013 film.
- Jenny and her family were shocked and frightened by The Devil of Christmas, the Christmas Special of BBC Two series Inside No. 9 by Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton. The episode played on classic British horror movie tropes and the European folktale of the Krampus.
- Tom spots parallels between The Witches and They Live, John Carpenter's 1988 film.
COPPICE, THE LIVING PUPPET GIRL:
- This poem was written and performed by Molly Beth Morossa, who can be found at her website here, and on Twitter at @MBethMorossa.
- Molly can also be heard performing Dateless Night by Leon Craig in our third episode, Secret.
- Tom brings up the scientific horror of Doctor Who, the long-running BBC TV series, specifically referencing the two-parter The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit, written by Matt Jones, and Hide, written by Neil Cross.
- Tanya Kirk is the Lead Curator of Rare Books 1601-1900 at The British Library, where she curated the Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination exhibition. She can be found on Twitter at @tanyakirk.
- Tanya also compiled a collection of classic ghost stories about books and libraries, entitled The Haunted Library, published through the British Library.
- Tanya cites The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole as the first Gothic novel.
- Tanya also mentions quintessential sensational Gothic writers Wilkie Collins and Edgar Allan Poe.
- Tanya cites Algernon Blackwood's work as an early 20th Century appearance of folk horror.
- In her exhibition, Tanya included a model of Wallace as the Were-Rabbit from The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, Steve Box and Nick Park's 2005 film.
- Tanya also mentions an image included in the exhibition of a woman masturbating while reading The Monk by Matthew Lewis. The image can be seen here.
- Tanya mentions M.R. James, Edith Wharton, May Sinclair and Elizabeth Bowen as ghost story writers who produced work inspired by books and libraries.
- Tanya's choice for scariest story in The Haunted Library anthology is The Book by Margaret Irwin.
- Contrary to Eleanor's claim, Satanic Panic is not a existing music act, but Satanic Panic in the Attic is an album by Of Montreal.
- Malik is an actor and mime. His website can be found here and he is on Twitter at @malikibheis.
- Malik has most recently been seen on television on Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams on Channel 4 (in the episode Impossible Planet). He can also be seen regularly at the Double R Club at Bethnal Green Working Men's Club in London, and at the next edition of Crowley & Co.'s The Night at Brasserie Zédel on Monday 6th November.
- Malik's first experience of mime and physical performance was at an early Cirque Du Soleil show.
- Malik's education was at Die Etage in Berlin and The International School of Corporeal Mime in London, which has subsequently moved to Wisconsin, USA.
- Like Robert Nairne, Malik was hugely inspired by the work of actor Doug Jones.
- Red Hand, the character Malik mentions, can be seen on his Instagram feed, here.
- Malik's costume in Electric Dreams, the robot RB29 was created by Kristyan Mallett. The movement was directed by Ita O'Brien and the vocal performance was by Christopher Staines.
- The Whisperers was written by Algernon Blackwood (1869-1951) and was performed by Omar El Okdah. Recorded and directed by Eleanor Rushton.
- James Carney is an actor, writer and producer based in London. He can be found at his agent's website here, or on Twitter at @scaffoldjim.
- James created, writes and produces for the podcast The Unseen Hour. It can be found on Apple Podcasts here, Stitcher here or on your podcatcher of choice. It is recorded live monthly at The Rosemary Branch Theatre.
- James was inspired to launch a podcast by Welcome to Night Vale and The Thrilling Adventure Hour. The other biggest influence on the show was classic BBC Radio comedy programme The Goon Show.
- James specifically mentions Unseen Hour Episode 7: Victims of the Quellmouth Curse, as a more horror-focused example.
- James took us through the writing process behind Episode 10: The Dark Hearth.
- James mentions American mythologist Joseph Campbell and his theory of archetypes, espoused in his seminal work The Hero with a Thousand Faces.
- Examples of spy-based conspiracy thrillers mentioned include Tomas Alfredson's 2011 film adaptation of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Eleanor's Tobey Maguire example - The Good German (2006).
- Jenny's example of self-referential horror is Cabin in the Woods (2012), directed by Drew Goddard.
- 80s nostalgia horror stories mentioned include It (2017), directed by Andy Muschietti and Stranger Things, a Netflix Original programme created by The Duffer Brothers.
Released Thursday 17th August 2017
Story Etc. Episode 6: Music is produced and presented by Tom Crowley, Jenny Redmond and Eleanor Rushton. The supervising editor was Odinn Orn Hilmarsson, who also composed the music (except where otherwise stated).
- Tom mentions the Spirited Away score, composed by Joe Hisaishi. The soundtrack album can be ordered online on CD, or bought from the iTunes Store here.
ODINN ORN HILMARSSON:
- Odinn's music can be found at his Soundcloud profile, or for sale at his Bandcamp page. Odinn can be found on Twitter at @odinnthehole.
- Odinn composed the score for Tom's first play, Shed, produced with the University of York's Drama Society. The full soundtrack is available here.
- A sample of Odinn's score for Tom's second play, Ghost City, can be found here.
- The theme from Odinn's score to the Crowley & Co. production of The Awkward Ghost by David K. Barnes can be found here.
MARY LOU by LUKE COURTIER:
- Luke Courtier is a writer, musician and comedian based in London. His website can be found here and he can be found on Twitter at @lukecourtier.
- Tom cites the score for Jaws by John Williams and Psycho by Bernard Herrmann.
- Tom loves the scores which film writer/director John Carpenter composed for his own films, including the iconic themes for Halloween, Escape from New York and Assault on Precinct 13.
- Eleanor can't forget the appearance of medieval English folk song Summer Is Icumen In, as featured in Robin Hardy's film The Wicker Man. That moment from the soundtrack can be found here.
- Jon Wygens is a composer working primarily in TV drama and feature films, most recently on The Durrells and currently on Victoria, both broadcast on ITV. Jon's website can be found here.
- Jon particularly admires Hans Zimmer, the composer behind the scores of many hugely successful Hollywood films including The Lion King, Pirates of the Caribbean and, most recently, Dunkirk.
- Jon mentions Hitchcock/Truffaut (also known by several other names in different editions), François Truffaut's epic eight-day interview with Alfred Hitchcock which inspired the 2015 documentary film of the same name.
- Victor Vox is a songwriter and performer based in London. His website can be found here, and he is on Twitter @victorvoxmusic.
- One of Victor's greatest influences is Tom Waits, the American singer-songwriter, composer and actor.
- The song Cloud Shepherd, featured in this episode, is available on Victor's EP Live At Eastcote Studios. It features Yaron Stavi on double bass and Adam Hayes on drums.
- Jenny is particularly enjoying Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, a musical comedy TV drama created by Rachel Bloom.
- Tom and Jenny mention several YouTube comedy song successes, those being Flight of the Conchords, The Lonely Island and Garfunkel and Oates. Tom specifically mentions The Lonely Island's The Chronic(what)cles of Narnia, also known as Lazy Sunday, an early YouTube hit.
- Odinn mentions Hey Big Spender and Rhythm of Life, hit songs which originally appeared in the stage musical Sweet Charity, music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Dorothy Fields and book by Neil Simon.
- Eleanor also mentions Summertime, which first appeared in Porgy & Bess, an opera written by George & Ira Gershwin with DuBose Heyward.
- Odinn mentions the song These Days, as featured in Wes Anderson's film The Royal Tenenbaums, performed by Nico, originally written by Jackson Browne.
- Tom mentions the song This Time Tomorrow by The Kinks, as featured in another Wes Anderson film, The Darjeeling Limited.
- Jenny mentions the extensive use of period-accurate pop music in Zack Snyder's film adaptation of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons's comic Watchmen, featuring many songs quoted or referenced in the comic, such as All Along the Watchtower by Jimi Henrix.
- Jenny also mentions the use of Bohemian Rhapsody, a song by Queen, in Wayne's World, the 1992 film directed by Penelope Spheeris.
RICHARD by ANNA LOU LARKIN:
- Anna Lou Larkin is an actor and musical storyteller based in London. She can be found on Twitter at @annaloularkin.
- This performance is from the first ever Story Etc. Live fundraiser at VAULT Festival 2017. It was recorded by Andy Goddard and Odinn Orn Hilmarsson.
- Tom mentions Casablanca, the 1942 film directed by Michael Curtiz. Its score was composed by Max Steiner.
- Jenny mentions the appearance of Don't You (Forget About Me) by Simple Minds in the Hulu TV adaptation of Margaret Atwood's novel The Handmaid's Tale. (You can hear our interview with Margaret Atwood herself in our second episode, Myth.) The song is best known for being featured in John Hughes's 1985 film, The Breakfast Club.
- Tom alludes to the use of the song Stuck in the Middle with You by Stealers Wheel in Quentin Tarantino's 1992 film Reservoir Dogs.
Released Thursday 12th July 2017
Story Etc. Episode 5: Interaction is produced and presented by Tom Crowley, Jenny Redmond and Eleanor Rushton. The supervising editor was Odinn Orn Hilmarsson, who also composed the music (except where otherwise stated).
STORY ETC. LIVE - 7:30pm, Thursday 24th August at the Wenlock & Essex in Angel, London.
- Grim Fandango is an adventure game originally produced by LucasArts, subsequently remastered and re-released by Double Fine.
- Punchdrunk Theatre is an immersive theatre company, most famous for Sleep No More, a response to Shakespeare's Macbeth, still running in New York.
- Secret Cinema screens films in immersive environments, using set and actors to build the world of the film up around the screening.
- Death of the King was an immersive punk murder mystery, originally performed at Colab Factory in Southwark in May-June 2017.
- Pantomime is a traditional Christmas performance, first developed in England, still popular today, mostly across the United Kingdom.
- Clancy Flynn is a writer, technical designer and model based in London, originally from New York. You can find her on Twitter at @clancyflynn.
- Blood Will Have Blood was an audio-immersive play performed at festivals across the UK in 2016.
- Dragon Age: Inquisition is an RPG, released for multiple platforms in 2014, by Bioware Edmonton.
BLOOD WILL HAVE BLOOD:
- This excerpt from Blood Will Have Blood was written by Clancy Flynn. Fleance was played by Dan Buckley and The Witch was Jamie Birkett. The sound design was by Nicola Chang. The director was Rosanna Mallinson.
- More information on ImmerCity's productions can be found at their website, here.
- Tom doesn't want to play Resident Evil VII VR, available for the Playstation 4's VR headset.
- Tom mentions the play The Nether by Jennifer Haley, which debuted at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, California, in 2013.
- Matt Wieteska is the Audio Director of Zombies, Run, an app produced by Six to Start. He is on Twitter at @gamecat.
- The Zombies, Run Board Game is releasing in December 2017. More information at the blog, here.
- Matt refers to Telltale Games's The Walking Dead, an adventure game series based on the Image comic.
- The tech demo of Beyond Good and Evil 2 which Tom mentions, featuring a meteor changing the face of a planet, can be found here.
- Eleanor mentions Monkey Island, a series of adventure games by LucasArts. Eleanor's first was Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge.
- Eleanor mentions Journey, a Playstation 3/4 game by thatgamecompany.
- Open-world games are frequently mentioned in this episode. This refers to a game where the player is less limited in where they can go, and in what sequence and scale they can interact with the world.
- Ellie can be found on Twitter at @elliegibson.
- Ellie Gibson has worked extensively for Eurogamer and Dara O'Briain's Go 8-Bit.
- Ellie's first gaming memory is Jet Set Willy, and early platform game released for the ZX Spectrum in 1984.
- Mario's eternal mission is to rescue Princess Peach, the Princess of the Mushroom Kingdom.
- Ellie connected with Lara Croft in the Tomb Raider games. The first Tomb Raider game was released for multiple platforms in 1996.
- Ellie praises the plot of The Last of Us, a game for the Playstation 3 by Naughty Dog, released in 2013.
- Games with lots of cutscenes include the Assassin's Creed series and the Mass Effect series.
- Ellie refers to 'women in refrigerators', a term used to refer to the trope of injured or murdered women serving as a motivational force for a male protagonist. The term originates from comics, when Green Lantern Kyle Rayner found his girlfriend Alexandra DeWitt in a fridge in Green Lantern #54.
- Ellie cites two 'quiet' games - Ico and The Last Guardian, both designed and directed by Fumito Ueda.
- Ellie's favourite games with little storyline are the Crash Bandicoot series and Candy Crush Saga.
- Ellie co-hosts the acclaimed Scummy Mummies podcast, released fornightly. You can find it on iTunes here, or by searching for it on your podcatcher of choice.
- Rhianna's website can be found here, and she is on Twitter at @rhipratchett.
- Rhianna worked on the story for Mirror's Edge, a game by DICE, released for multiple platforms in 2008.
- Rhianna also worked on the Overlord series by Triumph Studios. Overlord was released in 2007 and Overlord II was released in 2009, both for multiple platforms.
- Rhianna's game narrative favourites are Psychonauts (Double Fine, 2005) and BioShock (2K Boston, 2007).
- Rhianna wrote the dialogue and story for Tomb Raider (2013) - a pivotal change for the Tomb Raider series which reinvented protagonist Lara Croft and placed her in a grittier world. Rhianna also worked on the second game in the new series, Rise of the Tomb Raider (2015). Both games were made by Crystal Dynamics and released for multiple platforms.
- Interactive radio play The Lamb was created by Oneohone Theatre and performed by Sharon Cherry Ballard (on Twitter at @sharoncballard).
- Daryl Atkins is the Executive Creative Director of REWIND, a creative agency and digital production studio. They can be found on Twitter at @rewindco.
- Oneohone Theatre is an immersive and interactive theatre company based in London. Their website can be found here, and they are on Twitter at @oneohonetheatre.
- The two founding members interviewed here are Eleanor Rushton and Asia Osborne.
- Oneohone's show 101 is a recurring event where the audience plays a vital role and the scenarios change in every performance. More information on 101 can be found here.
UPDATE: If you enjoyed The Lamb and are interested in interactive audio, listener Ian R Buck has pointed us towards Codename Cygnus - a verbally interactive audio spy thriller, available for iPhone and Android. More information available at the website, here.
Released Friday 23rd June 2017
Story Etc. Episode 4: Science is produced and presented by Tom Crowley, Jenny Redmond and Eleanor Rushton. The supervising editor was Odinn Orn Hilmarsson, who also composed the music.
- Tom's favourite science fiction novels include A Scanner Darkly, the Callahan's stories and anything by Philip K Dick.
- Jenny's favourite sci-fi novel is Night Watch by Terry Pratchett, part of the Discworld series.
- Olivia Smith, interviewed here, is a Wellcome Trust researcher at the University of Oxford. She can be found on Twitter at @OliveFSmith.
- Olivia Onyehara, who reads the extracts from Cavendish's writing, is a London-based actor. You can find her on Twitter at @oonyehara and you can hear her interviewed in our first episode, Inclusion, here.
- A small gallery of original plates of Cavendish's books can be found here.
- Margaret Cavendish was the Duchess of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, born 1623, died 1673. More information on her and her work can be found here.
- Margaret Cavendish's novel The Blazing World, full title The Description of a New World, Called The Blazing World is a utopian romance, widely considered to be one of the first science fiction novels.
- Olivia S also discusses one of Cavendish's non-fiction works, Observations Upon Experimental Philosophy.
- Olivia S refers to The Royal Society, a society for scientific experimentation for the UK and Commonwealth, which still exists today. You can find their website here.
- Olivia S refers to the Diary of Samuel Pepys. Pepys was one of the most notable chroniclers of London society in the mid-17th Century.
MARGARET CAVENDISH FOOTNOTES:
- Tom refers to The Twilight Zone, an American science fiction anthology television series created by Rod Serling. Specifically, he is referring to the first episode, Where Is Everybody?, from 1959.
- Tom refers to the Foundation books by Isaac Asimov, and the claim that Asimov predicted the creation of the Internet. This claim has been examined in a blog post on SF Signal, here.
SATURDAY NIGHT IN THE SOLAR SYSTEM:
- Saturday Night in the Solar System was written by Olly Allsopp and is performed by Jamie Laird. It was directed and recorded by Tom Crowley.
- An archive of Olly Allsopp's comedy writing can be found here.
- Jenny refers to living in a carpet, a reference to Terry Pratchett's novel The Carpet People.
- Tom refers to Weyland-Yutani and the xenomorph, from the Alien series of films, video games, books and comics.
- Tom refers to Blade Runner, Ridley Scott's film adaptation of Philip K Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep.
- Tom talks about the shininess of the Star Wars prequels, also known as Episodes I, II and III.
- Tom refers to Black Mirror, a British sci-fi anthology television series created by Charlie Brooker.
- Adam Roberts is the author of a plethora of science fiction novels and reference books about the history of science fiction, and is an academic at Royal Holloway. His website can be found here, and he is on Twitter at @arrroberts.
- Adam speaks about Hugo Gernsback, the man who coined the term 'science fiction' and the founder of Amazing Stories, the first sci-fi magazine.
- Other contenders for the earliest sci-fi authors mentioned by Adam are HG Welles, Jules Verne and Mary Shelley.
- Adam thinks the first ever sci-fi work was Somnium, written by astronomer Johannes Kepler in 1608.
- The Lord of the Rings is a trilogy of epic high-fantasy novels written by JRR Tolkien, published between 1954-1955, in which the character of Saruman appears.
- Adam also mentions CS Lewis, the writer of the Chronicles of Narnia books, a series of seven novels published between 1950-1956.
- Adam also discusses the fantasy novels of Terry Pratchett.
- Adam says that everybody watches Doctor Who, Star Wars films, Avatar and the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
- Star Trek, which featured sliding doors and the first interracial TV kiss, was Star Trek: The Original Series, created by Gene Roddenberry.
- Popular dystopias mentioned by Adam are those featured in The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and the Game of Thrones series by George RR Martin.
- 2000AD is a weekly British horror and sci-fi anthology comic founded in 1977. Futuristic fascist cop Judge Dredd is its flagship character. Both Dredd and 2000AD are still going strong today.
- Cyberpunk is a trend in science fiction writing which began in earnest in the 1980s, crystallised in William Gibson's 1984 novel Neuromancer. Adam cites Blade Runner as its key visual text.
- Golden Age science fiction authors include Arthur C Clarke, Isaac Asimov and Robert Heinlein.
- Gemma can be found on Twitter at @mmaarrow, her YouTube channel can be found here, and her viral hit sketch for Tracey Ullman's Show is What Were You Wearing?
- Gemma's live sketches were performed at the Wenlock & Essex in Islington, London at our Story Etc. Live fundraiser on Thursday 25th May 2017 and were recorded by Odinn Orn Hilmarsson.
- The first time Gemma went to London, she saw Starlight Express, a musical about trains by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Richard Stilgoe.
- One of Gemma's earliest comic influences was Fawlty Towers, specifically the episode The Builders.
- Gemma's three solo comedy shows are Defender of Earth, Everything That's Wrong With The Universe and her latest, Earthling, which is currently touring.
- Gemma's mother's sci-fi favourites are Star Trek, Quantum Leap and Philip K Dick.
- Gemma's latest show, Earthling, is about the NASA Voyager mission. More information on the mission can be found here. Her research involved reading the writings of Carl Sagan, most notably Murmurs of Earth, his account of the Golden Record project. Gemma also mentions Sagan's novel Contact.
- Gemma mentions FOTSN, or Festival of the Spoken Nerd, a science comedy troupe which tours the UK regularly and also hosts mixed-bill lecture and comedy nights.
Released Thursday 11th May 2017
Story Etc. Episode 3: Secret is produced and presented by Tom Crowley, Jenny Redmond and Eleanor Rushton. The supervising editor is Odinn Orn Hilmarsson, who also composed the music. Story Etc. is a production of Audioscribble and Crowley & Co. Special thanks this month to Benjamin Partridge of The Beef and Dairy Network Podcast and Matthew Keeler of The Tristan Bates Theatre.
- Evie's two novels are After the Fire, a Still, Small Voice and All the Birds, Singing. She has also published a graphic memoir called Everything is Teeth in collaboration with artist Joe Sumner.
- The bookshop which Evie helps run is Review in Peckham, London.
- Evie's website can be found here and her Twitter feed is at @EvieWyld.
- Daryl's professional profile can be found here, and his Twitter feed is at @ilikeoldbooks.
- Some images of the books which Daryl and Jenny discussed can be found here.
- Peter Apian, or Petrus Apianus, was a 16th Century astronomer, who put together astronomical charts, or the Astronomicum Caesareum.
- The 'colophon' is the publishing information of a book, usually printed on the title or end pages of the volume.
- Stewart is the Associate Dramaturg of the Bush Theatre in Shepherd's Bush, London.
- Stewart writes criticism for The Stage and New Scientist occasionally, and you can find his Twitter feed at @stewartwpringle.
- The Cybermen are a race of cybernetically augmented humanoids, frequent villains in Doctor Who.
- The Twilight Zone was a science fiction anthology TV programme created by Rod Serling, which has appeared in American film and television in various forms. The guide to the series which Stewart describes is The Twilight Zone Companion, compiled by Marc Scott Zicree.
- All of the childhood horror stories of Stewart's which he has compiled so far, including thorough footnotes, can be found here.
FAMILY OF THE DAMNED
- Family of the Damned was written by Stewart Pringle and performed by Ben Scheck. The music was composed by Odinn Orn Hilmarsson. It was directed by Tom Crowley and recorded by Benjamin Partridge.
- Eleanor spoke to Sarah Anson and Máirín O'Hagan of Queynte Laydies, whose website can be found here and whose Twitter feed is at @QueynteLadies.
- Queynte Laydies' play in development Lady Percy is an adaptation of Shakespeare's Henry IV plays.
- Virginia Davis is a Professor of Medieval History at Queen Mary University of London.
- Warkworth Castle is a ruined medieval stronghold in Northumberland, England.