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nerd diaries: October 2020

Updated: Dec 19, 2020

There's a switch-up this month. I was finishing a solid draft of my fourth book, to go out to a publisher.

It used all my brain up.

When I'm writing this intently, I don't have the capacity to read much. When I get to bed I just end up putting a detective drama on BBC Sounds and passing out as soon as Mrs McGillicuddy boards the 4.50 from Paddington.

But then, I finally got the book in, and started on my new research project, on more women-made horror cinema, but from the late 1970s - 2000s.

This bias is totally reflected in my viewing. This is the first month that feels like the legit viewing diary of a horror film specialist, as opposed to a knackered mum who needs to watch Vera while covered in blankets and cats.

October is the time to be a horror fan though; you feel like you are in tune with the rest of the world for one month a year. The month's hits are Candyman, The Witches and Ghost Watch.

To be honest though, this month the thing I probably enjoyed watching the most was Trixie and Katya on Netflix's YouTube channel, doing their I Like to Watch... Horror. It was so funny I ended up barking laughing, like an asthmatic old hound.


ip: BBC iPlayer

N: Netflix

BoB: Box of Broadcasts

YT: YouTube

AP: Amazon Prime

NMM: National Media Museum, Bradford

WRC: Cineworld, White Rose Centre, Leeds

Anything with an 'R' added = paid rental

Anything with a 'K' added = watched with my kids



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