Dissecting Dragons

Dissecting Dragons: Episode 159: I See Dead People - Psychics, Mediums and Communing with the Dead

March 8, 2019

Episode 159: I See Dead People - Psychics, Mediums and Communing with the Dead

 

The Dragons were startled to realise that despite brushing against the topic in previous episodes, that they had never devoted an episode to psychic characters - specifically psychic characters who commune with the dead. So naturally they set out to rectify this. In the past, Jules and Madeleine have talked about how ghost stories and Gothic fiction allow you to confront fear, especially the fear of dying, in a safe and comfortable setting. Looking at those stories from a different perspective, what do characters with one foot in either realm have to offer us beyond entertainment? Why is there an endless fascination in urban fantasy and Gothic fiction, for characters who do cross that divide between life and death? And how do write such characters well? Find out in this week's episode. On the slab - The Umbrella Academy, The Whitby Witches by Robin Jarvis, The Sixth Sense, and many more. (The dragons also discuss their own work.)

 

Title music: Ecstasy by Smiling Cynic

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