Dissecting Dragons: Episode 66: Strange Familiarity - the Uncanny in Speculative Fiction

May 12, 2017

Episode 66: Strange Familiarity - the Uncanny in Speculative Fiction

 

From fairytales to mystery novels, the uncanny underpins a lot of suspense in speculative fiction. But what do we mean when we describe something as 'uncanny'? This week SFF authors M.E.Vaughan and J.A.Ironside delve into how a subtle change in the expected parameters of a narrative can create an underlying sense of tension and creepiness. On the slab this week Fortitude, The Twilight Zone, Jim Hensen's The Storyteller and a whole range of eerie Celtic fairytales. Join us for an episode dedicated to unravelling the 'otherness' of speculative fiction.

 

Title music: 'Ecstasy' by Smiling Cynic

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