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A Big Bad Beautiful Noize

The day the world turned GREBO! Author Rich Deakin talks about Gaye Bykers on Acid, Crazyhead, Leicester, and how he came to write his new book.

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Possessed to Skate

Clint Carrick grew up in a small town where the skatepark was king to kids just like himself. He was out of practice when, as an adult, he one day packed his bags to travel the small town skateparks across the American Heartland to learn to do it all again.

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The Town Slowly Empties – Audiobook teaser

An audio sample of the book, The Town Slowly Empties: On Life and Culture during Lockdown. On why we write, the writings of world authors and poets on the subject of pandemic, and the things that confront us in such times.

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A Bird on the Branch of Tomorrow

Speaking from his New Delhi apartment, author Manash Firaq Bhattacharjee chats about his new book The Town Slowly Empties, and of life and art and the problem of getting a haircut during a pandemic. David Kerekes chats back.

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The White House Horrors: Comparing Monsters-in-Chief

‘What happened is true.’ What we’re seeing today in presidential politics could not have happened without Watergate and it could not have happened without The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. Author Martin Harris talks about his new book.

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They Don’t Make Movies

A horror comic leads David Kerekes to reflect on the ‘snuff’ film rumour mill of the 1970s, while at the same time facing a virus alert on his computer.

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Two Ian Curtises

Yesterday was the 40th anniversary of the death of Ian Curtis, Joy Division frontman. We consider his iconic status and what, besides the music, helped shape it.

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Afterword – Goodbye, Joel M Reed

Joel M. Reed directed only a few movies, but he will forever be known for his sleazy grand guignol classic Blood Sucking Freaks. John Szpunar pays his respects.

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Hex Errors: A clutch of cracked subtitles

Hong Kong films were typically subtitled in both Chinese and English, often very quickly. Multiple gaffes are the inevitable result. Stefan Hammond has quite the collection.

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Power Snatched artwork by L Jamal Walton