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Playing Possum: Matthew Holness's Other Dark Places
Mat Colegate , October 26th, 2018 09:46

Mat Colegate interviews Matthew Holness about his film debut Possum, out this weekend. Learn about how Holness was introduced to the world of horror fiction, the funniness of failure, and then click through to hear Holness talk about his favourite examples of the genre


John Gordon – The House On The Brink
He's a very skilled writer and very similar to MR James. He uses a lot of the same techniques as James in terms of creating something frightening on the page. That particular book is very creepy. It was actually a toss up between him and Robert Westall, who I think is a really great writer. This relates to what we were discussing with Marianne Dreams, that part of childhood going into adulthood, those teenage years where you still kind of believe in the things that frightened you as a child, but you're starting to see that there's a bigger world with very different threats. There's that period in-between where all these things exist. I think there’s some really powerful horror writing for that particular branch of readership – that kind of young adult fiction. John Gordon has written really good frightening novels for teenagers and I think that a lot of his books are masterful. Ghost On The Hill came out just after and that was also really great.

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