In this podcast we review Barry Levinson’s found footage horror film The Bay. Following on from this we interview Conrad Williams, award-winning author of One, Decay Inevitable, Loss of Separation and the third This Is Horror chapbook, The Fox.
[0:54] The Bay synopsis
[1:30] The effectiveness of found footage in The Bay
[5:17] Was the soundtrack a mistake?
[6:30] The Bay and the ‘documentary’ setup
[8:15 ] Barry Levinson’s past work and what he brings to horror
[9:30] To what extent is this a horror film?
[13:00] The moral message and effectiveness of eco-horror
[15:15] Is The Bay too preachy?
[19:20] Delivering horror and suspense effectively
[20:59] The benefits of Levinson having not worked on many horror films
[21:47] Why Barry Levinson should make World War Z
[23:47] Our favourite scenes
[25:20] Where does The Bay into the found footage tradition?
[30:55] Why has The Bay divided fans?
[33:52] Our verdict on The Bay
[34:23] Interview with Conrad Williams
[35:00] Conrad’s introduction to horror
[37:50] The importance of reading a lot and outside of the genre
[39:25] The writing routine
[41:19] Having a full-time job and writing fiction
[42:55] The Fox
[47:56] The childhood trauma in The Fox
[49:35] Short VS Long stories
[52:45] The advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing
[54:47] Independent publishing houses
[55:45] Literary agents
[56:59] The importance of social media and a digital presence
[59:15] What makes a good story?
[1:01:30] Real horrors VS the fantastical/supernatural
[1:04:31] The post-apocalyptic novel
[1:06:55] What’s a good starting point for Conrad Williams’ fiction?
[1:09:10] Forthcoming Conrad Williams releases
[1:11:07] Words of advice for writers
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