Did you spend your childhood being traumatised by Worzel Gummidge, Hartley Hare, Children of the Stones and the Spirit of Dark and Lonely Water? Were you terrified of the Usborne Book of Ghosts
in your school library, given nightmares by Horror Top Trumps and Game
of Jaws, and then handed a Dalek’s Death Ray lolly to calm you down?
The children who grew up in the 1970s and 1980s were placed in the
unenviable position of being scared by virtually everything. In this
show, Liverpool writers Stephen Brotherstone and Dave Lawrence – the men
behind the superb ‘Scarred For Life’ book – will be giving a hilarious
talk about the TV, films, music, comics, board games, books, adverts and
crisps (no, really) that blighted all of our childhoods. All
accompanied by a slide show of some of their most potent childhood
fears! There’ll be explicit talk about the giant spiders from Doctor Who, discussion of the bloodthirsty ending to Blake’s 7,
a rummage through the gruesome Public Information Films that haunted
all of our nightmares… and even a Top 10 Chart Countdown of the best
British hit singles to be inspired by the prospect of impending nuclear
And, afterwards, there’ll be a Q&A and discussion – so feel free
to chip in with your own memories of retro childhood trauma!
Stephen and Dave’s incredible Scarred For Life book was published in 2017, and became a huge hit. It is, essentially, a gigantic compendium of everything that terrified a generation of British kids during these extraordinary decades… from appallingly graphic kids’ TV to violent comics (and Monster Fun), post-apocalyptic cinema, shocking sitcoms and a boom in paranormal news coverage! This, lest we forget, was the era when respectable BBC1 news programmes would run regular features on poltergeists, UFOs and the Loch Ness Monster. Not to mention Nationwide’s epoch-defining coverage of the ‘Hexham Heads’ and their accompanying werewolf…
So come and join us for the ultimate celebration of vintage terror!
You are – of course – at liberty to watch from behind your fingers,
although sadly we’re unable to provide a sofa to hide behind. And the
evening will be hosted by writer and broadcaster Bob Fischer, who spent
the entirety of 1978 convinced that his family dog had rabies after
glimpsing an appallingly irresponsible poster next to the headmaster’s
office door in his primary school reception.
Doors open at 18.30, for a 19.30 start.
Refreshments will be available in our licensed cafe/bar.