205 episodes

Conversations with the biggest names in horror fiction. A podcast for horror readers who want to know where their favourite stories came from . . . and what frightens the people who wrote them.

Talking Scared Neil McRobert

    • Arts
    • 4.9 • 212 Ratings

Conversations with the biggest names in horror fiction. A podcast for horror readers who want to know where their favourite stories came from . . . and what frightens the people who wrote them.

    203 – Constant Readers & Celebrating Stephen King’s Short Stories (Part Two)

    203 – Constant Readers & Celebrating Stephen King’s Short Stories (Part Two)

    Send us a Text Message.Part One was epic. Part Two is just as good. In that way, it’s much better than the adaptation of IT! In the second part of this celebration of King short stories, a whole other roster of Constant Readers come along to talk about their favourites. We have writers for all ages, a fellow podcaster and a filmmaker with important updates. All of them united by one thing – their love of these little twisted word-worlds that Stephen King has given us over the ...

    • 2 hr 15 min
    202 – Constant Readers & Celebrating Stephen King’s Short Stories (Part One)

    202 – Constant Readers & Celebrating Stephen King’s Short Stories (Part One)

    Send us a Text Message.What’s your favourite Stephen King story? Everyone has one. Hot off the back of the recent interview with the man himself, it seemed a neat idea to get a few friends on the show to talk about their own preferences from King’s huge back-catalogue of short fiction. I am the architect of my own doom! What was supposed to be a small side project grew, like Grey Matter, or unnatural mist, into FOUR HOURS of top-notch King chat, with some of the best and bright...

    • 2 hr 12 min
    201 – Stephen King & Touching Other Worlds

    201 – Stephen King & Touching Other Worlds

    Send us a Text Message.Stephen King is back! What other intro do you need? Okay, fine. He talks to me about the stories behind the stories in his new collection, You Like it Darker. I had the audacity to ask him “where he got some of his ideas.” He also updates us on the potential of a third Jack Sawyer book, to follow The Talisman and Black House. He hints at what’s next from him, and Holly Gibney. He gives a perspective on his view from the top of the horror pyramid, an...

    • 1 hr 6 min
    200 – Every-Damn-One and Their Scariest Story

    200 – Every-Damn-One and Their Scariest Story

    Send us a Text Message.200 episodes! Madness. Who knew there could be so much to say about horror? I knew. You knew. And here we are. It turns out that the real cursed treasure was the friends we made along the way – and how better to celebrate the bicentennial, than by inviting some of the Talking Scared nearest and dearest, to tell us their scariest story? I called, they answered – with tales of voyeuristic ghosts, horrifying roadside encounters, disappearing witches, w...

    • 2 hr 40 min
    199 – Josh Malerman & The Most Frightening Love Story

    199 – Josh Malerman & The Most Frightening Love Story

    Send us a Text Message.My unpaid cohost returns. Josh Malerman ladies and gentlemen. Josh has been on the show many times before, but never have I been so excited to speak to him. His latest novel, Incidents Around the House is about as good a horror book as I’ve ever covered on this show… or possibly read in my life. It’s the story of a young girl, her family, and the entity pursuing them, but – as you’ll hear – it goes a whole lot deeper (and unforgivingly darker) than that. Josh ...

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Off Book #2 – National Park After Dark

    Off Book #2 – National Park After Dark

    Send us a Text Message.In the second Off Book episode we get out of our armchairs and go on a real adventure. Well, not really – but we talk to two people who do. Danielle and Cassie are the hosts of National Park After Dark – a podcast catering to the “morbid outdoor enthusiast.” They have skyrocketed to success, with well-researches stories of murder, maulings and mad incidents out in the world’s national parks. I’ve listened for years now and I’m delighted to finally get th...

    • 1 hr 9 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
212 Ratings

212 Ratings

Melissly ,

Best Horror Podcast Out There

I’ve never reviewed a podcast in my life but I love this one enough to leave it a five star review. Phenomenal guests and an incredible host.

Tadtheman00 ,

Long time listener first time reviewer

So I love the show! But was curious if Neil ever thought about putting it on YouTube if possible.

Becky LeJ ,

Hot Ones of Horror Podcasts (minus the hot sauce)

I’ve been meaning to review this podcast for quite some time! Not only does Neil feature authors who are hugely talented, but the time and attention he takes in researching the authors and their work is such a huge component. It’s the same thing that I enjoy in watching Hot Ones, where it’s clear the host has done so much work behind the scenes to make this an interesting conversation for the listeners and the guests!

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