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Talking Scared

Neil McRobert
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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.


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Latest Episodes

Wagons West this week, with a guest I’ve been trying to get on the show since the early days. It’s Victor Lavalle. more

4 days ago

There is no cool and collected way to introduce this week’s episode. Our guest is Margaret Atwood. more

11 days ago

Vampires, finally! After years of recording a horror podcast, I’ve finally recorded a conversation about the first thing you all probably think of if I said “horror monster.” Actually, at this very moment, maybe you’d name a Floridian politician but ... more

18 days ago


4.9 out of 5 stars from 136 ratings
  • Eerily Good!

    This show is the gothic/horror book club of my dreams. I've learned so much from listening to the host's in-depth and thoughtful discussions with a spectacular lineup of writers. I especially appreciate when the conversation delves into structure, craft, and the writing process. Most of all, I love that it's not all about the scares here, but that horror is evaluated on the strength of its heart as well. Give it a listen, and watch your TBR list grow to monstrous proportions!

    Apple Podcasts
    United States3 months ago
  • I LOVE this show!

    This is by far my favorite podcast! The host is amazing, intellectual, funny, and humble! The depth and breadth of knowledge he brings to analyzing the novels he covers is quite astounding. Also, I have SO many books to read now! If you love Horror literature, listen to this show. It is one of a kind!

    Apple Podcasts
    United States3 months ago
  • The best in horror podcasting

    Simply put, Neil is the best interviewer in horror lit. He is consistently thoughtful, considerate, and original. Not to mention, his recommendations for great reads are always spot on. Love this show!

    Apple Podcasts
    United States3 months ago
  • This podcast deserves an award - It's Brilliant!

    Okay Neil, it’s about time I gave you a review. I started listening in early 2022 and am 95 episodes in. This podcast is not just about horror books. It is one of the most fascinating discussions of books and literature in the podcasting arena. But it doesn’t stop there, Neil is a thoughtful, well read, and erudite host and asks his guests some great questions. I have learned so much about subjects I ‘thought’ I knew about, been challenged in my ways of thinking, and had my perceptions changed m... more

    Apple Podcasts
    William Stukeley
    Canada3 months ago
  • A more in-depth horror podcast

    I listen to several horror lit podcasts, and this shuffles in and out of first place as my favorite. When compared to other podcasts interviewing the same authors about the same books Neil always has the more interesting questions, and takes the interview down strange little avenues that the other podcasts don’t touch. The updates are a highlight of my week. more

    Apple Podcasts
    Ems and Radleys
    United States4 months ago

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