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Episode 90 – Right Through My Hair by Noel Boston

September 17, 2022 | Episodes | Comments (5)

Norwich Cathedral

Join Will and Mike for haunted cathedrals, lecherous minor canons and hair-based horrors in Noel Boston’s ‘Right Through My Hair’!

Big thanks to Debbie Wedge for providing the readings for this episode.

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  1. Eddie says:

    Bung-ho a new episode! Thoroughly enjoyed your reading and discussion on this one lads and particularly Will’s deep dive on The Heavenly Twins. The call-back to the Fortean Times: I loved the series and the Portishead Theremin track used in the interludes. Great idea for your 4th season/era focusing on Women authors – can’t wait for them!

  2. Gary says:

    Bravo, boys! Another great episode. I especially liked Will From the Future’s insight into where Boston quite obviously got the idea for Old Martle’s suicide. And I liked that there was mention of Walter De La Mere’s “All Hallow’s.” I’d really like to hear your take on that story, as it’s also been one of my favorites.
    Looking forward to Season 4, but was disappointed that you didn’t mention Edith Nesbit among your list of women authors for prospective episodes.
    Meanwhile, Keep up the great work, lads!

  3. SRebInNH says:

    This was fun and I’m always excited for new episodes. I thought about “A Night in King’s College Chapel”, another sanctuary that belongs to a different crowd after dark. Those characters were showing their easy-going side, sure, but they could’ve gotten offended and started throwing their panes at the living at any moment! Sharp pieces of glass? Much worse than a gentle little pat on the head from a lonely foot.

  4. Anders Davis says:

    I hope at some point in the future you will do a full season of James’ favorite author- J. Sheridan Le Fanu. I know you have covered one or two in the past, but there are so many worthy stories and even novels and novellas that would make for excellent discussion.

  5. Nick Beale says:

    I did wonder, before Future Will cut in, whether the debt that couldn’t be acknowledged had been like Canon Alberic’s pact with “a demon of the night”.

    “Bung-Ho!” was also an expression of delight among the people of Potarneyland in the radio sitcom The Navy Lark (1959–1977).

    Re Mary Cholmondeley — it’s pronounced “Chumley” in Posh English (cf. Harry Enfield’s Mr. Cholmondely-Warner).

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