Johnny Compton

131 – Johnny Compton & A Pyroclastic Flow of Negative Energy

I like my ghosts like I like my podcasts – weird and slightly furious. 

Thankfully, this week delivers on both counts – with Johnny Compton’s The Spite House delivering more ghosts than you think you could fit into 250-pages … and none of them are anything less than fuming! 

Johnny talks us through the odd, off-kilter history of spite houses, we trace the legacy of the American haunted house novel, discuss ghost lore and dismiss orbs. We talk about complex father figures and I have my smuggest ever moment of being accidentally right about something.  

It’s a blast. Johnny is a joy to talk to and his book gives great ghostliness.

Books mentioned:

  • The Haunting of Hill House (1959), by Shirley Jackson
  • The Shining (1977), by Stephen King
  • ‘Salem’s Lot (1975), by Stephen King

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