Katy Towell: Childrin R Skary

Two weeks to go until Halloween, folks.  If you’re anything like me, you’re already watching scary short films on YouTube late at night, just before bed, just to get that delicious thrill of terror to send you into nightmareland.

In my scary film travels, I found Katy Towell.   She is a writer and animator, and her work is brilliant.  You can see it here, at her website.  Her stories are dark little gems–creepy, affecting, and delightful all at the same time.  I’m eagerly awaiting her novel, Skary Childrin and the Carousel of Sorrow.  It promises to be a prose version of her short films–eerie, melancholy, atmospheric, with more than a touch of the folktale about them.

Last Halloween I talked about my deep and abiding love for Chris Priestley, and Towell’s work reminds me very much of his, particularly in tone and the feel of her writing. But she’s got a style all her own, both in her prose and in her art.  Watch this:

That’s pretty indicative of her style.  Creepy little stories simply told, usually with little girls as the protagonists.  Her humor is quirky and of the dark variety.  Perfect for Halloween!

In advance of my next post, enjoy one of the very best short films about zombies I have ever seen, courtesy of the brilliant Katy Towell.  Do be advised if you’re squeamish, though–there’s blood and guts.



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