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Richard welcomes a communications professor and author to discuss the television series Kolchak: The Night Stalker, which aired on ABC for 20 episodes, beginning in the fall of 1974. He offers insights into how the series reflected contemporary horror narratives and changed them. Ultimately, the series proved influential for later television horror shows based on what it did right and on the mistakes future creators would learn to avoid. The enduring impact of the series on current television horror continues to draw more and more individuals into its robust fanbase, and these fans continue to consume and create new narratives of their favourite monster-hunting reporter even fifty years after he first appeared.

Guest: Kendall Phillips teaches communications and rhetorical studies at Syracuse University. He is the host of the podcast Pop Life, He is the author of Kolchak: The Night Stalker


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