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Why 'Fear in the Fens'?
The East Anglian landscape is unique...
It has inspired feelings of dread and terror since
Beowulf, the first horror story in English, was
written here in the 7th century.
The master ghost story writer MR James also found East Anglia an appropriate setting for some of his most chilling tales. Later in the 20th century, filmmakers found it a
perfect location for horror films such as Witchfinder General and The Tomb of Ligeia.
Our event acknowledges the role that East Anglian
landscape has had in these dark dreams and
explores both the fact and fiction of Fear in the Fens.
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