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Ex-daily journalist bids to become ‘doctor of horror’

A former regional journalist is hoping to qualify as a ‘doctor of horror’ after undertaking a new PhD.

Sarah Crowther, who used to work at the Halifax Evening Courier, is taking up the part-time doctorate in horror films while working as a media lecturer at Swansea University.

To qualify for the doctorate Sarah, 41, will have to write a film script and accompanying 20,000 word dissertation.

Sarah, pictured below, worked at the Courier between 1998 and 2000 before going on to a career in PR and academia.

Sarah Crowther

Said Sarah: “I’m a huge horror fan and have been ever since I was young. I have always been interested in ghost stories.

“I don’t think my mum was ever concerned and is quite proud of me but possibly does think that it’s a strange career path.”

“I am writing a comedy horror film but I can’t say too much on what it’s about but I have told a few friends who work in the industry my idea and they seem to think that it could really work.

“I also have to write a dissertation to go with it and I want to focus on the juxtaposition between comedy and horror, the paradox and how it works.

She added:  “I think some of the best films in the genre are comedy and horror.

“Shaun of the Dead, Severance and Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, that’s the film that really changed things for me.”

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  • May 24, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    Very nice. And an impressive newspaper career for someone who’s now teaching the next generation how to do it….

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