The Living and the Dead: Creepy Child

Nathan and Charlotte ApplebyPreviously on The Living and the Dead: Creepy things started happening as soon as Nathan Appleby came home, and it seems like it’s driving him pretty crazy.

At last, we get the story of Lara, or Red Coat Lady, as I’ve been calling her. The poor woman’s a new mum, currently living with her baby daughter in a mental health facility. She voluntarily checked herself in because she’s being haunted by Gabriel, who wanders into her room at night to stare at her all dead-eyed and demand that she help him. Naturally, she thinks she’s experiencing some sort of psychosis. She’s nervous for good reason, too: turns out this horrible dead child has been haunting all the women of her family for several generations now, and it’s implied that the experience drove Lara’s mother to suicide when Lara was only three months old.

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The Living and the Dead: All Hallows

the_living_and_the_dead_5Previously on The Living and the Dead: Charlotte got pregnant, which would be great if she weren’t seemingly living at the mouth of hell. An unusual number of people in a tiny village were haunted, some to death, including Nathan, who keeps seeing a very 21st century woman in a red coat running around his house. It may be slowly driving him crazy.

So, if the last episode was the one where Nathan started going a bit off the rails, this is the one where he drives the train right over the edge of the bridge. Deliberately. He’s going full-on nuts, is what I’m saying.

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The Living and the Dead: Into the Woods

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Previously on The Living and the Dead: Nathan’s spooky village is a haunted nightmare town, and the living people aren’t that much better. One of them, Jack, was convinced that another guy he loves to bully cursed the harvest and tried to drown him as a witch. The other guy was saved, and Jack was banished.

It’s the Nathan Starts Losing It episode! Hooray! I’m surprised it took him this long—you can’t expect even the most rational and centred person not to start cracking up when they’ve been hearing voices, seeing things, and dealing with all the bizarre nonsense going on around Shepzoy.

And on that note: Nathan’s turned to the power of Ouija in an attempt to contact Clarity (whose name is starting to seem kind of like a cruel joke, no?). He gets no answers with that, but after he leaves the room, the word ‘daddy’ appears on a mirror.

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The Living and the Dead: Lost Boys

p03zb3rbPreviously on The Living and the Dead: Nathan Appleby and his wife, Charlotte, decided to leave London behind and give late-19th century farming a go, taking over his family’s place in Somerset. But apparently this place is haunted as hell, because first the vicar’s daughter appeared to be murderously possessed, and then Nathan saw a woman wandering around his house with an iPad.

First, some housekeeping matters.

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The Living and the Dead: The Haunting of Harriet Denning

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It’s 1894. Nathan Appleby has returned home to rural Somerset, accompanied by his very cool, modern-woman wife, Charlotte. Nathan, too, is a modern man, a psychologist who’s just returned from a trip to Vienna, where he gave a talk about psychological trauma. He’s back in Somerset to see his mother, who’s dying. It’s the summer solstice, and while Nathan and the locals see to the usual traditions (lighting and dancing around a bonfire), someone goes to Nathan’s mother’s room. We don’t see who it is, but she tells them to leave her son alone, and then dies.

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