Beyond the Neon started life in February 2018 as the ‘Adventures in VHS Too’ podcast, but I decided to rebrand once it became clear this was no sequel.
Starting by asking the question ‘were the 80s too scary’? I looked at how 1980s entertainment seemed more willing to teach terrifying lessons to kids, and spoke to child behaviour and psychology experts about what this meant for those who grew up in this era.
After a two-part special focused on the history of The Transformers, I turned my attention to superhero culture, film marketing, high concept movies and advertising in the 1980s. And it was around this point, that I decided (though I always suspected) that the project would ultimately become a book.