Channel Zero is Syfy channel’s terrifying horror anthology that follows a town stricken with a curse coming from a children’s puppet show titled “Candle Cove.” Combining modern day scares with creepy vintage marionettes, Candle Cove hits the ground running and offers plenty of frights for the Halloween season. Showrunner Nick Antosca has had plenty of success when it comes to his history of horror writing for MTV’s Teen Wolf and as a co-producer on NBC’s series Hannibal.
Antosca was kind enough to sit down with us to explain how Channel Zero came about, his plans for the future, and what surprises the series has for us moving forward this season while focusing on Candle Cove. Plus, more on the creation of the “Tooth Child.”
On the Origin of Channel Zero
When asked about how Channel Zero took off, Antosca first stated that the main priority of the writers’ room for the series was to “unsettle audiences” and he leaped at the chance to bring the series of Candle Cove to audiences through SyFy. “I’ve been a fan of Creepypastas for a long time,” Antosca told us with regard to the internet sensation of putting together horror stories for random online viewers to wet their whistle on, “with Candle Cove in particular being at the top of the list. When you’re online, staying up until 3AM reading scary stories online, you’ll always end up in Candle Cove at some point.”Antosca went on to mention how he got involved after screenwriter Max Landis had optioned the story with the blessing of the original story’s creator Kris Straub.
“When I saw the story was originally optioned, I knew I wanted to get involved. The original idea was for it be one mini-series but there are millions of these stories out there and they have cult fanbases, acting as modern urban legends. Right now, SyFy is going through a ‘changing of the guard’ and working on thinking outside the box, so they understood us when they saw how passionate we were about the pitch and the story itself.”