Source: Providence Journal
In Providence, Rhode Island, birthplace of H.P. Lovecraft, horror fans gather at Ladd Observatory each year to pay tribute to “the father of modern horror fiction.”
Source: Atlas Obscura
Sometimes when you’re watching a scary movie, you feel dread even though nothing you see is terrifying. Learn how movie soundtracks can manipulate our emotions.
The fear of spiders, heights, claustrophobia, and the fear of needles are the most common fears we experience. Read about how the fight-or flight-response affects the heart when we’re scared.
Source: The Conversation
Even though the first Godzilla movie was made over half a century ago, this hulking monster has staying power because it can represent the most modern of threats.
Source: The Guardian
In this article, author Amy Lukavics explains the value she sees in horror fiction and argues that “true terror” should not have to be toned down for young adult readers.
Source: PBS NOVA
Rollercoasters, haunted houses, scary movies — we enjoy being scared, but have you ever wondered why? Some scientists think being scared is good for us!
Source: The Boston Globe
Telling scary stories around a campfire is an American tradition. In many modern summer camps, however, scary stories are being phased out in favor of activities that have more identifiably “positive outcomes” for everyone. Read this article and decide how you feel about the issue.
Source: Live Science
What goes on inside the mind of a zombie? Two neuroscientists who are also avid zombie fans speculate about why zombies behave and act as they do. Based on their knowledge of the brain they explore some interesting reasons for their slow shuffle and poor coordination!
Halloween’s popularity grows year after year, perhaps in part because being scared can be good for us.
Source: The New York Times
This video from the New York Times explains the German Krampus, and why fear is a part of their holiday tradition.
Source: The New York Times
A diverse selection of editors and writers offer insight about what they’ve learned from the horror genre.
Source: The Week
Writer Jen Doll makes a case that reading scary books is better than watching horror movies.
Source: Bangor Daily News
In this interview, author Stephen King uses some interesting visual metaphors to describe his writing process.
Source: The Chicago Tribune
Watching movies doesn’t just affect our brains; it also affects our bodies. Find out how the effects of horror movies compare with those of other genres.
Sociologist, Dr. Margee Kerr, explains what we feel when we are scared and why it’s so fun.
Source: Electric Literature
Learn about some of the literary offspring of one of the earliest horror stories.
Source: Now Novel
Have you ever wanted to write your own horror story? Get some practical tips to jump-start your ideas.
Source: Entertainment Designer
Early amusement parks may not have had high-tech thrill rides, but they managed to frighten people in simpler ways. Find out about the horror potential of a dangling string and other tricks of “dark rides.”
Source: Scientific American
Fear is a basic human response, but scientists still don’t completely understand it. Read about their efforts, using scans of blood flow in the brain, to further comprehend this complex reaction.
Source: Coming Soon
On the occasion of a new film adaptation of W.W. Jacobs’s classic tale, a reviewer digs into what makes this “be careful what you wish for” lesson so memorable.