What Makes Zombies So Damn Scary?
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What Makes Zombies So Damn Scary?

Over the last year, I’ve spend a lot of time thinking about what’s scary. I’ve written a horror novel, after all. And I decided that it didn’t make much sense to write a scary story and then not do my due diligence in trying to give someone the willies. But, as I am at least putatively trained to think scientifically, I recently decided to consult the scientific and medical literature regarding what scares us most. I embarked on this journey…

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Celebrating the 32nd Anniversary of Salem’s Lot

Somewhere between November 17th and November 24th, 1979, I was “movie-scared” for the first time. “Movie-Scared” is a term my oldest daughter coined a couple of years ago to describe the experience of being completely and gleefully terrified by something that shows up on screen.

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Why is Saying Goodbye So Dang Hard?

My ideal self would wink and say “so-long.” This fantasy self would slowly walk away with easy confidence and at least the appearance of self-assured resolve. But the true self? Hell, it barely makes it out the front door.

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What if Aliens Were Real?

“What if really smart aliens gave us a time out?” That’s my question. Then, could we get our act together?

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A Vampire Flick with Emotional Teeth

I am a fan of vampires. I have been for a very long time; ever since I was 11 years old, enjoying one of the first evenings when my parents saw fit to trust me at home alone. “I can watch whatever I want on television,” I thought, grabbing some Pringles and Dr. Pepper and settling in on the family couch in our wood paneled living room. I switched on the newly arrived Showtime Cable Entertainment Network, and scared the…