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3 things I learned from teaching students about horror pioneer George...

Carl Kurlander, University of Pittsburgh I’m no fan of horror movies. At least I wasn’t until I moved from Hollywood back to my hometown of...

The spooky and dangerous side of black licorice

Bill Sullivan, Indiana University Black licorice may look and taste like an innocent treat, but this candy has a dark side. On Sept. 23, 2020,...

Rabies’ horrifying symptoms inspired folktales of humans turned into werewolves, vampires...

Jessica Wang, University of British Columbia In 1855, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported on the gruesome murder of a bride by her new husband. The...

Why we love big, blood-curdling screams

Frank T. McAndrew, Knox College Of all the sounds humans produce, nothing captures our attention quite like a good scream. They’re a regular feature of horror...

Zombie flu: How the 1919 influenza pandemic fueled the rise of...

Elizabeth Outka, University of Richmond Zombies have lurched to the center of Halloween culture, with costumes proliferating as fast as the monsters themselves. This year,...

Not all candy is candy – at least for tax purposes

Hayes Holderness, University of Richmond Halloween shoppers have many delicious decisions to make before trick-or-treaters show up at their doors. And in many states, those...

Most witches are women, because witch hunts were all about persecuting...

Bridget Marshall, University of Massachusetts Lowell “Witch hunt” – it’s a refrain used to deride everything from impeachment inquiries and sexual assault investigations to allegations...

Why believing in ghosts can make you a better person

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