Scream: Chilling Adventures in the Science of Fear

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For as long as we’ve gathered by campfires to tell ghost stories, humans have always loved a good scare. From the splatter flicks of the 70s, to Japan’s obsession with drowned girls, to creepy modern experiences like the overnight ghost hunt at the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, the horror industry has thrived across time and cultures. Our obsession with getting scared is obvious to anyone who visits ScareHouse, a haunted house in Pittsburgh that is annually ranked among the scariest in the country, and has become a booming attraction with nearly 150 employees and lines wrapping around the block. It even has its own sociologist, who conducts surveys and observations to make its performances ever more terrifying. Her name is Margee Kerr.

In this surprising, scary, entertaining audiobook, Kerr puts her expertise to the test. Not merely content to observe others’ fear, she confronts it in the form of things like skydiving, paranormal investigations, and a visit to Japan’s infamous “suicide forest.” In her willingness to explore the world’s scariest attractions, Kerr shows why we seek out terror even when there is plenty to fear in everyday life. Whether she’s dangling by a cable from a 116-story tower or experiencing New York City’s “Extreme Haunt,” BlackOut, in which participants are handcuffed, forced to crawl through dark tunnels, and given a gun and told to shoot someone, Kerr parses the elements of fear with humor and the precision of an expert.

Along the way, she takes a personal journey that leads to valuable insights about what we fear—and what it says about who we are.

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Margee Kerr has a PhD in sociology from the University of Pittsburgh, where she currently teaches. She is also a nationally recognized expert on professional haunted houses and works year-round for the ScareHouse haunted house, analyzing data on customers and employees to make its attractions scarier. Her work has been featured in the Washington Post, Parade, Atlantic Monthly, and NPR’s Science Friday, among other places. She is also the coinvestigator on the country’s first-of-its-kind study measuring fear in the real world, collecting data on how the brain and body respond in real-life threatening situations. She lives in Pittsburgh.

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Visceral Entertaining The encouraging message is that we should feel the fear and do it anyway.” Wall Street Journal

Margee Kerr is a fear junkie. Roller coasters, haunted houses, heights, abandoned prisons, ghosts (well, maybe), even death she confronts them with the relentlessness of a zombie Terminator. [She] mixes enough self-awareness and insight with her tales of fright to make the book campfire-worthy. Scream may not haunt you outright, but it stays with you, mainly by showing how the scariest place in the world is inside your own head.” Washington Post

While describing her experiences, Kerr insightfully reviews the physical effects of feeling fear For people who wonder why they like to be scared, these experiments offer some clues. For those afraid of being afraid, Kerr's own enthusiasm gives them reasons to try it.” Publishers Weekly

Kerr takes readers on a journey on which they will experience the world's most frightening and terrifying places firsthand As Kerr explores places that make people tremble, she shares her personal dread on each of these destinations, which makes the book even more captivating While complete with scientific information, this well-written, fascinating book is accessible to the general public.” Library Journal

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