Chilling Adventures in the Science of Fear
On Sale: September 29, 2015
Hardcover / e-Book
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Shiver-inducing science not for the faint of
No one studies fear quite like Margee
Kerr. A sociologist who moonlights at one of America’s
scariest and most popular haunted houses, she has seen grown
men laugh, cry, and push their loved ones aside as they run
away in terror. And she’s kept careful notes on what
triggers these responses and why.
Fear is a universal
human experience, but do we really understand it? If we’re
so terrified of monsters and serial killers, why do we flock
to the theaters to see them? Why do people avoid thinking
about death, but jump out of planes and swim with sharks?
For Kerr, there was only one way to find out.
eye-opening, adventurous book, she takes us on a tour of the
world’s scariest experiences: into an abandoned prison long
after dark, hanging by a cord from the highest tower in the
Western hemisphere, and deep into Japan’s mysterious
“suicide forest.” She even goes on a ghost hunt with a group
of paranormal adventurers. Along the way, Kerr shows us the
surprising science from the newest studies of fear—what it
means, how it works, and what it can do for us. Full of
entertaining science and the thrills of a good ghost story,
this book will make you think, laugh—and scream.
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