Why do we like scary stories?

Dr. Clotilde Landais joins me for a discussion on fear in fiction: why do we keep turning the page in a scary book or watching the scary movie when our physiological impulse is to run away or attack the monster?

Further reading:

Clasen, Mathias. “Monsters Evolve: A Biocultural Approach to Horror Stories.” Review of General Psychology, vol. 16, no. 2, 2012, pp. 222–29.

Landais, Clotilde. Stephen King as a Postmodern Author.Peter Lang Publishing, 2013.