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Why Horror Seduces

Mathias Clasen


This book explains the appeals and functions of horror entertainment by drawing on cutting-edge findings in the evolutionary social sciences, showing how the horror genre is a product of human nature. It is the first book to integrate the study of horror with the sciences of human nature and to offer a sustained analysis of the ways in which our evolutionary heritage constrains and directs horror in literature, film, and computer games. The central claim of the book is that horror entertainment works by targeting ancient and deeply conserved neurobiological mechanisms. We are attracted to horr ... More

Keywords: horror entertainment, horror films, horror video games, horror literature, evolution, evolutionary social sciences, neurobiological mechanisms

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Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190666507
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190666507.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mathias Clasen, author
Associate Professor of Literature and Media, Aarhus University

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