Ghosts, Zombies, and Vampires — Why We Love ‘Em

Do you like being scared? That Is, do you enjoy horror movies, scary books, thriller TV shows?

What is it about the thrill of fear that we enjoy?

A few years ago, an English professor named Walter Kendrick decided to investigate. He wanted to know why, over the last couple of centuries, our taste in entertainment had taken a dark turn

The result was his 1991 book called The Thrill of Fear. And if you are a fan of ghosts, ghouls, zombies, and vampires, stick with us.

I spoke with him a couple of days before Halloween in 1991. So here now, from 1991, Walter Kendrick.

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Lorraine Warren

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It’s Halloween weekend, so, I have to give you a little bit of a scare, don’t I?

If you’ve ever seen the 2009 movie The Haunting in Connecticut, you know the story that you’re about to hear. That scary movie was koosely based on real events, in which a family moved into what used to be a funeral home in Connecticut.

Turned out, it was a haunted funeral home.

And that’s where Lorraine Warren comes in. She and her husband Ed, both paranormal investigators, or “ghostbusters,” were called in to help the family.

I met Lorraine Warren 28 years ago. In fact, 28 years ago today, as we talked about her experience in that real life Haunting in Connecticut.

So here now, from 1992, Lorraine Warren.

Ed Warren died in 2006.

Lorraine Warren died in 2019, at the age of 92.