The Frighteners follows the quest of Peter Laws, a Baptist minister with a penchant for the macabre, to understand why so many people love things that are spooky, morbid and downright repellent. He meets vampires, hunts werewolves in Hull, talks to a man who has slept on a mortuary slab to help him deal with a diagnosis, and is chased by a chainsaw-wielding maniac through a farmhouse full of hanging bodies.
Staring into the darkness of a Transylvanian night, he asks: what is it that makes millions of people seek to be disgusted and freaked out? And in a world that worships rationality and points an accusing finger at violent video games and gruesome films, can an interest in horror culture actually give us safe ways to confront our mortality? Might it even have power to re-enchant our jaded world?
Grab your crucifixes, pack the silver bullets and join the Sinister Minister on his romp into our morbid curiosities.
Like the author, I have always had a love of all things macabre. Halloween, horror movies, urban legends are some of my favorite things. This book goes into why we love those things and how it is not only normal, but healthy. The book is an interesting mix of a personal stories, history and psychology. Peter laws is a wonderful writer, and Mark Meadows does a great job narrating.
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As a fellow horror fiend and Christian, I related to so many things in this book. I learned some things and I laughed at some things. Peter is a unique person and entertaining author, and Mark Meadows narration was great.
This book is a refreshing look into why we love to be scared. Peter Laws words are brought to life by the engaging tone of Mark Meadows narration. A essential read/Listen to anyone who loves horror, the paranormal or scare (Haunted) Attractions. As a producer of theatre productions in this genre it is a valuable tool in how the people that visit me attractions tick, which I will come back to again and again.