at about the same time i was old enough to appreciate a horror story
why they appeal to us so much.
what it is that frightens us so much.
obviously it's complicated--
the psychology of fearing ghosts,
is a complicated interaction of our reservations about the time after death,
the things we once failed to understand about the natural world
and the human fear of the unknown.
but why is that slowly creaking open door in a house no one is supposed to be in
the notion that that statue might have blinked while you weren't looking
so much more frightening
than the ten foot tall fire breathing lizard monster?
one is a lot likelier than the other to actually kill you.
what i think
is that the creaking doorways and blinking statues
cater to our fear of the unknown.
we fear what we don't understand.