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ADVISORY: He Knows What Puts the YIKES Into the Scariest Stories

Oct. 17, 2019
CONTACT: Jill Rosen
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Douglas J. Donovan
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William Egginton

During this season when fear is in fashion, the only time of year when people look forward to feeling afraid, a Johns Hopkins University professor, an expert in zombies, vampires, horror literature and slasher films, is available to talk about what exactly puts the shiver into the world’s scariest stories.

William Egginton, a professor of humanities and director of the Alexander Grass Humanities Institute, has taught a courses on Frankenstein and the horror genre. This year he’s even hosting a lecture on “Zombie Philosophy.”

He’s comfortable talking about scary movies, books and television shows – from the classics to current releases. What are the scariest stories? What do they have in common? What makes them so appealing?

To reach Egginton, contact: Jill Rosen, jrosen@jhu.edu or Doug Donovan, douglasjdonovan@jhu.edu.


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