It's that time of year again when things go bump in the night. CU Boulder experts are available to discuss the sociological underpinnings of horror films, society’s attraction to horror and the mythology of the horror genre’s most infamous creatures. 

On the sociology of horror

Marshall Smith and Laura Patterson: Smith is a sociology instructor with the Philosophy Arts and Culture Residential Academic Program and teaches a class, Sociology of Horror. Patterson is an instructor in the Department of Sociology. The two co-host the Collective Nightmares podcast, which covers horror films from a sociological perspective. They can discuss how horror films reflect the fears, desires and tensions in society at a given time and how different groups and ideologies are represented in horror films. Read more about their favorite horror flicks.

On the horror genre and mythical creatures

Stephen Graham Jones is an Ivena Baldwin Professor of English and the author of several critically acclaimed horror novels, including his most recent book “My Heart is a Chainsaw.” Jones recently wrote an opinion article in the New York Times discussing how the horror genre reflects society’s fears and anxieties and helps us process them. He can speak about why we like to be scared on Halloween and discuss the mythology of zombies, werewolves, haunted houses and more.