Urban legends are shaped by the people who tell them and where they’re from. That’s why you’ll hear so many versions of the same story.
Game design engages players through emotional identification and physical participation, and relies heavily on the role of human hands in knowing and navigating the world.
Long past Margaret Atwood’s novel, the new season is increasingly violent – and the audience will find themselves increasingly numb.
A historian reviews Pablo Agüere’s award-winning Netflix film Akelarre and explains why it is one of the best films around on the early modern witch-hunt.
From ghosts and meddling staff to interesting decorating choices, the houses in these books make for great reading.
Be they ghosts or her mind playing tricks? The uncertainty is the draw of the 1898 classic The Turn of the Screw.
Latin American filmmakers wanting to alert the world to human rights abuses are turning to the supernatural to tell compelling stories
John Wyndham’s book The Midwich Cuckoos is set to be adapted for the screen for the third time. The tale of otherworldly children resonates with audiences today as much as it did in 1957.
Invisibility has been used to indulge fantasies of good and evil, level social critiques or warn of the dangers of power in the wrong hands.
The latest version of the Gothic vampire chiller is brought to you with the trademark humour of writers Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss.
Sometimes the unknown is more appealing than the truth – and it has kept ghost hunters in business for generations.
The British countryside is supposed to be peaceful and idyllic. Don’t be fooled.
The human scream – a response we share with our primate relatives – is more nuanced than you might think.
In the early 1970s, rumors about poisoned candy on Halloween led to mass paranoia. A historian explains why such fears emerge – and what, in reality, feeds them.
For decades, black characters in horror movies were objects of ridicule, died first or played evil Voodoo practitioners. But now we’re seeing a wave of films created by blacks and starring blacks.
Here are some treats you don’t have to ring Halloween doorbells for.
There are various techniques that can soften the fear factor of a scary film: from talking about it to providing facts that contextualise the plotline.
We love to be scared by creepy movies. But fear has other uses too. It can be used negatively by politicians to control us, but can also be a tool to harness internal change.
Ghost stories are often about the departed seeking justice for an earthly wrong. Their sightings are a reminder that ethics and morality transcend our lives.
A podcast on twins, including why stereotypes about their relationship are so damaging, and why they are so useful to scientists.