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Be Scared of Everything: Horror Essays

Be Scared of Everything: Horror Essays

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An incredible voice in horror - Tor Nightfire

Horror essays that read like Chuck Klosterman filtered through H.P. Lovecraft.

Slinging ectoplasm, tombstones, and chainsaws with aplomb, Be Scared of Everything is a frighteningly smart celebration of horror culture that will appeal to both horror aficionados and casualfans. Combining pop culture criticism and narrative memoir, Counter's essays consider and deconstruct film, TV, video games, true crime, and his own horrific encounters to find importance in the occult, pathos in Ouija boards, poetry in madness, and beauty in annihilation.

Comprehensive in scope, these essays examine popular horror media including Silent HillHannibalHereditary, the Alien films, JawsThe X-FilesThe TerrorThe Southern Reach TrilogyInterview with the VampireMiseryGerald's GameThe Sixth SenseScreamHalloweenThe Blair Witch ProjectThe Babadook, the works of H.P. Lovecraft, Slenderman stories, alongside topics like nuclear physics,cannibalism, blood, Metallica, ritual magic, nightmares, and animatronic haunted houses.

This is a book that shows us everything is terrifying - from Pokemon to PTSD - and that horror can be just as honest, vulnerable, and funny as it is scary.

"Be Scared of Everything is a heady mix of memoir and critical essays. Discerning, unafraid to examine larger questions without easy answers, the collection is also warm and entertaining." - PaulTremblay

"Counter's brilliant essay collection  Be Scared of Everything is a poetic and deeply thoughtful exploration of all the ways that horror permeates our everyday life." - Rue Morgue

  • Author: Peter Counter 
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