For thousands of years, we've told spooky stories around the campfire, both fascinated and repelled by the things that go bump in the night. Those stories form an important part of our mythology, going back countless generations. For whatever reason, we're drawn to the idea of ghosts and demons, vampires and witches.
Our original fairy tales, gloomy and grim, were long ago sanitized for children. But the fantastical, the supernatural and the spooky are back - for adults - with a vengeance. And fairy tales, with all their dark edges and grittiness restored, are once again in the limelight. While the campfire stories may have ceased, we still manage to escape into supernatural worlds, where zombies, aliens and monsters reign —fantastical tales we now find in books, movies, television and video games.
While some people simply love to be scared, fundamentallly these stories allow us to face our fears – and then master them. (Even if, occasionally, we are still afraid of the dark.)