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Episode 24 - Love is Scary: Our Undying Infatuation with the Undead

When it comes to love, there are plenty of things to fear: commitment, rejection, not purchasing the perfect Valentine’s gift. For centuries, love and fear have been increasingly intermingled when it comes to literature and pop culture, as the public has become more and more enamored by stories of ghosts, vampires, zombies and other undead creatures. On this episode of UNT Pod, UNT Associate Professor of English Stephanie Hawkins discusses how that fascination has manifested — and some of the best works of literature for those looking for a good scare.

In this episode, we discuss:

● The public’s fascination with ghost stories

● Hawkins’ class “Undead: Ghosts, Vampires and Zombies in American Literature”

● The origins of ghost stories

● The best ghost stories to read

Featured in this episode is:

● Dr. Stephanie Hawkins, associate professor in UNT’s Department of English

Helpful links:

● Learn more about the Ghost Stories of Henry James and The Turn of the Screw

● Learn more about Beloved

● Learn more about the most famous American horror stories

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