Yep, the book is finally out, well, it is out on Tuesday, July 12. This book explains why it is good for women to watch horror: what we learn and why it is adaptive to get terrified, terrorized, even killed – because if you are the audience, you survive and learn.
If you follow the link above, there is a flyer with a 35 percent discount of the book in July. Click “view full text” on the page on researchgate.
Negative emotions are not bad. When we play with them, we grow stronger, mentally robust, more flexible and creative, wiser, and we get more courage. As we age, we change, and the stories in fiction horror change too. This book explores female protagonist across the life phases from child, teen, adult, middle age, and old. There are many kinds of horror, many different stories from mainstream horror to new French extremity and torture porn, different emotions, and different things to learn. Horror does not stop when you are young, as most people think. We play from we are born until we die, and in horror we play with the challenging things in life. Challenges begin when we are born and they continue until we die, so playing with them is highly adaptive.
Fiction horror is play. When we face our fears, we play with our fears. And fear does not disappear, but we learn courage.
And, of course, we also have the great pleasure of dating vampires, running with werewolves, dealing with psychopaths and zombies, cutting skin, eating flesh, conjuring up demons and facing the Devil. So many challenges.