Spooky, Scary Scholarship

An autumnal outdoor scene of leaf-strewn grass with apples on the ground, a stack of books and a small jack-o-lantern on top of the books

"I was working in the lab late one night…" In celebration of spooky season, the Hopkins Press Journals Division presents a reading list of monstrous, creepy scholarship. From Frankenstein to vampires, candy consumerism to midnight monster movies - there's wonderfully wicked research here for everyone! All the frightening articles below are freely available through the end of October. Read them all….if you dare!

Frankenstein’s Ghosts
Emily Hodgson Anderson
Studies in the Novel, vol. 51 no. 3, 2019 

“Of Course There Are Werewolves and Vampires”: True Blood and the Right to Rights for Other Species
Dale Hudson
American Quarterly, vol. 65 no. 3, 2013

Sensitive Spirits: Changing Depictions of Demonic Emotions in the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries
Juanita Feros Ruys
Digital Philology: A Journal of Medieval Cultures, vol. 1 no. 2, 2012

Becoming Familiar: Witches and Companion Animals in Harry Potter and His Dark Materials
Elizabeth Ezra
Children's Literature, vol. 47, 2019

Vampire Apocalypse: A Biocultural Critique of Richard Matheson's I Am Legend
Mathia Clasen
Philosophy and Literature, vol. 34 no. 2, 2010

Trick or Treat? Halloween Lore, Passive Consumerism, and the Candy Industry
Susan Honeyman
The Lion and the Unicorn, vol. 32 no. 1, 2008

Monsters on the Brain: An Evolutionary Epistemology of Horror
Stephen T. Asma
Social Research: An International Quarterly, vol. 81 no. 4, 2014

Magic, Monsters, and Movies: America’s Midnight Ghost Shows
Beth A. Kattleman
Theatre Journal, vol. 62 no. 1, 2010

Walking Alone Together: Family Monsters in The Haunting of Hill House
Richard Pascal
Studies in the Novel, vol. 46 no. 4, 2014

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