The Science of Monsters by Meg Hafdahl and Kelly Florence

Updated: May 12, 2020

Written by Gothic media moguls Meg Hafdahl and Kelly Florence, the women behind the Horror Rewind podcast, who each had a love of horror movies from an early age, The Science of Monsters: The Truth about Zombies, Witches, Werewolves, Vampires, and other Legendary Creatures is a compendium of horror films and some of the real-life inspirations for those films, as well as interviews with several experts on the topic of their field.

The title is somewhat misleading as it is not a comprehensive book when it comes to scientific exploration. The science mainly comes from asking questions, such as “Are there any diseases or conditions that make someone seem as if they are dead?” and then asking an expert for their opinion. This ensures the book is as accessible to as many people as possible, but may be disappointing for those expecting in-depth scientific exploration of the subject matter. Proof is not offered specifically, but the intent is to be make the information fun and accessible rather than provide information in a textbook format. Regardless, the book is full of fascinating bits of information that horror fans will enjoy.


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