Scream by Margee Kerr

Scream

Shiver-inducing science not for the faint of heart.No one studies fear quite like Margee Kerr. A sociologist who moonlights at one of America's scariest and most popular haunted houses, she has seen grown men laugh, cry, and push their loved ones aside as they run away in terror. And she's kept careful notes on what triggers these responses and why.Fear is a universal human experience, but do we really understand it? If we're so terrified of mons...


Details Scream

TitleScream
ISBN9781610394826
Author
Release DateSep 29th, 2015
PublisherPublicAffairs
LanguageEnglish
GenreNonfiction, Science, Psychology, Horror, Sociology
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Reviews Scream

  • Will Byrnes
    2015-06-04
    Our threat response is automatic, but what we fear is largely learned. …I’m looking at how we experience fear biologically (and the consequences of continuous heightened fear states), how we construct fear socially, and how we interpret it psychologically. … These are my adventures in fear. What scares you? It varies for most of us, but certainly death and personal, physical harm will come out at or near the top. It certainly should. Along...
  • Audra (ouija.doodle.reads)
    2015-07-14
    Margee Kerr: if you're out there, reading this, will you please hire me? I live for October. I love haunted houses and go to all the ones I can get to in Colorado every year. I love scary movies, scary books, scary everything. I also took psychology and sociology classes in college because I want to know what makes people tick. You found a way to put those two things together to study and learn about fear as an emotion and as a social construct a...
  • Becky
    2015-10-29
    A 3.5 that I rounded down to 3 rather than up to a 4, because she shone so brilliantly in chapters, and at others times found her inner dialogue and flashbacks to personal experiences important, but ultimately misplaced within the broader narrative at the time. While I perfectly enjoyed reading about adventures, I could never quite connect with her voice during the more intimate moments, such as her emotional confrontation with the ideas of her o...
  • Justin Tate
    2016-09-11
    Unexpectedly poignant and thoroughly-researched, this is a one of a kind book that analyzes fear from all angles, from roller coasters to haunted houses to high-crime neighborhoods to PTSD. Meanders a little here and there, but overall a well-structured study that reads quick and makes you think. The notes on the positive effects of fear were especially noteworthy. Recommended!
  • Kelsey Myers
    2015-06-22
    Margee Kerr is a sociologist who studies fear. She challenges herself to travel the world experiencing the wide range of how fear can present itself-- from physical thrills to haunted locales to the not-so-fun reality of living in high crime areas. In the end, I found this book to be too memoir for my taste. Sorry, Margee, but I really could care less about the first time you rode a roller coaster. And more than anything, I found myself annoyed t...
  • Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
    2017-11-11
    3.5 StarsWritten by a sociologist, this book explored the reasons why people love to be scared. As a self declared thriller-seeker, Kerr travelled around the world to test drive different types of fear-inducing experiences. Personally, I was most interested in the psychological thrills section, which featured haunted houses and paranormal investigations. The author compared how different cultures consume horror entertainment. The differences betw...
  • Bob Schnell
    2015-08-05
    Advanced reading copy review Due to be published September 29, 2015Did you ever wonder why haunted houses, horror films and thrill rides are so popular? Why do people enjoy being scared? Margee Kerr is a sociologist who tackles these questions in "Scream: Chilling Adventures in the Science of Fear". Not only does she take a laboratory view of the physical and psychological side of fear but she puts herself in the role of guinea pig as well. She t...
  • Robin
    2015-10-24
    Over the years, I've had a love/hate relationship with scary movies, books, and activities. I remember my first "almost-peed-my-pants" scary experience and that was when as a kid in the late 1950s, watching Twilight Zone's "Beauty is the Eye of the Beholder." Talk about a startling development! Even though it thoroughly scared me, it started my love affair with anything that would create fear, especially if ghosts and haunted mansions were involv...
  • Jill Hutchinson
    2016-02-22
    I was not sure what to expect when I picked up this book....it turned out to be a sociological/psychological study of fear mixed with the personal stories of the author's search for the ultimate terrifying situation. Why are people afraid of the dark, or ghosts, or spiders or height? And how does our brain react when we are faced with a flee or fight situation when we feel threatened by something that frightens us?It is an interesting study but t...
  • Cassie-la
    2016-10-26
    ORIGINALLY POSTED: https://bibliomantics.com/2016/11/04/...When I finally dove into Scream, I was expecting a thorough exploration of fear. Sadly, the book was incredibly unbalanced, with Kerr either succeeding or failing chapter to chapter as she attempted to tackle a wide range of subjects. From the science that was far too science-y, to the sometimes painful person anecdotes, I was left wanting so much more.
  • Craig Ranallo
    2017-09-27
    A fascinating and unique study of fear. No one researches quite like Margee Kerr, it seems. Visiting skyscrapers, haunted houses, amusement parks halfway around the world, abandoned prisons, cemeteries, and unending dark alleys, Kerr compiles over a year's worth of study and observation about the nature and science of fear: what is fear? Where external factors influence it? What internal factors? How do we process it psychologically, emotionally,...
  • Michelle
    2015-08-15
    A unique and fascinating look into the terror of the horror industry and the impact on human emotion: "Scream: Chilling Adventures in the Science of Fear" authored by sociologist Margee Kerr, who also has worked in the famous "Scare House" a thrill attraction in Pittsburg, PA. Kerr takes her readers around the world touring haunted houses, thrill ride roller coasters, the CN Tower Edge Walk, the haunted Eastern State Penitentiary (1829-1971), the...
  • Claire
    2015-05-26
    I've never enjoyed learning about a new subject as much as I did learning about the science of fear while reading this book. Not my typical read, I'd rather read a book to feel fear, not read to find out why I feel fear and why I enjoy and sometimes crave the feeling. But this book was written in a way that took you on a journey of someone else's fear and taught you along the way. There were several parts of the book that really stood out to me. ...
  • Allisonlcarter
    2016-01-13
    Short take: A sociologist looks at fear. It's a lot less dry than that sounds. Using herself as a guinea pig, Kerr examines various kinds of fear -- biological fear (say, the fear of heights), psychological fears (being alone in the dark or fear of death), and engineered sorts of fears (haunted houses). She looks at both the sciencey side of things (less interesting to me, but that's just because of me) as well as how it fits into a broader socie...
  • jeremy
    2015-10-15
    in scream: chilling adventures in the science of fear, pittsburgh sociologist margee kerr explores the fundamental human emotion of fear. by visiting haunted houses, a former penitentiary, amusement parks, towering heights, japan's infamous suicide forest, a ghost hunt, and other scary (intentionally or otherwise) locales across the globe, kerr offers an account of fearful experiences. blending personal first-hand anecdotes with popular science (...
  • Sesana
    2017-10-19
    Certainly more interesting than not, but too much Kerr herself for my taste.
  • JL
    2018-10-17
    3.5 Stars
  • Colona Public Library
    2016-10-14
    This wasn't quite what I was expecting but still good. I was thinking this would be about her study of the haunted house and maybe I could pick up a few tips for my own seasonal haunting job, instead it's just a big study of fear and her personal experiences encountering them. She does cover Japanese Haunted Houses which was probably the best chapter because in my free time I watching things like this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dnnHW... and ...
  • Mike White
    2017-05-09
    The premise of Scream is undoubtedly intriguing, and its author, Margee Kerr, is a fascinating intellectual. The science of fear is a great idea for a book, but this one in particular seems to only break the surface of the subject. I wanted more. The book chronicles a year of studying fear, but I feel like the specific time frame makes the findings inadequate. Here's hoping there's more to come!
  • Jennifer
    2015-07-24
    Less Mary Roach than memoir, Scream catalogs Margee Kerr's deliberate attempts to brush up against death in order to elicit that most primal of human reactions, fear. Her journey takes her from the haunted penitentiaries of Pennsylvania to the suicide forest of Japan and from the top of the CN Tower's EdgeWalk in Toronto to the basements of Pittsburgh's Scare House, where she employs the lessons she learns from her travels to craft experiments on...
  • Tobin Elliott
    2015-11-07
    This was an enjoyable book. I was obviously mistaken in my belief that it would delve a lot deeper into the whys of fear. Still, for all of that, this part memoir, part investigation into the author's limits when it came to fear, with some science to back up the body's natural (or unnatural) reactions was interesting. But really, it's also very much a travelogue of various scary places around the world, from Toronto's CN Tower Edge Walk to the Su...
  • Erin
    2015-09-04
    Good balance between science that is well written for the layperson and a travelogue of Kerr's adventures in thrill-seeking. I myself am not a thrill seeker, but I do have problems with my fight or flight response, so it was interesting to read about different ways to trigger it, and why triggering it can even be a good thing. As a sociologist, Kerr is interested in using the fear response to make people happier; she herself is happiest when gett...
  • Emmy Groendyke
    2015-10-15
    Loved this book! Margee Kerr's writing reminded me a lot of Mary Roach who is one of my favorite authors ever. Margee's own adventures in the science of fear and testing her own limits of what scares her was completely fascinating to me. Her story about going to Japan's suicide forest, Aokigahara, was my favorite. One day I hope to enter that forest myself. Kerr also talks about our own perceptions of fear and what happens to us psychologically a...
  • April
    2015-09-11
    I found it hard to put this book down, not because it was scary, but because it was so interesting. That being said, I'm a big fan of scary things and find them fascinating along with anything about how the brain works. Although I lost a little interest in the latter part of the book about the fear of facing death, I understood its importance in the book. I also read a good portion of this book on Halloween night which made it even more enjoyable...
  • Tracey S
    2017-01-12
    3.75 stars
  • Alexandra
    2016-01-27
    Very fun--I want to have some spooky adventures now, too!
  • Fiona Karbo Baker
    2015-06-11
    Really interesting stuff!