Hi, my name
is Margee Kerr.

I am a sociologist who studies FEAR.

Ever wonder why we fear what we do? Or why so many of us love the thrill of a roller-coaster or jumping off a steep cliff? Well I have, and I’ve made it my goal to find the answers. Since earning my BA at Hollins University in Roanoke, VA and my PhD in Sociology from The University of Pittsburgh, I have been studying the science of fear, along with the creative ways we engage with thrilling and scary material.

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“As Kerr explores places that make people tremble, she shares her personal dread on each of these destinations, which makes the book even more captivating…While complete with scientific information, this well-written, fascinating book is accessible to the general public “

— Library Journal

“For people who wonder why they like to be scared, these experiments offer some clues. For those afraid of being afraid, Kerr’s own enthusiasm gives them reason to try it.”

— Publishes Weekly

“A fascinating account of how fear works in our bodies and societies, and a window into the surprising benefits of confronting our worst nightmares.”

— Bess Lovejoy, author of “Rest in Pieces: The Curious Fates of Famous Corpses”


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