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Contributed Articles

Black Friday Fears
Salon November 2015

My Philadelphia Ghost Story
New York Times Op Ed • October 2015

The Terror of Yurei
Slate October 2015

Why We Love to Be Scared
Psychology Today October 2015

Fear Factor
New York Post October 2015

The Science of Fear
Funworld Magazine •  May 2015

Sociologist who studies Fear

Manufacturing Fear

Interviews and Reviews

“Why We’re Living in the Age of Fear”
Rolling Stone • October 2016

“A Scaredy-Cats Investigation Into Why People Enjoy Fear”
New York Times • October 2016

“Forget ghosts or zombies — nothing is scarier than what’s in your own mind”
Washington Post • October 2015

“The Fright Stuff”
Wall Street Journal • October 2015

“She Knows Why You Scream”
Psychology Today • Fall 2015

“Sociologist who studies fear at Halloween attraction explains it all in book called SCREAM”
Associated Press • October 2015

“What’s the ethical limit of a boundary pushing haunted house?”
Jezebel • October 2015

ABC News • October 2015

“Why People Pay to Feel Scared”
The Atlantic • October 2015

“It’s no puzzle why escape room adventures are so popular”
Washington Post •  January 2015

“What are you afraid of?”
Parade Magazine • January 2015

“A Haunted House Turned Scientists’ Lab”
NPR Science Friday • October 2014

“Adventures in the Upside of Fear”
WESA Essential Pittsburgh • October 2014

“Is Scaring Myself Healthy?” • October 29th

“This is why we love to scare ourselves silly”
Huffington Post • October 2014

“ScareHouse’s Basement Returns”
Pittsburgh City Paper • October 2014

“You should Know”
Pittsburgh Magazine • October 2014

 “Most Extreme Haunted Houses”
Fox News • October 10, 2014

“Why do we like to be scared?”
WHYY’s The Pulse •  August 22nd, 2014

“How far would you go to experience the thrill of the ride?”
CBC Radio Ontario Today •  July 24th, 2014

Cafe Scientifique: “Why We Enjoy Fear”
Carnegie Science Center  •  April, 2014

“Fear and haunted houses in Japan”
Rocket News  •  April, 2014


“Secrets of Americas Scariest Haunted Houses”
CBS News  •  Oct. 31, 2013

“Uncovering The Science Of Fear”
KDKA-TV CBS Pittsburgh News  •  Oct. 31, 2013

“Why Do Some Brains Enjoy Fear?”
The Atlantic  •  Oct. 31, 2013

“Your Body on: Fright”
Men’s Health  •  Oct. 31, 2013

“Why do some brains enjoy fear?”
MSN News  •  Oct. 31, 2013

“Why do we like to be scared, for the fun of it?”
SCOPE by Stanford Medicine  •  Oct. 31, 2013

“Why We Are Afraid of the things We Are Afraid of”
WGN Radio  •  Oct. 31, 2013

“ScareHouse has a ‘secret weapon’: sociologist Margee Kerr”
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette  •  Oct. 30, 2013

“Exploring the Science of Fear and the 1938 War of the Worlds”
WESA Essential Pittsburgh  •  Oct. 30, 2013

“Halloween haunts: Is scare factor frightful or delightful?”
Descret News  •  Oct. 29, 2013

“Fear: Why we love it, hate it and can’t live without it”
Lincoln Journal Star  •  Oct. 27, 2013

“A history of fright: Why we love haunted houses”
HLN TV  •  Oct. 22, 2013

“Margee Kerr: Her Job is to Scare the Sh** Out of You”
Nerdy But Flirty  •  Oct. 22, 2013

“Scary Clowns, Creepy Dolls & Haunted Houses – Why We Love Fear: Margee Kerr Guest Vlog”
Geek & Sundry  •  Oct. 15, 2013

“A history of fright: Why we love haunted houses”
HLN TV  •  Oct. 22, 2013

“A visit to the Scarehouse—and its creepy, adults-only basement”
BOING BOING  •  Oct. 8, 2013

Featured guest expert on why people enjoy thrilling and scary attractions and environments.
Pittsburgh Today Live •  Sept. 30, 2013

Featured Speaker and Panelist: “This is Why We Scream: The Upside of Fear”
InterventionCon  •  August, 2013

Featured Speaker and Presenter: “Building a Haunted Family”
Haunted House Association Convention  •  March 9, 2013

Interview on the history of zombie folk lore and the relationship to social, political, and cultural changes.
WESA 90.5: Essential Pittsburgh  •  Feb. 21, 2013

Interview: “The Fun of Fear”
Martha Stewart Radio: The Living Backstory with Marli Guzzetta  •  Oct. 16, 2012

“The Science of Fear: An Interview With “Scare Expert” Margee Kerr”
The Hairpin  •  Sept. 19, 2012