H.H. Holmes

Why do we love Serial Killers?

1 year ago 0

In other words: “Is something wrong with me?” This Saturday ScareHouse is opening the Basement for a special Valentine’s Day production based on the notorious H.H. Holmes, otherwise known as America’s first serial killer (well the first celebrity serial killer, if you will). I finished reading Devil in the White City last fall and, like many Americans (including Leonardo DiCaprio who bought the book rights and is turning the story into a film), I became fascinated with this real life story of murder and mayhem. The mysterious and downright terrifying characters, a time of radical change (science and electricity were finally becoming mainstream! Women were moving to cities to live and work alone!),  a world’s fair?! PEOPLE KILLED IN A BASEMENT?! It was all just to perfect for a special Basement production, and as Amy Hollaman had pointed out after we watched the documentary on Netflix, Dr. Holmes did sort of have the first haunted house.

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Photo Rachellynn Schoen, from ScareHouse

Adventures in Emotions: Society for Affective Science

1 year ago 0

In 2008 I ran screaming from the world of academic research. Nothing could have convinced me to stay inside isolating and impersonal research wing of the hospital. Locked to a desk for 40 hours a week with little hope that I was actually doing anything to make  lives better, I decided for my own well-being I had to walk away.  It wasn’t that I hated research, it was the opposite. I love exploration and discovery, but the sterile cubical walls were sucking the curiosity right out of me. I found my thirst for life again at ScareHouse, writing my own surveys, investigating my own questions and making people (and me) happy through scaring.  This is all to say, if someone had told me in 2008 “Margee in seven years you’ll be presenting at an academic conference” I would have laughed in their face. Yet there I was, about to stand

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Over the Edge

My walk on the Edge–CN Tower EdgeWalk

2 years ago 1

I remember when I found out about the CN Tower Edge Walk— I was Googling ‘terrifying experiences’ and it was the first to pop up (well that and the water slide I’m going down in a month). I honestly thought that it would be one of the easiest adventures, easy in that I didn’t feel very scared. Coming out of my last adventure though, I was ready for some physical thrills. By the way, my sincere apologies for not giving photo credits to the amazing Amy Hollaman, a haunt and prison expert in her own right (she’s creative director at Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary, a place you’ll learn more about next month [spoiler!]).   But historically I’ve never really been afraid of heights, I had been repelling, rock climbing, and done my fare share of climbing trees as a child so I felt confident about my resolve hundreds

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MargeeKerr-PeepHole

Welcome to My Adventures

3 years ago 0

Hello Everyone! The first thing people always ask when I tell them I study fear is ‘why’? So, I’m going to do my best to sum it up. I love to be scared. I love the anticipation and suspense. I love the adrenaline and excitement. I know I’m not alone in this love. But I am curious about it–why do people like to be scared (while some loath it)? Why do I like to be scared? And really, what is fear? I’m about to find out first hand. I also love to study. I believe life is about exploration and adventure, about asking questions and constantly seeking answers. I’ve been studying fear for a long time now; reading every historical, sociological, psychological, cultural, biological, and neurological article I could find on the topic. The more I read the more curious I became so I started collecting data from people who

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