Horror Fans Explained

It turns out some of us may just be wired for horror.

According to an article in the Telegraph, scientists have found a sort of genetic switch that determines whether a person will laugh or squirm when watching a horror flick. Given The Exorcist and Hostel had zero effect on me, and I laughed my ass off at the pseudo-trailer for Thanksgiving during Grindhouse, it’s not hard to figure out which way my copy of the gene is flipped.

I’m curious, then, how the genetic findings might affect a similar study of how the gross-out factor can produce physical effects. This article even features an allegedly disgusting paragraph; like some movies, it didn’t bother me at all. If that weak little vignette about puke made some of the study participants ill, I can’t imagine their reactions were they to sit through a World Horror gross-out contest. Cullen Bunn‘s ass-bursting, Lovecraftian sea monkeys and Brian Keene‘s worm-eating and spit-swallowing shenanigans would put them off their lunches for a month.

How about bread made to look like human body parts? I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to make a sandwich.

There it is. Next time someone asks you how you can read some of Edward Lee‘s more popular works, tell them it’s genetic.

Then read them your favorite passage.

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.

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