I wasn’t able to do this last year, so I’m really looking forward to
an excuse sharing history and other tidbits about Halloween and generally creepy stuff (Did I mention Halloween is my favorite?). To kick it off, I’ve found a post from one of my favorite sites, Futility Closet. They also host a fabulous podcast.
The nonexistence of horrific creatures is, so to speak, not only a fact, but it would also appear to be a fact that is readily available to and acknowledged by the consumers of horrific fictions. However, audiences do appear to be frightened by horror fictions; indeed, they would seem to seek out such fictions, at least in part, either in order to be frightened by them or with the knowledge and assent that they are likely to be frightened by them. But how can one be frightened by what one knows does not exist?
— Noël Carroll, The Philosophy of Horror, 1990
Source: Absent Fiends – Futility Closet