Halloween is drawing spookily near and Carleton experts are available to discuss the related topics music used in horror media, gothic architecture, why it is fun to be frightened, as well as witches, witchcraft, and Wicca.

Additional Carleton experts on this and many other subjects can be found here: https://experts.carleton.ca/

If you are interested in speaking with the experts below, please feel free to reach out directly. If you require other assistance, please email Steven Reid, Media Relations Officer, at steven.reid3@carleton.ca.

Jim Davies
Professor, Cognitive Science at Carleton University

Email: jim.davies@carleton.ca

Davies is a full professor in Carleton University’s Department of Cognitive Science. He knows about scientific theories and research regarding why we like to be scared. Why do people like horror movies, or being on terrifying roller coasters? You can see some of his previous media experiences on this issue at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1K-pAIVmlorsNtXPCVKHVevu8hyizNBA8L33ZN8A3Nms/edit?usp=sharing

For more information on Davies, please visit: https://carleton.ca/cognitivescience/people/davies-jim/

Kimberly Stratton
Professor, Religion at Carleton University

Email: kim.stratton@carleton.ca

Stratton is available to discuss gender and magic stereotyping, witches in history and popular imagination, ancient magic, modern Wicca, religion and violence, and violence and collective identity. Her publications include Naming the Witch: Magic, Ideology, and Stereotype in the Ancient World and Daughters of Hecate: Women and Magic in Antiquity.

For more information on Stratton, please visit: https://carleton.ca/bhum/people/kimberly-b-stratton/

James Wright
Professor, Music at Carleton University

Email: james.wright@carleton.ca

Wright is available to discuss music used to convey fear, specifically in horror films. Wright co-edited the book Monstrosity, Identity, and Music: Mediating Uncanny Creatures from Frankenstein to Videogames. In addition to co-editing the book, he also contributed a chapter titled “Twelve-tone Terror: Representing Horror and Monstrosity in Dodecaphonic Film Music.”

For more information on Wright, please visit: https://carleton.ca/music/people/wright-james/

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