Does your community suffer from scary clowns and other horrors? Reports of nefarious clowns supposedly luring children in the woods or simply staring at passersby has caused quite the uproar in our typically cozy pumpkin-spice season. So far, the greatest harm has been to our internal peace of mind. This clown scare has primed our fears, perhaps reminding us of classic horror movies such as “It” or “Poltergeist.” Is all this fear good for the soul? Some say a little bit of trepidation from movies and ghost stories never hurt anyone; others say its the gateway to evil and should be avoided at all costs. Are horror movies beneficial in our society in some way?

In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson invite Luke T. Harrington to weigh in on the dilemma of scary clowns and other horrors. Harrington’s first book, Ophelia Alive (A Ghost Story), is a psychological thriller, making him our resident expert in all things scary. Discussion covers everything from celebrating Halloween to watching slasher movies, and Harrington explains how the horror genre, more than any other, deals directly and honestly with the spiritual realm. Such a realistic handling of good and evil allow these stories to raise real questions about the world and how we live in it. Harrington’s book is free for CAPC Members this month.

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