Minnesota co-authors delve into "The Science of Stephen King"

Baihly Warfield
Updated: September 02, 2020 09:46 PM

Halloween candy and costumes will soon hit the stores, and a new book will hit the shelves just in time. 

"The Science of Stephen King" is written by two Minnesota-based authors, one of whom teaches at Lake Superior College. 

Kelly Florence said she and co-author Meg Hafdahl are passionate about horror. They delve into the "Master of Horror's work in their latest book. 

"It's an interesting and approachable way to take a twist on the real science behind all of these horrific horror movie monsters, creatures, villains and TV shows, movies and books that we grew up loving," Florence said. 

She said they know Stephen King fans are excited, but they think the book goes beyond that audience.

"It's a different way to look at what makes some of these things so scary," Florence said. "Is it because they're fiction and terrifying? What we've come to realize through our research is that most of the things that are so scary are scary because they're real. And they're based in truth."

She thinks there's a connection between science and horror. The book includes topics like psychology, string theory, the butterfly effect, and even time travel. 

"Being a horror fan, you realize you've kind of been learning about all of these different concepts your whole life if you've been watching horror movies or reading about them. We just make it a really approachable way to learn more," she said. 

The book comes out Oct. 6. And the duo is already working on their next one, "The Science of Serial Killers."

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