Haunted Houses 101: Q&A with Stephen Graham Jones

A known proponent of all things spook and horror, Stephen Graham Jones is a professor of writing at the University of Colorado Boulder. Highlighting his curricular activities this past summer: ENGL 3246 -201: Zombie Renaissance - Pop. Culture.

If he's able to bring that into the halls of academia, think what he's left on the outside: twenty books and a hundred-some published short stories, with titles ranging from The Meat Tree to Zombie Bake-Off, Demon Theory and Growing Up Dead in Texas. And he makes a point of visiting a host of haunted houses every year. So we talked to the man who knows best that "welling up in the back of your throat [that] could be a laugh [or] could be a scream" on how he approaches his favorite season.

See also: Five tips for visiting a haunted house

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