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Scary Stories is a Masterclass in Making Monsters

September 9, 2019, 09:38 PM

Urban legends prey on a certain kind of fear. They lurk in that uncanny valley where the personal meets the universal. When a child at a sleepover says, "It happened to my cousin's friend," what she's really telling her friends is, "It could happen to me or you." It's that ambiguous, unsettling, faceless familiarity that gives these stories their nerve-jangling staying power, and their ability to haunt us whenever we are in the quotidian circumstances they describe.

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