Stephen King’s essay “Why We Crave Horror Movies” was published originally in 1981. From the essay, we can conclude that, at that time, he was preoccupied with the reasons why people enjoy horror movies. His arguments also reflect an interest in human psychology, myths, and fairy-tales.

King’s career may contain clues to the circumstances at the time when the essay was published. For example, by 1981, Carrie and The Shining, two of King’s best-seller books, had been adapted into critically-acclaimed horror films. Furthermore, The Shining is now regarded as one of the best horror films ever made.

Considering King’s passion for creating frightening yet psychologically complex villains, and his preference for aggressive horror films such as Dawn of...

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