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Clasen, Mathias

Associate Professor in Literature and Media

English, School of Communication and Culture

Aarhus University

Building 1481, Room 436

Jens Chr. Skous Vej 4

8000 Aarhus C, Denmark 

Tel.: +45 871 62631, +45 3095 7804

Mathias Clasen is associate professor of literature and media in the English Department, Aarhus University, Denmark. His research focuses on horror across media, and he has developed a biocultural framework for the analysis of scary entertainment. He is interested in particular in the psychological and evolutionary underpinnings of this peculiarly popular phenomenon. Clasen has published on horror video games, slasher films, Stephen King, zombies, vampires, the personality of horror fans, haunted attractions, and other spooky subjects. His research monograph Why Horror Seduces was released in 2017 on Oxford University Press. His 2017 TEDx talk, “Lessons from a terrified horror researcher,” is available on YouTube. For more information, see his university homepage.

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