A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE SAYING this is a scary time to be alive. No matter whose side you’re on (and let’s face it… Sides are scary, too), there’s a lot of anxiety, a lot of tension, and a lot of uncertainty in our world. We turn to creature comforts as much, if not more, than we turn to one another – and this is all well and good, as long as we’re able to grow from it. Are we growing?

For some, horror movies are the ultimate escape, and for others, horror movies are trashy scare-traps, at best; But fear can be seen as an evolutionary learning tool. We fear the unknown, and when we’re confronted by it, we have an opportunity to stay, learn, and fight, or to turn away, run, and hide. The Salem Horror Festival invites you to stay, and to examine the themes of Fear and the American Experience within the horror genre. 

“Horror is a reaction; it’s not a genre.”
— John Carpenter

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