Slate’s Culture Gabfest bonus segment: Here are the scariest films and books we’ve picked.

“Heeere’s Johnny!” The Culture Gabfest Dishes on the Best Horror Stories of All Time.

“Heeere’s Johnny!” The Culture Gabfest Dishes on the Best Horror Stories of All Time.

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Oct. 22 2015 5:01 PM
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The “Scare Your Pants Off” Bonus Segment

The Culture Gabfest panelists share opinions on their favorite fear-inducing books and films.

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Photo illustration by Lisa Larson-Walker. Photo by Steve McFarland.

It’s horror season, folks. This week on the Culture Gabfest special Slate Plus bonus segment, hosts Dana Stevens and Stephen Metcalf welcome Slate’s book and culture columnist Laura Miller to discuss the classics in scary movies and literature—from The Shining and Nightmare on Elm Street to books by Stephen King and Shirley Jackson.

Movie critic Dana also ponders the qualities that define a horror masterpiece. Is the disintegration of the psyche the most traumatizing approach? Does the transformation of everyday life into a terrifying sequence of events leave a more torturous impression? The Gabfesters discuss.

Here’s what the other podcasts spoke about in their Slate Plus bonus segments from the past week:

On this week’s edition of Hang Up and Listen, Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca discuss the best and worst trends of cold weather sportswear and offer an innovative idea for athletic apparel.