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The Science of Stephen King


By Meg Hafdahl & Kelly Florence


Uncover the theories behind the Master of Horror's macabre tales: It, The Shining, Carrie, Cujo, Misery, Pet Semetary, and so much more!


Gothic media moguls Meg Hafdahl and Kelly Florence, authors of The Science of Monsters and The Science of Women in Horror, and co-hosts of the Horror Rewind podcast called “the best horror film podcast out there” by Film Daddy, present a guide to the Stephen King stories and characters we all know and love. Through interviews, literary and film analysis, and bone-chilling discoveries, The Science of Stephen King delves into the uniquely horrific Stephen King universe to uncover the science behind the legendary novels that have become an integral part of modern pop culture, answering such questions as: 

  • What is the science behind time travel and parallel universes like in The Dark Tower series and 11/22/63?

  • How does lack of sleep affect the human body like in Insomnia?

  • Is it possible for horrific creatures to exist like in Nightshift?

  • What is the science behind curses and legends like in Dreamcatcher and Thinner?

Join Kelly and Meg as they learn if we all really do float down here!



  • Publisher: Skyhorse (October 6, 2020)

  • Length: 264 pages

  • ISBN13: 9781510757745




Kelly Florence is a communication instructor at Lake Superior College in Duluth, Minnesota and is the creator and co-host of the Horror Rewind podcast as well as the producer and host of the podcast Be A Better Communicator.  She received her B.A. in theatre at the University of Minnesota-Duluth and got her M.A. in communicating arts at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. She has directed, produced, choreographed and stage managed for dozens of productions in Minnesota including Carrie The Musical through Rubber Chicken Theatre and Treasure Island for Wise Fool Theater. Kelly is also the co-author of The Science of Monsters, The Science of Women in Horror,  and The Science of Serial Killers coming in October 2021, all from Skyhorse Publishing.


Horror and suspense author Meg Hafdahl is the creator of numerous stories and books. Her fiction has appeared in anthologies such as Eve’s Requiem: Tales of Women, Mystery and Horror and Eclectically Criminal. Her work has been produced for audio by The Wicked Library and The Lift, and she is the author of two popular short story collections including Twisted Reveries: Thirteen Tales of the Macabre. Meg is also the author of the two novels; Daughters of Darkness and Her Dark Inheritance called “an intricate tale of betrayal, murder, and small town intrigue” by Horror Addicts and “every bit as page turning as any King novel” by RW Magazine. Meg, also the co-host of the podcast Horror Rewind and co-author of The Science of Monsters, The Science of Women in Horror and upcoming The Science of Serial Killers, lives in the snowy bluffs of Minnesota. 


Kelly Florence is a teacher, mother, and horror film lover. She teaches at Lake Superior College in Duluth, MN and is the co-host of the Horror Rewind podcast.


Meg Hafdahl is an author and co-host of the Horror Rewind podcast.  Her female driven horror fiction has been produced for audio by The Wicked Library. She is the author of the novels Her Dark Inheritance, Daughters of Darkness, and the short story series Twisted Reveries.





  • Meg has written three novels and collections of short stories published through Inklings Publishing.


  • Kelly and Meg co-host the Horror Rewind podcast in which they rewatch the horror movies from their childhood to see if they’re as good as they remember.


  • Kelly and Meg met because of The X-Files TV show.


  • Meg has a fear of birds but loves the movie The Birds.


  • Kelly’s first horror movie was Night of the Living Dead which she received on VHS for Christmas at the age of six!


  • King’s first novel Carrie, was inspired by a LIFE magazine article about telekinesis. It purported that the talent would be strongest with teenage girls. 


  • Many of Stephen King’s novels and stories are considered to be in the rural Gothic sub-genre of horror, like Salem’s Lot.


  • Because of the rampant rise of school shootings, King’s novella Rage hasn't been re-printed since 1999, under the direction of King himself. 


  • During the 1980s King was addicted to drugs. This difficult time led to some of his greatest works, like Pet Sematary, but his struggles also led to his self-professed least favorite novel, The Tommyknockers.


  • It is proven that the fear of clowns has increased over the decades, thanks in great part to the media. Pennywise in both the novel It, as well as the film versions, is perhaps the most famous example. 


  • We were able to interview such fascinating people for The Science of Stephen King! Like Richard Chizmar, co-author with King of Gwendy’s Button Box, Les Stroud, knownn as “Survivorman” and screenwriter Kara Lee Corthron.  

Kelly Florence
Meg Hafdahl