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The Science of Monsters

The Truth about Zombies, Witches, Vampires, Werewolves, and Other Legendary Creatures

By Meg Hafdahl & Kelly Florence


A must-have for any fan of dark and spooky cinema. 


Gothic media moguls Meg Hafdahl and Kelly Florence, the women behind the Horror Rewind podcast called “the best horror film podcast out there” by Film Daddy, are revisiting horror films from their childhood to discover the science behind the mask. Join Kelly and Meg as they unravel the medical mysteries and scientific marvels that inspired the creation of famous monsters like Nosferatu, Norman Bates, and many more.


In The Science of Monsters, Meg and Kelly discover the real science behind our greatest fears. In interviews with experts at the top of their field, they seek answers to questions like:


  • How would a zombie really decompose in Night of the Living Dead?

  • Are there instances of shape shifting in nature like in The Wolfman?

  • What is the science behind the night terrors that inspired the creation of Freddy Krueger?

  • Is there scientific data supporting ghost detection like the tools used in Poltergeist?

  • What is the psychological drive that compels cannibals like Hannibal Lecter?

  • And so much more!


An approachable and frightfully fun examination of what goes bump in the night, The Science of Monsters will thrill every horror fan.



TITLE: The Science of Monsters

AUTHORS: Meg Hafdahl & Kelly Florence

PUBLISHER: Skyhorse Publishing

DATE OF PUBLICATION: October 15, 2019


ISBN-13: 9781510747159

PAGES: 240




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. Kelly is also the co-author of The Science of Women in Horror coming in February 2020 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 forthcoming The Science of Women in Horror, 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 two 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!


  • Mary Shelley is said to have invented the horror genre at the age of nineteen and included the dichotomy between science and nature in her story.


  • Three movies were inspired by one serial killer, Ed Gein. (Psycho, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Silence of the Lambs)


  • We discovered that Freddy Krueger from A Nightmare on Elm Street was inspired by a real heart condition in which young men were dying in their sleep.


  • There are creatures in nature that take over and control other animals like in The Tingler. One replaces the tongue of fish.


  • Numerous horror movies have been based on legends of creatures’ existence including Creature From the Black Lagoon and Dracula.


  • Some horror movies are based on our fear of the unknown, including Alien and The Descent while there are horrors that truly exist like in the movies Cujo and Arachnophobia.

Kelly Florence
Meg Hafdahl 
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