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Home > Blog > March 2013 > "Be afraid... Be very afraid." - An Exhibition of Horror

"Be afraid... Be very afraid." is the newest addition to the ever-expanding collection of interactive online exhibitions featured on the Free Library's website.

The exhibition, researched and written by Cameron Dahl, a Librarian 2 in the Literature Department, and Aurora Deshauteurs, Curator of the Print and Picture Collection, spans centuries of historic and harrowing horror tales that can be found in the Free Library's circulating collections, ghastly images from our Print and Picture Collection, terrifying trailers for some of the most frightening films ever made and links to esoteric essays from fellow horror hounds on the web.

Some highlights include the nightmarish world of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920, often cited as the first horror film), the definitive literary horror classic, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1818), the birth of the modern zombie movie with Night of The Living Dead (1968), the low-budget shock of Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974), the quintessential "slasher" film Halloween (1978), the body horror and media macabre of David Cronenberg's Videodrome (1983), the self-referential satire Scream (1996), and the "found footage" genre of scare tactics in Paranormal Activity (2007).

Immerse yourself in this interactive exhibition, borrow horror books and movies from our chilling collection, and share the scares on social media.

View this exhibition... if you dare!


Tags: Exhibitions, digital collections, tech, website

The Caibnet of Dr. Caligari (1920)
The Caibnet of Dr. Caligari (1920)
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
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