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Chris Grosso and Preston Fassel
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Did you know that horror movies can be healing? (What?) It turns out that horror—a genre concerned with death—teaches us a lot about being alive.


Necessary Death: What Horror Movies Teach Us About Navigating the Human Experience (HCI, October 31, 2023, yes, Halloween)—by horror aficionados and acclaimed writers Chris Grosso and Preston Fassel—looks at your favorite horror franchises through the lens of self-help and empowerment. 


Interview Chris and Preston on:

  • Why we love horror and what that tells us about ourselves
  • How horror movies can help us with issues we face in our everyday lives 
  • The intersection of pop culture and self help
  • Facing the monsters within and learning to fight external dark forces
  • What fear of dying can teach us about living

More information about the authors and book can be found here. Find a digital review copy of the book here or read a sampler of the book here. Print review copies are available by request. 


Both accomplished authors, Chris works in counseling while Preston is well-known in the horror genre community. Their combined expertise provides a unique perspective and many valuable and practical takeaways


Thank you for considering both or either them as guests!


Jill Maxick

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CHRIS GROSSO is an artist, counselor, writer, and film producer with Fourth Media. He is the author of Indie Spiritualist, Everything Mind, Dead Set On Living, and the children’s book, I Love Drums (co-written with Mark O’Connell of Taking Back Sunday). You can usually find him in San Diego up to some kind of spirited mischief.


PRESTON FASSEL is an award-winning novelist and journalist whose work has appeared in Fangoria, Rue Morgue, and Screem MagazineThe author of Our Lady of the Inferno, winner of the 2019 Independent Publishers’ Award for Horror, and Landis: The Story of a Real Man on 42nd Street, nominated for the 2022 Rondo Hatton Award for Book of the Year, he has a BS in psychology from Sam Houston State University.