scary story

Hey, whatever floats your boat. H/T Tastefully Offensive Scary stories can be really frightening, and this kid has the scream
J. Robert Lennon writes "literary fiction," but he's the sort of literary fiction writer who grew up on sci-fi paperbacks and crime novels, and never forgot what the pulp masters taught him.
What is the great attraction of supernatural fiction in general, and the ghost story in particular? From the time of childhood, we have a fear of the dark (and rightly so, as we don't know exactly what is lurking out there, wrapped in the black cloak of invisibility).
I'm not big on overt gore, slasher stories or things that are overly sadistic or cruel. I didn't like Joyce Carol Oates' book Zombie, for example, because it put me inside the mind of a psycho for the entire novel--and it was like an overdose of psychosis.
At this point, a massive lightning bolt struck the mountain peak we were traveling next to. The loudest thunder I've ever