Stephen Asma is Professor of Philosophy and Distinguished Scholar at Columbia College in Chicago. He's also author of the book, On Monsters: An Unnatural History of our Worst Fears.
For the record, we're afraid of lots of things around these parts. Virginia has a real problem with Bela Lugosi's Nosferatu. Taylor has nightmares about slimy, flesh nibbling lake monsters. As for me...if you're reading this and you're a zombie, steer clear, please.