I have a new essay up over at Wiseblood Books, The Spiritual Purpose of Horror Stories, Part 1. If you’ve ever wondered why stories like Dracula and Frankenstein took such deep root in our cultural imagination, go check it out.

Karen Ullo is the author of two novels, Jennifer the Damned and Cinder Allia. She is also the managing editor of Dappled Things literary journal and a regular Meatless Friday chef for CatholicMom.com. She lives in Baton Rouge, LA with her husband and two young sons. Find out more at www.karenullo.com.