What are we really afraid of?

One of the more fascinating stories I've come across while working at BackStory. Sadly, we had to cut lots from the final interview for time, but our guest Paul Jones had a fascinating reading of Edgar Allen Poe. Poe's tales, he says, are very rarely about the supernatural - they're about what violence humans can inflict upon each other. And while his stories are filled with the universal fear of what one human can do to another, they're rooted in a very specific 19th century fear that the person who would do you in would be someone in your household, some who you might have told yourself loved you and cared for you... your servant. Or more likely, your slave.