Doesn’t help that they used my name in one of their image captions.
Not sure if I buy this author’s psychoanalytic/functional approach. It’s very Jan Harold Brunvand. Folklorists these days aren’t so much about saying “this clearly represents deep societal fears” without contextualizing the story in question–though god knows they used to be. It’s too easy to take a text as somehow representative of a whole group without actually having any evidence about how the group uses the text in question. This is particularly true of texts that come from archives, which are already out of context.
But I definitely agree that that shit was scary as hell.