A fascination with fear

Some people, more than others, love the feeling of being scared to death.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007 | 6:20 p.m. CDT; updated 2:59 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

COLUMBIA — A blue light flickers from behind the partially closed door. From deep in the building comes the unmistakable wail of a chain saw, and the door bursts open with a bang. A line of people stumbles out into the night, their mouths frozen open, the last screams morphing into relieved laughter that echoes through the cool air.