I did not quite fully understand the assignment and was a little perplexed by Graff and Birkenstein taking credit for the class discussion methods used in the book and then there is the subtitle alone, Reading for the Conversation. Is this not what people in book clubs have been doing for years? Nevertheless, the information was really helpful and I answered the questions in the book using Stephen King's article, Why We Crave Horror Movies.
In the article, King may have been responding to those that question the appeal of horror movies, hence the title, as well as those who question the mental stability of those who love watching horror movies. The first sentence of his article states " I thing we're all mentally ill; those of us outside the asylum only hide it a little better". I think King is in agreement with the assertion that those who love horror are unstable - to a certain extent; and the point he goes on to make is that those of us who know how to hide our insanity use horror movies as an outlet to release some of that psychotic aggression as opposed to the loonies in the asylum.
I also feel that King is acknowledging the insanity by acknowledging the fact that no matter how civilized we think we are, we will always be primal beings by nature, when he state "anti-civilization emotions don't go away and they demand periodic exercise..." Of course one of the ways to exercise those emotions are through horror movies. The motivating factor in King's arguments are the preconceived notions and stereotypes people may have towards horror lovers.