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Horror for Kids Dominated the 90s and This Video Explains How

As a child of the 1980s, I've come to regard Scooby-Doo as a horror primer for kids; a way to introduce overwhelming concepts like death and the supernatural in a nonthreatening way that won't keep impressionable tykes awake at night. And by the time you start crushing on Daphne or Velma (or suspecting that Shaggy and Scooby might be stoners) you're ready to move on to the harder stuff. But while I wasn't a kid anymore be the time the 1990s were in full swing, it was clearly a golden era for horror movies, television shows, and literature aimed at younger audiences-and we're not talking about sterile Scooby-Doo scares either!

Zane Whitener is an artist whose affinity for creating prints and comics coincided with his discovery of children's horror in the 1990s. He recently launched a YouTube channel called In Praise of Shadows, and his most recent video delves deep into this arena.

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