We have just received some late Halloween news about a spooky and ghoulish scholarship by fellows funded by the Irish Research Council.
The council informs us that Dr Ailise Bulfin, a researcher at Trinity College, has been delving into the world of the Egyptian Mummy, and how they turned rather vengeful and nasty in films.
She also looks at the links between the Mummy and politics.
Meanwhile Dr Dylan Trigg, postdoctoral fellow at UCD, has become one of the world's leading authorities on zombies.
So why are these ghouls so popular? The supernatural boffin Dr Trigg says: ''That zombies have the ability to terrify us might be in part because in their glazed eyes and seemingly lifeless movements, we recognise a dimension of our own bodily existence."
And that's even before we have opened our water bills.