May’s long reads tackle things that scare us. We interview big wave surfing legend Laird Hamilton, a man who knows more than most about facing his fears. We throw ourselves down a bobsleigh track and spend some time running away from flesh-eating zombies. We head off on a mountain bike adventure to Transylvania, home of mythology’s most famous vampire, and talk to a woman who swims with great whites. It’s not all bad though – because being scared can be a positive factor too, as we find out in our examination of the psychology for fear. Worth remembering next time you’re terrified of dropping in. Have a look at our other monthly issues here.