In 1886, a new roller coaster at Coney Island, New York, was described as “a contrivance designed to give passengers, for the insignificant expenditure of five cents, all the sensation of being carried away by a cyclone.” Ordinarily, a cyclone isn’t something we would seek out… nor pay five cents to experience. In fact, we’d probably pay handsomely to go elsewhere. But at an amusement park, we willingly board contraptions with fearsome names like the Thunderbolt, the Whip or the This story is from Kinfolk Issue Nineteen Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 19 Going Incognito We all secretly wonder what mischief we’d make if invisible: When our identity is hidden, everything seems possible. Arts & Culture Issue 19 The Best Policy Sometimes we talk to each other without feeling heard. Honesty—a most intimate interaction—can be just as thrilling as its more devious inverse. Arts & Culture Issue 19 A Sense of Suspense With unhinged imaginations and mountains of cliff-hangers, the filmmakers behind the sci-fi podcast Limetown have all the makings of a scary story.