‘The Outsider’ Might Be Stephen King’s Modern TV Opus All the terror that chills our bones can easily be divided into two categories: the real and the unreal. Real terror is anything that could happen–the bad days or unlucky months in which grief or trauma or some other force of nature leaves us panicked and uneasy about the future. Even if you haven’t experienced it, you’ve still felt something like it, because real terror is beamed to us 24 hours a day in the news and online. Unreal terror, on the other hand, is the icy dread of the uncanny, the shouldn’t-be-real.