Things That Go Bump…

It’s getting to be Fall finally – the leaves are changing, the temperatures have cooled.  Pumpkin spice EVERYTHING has shown up. And of course that caramel apple I had yesterday got me thinking about Halloween. It’s totally one of my favorite holidays. And it’s the one time of year I can handle scary movies.

Let me tell you a secret: I’m the world’s biggest wuss when it comes to being scared.

Scary ForestI HATE it. Will go out of my way to avoid those kinds of movies and books. But some how, around October 1st, all of that changes. I want dark and creepy and spine tingling. I want to sit in the dark, with a blanket clutched to me and try not to scream.

But the thing is, violent scary movies don’t do it for me. I want something that makes me hold my breath, makes my heart race, makes me look over my shoulder. Give me something unseen, unknown, unexpected and I’ll be yours forever.

There’s just something about that unknowing, the monster you can’t see, the thing you don’t expect that gets to me. Jason, Freddy, chainsaws and horrible deaths can be scary, don’t get me wrong – but sometimes they rely on cheap gimmicks to get at that scare.

But done well, atmosphere and suspense can be terrifying. Think of the Blair Witch Project, or The Ring, or Psycho. Anything by Alfred Hitchcock. And don’t forget Stephen King’s brand of creepy – The Shining gave me nightmares for weeks when I was a kid.

Hmmm. Guess I know what I’ll be watching this weekend.

Scary books are a little different. I have a hard time reading them because there’s no distance between me and the story, like there is with a movie. I get way too involved and wrapped up. Way too freaked out by words in a way that doesn’t happen with visuals.

But I’m working on it, especially since my CP, Alex, is writing a ghost story!

So how about you guys? Are you scary movie/book fans? If so, what are your favorites?


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