We are getting into the spooky time of year with Halloween right around the corner and to kick things off today is Stephen King’s B-Day.
When he was 10, he was at the local theater watching a matinee of Earth vs. the Flying Saucers, and the manager interrupted the film to announce that the Soviet Union had launched Sputnik.
He says that for the first time, he saw a connection between the world of fantasy and current events and figured that the main purpose of horror was to form a liaison between our fantasy fears and our real fears. In my humble opinion he succeeded in spades. King scares the bajeebers out of me.
I like spooky things okay, hey I even got a cat names Spooky so that counts for something, but scared to death isn’t for me. Maybe it’s because I live alone and having the wits scared out of me makes me not sleep for months.
I don’t even go to scary movies. Thosechainsaw things make my hair stand on end and every time I hear a growling motor I think someone’s out to cut me up in little pieces!! What a mess! That’s another thing, scary movies are always messy. Who cleans that all up?
My first really scary movie was War of the Worlds. When those things landed in a pod, the pod screwed open and something crawled out I knew Earth was in for a bad time of it. I still see those creatures to this day and feel my skin crawl all over again.
There was this other movie called House on Haunted Hill with this really scary actor Vincent Price. After that I never had the urge to go in any haunted house…even those “fun” ones on Halloween ever again.
Psycho ruined showers for me forever and that TV show Criminal Minds really scares the poop out of me as it’s real people off their trolley doing horrible things for no reason. Gads!!
So what about you? Are you into this scary time of year? Read scary books? Watch scary movies? Can’t wait to get the crap scared out of you? Got a fave scary movie you watch over and over? You are a brave soul!