Song of the Day: Halloween Theme Song
My first book I ever read for pleasure was Stephen King’s Pet Sematary. I became hooked by the paranormal theme and quickly discovered and promptly devoured all Dean Kootnz books.
I played with the neighbor’s Ouija board as a kid. In my teen years, I had a love affair with Vincent Price. Tarot cards hidden in the den drawer held an appeal. The ghoulish Edgar Allen Poe wooed me in college. I’ve been on ghost tours in Louisiana, a ghost hunt in Texas, and have traipsed through graveyards at midnight more than once, or twice. And I have snuck through a handful of supposedly haunted, abandoned (and structurally unsound) houses.
Oh yes, I love to be scared to the point I nearly wet myself.
When it comes to the paranormal, I’m a the skeptic that would love to be proved wrong. It’s not good enough that my sister regularly saw a ghost at the
top of the stairs in Aunt Evelyn’s house. Or that a specter sat down on the bed next to my grandfather, leaving an indention in the mattress, at the century-old homestead nestled in the backwoods. Those incidents happened to them, not me. Listen hard enough, ask questions often enough, and there will always be a ghost story to enjoy.
For me, anything I’ve experienced that could be labeled paranormal could just as easily be discounted by some explanation or other. Because I thumb my nose and taunt the preternatural, you would think I’d be the perfect conductor for otherworldly tricks. But alas, ‘contact’ with the metaphysical has been limited to what I conjure in my mind.
And that’s what we do, right? We feed our imaginations with chilling tales and terrifying horror flicks. We tell ghost stories around campfires (my personal fav – The Man With The Golden Arm). We watch Ghost Adventurers or Ghost Hunters on television. We delight in zombies and vampires.
Why? We fear the unexplained. We search for answers to life and death. This has been going on since the dawn of man.
For a writer like me, the research in this type of macabre theme is like a playground. I am fascinated by the fear. I am fascinated by how people throughout history reacted to their fear, to the unknown that is death. I even did a research paper on it in college. And I have a collection of books on necromancy, demonology, and mythology. So many of my earlier short stories ended in someone’s demise. Mwuahahaha…
So what truly scares me? Children that go by the names Damien or Malachai. And clowns. *shivers* Can you say Poltergeist?
How about you? Are you enticed by the unknown? What are your favorite scary books? Are there any movies that really creep you out? Have a scary encounter you’d like to share?
Happy Halloween, MuseTrackers!