A fellow blogger here, Breathwords, has a Wonderful blog! It’s filled with beautiful poetry and other amazing things. Be sure to check it out. The reason I bring up my new-found friend, is because of a recent revelation. They say “write what scares you”. I’ve done that a little bit, but I’ve always held back, not liking what was coming up on the page.
Why are we attracted to the Macabre? Why is The Walking Dead so popular? We love haunted houses, Halloween and the like.
My fascination with the macabre started at a very young age. Before I was in my teens I read everything I could get my hands on about witchcraft. I wanted to cast spells! What stopped me was the threat of conjuring the devil or a demon! Once I read that, I was no longer interested. It scared me.
As a young girl, I loved poetry. When I discovered Poe, I was hooked! I didn’t seem to have a talent for writing the macabre the way Poe did, but I sure soaked up all I could get!
On Saturday nights, right after wrestling, I got to stay up late and watch the Thriller movie! Who didn’t love getting the pants scared off of them by the Werewolf or Frankenstein, or The Blob!!
Attack of the Killer Tomatoes!! 🙂
Then when I was just a little older Alfred Hitchcock movies scared me, but I loved them! Remember The Birds? Or Psycho? Ooooooooooo! Norman bates made my skin crawl!
Do you remember the movie Willard? Talk about creepy!!
I love Stephen King’s work. I’m not saying Everything he’s written is wonderful, but he’s had me white-knuckled and turning pages on many of his books!
Mary Shelly wrote Frankenstein at the tender age of 19.
So what is it that draws us to the dark, scary, basement? Why do we flock to the theaters to be scared out of our wits? Why are vampires now, not only popular, but sexy?
Is it the rush of adrenaline? Is it the unknown that we just MUST know?
So, my friends, do you read about the boogie man? Do you turn out the lights for atmosphere during a scary movie?
Tell me, do you like to be scared?