It's getting close to that time of year where we all love a good scare. It's become something of a ritual to scream on Halloween—the more bloodcurdling the better. Tales of terror have been passed down for millennia about ghouls, ghosts and goblins inhabiting the dark places, waiting and watching for the perfect opportunity to frighten the unsuspecting.
As kids who didn't sit around telling scary stories? Maybe it was around a campfire with other teens, darkness all about except for the flickering of the firelight and the deep, dark shadows surrounding you. Remember the one about the man with a hook? Tell me you didn't scream when it was being told and somebody tapped you on the shoulder. Maybe it was a slumber party, a sleep-over with your friends, sitting around in your PJ's, the lights dimmed and one person held the flashlight under their chin, telling a spooky ghost story.
We sit alone in the dark in a crowded movie theater and watch the Wolfman or the Mummy, or Dracula wreak havoc on a village of unsuspecting townsfolk. The blood would spill and screams echo throughout the pitch black theater. I have to admit I'm not much for the blood and gore of the current scary movies. I'd rather not see heads being chopped off and bodies being dismembered. Give me a good psychological scare; make me work up to the terror.
How about books? Do you remember the last scary story you read? I love to read (and write) paranormals. You can pack a lot of punch into a good paranormal haunting just by setting the mood and tone of the book. "It was a dark and stormy night" can set the imagination spiraling out of control with ideas.
Tell me about the last scare that had you screaming in fright. Was it a book, a movie, or maybe even real life. (For me—anything with snakes and I'm shrieking like a banshee—trust me it ain't pretty.)
Kathy Ivan works a day job but every night she can be found pounding away at her computer working on tales of romantic suspense and paranormal romances. Her Christmas novella, Second Chances, will be available soon.