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What scares you?

What doesn’t scare me…

Confession time…I love monsters! Okay, probably not so much of a shock to those of you who’ve read my writing. And with vampires and werewolves taking the hero role in romance novels, my love of monsters doesn’t seem as strange as it once did. But my love of monsters doesn’t stop with the pretty ones.

As a kid, I was fascinated by the Loch Ness monster.  Laurell K Hamilton wrote a wonderful story about a lake monster called A Scarcity of Lake Monsters, available in her collection, Strange Candy. One of the things I like best about Laurell is that she keeps her monsters scary—even the nice ones.

What does scares me…

But I digress. If monsters don’t’ scare me, then what? I am terrified of things that haunt your dreams (like Freddy Kruger). I always have a bit of trouble with books and movies that tell those kinds of stories. I’m also a baby when it comes to those creepy, up from the grave, ghosts. In the latest episode of The Gates the resident witch summoned up the spirit of a woman killed by my favorite vampire, Dillon. I had to keep skipping ahead (thank you hulu!). I had to get up and leave the movie theater during Stir of Echoes.

Aliens with acid blood, no problem. Big Foot, I’d just toss him my candy bar and smile. Lizard men, cool! But send me a ghost and I’m out of here.

So what scares you?

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9 thoughts on “What scares you?

  1. I’m with you. LOL. Everything scares me.

    Do you remember Invasion Of The Body Snatchers? For some reason the idea that a giant pod could replicate me and then destroy my body always scared the bejeebers out of me.

    There’s a helplessness knowing that as soon as you fall asleep, aliens will just take over when you’re at your most vulnerable.

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    • Invasion of the body snatchers (the one from the ’70s) terrified me–exactly because of the whole sleep thing. You are so right. Being vulnerable when you’re sleeping does it. That’s why the dream invaders thing always gets me.

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  2. Slasher films scare me and films like The Exorcist, The Amityville Horror – that kind of thing. Can’t watch them and won’t allow them in my home. Psycho scared me to death!
    On the other hand, I love movies like The Terminator and Predator. Love that stuff – it’s sci fi-ish.
    One book that I had to put down – American Psycho. It still gives me the shudders.

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  3. Clowns, of course. But beyond that, I couldn’t sleep for three nights after finishing Anne Rice’s ‘Interview with a Vampire’. I think if I ever read a book about a Vampire Clown it would be the death of me. However, I think werewolves are wonderful. Go figure.

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    • Vampire clowns–you crack me up! More confessions, I’ve never read Interview with a Vampire or Lestat, but loved Queen of the Damned (the movie). Probably had more to do with Stuart Townsend than anything. Recently, discovered an old TV series with him called Night Stalker. Not a vampire series, but seriously creepy at times. Loved it!

      I’m not usually afraid of werewolves, but the book Wolfen made me afraid to walk to my car at night after work for a while.

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    • I love that show. Curiously, not afraid of bad people (even though I know they could really be out there) unless I’m alone in the house and hear a noise outside my French doors. Yikes!

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