A readers perspective on Halloween and being scared.
I’m a wuss. Seriously, I am a total wuss! In 1984 when the movie Ghostbusters came out and everyone was laughing hysterically, I was totally freaked out. The scene in the library had me jumping off my seat and watching the rest of the movie through my fingers. And then trying to impress my future wife on our first going-out-alone date, I made the mistake of taking her to see I am Legend. Some may just call that suspenseful I called it the longest 101 minutes of my dating life! I mean how does one look cool and dateable when they are huddled in the corner of their seat, hands over their eyes and thumbs in their ears? YOU DON’T! Lucky for me, my future wife is the sweet understanding type and just offered to hold my hand and didn’t even pull it away when I squeezed too tight.
So today is Halloween which is the best day of the year to emphasize: I. AM. A. WUSS. Ugh! Have you seen some of the costumes kids wear today? If I had done that as a kid I would have given myself nightmares! Granted my list of costumes that I wore is pretty exceptional- a paper bag over my head with eyes cut out (I think my parents forgot it was Halloween this was back before Halloween decorations showed up in stores in July!), a white sheet with eyes cut out (yeah- they didn’t mark their calendars the next year either), a witch’s hat with no green face paint, a skunk which was really a garment bag with a white strip painted on the back and some super stinky perfume, and my favorite Pippi Longstalking- I really just remember my mom shoving a straightened wire through both my braids but it was cool dangit! Now? Costumes show faces ripped off, blood dripping from eyes, teeth blackened with dead flesh, and more! I’m almost scared to open the door!
What would I rather be doing? Eating all the candy myself while enjoying a book of course! And there are Halloween themed books to be read. My favorite is Karen Williams’ Love Spell followed closely by her Nightshade. Why? Because they have a Halloween theme but I didn’t have to sleep with all the lights on- which totally kills our electric bill and isn’t too good for the environment either. Unfortunately that has happened on several occasions. First when I read Patty G. Henderson’s Blood Scent, again when I read Cate Culpepper’s A Question of Ghosts, and most recently with Linda Kay Silva’s Man Eaters. Has anyone else experienced this? Getting freaked out so bad by what they are reading that they need to read it only during the day or keep the lights on at night or both?
I would love to NOT be a wuss. I would to be able to read Amanda Kyle Williams books, especially after hearing her speak at the Left Coast Lesbian Conference but….yeah, not happening! I know Patty G. Henderson has written many more stories and each, I am sure, is more freaky scary than the last but…nope! Can’t do it! Or the amazing Yvonne Heidt- it would be awesome to write her and say, “I did it! I read one of your stories!” but heck they look sooooo spooky!!! And I’m such a wuuuuuuussssss! And what about all those blockbuster anthologies released by Ylva, When the Clock Strikes Thirteen and Wicked Things. I mean it would be so cool to be able to read those stories by so many of our talented lesfic authors, but alas…NO! Too scary!! I mean just read the title!
Am I alone here? Has anyone been so scared by our lesfic authors? Or are you one that can take the spook, the scare, the gore and the horror? If so, I’m jealous because I know I’m missing so many incredibly creative works by our lesfic community. What are some of your favorite stories? And does anyone know if there are more romantic Halloween stories out there that I might be able to make it through? I would love to hear your thoughts! Oh, and if anyone is worried about me and Halloween tonight, I was just told that I can sit on my wife’s lap for as long as I need!