Scare the freak out of me!

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!

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12 thoughts on “Scare the freak out of me!

  1. I’m with you Erin. I am a total wuss when it comes to scary movies. You know when you are watching a film and the woman hears something downstairs. she gets up and goes down the stairs and I am like, “Noooooo…go back, are you crazy??” Some authors I can’t read – mostly Jeffrey Deaver and Patricia Cornwall. Call me old fashioned, but give me something to make me laugh over something that gives me the chills.

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    1. Or when they think hiding in the closet is a good idea? I am so with you Jane!!! And I’ve heard that Patricia Cornwall is an excellent writer but just can’t do it! Laughter definitely expands the life that is for sure!!

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      1. I too am a wuss. NO.SCARY.HOUSES for me! However, I have read almost all of Cornwell’s books. They aren’t scary to me. You should give you a try. You might surprise yourself.

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  2. I’m with you, I can’t read scary stuff or watch scary movies. It freaks me out and stays in my mind for far too long. I read/watch for entertainment, not to have my life shortened by fright. Happy Halloween and I’m glad your wife has offered you a safe place to rest. Have fun.

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  3. Happy Halloween from another wuss; I avoid horror like the plague. Not a fan of being scared or nightmares. Karen Williams is about my speed.

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    1. Sharon- I know! Why can’t there be more Halloween stories like Karen Williams? Though another reader just mentioned KA Moll and said it was a good blend for wuss’ like us! Thanks for reading!!

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  4. I take absolute pride in huddling in a corner with totally non-scary halloween books until the whole season is over. I cant even watch scary commercials. Literally i have to close my eyes any time any commercial for American Horror Story comes on. Yikes. Luckily i just read Haunting Love by KA Moll. It had just the right amount of paranormal for a wuss like me. And had a great love story. Best of both worlds 🙂

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    1. Avery- I dread previews in movie theaters because some of those freak me out and at that point I’m trapped by having to step on everyone’s toes to make a run for the door! I’ll have to try KA Moll. I hadn’t heard of her work before- thanks for the recommendation!

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  5. There was one book I had to put down for a couple of weeks. I’m not sure if it was scaring me. But it was really freaking me out. I can’t remember the author, but it wasn’t lesfic. The title was, “The Turning”, I think. It was just out and out creepy. I have such a vivid imagination. I’m glad I picked it up and finished it. The ending was worth it all.

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