Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Halloween Horror

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The first horror movie I ever saw was at my preacher’s house. He loved classic horror movies and he had a copy of the original Dracula…on a reel. That’s hardcore collecting right there. I was about nine and that movie scared me to death. It took me a long time to watch another horror movie. I was sixteen, and my date took me to see Friday the Thirteenth on Halloween night. Seriously? 

That was messed up. I don’t actually remember much of that movie. I covered my eyes through most of it and smacked my date every time he came near me. I was not amused. So, you can imagine my surprise when I suddenly found myself writing about the things that go bump in the night. I know exactly when I started liking horror.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer. 

That’s right, Joss Whedon got me hooked on horror. Sure, it was a new kind of scare tactic, one laced with humor and snappy dialogue, but it was still steeped in imagery that was terrifying. I love a good fight scene and tension that’ll make you squirm in your seat, but I’m also a fan of humor and deep feelings of love and family. I try to create stories that explore the unbelievable as well as the enduring aspect of the fragility of love. Making it all work is challenging, but it’s something I really enjoy and I hope my readers do too.

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Death stalks the dark streets of Boston, but even death has enemies…

Being a hero is Ryan di Taro’s job. Eradicating the city of vampires and other monsters that hide in the dark is how he got the title. When an unknown woman appears and saves his life and then disappears, he’s not sure if he’s made a friend or enemy. Should he accept her help in hunting down the undead, or is she part of an elaborate plan the creatures of darkness have created to end his quest to see evil eliminated for good.
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They say things good and bad come in threes, and with the blood moon rising over Cauldron’s Hollow, Eloise Goodnight knew change was brewing. As one of the three Goodnight sisters, her destiny didn’t bode well. Love lost then death. So when a strange man enters their tiny village, a man with his own brand of magic, Eloise vows to stay away, but destiny—and her dreams—have other plans.
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  1. I missed out on the first BUFFY craze...must have been softball games. But became a fan during reruns. My favorite scary moment...I was in a room with several other authors, one being a pyschic. I felt my shoulders being pressed on, but no one was around me. The pyschic said I was surrounded by men who had passed on. The pressure on my shoulders was soooo real. I couldn't get up.

    Yep, that's the scariest moment.

    1. Good gracious! That's horrifying. It reminds me of the story the Ghost and Mrs. Muir. Okay, it has nothing to do with it, but I did think of it as I read your post, Angi. LOL

  2. I love Buffy!!! The show was an addiction at our house, with everyone rushing home from all over to be in time for the opening music. Reruns and DVDs have helped so much.

    I really enjoyed both of your novellas in the Twelve Shades of Midnight anthology! Thank you so much!

    Angi, spooky story! Years ago, I was helping a friend move into an old New England home. As I carried a box through a small room, I saw a flash of a woman in Colonial dress bending over what looked like an old fashioned bassinet. Being a little freaked out, I didn't say anything and when I returned with another box, I went to bypass the room, when I noted something shiny on the floor in the middle of the room. Curious, I checked it out and it was an old brass button. My friend had it checked out and it was from the Revolutionary time period, probably from a Redcoat uniform. I slept in the next room that night and kept waking up shivering with the cold. Every time, my quilt, which had been on top of me, was folded up neatly on a chair on the other side of the room. Last time I slept over there!

    1. That is freaky, Claire! Hey at least she was a neat ghost. She wasn't trying to scare you, just hinting by folding the blanket that it was probably time you left.

    2. Absolutely, Shea! Over the time my friend lived there, she found five more buttons in the same spot, all the same type. She found out later that the house was reputedly haunted. The spirit loved her, but sent similar and worse "GET OUT!" messages to her husband. It was very, very strange!

  3. My husband and I were watching a movie trailer at the theater. A stupid, stupid woman was going down a dark and creepy staircase to the basement when a pair of arms snake out and grab her from behind. The woman screams. I scream. And the man behind us starts laughingis his @ss off. And that was one of my scariest moments.

    1. Having a psychopath sitting behind me would leave me a bit unsettled. :)

  4. Fav scary moment... well it was not scary for me... but one time when I was younger, my parents asked us if we wanted to go in the haunted house or on the haunted boat ride... My middle sister went with my dad inside the HH, while My mom, little sister and myself went on the boat ride under the building... It was great... after the first person came out to scare us... my sister freaked... I told her they were just regular people that get people to scream, but she would not listen... as the ride continued the guy followed us and even jumped onto the boat to ride along... talk about blowing one's eardrums out... she would not stop screaming... even tried to jump out of the boat... sad to say that while my mom was holding on for dear life... I was laughing my head off... my mom was yelling at the guy to get off... at one point the ride came out into the sunlight and people could look down at the ride... all they saw was this kid screaming like a banshee... great endorsement for the dumb ride... my dad and sister later found out that all of the screaming they heard came from my other sister, lol. Nowadays, you have to drag her kicking and screaming to a haunted house, but she loves horror flicks and makes fun of me not being able to watch them.... gotta love family!

    1. LOL. I guess it was scary at the time, but it sure is funny in retrospect.

  5. The freakiest time for me is when I was in high school a car followed me and I turned down a ride. He got out of his car, I hurried to the closest house and lucky someone was home as the man was at the stairs!!

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  7. Love Buffy, too, Shea. My scary moment...actually I was in the ocean swimming in Hawaii.. I have horrible vision and before I knew it, I was caught in a tide and was far out. I was a good swimmer, but I had trouble. I couldn't see the beach and found out later my parents were frantically trying to get my attention. I ended up swimming perpendicular to the current and got out...but for a few moments there, I wasn't sure if I'd get back in! On the good side, at least jaws didn't show up :-)

  8. I am more a SUPERNATURAL fan. Not all that scary really, but fun to watch.


  9. Scariest moment - I was laying in bed, but not asleep, and the light was on. I thought my boyfriend got into bed with me because I felt the bed dip down. I looked over my shoulder and there was an imprint of a body on the bed - but my boyfriend was still in the bathroom. Spooky!

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  10. I get scared quite a bit- I startle easily & my husband loves to come home & sneak up on me. Then he'll poke me & see how far I jump or how loud I'll scream. Sicko ;)