Things That Go Bump in the Night

Good blog post from the Dystel & Goderich agency blog. I have always loved scary stories — I remember getting spooked by the stories my dad would tell around the campfire when I was a kid. Ghost stories always gave me the biggest scares. Vampires, mummies, witches — they were scary enough, but ghosts really freaked me out. When I was in 6th grade, there was a very short-lived TV series called Ghost Story. I was an avid fan, even though it scared me to death. I also remember watching Dark Shadows when I was 6 or 7 until I started getting nightmares and my parents pulled the plug.

So now I’m writing a ghost story of my own. The novel I’ve been writing for the last year is about a ghost hunter, a single mom, and an uninvited house guest who just won’t leave. It’s been an interesting experience, pushing myself to write something that would scare me. It’s been both challenging and fun. I’m trying to recapture that sense of the unknown that gripped me when I was a kid. I don’t rely on gore (not that there’s anything wrong with that, FDO). If I can unsettle the reader with the suggestion of weird things going on, I’ll be happy.

I’ll end this with the same question that Jim asked in his blog post: What are your favorite horror stories/books/movies? What will you be reading or watching on Halloween? The Exorcist? Halloween? Salem’s Lot? Start the debate in the comments!

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