There are a lot of times that I can recall being scared, and I wasn’t even six years old. I used to go camping by myself usually after school was done for the semester and I just needed to get away. I would grab my gear and head to one of my favorite spots. Now if you have never camped alone before it is quite different, you don’t question everything you hear when there are others around. Besides the fact that most of us are not used to silence, the kind you get in the middle of the woods. The brain picks up on the fact that something is different and it begins. Every horror movie you have seen and strange thoughts find their way into your imagination; at least you hope it’s your imagination. The best is at night of course, when you are sitting by a small fire or you have settled down for the night in your tent and you can’t sleep. The things you hear are make you question what you are doing. At least it is perfect material for writing.
I could go on about other events, like the one time I was near a cemetery very late at night and it was almost fit for a movie; let’s just say I didn’t stop or I might not be writing this now, seriously. Maybe one day I will write a post about it but let’s just say…I’m scared to, ironic. Then there was this other time in a cemetery, see a pattern here, when I also felt like I was in a movie set because the fog to so intense you couldn’t see the ground from your waist down. There are other times I have been scared that don’t involve a cemetery for sure, from movies to other true life events and nightmares that I have over and over, but I will save them.
My question to all is this, why do we search out the scary? Why do we search out the movies and the places that make us uncomfortable? Sometimes it is not intentional and that can obviously be scarier than any controlled environment we chose to visit. We each have our triggers for what we find terrifying; a basement, an old house and the ubiquitous…clowns. I just watched a new horror film last night and it was great, great because it actually made me edgy. I only know that I enjoy being scared at times. I also enjoy trying to create that feeling in small parts of my writing. I hope you enjoy being scared some as well. Maybe together we can all be a little afraid and relish in the horror. Oh the horror!