When you look back over your life, you might find that it’s pretty easy to understand why you’re drawn to the genres you like to write.
I distinctly remember a night when I was around five or so. My parents had friends over and they were watching “A Nightmare on Elm Street” – I think the first one. I remember sneaking downstairs, desperate to get a peek at Freddy. I don’t remember what I saw, I only remember climbing back into bed and staring at a sticker on my dresser of the Chuck E Cheese mouse and thinking it looked a lot like Freddy’s face in the dark. I was frightened and I loved it. I would sneak downstairs while everyone was asleep and play a record – a RECORD – of graveyard sounds that my parents would play on Halloween. My parents were fun. 🙂
Yep, I’m weird and I own it. ^_^ I would go out of my way to get scared. Not the kind of scared that comes with crazy rollercoasters, sky diving, and playing chicken on the interstate. I don’t like being terrified. Lol! I would ask everyone for recommendations of the scariest movies they’ve ever seen and then watch them and be disappointed. Most people are pretty easily frightened, it turns out.
“Final Destination” was something I got a lot. I thought it was brilliant, but it wasn’t scary at all. Speaking of Devon Sawa though (remember him?), “Idle Hands” scared the crap out of me. If you’re not familiar with it, and you’re probably not, it was about a lazy teenage boy whose’s left hand got possessed by the devil, and it would kill people while he was asleep. It would then write, “Don’t look under the bed” on his ceiling in glow in the dark ink. Then when he would, there would be another dead body under there! I slept with a light on a week. To this day I hesitate sometimes before looking under the bed. That was some good stuff. Lol! Unlike “The Exorcist” which was just weird and gross. It didn’t help that I watched it with my sister who laughed most of the way through it because she thought it was so bad. She’s afraid of bubbles in her water and giant squash, but she isn’t afraid of rollercoasters that flip her 100 feet into the air and demon possession. Go figure.
I read somewhere once that you know you really love someone when you can’t quite articulate why you love them. They just make you feel…you know? Sure, you can always point out qualities you love, like maybe they make you laugh. Maybe they’re considerate and awesome and warm and comfortable in a giant teddy bear kind of way – the best kind of way. But deep down, there’s just something about them. And that’s what this paranormal stuff is like for me. It’s not like I love using my iPad as a night light because I’m scared of the dark – there’s just something about being afraid of the the unknown that lurks in the dark that makes me feel…you know. There’s just something deeply intriguing about it.
I always loved telling stories – especially crazy ones! There were these ghost stories that I especially liked to preface with, “This is a true story that happened to my grandpa.” My dad was full of old, creepy stories that he got from grandpa. None of them are true, I don’t think, but there are still a couple that they swore were true! Of course, I was always saying things were true that I was making up, and then I’d scare myself with them later. Lol! My favorite was the neighborhood troll. I scared a cousin with it so bad one summer he started crying hysterical tears. Of course, I’m not a monster so to pacify him I “beat the troll up” and sent him packing to Hawaii because I knew it was pretty far away. I was eleven. I still think about it sometimes and get scared. The neighborhood troll was a demon that followed you around everywhere you went, waiting for you to get into a dark corner so it could drag you back to its lair. The only way to see him was to stand with your back against the wall in front of a mirror. ^_^
I think it’s obvious that we have more stories in us that we’ve told than the ones we’ve written down. It’s interesting to look at the genres that even these fall into. For me, it’s pretty much action thriller or supernatural in nature. I have a lot of Mortal Kombat screenplays in my head – that fits into both! Love Mortal Kombat. 🙂 Sometimes it’s fun to reflect on things past and see a connecting thread, from then to now. It’s like I’m living in my very own story! ^_^