Saturday, May 26, 2012

I'm Not Skeered !

I'm not easily frightened. I mean, I work at Walmart, for God's sake! Some of the people who shop there would scare a vampire Navy seal body builder with a rocket launcher in his pocket. And the fashion combinations I see on a daily basis would send the Queer Eye for the Straight Guy crew into spontaneous fainting fits. (Shopping in curlers is one thing. Shopping in your pajamas is another. Shopping in curlers AND your pajamas? Shudder! And the women are even worse!)

I can pick up a snake in the middle of the road and place him gently in a ditch on the other side so he doesn't get hit by a car. I can break up a dog fight. I've eaten locusts, giant cockroaches and a few other things too gross to mention. Not much scares me.

 However, Thursday after a late night at work, I settled into bed with the lights out to watch The Woman in Black. For those of you who don't know, this is Daniel Radcliffe's first starring role since Harry Potter. He plays a grown up! With a dead wife and live four-year-old son! It's a great Victorian set Gothic horror story. And I LOVE Gothic horror stories. I'm a big fan of Phyllis Whitney and Victoria Holt. The Turn of the Screw is one of my favorite stories ever.

The point is, this film scared me! Gave me quite a few good old-fashioned jump and get your heart started scares! The novel was written in 1983 and the author helped with the film. I haven't read it yet, but I will.

And it got me to thinking. What scares people? What makes them jump and look over their shoulder? What makes them sleep with the lights on? (My brother and his best friend went to see The Exorcist when it came out. We slept with the lights on for WEEKS!)

Do you like being scared? Do you like romances with a Gothic feel to them? Which is more frightening - ghosts and the paranormal or serial killers and other lunatics? How can an author best frighten you? What sort of suspense do you like - the long drawn out sort with the big bang at the end or the jumping frights over and over and over again until you slam the book closed or turn off the television?

 Five Things Writers Fear !

    1.  Synopsis ! EEEEK

    2.  Review!  AAAACK

    3. Deadline ! GROAN

    4. Not being published! NOOOO!

    5. Being published! Hellllp!! 


Anna Campbell said...

Louisa, you always crack me up! Laughing at the idea of all these brawny Southern gentlemen in pjs and curlers! Haven't seen the Woman in Black. It's definitely on my TBW (to be watched!) list, though. Love your list of what actually scares you. And of course I love a gothic romance!

Jane Charles said...

I love gothic romances and will have to check out the authors you listed. As a rule, I don't read books that scare me. I avoid Stephen King like the plague. I also try to avoid movies that scare me. I am a whimp! But, I do watch Criminal Minds. Some of those have stayed with me and I have been known to double check locks. Another show that used to freak me out was X Files.

Seriel killers and lunatics scare me most because I know they are real.

Love your Walmart references. When these people aren't scaring you they have got to be great inspiration for characters.

Louisa Cornell said...

I think you'll love The Woman in Black, La Divina Campbell! Just don't watch it at night with the lights off.

And aren't those old Gothic romances just the best!

So thrilled you stopped by!

Louisa Cornell said...

Oh, Jane, Criminal Minds is a whole 'nuther kind of skeered! Some of those villains give me chills! And I agree that the serial killers and lunatics are usually far more frightening than the things that go bump in the night.

Walmart is definitely the greatest show on earth most days!

Cari Hislop said...

The Turn of the Screw is scary! A great ghost story. Ah, Victoria those Gothic romances...always a deep dark secret to uncover and a hard unforgiving man with a frozen heart to save. Reading her name brought back this memory of my favorite romance bookstore in the town I grew up (it's still there) but the people who owned it were chain smokers so you'd step into this miasma of smoke and cough your way through endless shelves of romances and you wouldn't care about the smoke - it was almost pleasant because you were finding treasure! Loved that store! Loved those romances. What scares me? A world without stores that sell romances! That and scary movies which I usually avoid though I DO want to see Woman in Black. I've been tempted to go see the play, but even the matinee isn't cheap, but the theatre is supposed to be actually haunted...adding that je ne sais quoi!

Carla Swafford said...

I've been looking forward to seeing Woman in Black and even more so now. That's the kind of scary stories I enjoy. No blood, just in your mind/what you think you see scary.

Loved Poltergeist, Others (Nicole Kidman), and Wait Until Dark (Audrey Hepburn).

Geez, I loved Criminal Minds but they enjoy showing the psycho's POV and it was too creepy for me. Had to stop watching it.

Ava Stone said...

Louisa ~ You are hilarious! I cannot imagine what you see on a daily basis.

AND you are brave! There is no way in hell I would rescue a snake. EEK. And the only dog fight I would break up is if my dog was involved because I'd be scared for him and my adrenaline would be pumping. ;)

I have wanted to see Woman in Black, but I haven't done that yet. I'll have to find someone to watch it with me so I won't be so scared (definitely a chicken)

What scares me in real life? I pretty much have the ID network on a loop at the house while I'm writing. I tell myself it's so there's sound while I'm all alone and trying to write. But the truth is these people terrify me and I'm secretly learning all I can about serial killers and other lunatics so that if/when I meet one in real life I'll be better equipped to dealing with them and the situation. ;)

Marie Higgins said...

I don't get scared often while watching a movie - but then I'm really not into scary movies, either. However, I really want to see this one, mainly because it's a Victorian Gothic. Ooohhh...just hearing those two words together gets my heart pumping. lol

The only movie that I can remember scaring the begeezes(sp?) out of me, is when I went with friends at age 16 to see "Halloween 2" which was in movie theaters. (I'm letting everyone know my age, aren't I? lol) Anyway, most of the movie when you saw Michael, you heard him breathing deeply. So after the movie - where I spent hiding my head in my coat - I return home. Everyone is in bed asleep. I shared a room with my younger sister. So I get in bed and try to fall asleep...only to hear deep breathing all night. YIKES!! Needless to say, I couldn't fall asleep in fear that Michael was right around the corner...

The only thing that scares me nowadays is the lives my adult daughters are living. That's what keeps me awake at nights now. (sobs)

Darynda said...

Ha! This is too funny! I do like it when a movie can scare me. It doesn't happen often, so I will definitely be watching this. Books, on the other hand, can be so much scarier. I remember being in Jr. High and attempting to read the Amityville Horror. I didn't even get half way into it, I was more scared than I've ever been in my life. Haven't tried it again either. LOL.

Louisa Cornell said...

Cari, I LOVE the sound of that bookstore. That is what a bookstore should be.

Seeing the play in a haunted theatre? Oh now that is too perfect!

Louisa Cornell said...

I agree, Carla! Those psychological thrillers are the best! LOVED The Others!

Criminal Minds definitely disturbs me too much to watch it alone!

Louisa Cornell said...

Ava, snakes and dogs don't scare me, but those People at Walmart scare me to death most days!

And I can relate completely to having something on in the background when working around the house alone!

Louisa Cornell said...

I'm with you, Marie! Victorian Gothic just SOUNDS delish! And this movie is a great example of the genre.

I think most mothers are terrified by the lives their children lead! I'm afraid it is the nature of the beast!

I had the same reaction to seeing The Exorcist in the theater! We came home and crashed in the den and slept with the lights on. EEEK!

Louisa Cornell said...

Oh, Darynda, I feel so much better knowing The Amityville Horror scared you! I had the same reaction to reading that book. Scared me so badly I had to stop reading AND I gave the book away to get it out of the house!

Can't wait to hear what you think of The Woman in Black, Ruby Sister!

gwyn said...

Thinking about what the women in your Walmart must look like is enough to scare me now!

I stopped watching horror ages ago. I'd close my eyes, and there IT (whatever it was!) would be, painted upong the backs of my lids, mocking my attempts to sleep, so I won't be watching Lady in Black.

I adored Whitney and Holt, however. Still have most of those books.

In reality, not much frightens me, but I hate bugs. Worked for a candy maker once. He got a shipment of nuts from somewhere, and when I opened them, swarms of bugs flew into my face, up my nose, and every other available orifice. I shudder just remembering.

Louisa Cornell said...

Ooh, Gwyn! YUCK !! Bugs in the face. SHUDDER!

And those Whitney and Holt books are definitely keepers!

Jenna said...

Scary movies will do it to me. I saw The Exorcist in college as a special run Halloween flick. I slept with the lights on for a month! The Ring did it as well. But I love Stephen King! Will have to try a Victoria Holt. I love the Gothic period.

Candis Terry said...

Oh my gosh! Your blog made me laugh outloud!

I love to be scared but I do not like seeing scary movies with my daughter. She leaves no skin on my arms. I'm dying to see Woman in Black. Just the trailer scared me.

What scares me? Bears. Hubby always takes me ATVing in the forest down these narrow little trails surrounded by beary bushes. The only time I've seen a bear was in Alaska. Fortunately I was in a car at the time. But they still scare me!

As for your "What Scares Writers"? Yep.

Louisa Cornell said...

Oh, Jenna, I am a HUGE Stephen King fan! And his son, Joe Hill, has a couple of really scary novels out there as well. The Heart-Shaped Box is my favorite!

Louisa Cornell said...


I would have to say seeing a bear, live and in person and very large would definitely scare me! Of course you can always tell hubby "I don't have to outrun the bear. I just have to outrun you!"

Suzanne Johnson said...

So funny--I think I've seen those people in Walmart!

I remember the first time I saw the old "Friday the 13th" movie. I was living in Tuscaloosa not far from Bryce Hospital, and Michael Myers, the killer, was a mental hospital escapee. That movie scared the crap out of me!

Louisa Cornell said...

Oh wow, Suzanne! That WOULD be scary. Escaped lunatics are far more scary than the paranormal to me. And I remember seeing the original Friday the 13th in the theaters. Terrifying!