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!!