I’m dreaming up another book and I’ve decided on something a bit strange for me: Horror
I say strange because I am the world’s biggest wimp. The dark is a nightly foe and falling asleep is almost always preceded by moments of intense fear even if I haven’t watched/read/imagined anything scary. I assume this is a combination of an overactive imagination and my sleep disorder, but the point is, in that place between sleep and wakefulness, I am always afraid.
I figured that might make me an expert at horror.
I started to think about this last Halloween, when creepypastas began popping up all over my usual website haunts. They scared the shit out of me. And I kept reading.
I love the Cthulhu mythos and its idea of madness. I love the idea of tackling and amping up the anxieties of puberty with the supernatural. And I love the idea of writing something truly unsettling, something that doesn’t pander to teens, something that might make them feel at night the way I always do.
I want to collect people’s scariest stories – “true” ones, ones you heard about online, ones you don’t usually see represented in Steven King novels or jump-scare flicks. I know no one reads this blog yet because come on, there’s not much to read. But if anyone does:
What really scares you? What gets into your bones and waits there quietly until you’re trying to fall asleep at night?
Please, tell me.