Monster at Night Uploaded on November 6, 2006 by clownfish
I’ve always loved horror and Halloween. When I was 11 or 12 I started reading Stephen King, the master of macabre. I liked watching scary movies and rarely got nightmares from them. Haunted houses where people jumped out from behind a door or fake spiders that dropped down from the ceiling could make me scream and run for cover.
I know now that part of the attraction to horror is the adrenaline rush. Like skydiving or a fast roller coaster, fear caused my heart to beat faster, and put my sense on alert. I noticed every flicker of light, heard every creak of the floor and rustle of the bushes. I was living in the moment and feeling awake and alive.
Another attraction was the peace and serenity I felt after the terror was over. Once the danger was past I was happy to be whole and in one piece. After the movie ended I could rejoice that there was no chainsaw wielding maniac after me. It usually would make the bullies at school or mean dog down the street seem rather tame and harmless. The feeling might not last, but for a while I felt safe from the terrors of the world.
When I see zombies attack or read about fire-breathing dragons, instead of being frightened, I am relieved. Since real-life doesn’t have these terrifying creatures in them, it helps to put my fears and worries into a new light. I could see that many of these things probably wouldn’t happen, but even if they did I could deal with it. If my heroes could take on demons and vampires, surely I could deal with a mean boss or a broken dishwasher.
So enjoy the spooks and ghouls while you can. Halloween is a time for an all out scare-fest full of the best chills and thrills any horror fan could dream of. Relax and indulge in some good-hearted fun with frights that last only until you turn on the light and chase them away. Here’s hoping you have a frightfully good time!