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    What scares you? (movies, books, stories, etc.)

    I'm talking fiction, not news or politics.

    I heard a podcast on this subject today, and was really disappointed in what was offered. For me there's so much; this is the stuff I read and write. A few things:

    *When I was small I read a book about "true life" weird stuff. This book included a story about a boy who went out to the well to get water late at night and was drawn up into the sky and never heard from again. I was terrified to go outside after dark for years after, and when sent out at night, I kept one eye on the sky and one on the door. I still do.

    *Acid-washed horror movies from the late sixties and early seventies. My favorite was Dan Curtis' "Burnt Offerings" with Karen Black, Oliver Reed, Bette Davis, and Burgess Meredith. Two images stick with me: The creepy chauffeur of Oliver Reed's nightmares and the final shot of Karen Black.

    *Several Stephen King stories, including the short story about the man whose hands become infested with eyes. Salem's Lot, too.

    *M.R. James' 'O Whistle and I'll come to you, my lad." E.F. Benson's "The Room in the Tower." The latter may be the scariest short story I've ever read. Many other short horror offerings from the turn of the 19th/20th century.

    This is just an intro. I'll add more later.
    Last edited by marcshoe; 06-11-2013 at 08:26 PM.
    “Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality. It's a way of understanding it.”
    ― Lloyd Alexander

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