If you've read any of my Intrigues, the title of this post probably doesn't come as any surprise. I love scary stuff. Stephen King is one of my top five favorite authors. I see every horror movie that comes around, usually at the theater (and am often disappointed when they're not good). I've had this romance with creepy since elementary school.
I think the reason I love it so much is that I've never been truly scared by it. I think I'm hoping one day I will be. That one night after watching a horror movie, I'll have to turn on every light in the house and sleep upright, with a knife in one hand, Mace in the other, and one eye open. But it hasn't happened. I can watch the most creepy, gruesome movie ever and then go straight to sleep without a hitch.
When I was a child, my mom used to worry about me because I wasn't afraid of anything. It's sorta a double-edged sword, right? You don't want your child to be afraid of everything, thus limiting their life, but you don't want them to have no fear and possibly walk into major trouble.
Now, not being scared does not mean I'm not aware. I'm very perceptive. I notice shifts in the general mood in people and places. I get that uneasy feeling when I've entered certain places or met some people. I sit with my back to walls and facing openings in restaurants. I automatically check for every escape route, just in case things "go down." My perception, especially when it's bad, is not something I ignore. Perhaps that perception, lack of fear, and always preparing for the worst is what makes me a good mystery/suspense writer. I don't have to go looking for plots; I imagine them around every waiter and salesclerk and parking lot cone.
So far, all my Intrigues have had a gothic-lite tone. That's intentional and something I hope to keep doing as long as you guys like reading them.
What about you? Do you love the creepy or do you avoid it? If you love it, what's your favorite movie or book?
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