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message 1: by Melissa (new)

Melissa | 72 comments While we are all obviously fans of reading about other people's fears and frightening situations, and we may pretend we are fearless as horror fans, there is something that scares all of us...I always find it interesting to find out what actually scares hardcore horror fans, since it can be suprising...

I bet some of you would never guess as a big of a fan I am of extremely gory and disturbing things, I am horribly, extremely, intensely afraid of spiders/centipedes...I know, such a common, unoriginal fear...but it's just one of those things that seizes you for no particular reason...if there is one in my room, I either make my mom kill it or spend about an hour debating on which method will ensure a foolproof death...and even after that I have to sleep on the couch because I always feel they aren't dead...I'm such a sissy about spiders I've almost worked myself up to a panic attack and I've sobbed and...it's just out of hand...

The only other fear I have, and this is one that makes absolutely no sense whatsoever, since it goes back to the blood and gore thing, is veins. I have no problem at all with blood...but I cannot STAND to look at prominent, bulging blue veins on people's hands, wrists, or top of feet...I'm really fair too, so I get upset at my own veins hah...I don't know why they bother me; maybe because they are blue when blood is red and that always seemed weird to me...but gahh...I don't like talking about it even...

message 2: by Patrick (new)

Patrick (Horrorshow) | 89 comments I tend to get scared about children being hurt or killed or being destroyed spiritually. Mob's spirit or rule either through the emails or in person scare me.

message 3: by Paul (new)

Paul | 147 comments I'm really only afraid of things that are a) larger than me, b) carnivorous, c) hungry and d) really close. Although I suppose water buffalo and hippos have their scary aspects as well.

message 4: by Bryan (new)

Bryan (Weirdsmobile) | 5 comments I'm curious to know if horror fans like to read stories about their deepest fears, or if it's too painful/close to home. I think what scares me most is desecration of the body -- blood doesn't scare me, but seeing people severely injured really bothers me. When I run across things like accident photos or pictures of people who have been killed in really gruesome ways...brrr. Yet, that's actually the kind of horror fiction I tend to seek out -- the more crazily gruesome, the better! I suppose it's my brain's way of dealing with that fear.

I can also relate to the vein fear. I'm not bothered by them in real life, but in movies, whenever they show some vampire or something with unnaturally pale skin and really prominent veins...there's something deeply creepy about that. Also when they show people with blacked-out eyes, or conversely, all-white eyes. Yikes!

message 5: by Tressa (new)

Tressa  (MoanaLisa) | 23505 comments I'm scared about man's inhumanity to man. I'm terrified of home break ins, kidnappings, and being held against my will for weeks while I'm slowly tortured.

Just read Jack Kilborn's Afraid and watched the movie Martyrs and these kidnappings and tortures figured big in these.

message 6: by Scott (new)

Scott People.

message 7: by Gracie (new)

Gracie (LovecraftLass) | 203 comments Tressa wrote: "I'm scared about man's inhumanity to man. I'm terrified of home break ins, kidnappings, and being held against my will for weeks while I'm slowly tortured.

Just read Jack Kilborn's Afraid and watc..."

I agree. Not about home invasion (I think my trusty .457 would take care of that pretty quick) but of children being hurt, molested, abducted. Especially when I think of my own child.

The only other two things that freak me out big time are 1) The Mackinac Bridge or 2) Dolls.

message 8: by Danielle (new)

Danielle (ielfling) Tressa, I think I'm the same, and to answer Bryan's question too, that actually makes me stay away from that kind of horror. I don't tend to read or watch horror about human acts of evil or violence because that's what scares me the most, and not in a good, entertaining way. I loooove supernatural horror and will happily devour (heh heh) anything with ghosties and ghoulies and etc, but keep the serial killers AWAY.
My brain definitely compartmentalises some fear as enjoyable (though usually regrettable when it's dark and I have to go to bed!) and some as too grim to get any pleasure from.

message 9: by Tressa (new)

Tressa  (MoanaLisa) | 23505 comments Danielle, you described me exactly. I can gleefully get spooked by ghosts, zombies, vampires, and werewolves, but I don't get my jollies from watching movies about serial killers. That hits too close to home and I don't consider it popcorn-crunching entertainment.

message 10: by Kristen (new)

Kristen (Ravenskya) | 153 comments I am phobic of snakes and needles - particularly needles going into veins (I share your disgust with veins)

Loss of loved ones is a recurrent nightmare of mine

message 11: by Tressa (new)

Tressa  (MoanaLisa) | 23505 comments LOL. I've never heard of being scared of veins.

message 12: by Danielle (new)

Danielle (ielfling) I have to say too, though, I'm also claustrophobic and squickish about spiders and am drawn to horror with yucky insects and films like the Descent, so sometimes, yeah, I do get drawn to what frightens me. That would be the pleasurable feeling of terrified revulsion, as opposed to the serial killer/torture type stuff.

message 13: by Maryse (new)

Maryse (belle_maryse) | 2 comments I'm scared of torture or being captured for something. My nightmares generally involve me running away from something and I'm always scared I'd get caught. Blood and gore don't really scare me, though, it's more the thought of having no way out.

message 14: by William (new)

William (Acknud) | 391 comments Nothing!

message 15: by Tressa (new)

Tressa  (MoanaLisa) | 23505 comments Come on, William. Something has to scare you. Kidney stones? Pedophiles stalking your children? A tinkling of broken glass coming from the basement at 3:00 a.m.?

message 16: by Gracie (new)

Gracie (LovecraftLass) | 203 comments William wrote: "Nothing!"

Real team player aintcha? lol

I forgot about dentists. If someone brought a drill to my mouth without anesthetic I would happily divulge any and all government secrets in my possession.

I think the fear of losing loved ones is so universal that it barely needs to be spoken.

Earwigs are pretty icky, too. Centipedes, millipedes. Blech!

message 17: by Rusty (new)

Rusty (RustyShackleford) | 299 comments Pedophiles stalking your children?

Definitely one of my fears, Tressa. I'm a smalltown guy in a very large city, so I'm very protective of my kids. And I'm always very conscious of people hanging around my kids. Of course, if the pedophiles knew what I would to do them as a consequence, they would avoid my kids like the plague.

message 18: by William (new)

William (Acknud) | 391 comments OK...the thought of losing my family scares me a little!

message 19: by Jerrod (last edited May 11, 2009 10:46AM) (new)

Jerrod (LiquidAzrael) | 894 comments Dentists freak me out, mainly because of bad experiences. Generally squirmish around spiders.

As with loosing loved ones, not as big an impact as maybe others. I've lost a minimum of 1 friend and/or family member every year since 1992. I'm used to it and I no longer dwell on that part of my life that I have no real control over anyway.

But what really, truly scares me is a population willing to usher in a Orwellian Society. I've got many strong words about people that stupid, but I digress.

message 20: by Tressa (last edited May 11, 2009 10:47AM) (new)

Tressa  (MoanaLisa) | 23505 comments I knew you were an old softie, William.

Rusty, whenever I'm out with my son I'm constantly scanning the area for pedophiles. If you could see this through my eyes you'd be seeing an electronic screen like the Terminator has when he does a scan. Not only do I watch out for my own kid, but kids I see wandering alone in public. Pedo's would run in fear if they knew what I or my husband would do to them.

I have a tendency to fall asleep in the dentist's chair. The whirring of the drill and the dentist's soft, probing hands lull me to sleep.

I think the fear of losing loved ones is so universal that it barely needs to be spoken.

Grace, this is true for most people, but you'd be surprised at the parents who just don't care if their kids wander off. I see it all the time where I work.

message 21: by Bonita (new)

Bonita (NMBonita) I'm afraid of real-life monsters - people who morph into a cold blooded machine of destruction. Unhuman. Selfish. Cold and heartless. And prey on all that is good and innocent. (As Patrick mentioned, children getting hurt or killed or spiritually destroyed.)

I'm also deathly afraid of palmetto bugs...

Dad was in the backyard, cleaning out the garage and burning trash. It was our cleaning day. The fragrance of pine-sol and lemon pledge permeated our little New Mexico home. Mom was cleaning out the pantry and I was sifting through the pile on the floor of my closet... a light bright, a holly hobby easy bake oven, clothes, trash, elmer's glue encrusted construction paper... just the usual pile of junk that accumulates in a ten-year-old's bedroom.

I moved something out of the way and there was my baby-alive doll, staring blank eyed with her mouth open. Protuding from her sweet little mouth was a big fat water roach. I screamed for mom. My body shook uncontrollably and I jumped around the room, running my hands through my hair in search of more bugs.

Dad burst into the room, grabbed the molested doll and shook his head at me. He said, "Stop crying or I'll give you a chingaso." I immediately held my breath and tried not to move, except to nod my head in submission. That doll had been a real baby to me that I had cared for and talked to.

A few years later, we moved to Odem, Texas, near the gulf of Mexico where the bugs are bigger and fly around your face.

Anyone remember that eighties horror movie with the bug in the ear? I think it was called Bugs... I tried to make myself watch it, hoping that it would help me to overcome my fears. It didn't work.

message 22: by Tressa (new)

Tressa  (MoanaLisa) | 23505 comments Bonita, I'm terrified of palmetto bugs, too! I'd rather wrap a snake around my neck and french kiss it than have a palmetto bug anywhere in my vicinity.

When I lived in an apartment in the city when I was in my twenties, I saw one of these crawling on my bookshelf. I am not lying when I say this: that thing looked right at me from above and dive bombed my face. I screamed like I was being eviscerated by Freddy Krueger.

The occasional one will slip past all the poison we put outside our house and come inside. One morning I was stepping into our great room and my son said "Ugh. A bug!" right when I stepped on it in my bare feet. I can still feel the pop and feel the squishiness on my feet.

That story about your doll is going to give me nightmares tonight.

If I see one of these while eating I lose my appetite for the rest of the evening.

message 23: by Bonita (new)

Bonita (NMBonita) I also don't eat cocoa pebbles or rice crispies, not after my little brother told me what they looked like. (I put a moco in his tuna sandwich just to get even.)

I've already lost my appetite for today Tressa, and I'm sure we will both be having nightmares tonite!


Snakes are not so bad. I keep a shovel by the back door.

message 24: by Tressa (new)

Tressa  (MoanaLisa) | 23505 comments I don't eat kidney beans because they look like shiny roaches. Or rasberries becuase they look like a cluster of fat-tummied carpenter ants. Blech.

message 25: by Scott (new)

Scott I love snakes.

message 26: by Tressa (new)

Tressa  (MoanaLisa) | 23505 comments I like snakes, too, and hate when people want to hack their heads off with a garden hoe. Poisonous ones, I can understand. But leave the others alone!

message 27: by William (new)

William (Acknud) | 391 comments Tressa wrote: "I like snakes, too, and hate when people want to hack their heads off with a garden hoe. Poisonous ones, I can understand. But leave the others alone!"

My father in law pissed me off last weekend. He took my boy down to my farm turkey hunting. They saw a snake so he proceeded to blow its head off. I told him to leave my snakes alone. They keep my mouse/rat population under control!

message 28: by Tressa (last edited May 11, 2009 02:09PM) (new)

Tressa  (MoanaLisa) | 23505 comments While I wouldn't want to leave a poisonous snake creeping around my suburban home to bite my son, I don't see any reason killing an animal just because it's there. This has always bothered me. Just let them be!

I like bats because they eat mosquitoes. Same with spiders.

I'm friends with a woman whose ex killed a cat with a baseball bat that jumped into his car. He did this while they were married. If that had been me I would have started divorce proceedings the next day.

message 29: by Danielle (new)

Danielle (ielfling) I'm just glad we live in a snakeless land :)
As for spiders - I admire them, they get to hang out in some parts of the house and catch insects (as long as they stay fairly put and don't go roaming around surprising anyone), but something about them really makes me do the girly thing, the whole 'jump onto a chair and squeak' girly thing. It's the way they move, I think. There was a great scene in Return of the King where Shelob oozed silently out of a hole you'd swear was too tiny, those legs just feeling the way for the bulk of her body.... .

I'm trying to raise my daughter to have no fears of them though, after seeing parents pass their minor phobias along inadvertantly, so I have a 'spiders are great' face for home :)

message 30: by Scott (new)

Scott When we were watching Return of the King there was a girl across the aisle who was freaking out over Shelob. There was that brief respite when you think Sam is done with her but she creeps up behind him and she was going "oh nooooo" I was cracking up!!

Spiders creep me out a bit although if they are really small I don't care. I couldn't even watch the trailer for Eight Legged Freaks when it came on before a movie I'd gone to see--but I thought Shelob was really cool. I can't explain that.

message 31: by Danielle (new)

Danielle (ielfling) What about insect horror in books? If it's a movement thing, how well does it translate into fiction? Anyone read any good insect horror?
Oh - just remembered 'Yellowjacket Summer', a short story in McCammon's Blue World. That's a good one.
I seem to recall reading a few horrors with moths in - one by Ramsey Campbell, 'The Brood', where there are kind of moth-like vampirey critters, who cluster round a lamplight and haul unsuspecting folks off to their basement to feed? Not sure I'm remembering that right...

message 32: by Scott (new)

Scott I don't think "creature features" work too well in prose. I think it's more of a visual thing.

message 33: by Tressa (new)

Tressa  (MoanaLisa) | 23505 comments Danielle, your post reminded me it might be a good idea to have an insect horror thread. I'd love some good examples of stories/books about big or killer insects.

message 34: by Danielle (new)

Danielle (ielfling) Ok, I'll post something, if you haven't already, though Scott's point's a good one. Insect horror is pretty visual. Part of what I love and what fascinates me about horror though, is the inventive ways writers get around those challenges. I love figuring out how they do what they do and make you scared with words.

message 35: by Marisella (new)

Marisella (stregamari) | 421 comments you all are doing wonders for my diet. thanks. really

I like to tease my kids, I told them that the spiders in the basement were attack spiders. I pretended they were calling them "mmmiiiichael" in a scary growley voice. now they won't go in the basement and my husband blames me. I'm sure they'll find a way to get back at me!

message 36: by Tressa (new)

Tressa  (MoanaLisa) | 23505 comments Anna, I'd like to nominate you Mother of the Year.

message 37: by Kristy (new)

Kristy (kristabela) | 185 comments Hope there's nobody reading this thread just to find out what scares you all... you know, to use against you later... like when they kidnap you or something.

message 38: by Tressa (new)

Tressa  (MoanaLisa) | 23505 comments Hey, I didn't think about that! I think there's only one person at GR who knows my last name. Oh, wait, make that two. An author of a gruesome, demented, twisted book sent me copy of this book and he knows my name AND address. Am I done for?

message 39: by Scott (new)

Scott Well it was nice talking to you.

message 40: by Rusty (new)

Rusty (RustyShackleford) | 299 comments Hope there's nobody reading this thread just to find out what scares you all... you know, to use against you later...

I'm deathly afraid of pastries, big screen plasma televisions, and ice-cold IBC Root Beer in a bottle.

message 41: by Kristy (new)

Kristy (kristabela) | 185 comments Rusty wrote: "Hope there's nobody reading this thread just to find out what scares you all... you know, to use against you later...

I'm deathly afraid of pastries, big screen plasma televisions, and ice-cold..."

And boobs, Rusty? Are you afraid of those too? :-P

message 42: by Kristy (new)

Kristy (kristabela) | 185 comments Tressa wrote: "Hey, I didn't think about that! I think there's only one person at GR who knows my last name. Oh, wait, make that two. An author of a gruesome, demented, twisted book sent me copy of this book and ..."

I fear you're a goner Tressa... (followed by evilly, evil laugh)

I'm not the kidnapper - promise! ;->

message 43: by Rusty (new)

Rusty (RustyShackleford) | 299 comments It's like you're inside my head.

message 44: by Kristy (new)

Kristy (kristabela) | 185 comments I'm psychic...

message 45: by Tressa (new)

Tressa  (MoanaLisa) | 23505 comments As frightening as you are Kristy, it's not you I'm afraid of. :)

message 46: by Tressa (new)

Tressa  (MoanaLisa) | 23505 comments Well it was nice talking to you.

It was nice knowing you, Scott. Just keep an eye out for national news. My first name is Tressa. You can find out my last name when you read about my demise in the paper. I knew reading and watching all this torture porn would turn around and bite me in the butt some day.

message 47: by Kim (new)

Kim | 9 comments Clowns.

message 48: by Kristen (new)

Kristen (Ravenskya) | 153 comments Bwa ha ha ha! I scare Tressa!

message 49: by LinBee (last edited May 13, 2009 11:29AM) (new)

LinBee I have a friend that is deathly afraid of belly buttons...they make her sick. So, I can understand the veins.

I myself am terrified of Zombies, Spiders & home break-ins. Oh, and lightning.

And Danielle, I understand the parents passing phobias down. I was fine with spiders until my father so kindly passed his massive phobia of them down to me.

message 50: by Melissa (new)

Melissa | 72 comments Haha, I think I'm the only one on here NOT so scared of serial killers or kidnappers or things of that sort. I honestly am much more scared of people close to me being attacked and hurt by those things than me personally. Maybe because I feel more prepared for an attack than my parents or whoever else close to me...that might sound crazy, but I am the only one in the house who sleeps with a knife under the bed, and I have a somewhat fair idea of what I would in the case of someone trying to kill me...but I fear more for if someone else didn't know what to do...

Of course, I guess you can't say that you are prepared to fight to your death with any real conviction unless you have actually been there hah...

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