Sunday Stealing: The Halloween Meme
1. What is your favorite written work of horror fiction?
In the past, I was a huge Stephen King fan and eagerly read all of his books. His wife, Tabitha, is also a writer and has penned several books along those lines as well. If I had to choose one SK book, it would be “Carrie” which I read in one sitting – sitting in a bathtub, that is. And yes, the water was quite chilly when I got out. Made the boyfriend take me to see the movie when it came out. Yeah. Bad idea. I am more scared by visuals than words, apparently.
2. What is your favorite work of science fiction/fantasy?
Not a favorite genre, I have to admit. I did read some of “The Hobbit” back in the day to impress the above-mentioned boyfriend but it’s not something that calls to me.
3. Who is your favorite monster?
I liked the Frankenstein monster from “Young Frankenstein” – he seemed nice, if a little testy.
4. What is your favorite Horror movie?
Because I scare easily, I don’t watch those kinds of things much. So, I’ll say “Young Frankenstein” because it was just hilarious.
Igor: Dr. Frankenstein…
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: “Fronkensteen.”
Igor: You’re putting me on.
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: No, it’s pronounced “Fronkensteen.”
Igor: Do you also say “Froaderick”?
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: No… â€Frederick.”
Igor: Well, why isn’t it “Froaderick Fronkensteen”?
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: It isn’t; it’s “Frederick Fronkensteen.”
Igor: I see.
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: You must be Igor.
[He pronounces it ee-gor]
Igor: No, it’s pronounced “eye-gor.”
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: But they told me it was “ee-gor.”
Igor: Well, they were wrong then, weren’t they?
5. What horror movie gives you the most chills?
I will never see it but just seeing a snippet from the original “Exorcist” scared the hell out of me. Back in the day, I happened across a picture of a possessed Regan in a magazine and honest to God, couldn’t sleep for a week. Every time I closed my eyes, there it was. AACK! It was on television after a while and I attempted to watch it (I have no idea why) and my mother said “Do yourself a favor and turn that off. I don’t want you sleeping with me for another month.” I did as she suggested which was probably one of the few times I managed to heed her advice.
6. What character from any horror film would you most like to play?
Hmm. I liked “Frau Blucher” from Young Frankenstein – Take a look here.
7. Freddy or Jason?
Neither – not a fan of watching slasher movies.
8. What is your favorite Halloween treat?
Smarties. I love them!
9. Ghosts or goblins?
Hmm, ghosts, probably. I’m not big into practical jokes and I suspect goblins are all about that.
10. Friendly-faced jack-o’-lantern or scary one?
Friendly … I don’t like to be scared.
11. What is your scariest encounter with the paranormal?
I have not had any scary ones. The coolest one I had was with a gentleman who had the gift of allowing pictures to manifest onto silk. This is what I came back with (see below). I had no idea who these people were or why they were there. It didn’t help that I went to the session without an intention. At any rate, I soon learned what the stories were for each and why they had shown up for me. (Story for another day) It was interesting, to say the least.
12. Do you believe in ghosts? Why or why not?
I believe that entities who were once in physical form remain in the astral level for many, many reasons. While I have not had clairvoyant experience with them, I have had clairaudient exchanges and have no question in my mind that they exist.
13. Would you rather be a zombie, alien, or psycho?
I’d like to be an alien because perhaps I’d have an amazing intelligence that no one else on earth has.
14. Favorite Halloween costume?
When I look back at this, I laugh. In the years that I dressed for Halloween, I have always been a gypsy. No idea why, it just was. Crystal ball and all. Seemed I was always destined to be something along that line. And once when I was about four, my mom dressed me as Casper the friendly ghost.
15. Best thing about Halloween?
Forcing my co-workers to wear amusing hats for the day.
16. Person in your family who most likes Halloween (not counting yourself)?
Max de dogg is always happy to greet the few kids we do get at the front door, wagging his tale and helping dole out treats.
17. Are you superstitious?
Hmm, good question. I believe things happen for a reason. Does that count? If the reason was that I forgot to throw salt over my shoulder, well so be it! heh
18. Share an unusual Halloween story.
The legend of Black Aggie lives strong here in Maryland. As a child, all you had to do to scare me was say the words “Black Aggie” and I’d run for the hills.
Interesting story, though.
19. What did you do for Halloween as a kid?
I’m sure I did the usual Trick or Treating – I was into candy, after all. But I don’t remember much about it. Not sure why.
20. What’s the best Halloween party that you’ve attended?
I went to one in my high school years where I dressed up as a cheerleader (I was actually small enough to pass for one. Those were the days! And my boyfriend at the time dressed up as a doctor (not a stretch for him as that was his future profession). I have a cute picture of us sitting on the couch and he was pretending to use his stethoscope for purely medical reasons (yeah, right). If I ever get a scanner, I’d post that up here. My friends Lisa and Tim dressed as a pregnant nun and the priest who got her that way. Quelle horreur! Such rebels!
A crystal ball, even as a kid? Why am I not surprised? Lisa and Tim — shameful!
I loved Young Frankenstein! Marty Feldman was a classic. Loved the legend of Black Aggie. Spooky!