It is now officially October so, of course, I start to think a lot about Halloween. The haunted houses and trails and mazes are opening to the public to scare the bejeezus out of them and pumpkins are showing up at grocery stores that are already flooded with candy. All over the country people are sewing the finishing touches on their costumes and getting ready for all of the festivities. I’m going to continue to get into the spirit myself as the days of this month continue to tick by.
Here in West Virginia, October came in rough and spooky with a huge thunderstorm big enough to force Brad and Janet to stop off at a creepy old house. Of course, I sort of celebrate Halloween year round I just don’t advertise it. I love most horror movies and I love the design of fake haunted houses and the lore of “real” haunted houses. I love the imagery and the wicked, high energy feeling that I get when I know that Halloween is approaching. True, I don’t really go to parties and I haven’t dressed up in years but I’m not into that stuff year around either.
If you read my blog (and you are right now. Hello!) then you will be seeing Halloween stuff throughout the month. You may have already seen my review of Clownhouse but there are plenty of scary movies that I want to see and review. It will depend on what I can easily get my hands on but I definitely have a wish list. I usually skew towards the horror movies with a comic edge to them but some on my list are more dark and traditionally scary.
I will be continuing work on The Key, my own little ongoing horror serial. I have yet to comment on The Key because I believe the posts should go by without comment. The central theme of The Key is the struggle for control. The thing that scares me the most in horror is the loss of one’s self or one’s self control. When I read Grant Morrison’s Batman and Robin I was absolutely terrified by Grant Morrison’s Professor Pyg and his dollotrons. A villain who transforms people into disfigured, mindless servants and the process is irreversible. I shudder to even think about it now.
The other thing I am trying to do with the Key is to write an atypical protagonist. A heroine who does not want to be part of her own story and regularly tries to check out of it. Like Alice Hardy in Friday the 13th she only saves the day when she is forced to. I really don’t want to talk too much about it because I feel like it takes the mystery out of the story. I love writing it because it feels so different and exciting.
Other than that, I don’t know what may come but I’m getting excited.