What’s Your Favorite Horror Movie & Why?

Mine is the Exorcist. The first movie…NOT the others lol.

 

Mind you I do not believe in possession but I think, if that was my kid? lol In the time that this came out to, I imagine that it was VERY scary. I don’t think people were exposed to this type of thing, masturbating with crosses lol and so forth. Plus, I can imagine that more people believed in possession then than they do now.

Well real or not, that would be some crazy stuff. And the movie, for whatever reason, I don’t know is just freaky.

 

So what is your favorite Horror Movie and why?

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Halloween—The Devil’s Holiday

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Halloween was always my favorite Holiday growing up. I was the kid that wanted every day to be Halloween. I thought, how cool would it be if we could dress up every single day? I didn’t even need the candy…just the permission to run the streets at night with a ton of other kids in my favorite spooky outfit. That might be why certain shows like the Addams Family and Munsters were my favorite. To me, Halloween rocked.

However, it did not come easy. Growing up in the bible belt, there was always someone turning their nose up at Halloween. They claimed it was a Devil’s Holiday.

Hey, I didn’t care. My mother might not have been the best in the world but at least she skipped the jive of her bible beating family and took me Trick or Treating. I may not be able to remember every Christmas, or hardly a birthday, but I can bet you that I can remember every Halloween and every homemade costume I cooked up.

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Naturally the night of spook filled fun remained a big deal to me even after I was too old to go trick or treating. I was always volunteering to take other people’s kids, help them get into costume—>still flashing some Gothic- piece- of- fashion- fright of my own. I had forgotten about it being the Devil’s Holiday and I had forgotten about how uptight people were about it, until I watched a little girl’s heart get broken, something that still haunts me.

 

 

I rented a cabin in a cluster of other cabins back in the 90’s. Since the cabins were not in any subdivision and most parents worked, I volunteered to get any kid ready and take them to my parents subdivision for some Trick or Treating.

 

 

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All the other parents were thankful except one. She kept saying that her child would not be going out and celebrating any ‘Devil’s Holiday.’ I explained that in a child’s heart, it was nothing more than fun and fantasy. It was about candy, treats, being something else for just a few hours. Living in the world of imagination…and that being reality…for just one night a year.

Needless to say, the mother wasn’t hearing it. A million reasons spewed from her mouth as to why Halloween should be ripped off the calendars and black listed. Every reason ended in–> God or began in God says…

Then, calmly, I lost it and the truth came out…”But God doesn’t mind you shoving a needle in your arm or spending the rent money in pot? God doesn’t mind you bringing home every Tom, Dick and Perv, despite what example that sets for your daughter or what they do to her? God doesn’t—“

It didn’t matter and what happened after doesn’t either.  What mattered was, that night I left and when I left, I watched that little girl looking out her bedroom window crying her eyes out because she couldn’t go with us. And that broke my heart.

 

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I have three children of my own and every year Halloween is a big thing at my house. My oldest is too old to Trick or Treat this year but he will still be dressing up and going with me to take the little ones. Last year some family went with us and complained that we literally walked around all the neighborhoods we went to, going from door to door. “Why can’t we drive damn it?” That’s how they did it. They drove, parked and then made their teenager walk all their kids around.

I told them go ahead…we would be walking because that’s what we do. I want to see my kids go to each door and I want to feel the night air on my skin. I want to swoon at each costume I see…I want to eat up every minute. And when we come home, the kids and me will watch horror movies till they pass out on the couch. Then…I will go outside, and do something private concerning the actual Pagan Holiday…Samhain, now that my kids had an absolute blast.

Still, every year I will see some little kid sitting by the window crying because their parents make too much out of the so-called Devils Holiday. And I think about that little girl that I knew long ago.

So to everyone out there, don’t deny your kids a night of fun because of some religious nonsense.  It may mean something more to others but for the kids…its usually just about Trick or Treating, having a great time, and living inside the world of their imagination for just a few hours. Let our kids have that…before they are no longer our kids anymore.

 

And for all the Adults—go have some Halloween fun no matter what. Go to a Haunted House for Adults, or turn your house into one for the Trick or Treaters. Have a Halloween Party…DRESS UP…who cares how old you are!!!!!

 

HH GoulMoon

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Writing Class

Recently I completed a creative writing class and it reminded me of one thing. Everyone has a story to write….most people have more than one story. For instance, I have so many stories bounding around my head that there is barely enough time to get them all out.

But what makes one person a writer while the other person dreams about writing. The answer is simple and yet so hard for so many. It’s the simple act of writing. A writer writes.

The fear of rejection, perfection and judgement (among so many others) are a huge barrier for a lot of people who fall into the “wantabe” writer. The act of actually sitting down and writing is very confronting. There is a great deal of emotion spent in writing, it shows the soul, it shows our personality, our hopes and dreams. Once it is out there in the world, out on paper, there is no bringing it back.

But the adrenaline, the passion and fire so many writers feel when they sit down to write is easily addictive. The flow soon starts and all of a sudden the writer is in the “zone”. Hours have passed with relative ease as the writer has been caught up in their characters, plot, places and themes.

This is how you know you are a writer. You have the burning desire, you have the fear that goes with it. You write. I dont think a writer should be judged on the one and only fact of if they are published or not. To be a published writer is a whole different story. A writer simply has to write. If you decide to share your stories, poems or an entire novel with other people then thats great.

But you dont have to share, there is a feeling of freedom to be able to write whatever you want without having the censure in the back of your mind that says “what if people read that!!” But if people do read what you write, you may be surprised by the effect and the reaction.

When you write you grow as a person, you gain confidence, you can work through emotions, create worlds and people. You can write about your dreams and hopes, things that you could never say out loud to anyone can be written down for all to see in the guise of a character.

Writing is like reading, it is freeing. So if you have a passion to write, if you have stories within you that scream to be let out…..then write. I thought about giving up writing at one stage but a friend reminded me of what a writer truly is…..someone who has stories within them and needs to share them so others can see the magic they never knew was there. Seize your passion and go with the flow. You will be amazed what happens.

Then you can call yourself a writer.

Cheers

Connie

Supernatural Beings in fiction

Supernatural beings in every form have been gracing our bookshelves for centuries. As readers we are so used to reading about ghosts, witches, vampires, shape-shifters and so many other beings. Has their popularity run out? Are people wanting more subtle forms of the supernatural? Not according to what is popular on the top twenty fiction lists. Vampires reign supreme at the moment with Stephenie Meyer and Charline Harris standing out as the incredibly popular. But what makes  the supernatural being so very alluring?

Is it the unrequited yearning that is so obvious in these books that calls to our souls and pushes us to read the vampire’s story over and over? Is it the base animatistic primal instinct that has us running for more shapeshifter stories? The magic in stories of witches and parallel fantasy lands feeds our imagination and transports us to a magical place that is beyond the mundane capacity of our daily existence.

Yes, supernatural, paranormal and fantasy books are here to stay. They are obviously tapping into a universal need for magic, fantasy and imagination that we need in our reading. But what is to come next? Are there any other slants on the tried and tested stories that have been with us for generations? How many different ways can a vampire, witch or any mythical creature be portrait? That is what is wonderful about the world of fiction, the possibilities are boundless.

But are we becoming blaze about the nuances of the supernatural. It is everywhere in our popular culture, both fiction and non-fiction. I recently opened a non-fiction book about witches and pagans only to find it filled with pictures from the popular television series “Charmed”. This got me thinking, with all of the special effects in movies and tv and all of the graphic description now prevalent in books, what about the subtlety of real life magic.

Do all these effects and graphics take away from what is really practiced and achieved through real life pagans, witches and the like? Does it downplay the very real magic that is felt at a ritual or when magic happens in your life? Is the real life magic enough or is it an anticlimax against the fiction of today?

I dont know the answer, but I do think that we need to see the real miracle and magic that happens to us on a daily basis. And we need to encapsulate the emotion, culture, history and fun of the fantasy and paranormal fiction that is shaping our modern literature culture.

Cheers

Connie