Welcome to the second Monday Blog post for October! I’m currently working on a special book for Halloween, which should be available by October 21. It’s Erin Michaels: Spooky B, and it’s all about the things that scare us.
Halloween is without a doubt, my favorite holiday. I’m a bit of a Goth at heart, so this is the time of year I can be more of myself. It’s also the perfect time of year, to watch horror movies and find new ways to scare yourself. This made me think about all of the things that have scared me over the years. So,I decided to write a book about those things, and who better to narrate it,than Erin of Our Lady of Righteous Rage. She’s going to cover everything, from movies and books, to phobias and the dark. You’ll probably come across some things that scare you, too. And, you may discover some things, you weren’t familiar with. Even though this is going to be a Halloween book, feel free to read it anytime! Below, is a little sample. Enjoy!
The first movie to legitimately scare the shit out of me, was The Exorcist. Now, I’m not just talking about a movie that made me jump while I was watching it. I had to sleep with the lights on for awhile after I saw it. Plus, I was kinda young when I saw it (probably too young), which added to my fear. Years later, I read the book the movie was based on. I think William Peter Blatty’s novel ended up scaring me even more than the movie did. I’m a visual person, so when I read something, I visualize what I’m reading. As I read each chapter of the book, I imagined scenes from the movie, so I found myself feeling scared, all over again.
For anyone who has seen The Exorcist or read the book (or both), you already know what makes it so frightening. For those of you who have never seen it, you’re probably thinking, “What could be so damn scary about a horror movie from 1973?” For me, it’s a combination of things. First off all, the overall plot: a twelve-year-old girl becomes possessed. Doctors think she’s just acting out, and needs medication, until serious things start happening…things that can’t be explained away be medical science. When the priests get involved, shit gets real. Second, there are certain memorable scenes from the movie, that stay with you, even after the credits start rolling. Reagan’s head facing the wrong direction is one of the most well-known scenes. The scariest scene (to me, anyway), is her backwards spider walk down the stairs. This scene appears in the uncut version of the movie, and I can still see it in my head. Nothing has ever come close to it–except for that scene in John Carpenter’s In the Mouth of Madness. Try Googling “spider walk in the mouth of madness” and see it for yourself. Kinda gross. Third reason for scaring me: The Exorcist is based on a true story. Need I say more?
Movies can be scary. Sure, we tell ourselves, “It’s just a movie!” But, the fear is real, all the same. In the next chapter, I’m going to take a stroll down memory lane, and tell you all about the horror movies that have scared me over time.
The Age of The Daughter
I’m still working on the sequel to The Witch of Fulton Lane. With W.E.’s relocation, things got a little backed up, and this book will be coming out later than I planned. But, that’s a good thing. It means I can put as much time and effort into it as I want, without racing to meet an impossible deadline. Here’s a small sample below. For a longer preview, check out this link: https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vRjDnSi49PqFNx4x9D4RiOeSDLSiRhUpMgSALMVSQtQqI-_IUrG8IrxRv8QjzQJwq5QhrhtV9vD2q05/pub
Dylan’s face became serious. “Some witches are evil,” she said, flatly. “But that’s their choice. If you keep looking on that shelf, you’re going to find a copy of The Quran, The Mahabharata, books containing missing books from the Holy Bible, and the Bible itself. I have copies of The Torah and The Talmud, books on Buddhism, Hinduism, as well as Paganism, Neo Paganism, Wicca, and more. I’m a religious person. Being a religious person doesn’t limit me to only one religion. When I read tarot cards for people, I get people from all religions, and all walks of life. No matter what you believe in, it all leads to the same place: a higher power, greater than us, that we all turn to.”
See you next week…