During most of my life I have been fascinated by the paranormal. The idea that we live in a multidimensional reality gets my imagination going. Stories, movies, or documentaries about paranormal investigations are interesting. So, in the spirit of Halloween, approaching us rapidly, here are a few thoughts.
If you want to get yourself into that cool, prickly mood, where terror lurks around the corner, may I suggest rereading a few Edgar Allan Poe stories. I found a collection of his works in my bookcase, and since it’s been long ago that I read these stories, I gobbled up a few.
He was the original Stephen King, circa early 1800’s, and from the front of the book, Poe, “knew every line and shadow in the face of fear”…whoa. “Moods black or melancholy or sensuous or musical were his supreme effects”. I have to wholeheartedly agree. This guy was MELANCHOLY, by Golly. Just read “The Masque of the Red Death”, or “The Oval Portrait”, or “The Fall of the House of Usher” to really get an appreciation of the masterpiece of Poe.
He was the first person, in my estimation, to give true “life” to a house; to bring the house alive and give it mystery and magic. This effect is used today for a good scare piece. Have you watched the Netflix series, “The Haunting of Hill House”? If you haven’t, give it a go. Get ready to gasp and get chilled. The House is like a living being, and that is what Poe also tried to create for us.
When Poe writes upon looking at the House of Usher, he says, “that while, beyond doubt, there are combinations of very simple natural objects which have the power of thus affecting us (unnerving him), still the analysis of this power lies among considerations beyond our depth.”
In other words, certain environments freak us out, and we don’t know why…..it’s deep in there. Speaking of the tendency to like being scared, you can check out a previous blog, “Scary Monsters” https://debhead.home.blog/2019/10/05/scary-monsters/
There are real reasons we like to be afraid.
More to the point of Halloween. If you would like an insight into my very personal report of the paranormal, and how it affected my life, please click on the link below to get a free Audible of my book, “34”, written under the name Debra Fulton. You will see why I changed the name. The book was published in 2012, so, life keeps going.
Here is the Kindle version:
If you do anything, get a little scare going before Thursday night. It’s time to snuggle down and be surprised.
Happy Halloween everyone. Please like, share, comment, and keep on reading!