Thursday, October 25, 2012

13 Days of Halloween: Horror Movies, Scary Books and Ghosts

by KC Hilton

When it comes to horror movies and books, I stay clear of them. I’m a regular scaredy-cat! I even sleep with a nightlight! Ohhh, but there are reasons for my fear, but I’ll get to that in just a moment. Recently, I’ve tried to break the scary feelings and have read a few books. I’ve always wondered how a person could read a scary/horror book without shutting their eyes, lol. I started with reading Graveminder by Melissa Marr. OK, this was a great book and I got through it, without any permanent damage, so I decided to read another book, Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter. I made it through the Twilight series, so I thought I could handle this book. OK, it was a great book! I seriously loved it, but let me just say, it took me four days to read it and the first two nights I was scared to go to bed, lol. When I did finally go to bed, I pulled the covers nearly over my head! With all the facts woven into a Vampire story, well… It had me believing in Vampires! Yeah, it took me a while to get over it but I’m still here. Now, I want to see the movie! I’m not sure how that’s going to go, but I’m willing to give it a try.

On television, there is a channel that has a series about Ghost Stories. Now, I can watch those during the day, but not in the evening. Why? Because it’ll be the last thing on my mind when I go to bed! Needless to say, I wouldn’t get much sleep.

But why am I so afraid of scary books and movies? It goes back to my childhood. I blame it all on my father. It’s true! It’s funny really, but it seeded something in my mind and I can’t break it. When I was a young girl the horror movies like, Halloween (Michael Myers), Friday the 13th (Jason) and Nightmare on Elm St. (Freddy Krueger) were big hits. My brother and I had an early bedtime, like most kids do, but the problem was, my bedroom wall shared with the living room wall. In fact, my headboard was on that same wall. My father would watch the scary movies at night, thinking it was fine because the kids were in bed. I heard all the scary music, which usually lead up to the horrible screams. I started sleeping with a nightlight!

When my children were small, I didn’t want them to watch scary movies because they would have nightmares (like I did as a child) and the bigger issue, was because I would have nightmares, lol. But I didn’t tell them that! You know, I was ‘Mom’, and I wasn’t supposed to be scared of anything. I was brave! (Not) Because of this silly rule, the kids would watch scary movies with their friends, at their houses or go to the movies. It’s funny really, because now, they love to watch them, and when Halloween rolls around, the television plays tons of them. If they are home, they turn them on, turn up the volume and torment me to no end. They think it’s funny! I usually go to another room (to hide), lol.


Our girls and I, think our house has a ghost or two living in it. Seriously! My husband thinks we’re crazy, but we’re not. Why does our dog bark and growl at nothing there? It’s usually in the same area of the house. Also, that part of the house stays unusually cold, all the time.

Have you ever felt like someone was watching you? It’s the same feeling I have in that area of the house and I can’t seem to shake it off. One morning, I was getting ready, and in the corner of my eye, I seen a dark figure, like a tall man, husky in size. When I turned to look, the figure was gone! I was alone and it really freaked out! Now, as soon as I wake up in the morning, I turn the light on in that room. It’s actually a small hallway that connects four rooms. It’s the original part of a four room house (a lot has been added on since it was built). Maybe it’s just my wild imagination? I asked my husband if he knew of anything that had happened in the past in our home, but he denies knowing anything. 

My daughter woke up one night screaming for us. Her bedroom connects to that hallway. When your child is screaming in the middle of the night, what do you do? You panic (thinking burglar) and get to your child immediately! She was so scared; she wouldn’t get out of bed. When we got to her room (which isn’t far away) and turned the light on, she started crying hysterically. She said she seen a little girl sitting in a circle, on the floor, next to her bed and when I turned the light on, the little girl disappeared. Was it just her imagination?

Other strange things have happened repeatedly, over the years. Sometimes, in the middle of the night, we will hear a toilet seat slam down. When we get up in the morning, the seats in both bathrooms are in the same up-position, as usual.

Sometimes, in the middle of the night, when everyone is asleep and I’m in bed; I’ll hear someone say my name. Who said it? I don’t know! But I do know I’ve heard it. It was like someone was in our room and simply said my name out loud.

About the Author:

Born and raised in Aurora, Illinois I spent my childhood playing street games with the neighborhood kids. When I wasn't outside, I spent much of my time reading and getting lost in adventurous worlds and whirlwind courtships. At the age of seventeen, I moved to Kentucky and eventually began to raise a family of my own.

I have always been entranced by stories of magical adventure, and though I have had to live in the practical world, running a family business as well as two of my own, I have discovered that writing is an entirely new, exciting adventure all on its own!

We have a large family and our get togethers are so much fun! And did I mention that I’m a photographer? Yes, I take tons of photos! We also have a mini dachshund, her name is “Roxy” she only weighs 10 pounds but is a huge part of our family. She's so spoiled!

In my spare time, I can be found updating my website or blog, finding great books to read or watching videos. Most days I crave Diet Coke, pizza and chocolate, in no particular order.


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