28 Aug 2014

Every creature has its day.

Vampires were hot (well, you know what I mean) for a while. Then zombies were fashionable. Werewolves were cool if you didn’t want to be too obvious about your monster obsession. Now mermaids are the new It Creature.

I’ll always love vampires, but my favorite creature will always be ghosts. I like that it’s a story-within-a-story – there’s the ghost’s origin story, as well as who/where/why it’s haunting now. You get more bang for your story buck, you know? And I like that there’s usually a bit of history involved, too, if the ghost’s origin story is explored in depth.

Lately I’ve been on a ghost story kick.

I recently read the classic ghost book, “The Haunting of Hill House” by Shirley Jackson. I loved it. It was truly scary, and I loved how the house’s secrets were never truly revealed. I’m dying to see a faithful movie version, “The Haunting,” from 1963, but so far I haven’t found it anywhere. (Yes, I know there’s a 1999 version, but it isn’t as faithful so I’m not interested in seeing it)

Then I watched “The Awakening,” a British ghost movie. It wasn’t the best horror movie I’ve ever seen, but it did its job.

I’ve only seen part of “American Horror Story: Coven,” so I decided to watch the show from the beginning. I binge-watched the first season, “Murder House,” and I absolutely loved that, too. I loved the many generations of ghosts and the way they interacted with each other and the family living there. In many ways, the ghosts were written the way I’ve always wanted to write them, so that was very cool to see. (I’m currently a little more than halfway through “Asylum,” and wow, this show is so messed up and I love it)

Now, I’m working on John Boyne’s “This House is Haunted.” I just started it two days ago, but I’m already pulled in to the story.

I’m always looking for more ghost stories, whether they’re books, movies, comic books, whatever. Any suggestions? (yes, before you suggest it, I’ve read “The Thirteenth Tale.”) I love psychological thrillers, too (the classic film “Gaslight” is a favorite – it seems like a ghost story but is actually something way more terrifying).

I’ll also take any vampire story suggestions, because why not? Of course I love “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” as well as books like “The Historian” and movies like “Only Lovers Left Alive.”

Holler at your girl, my fellow horror fans.