Bring It On, Winter

Halloween Meme

The lovely and talented Bev did this meme today, and I thought, "How appropriate! I must appropriate this!" And so I have. Happy Halloween!

What was the scariest movie you have ever seen?
Curse of the Demon, with Dana Andrews. Yes, there's a monster, but you only see it twice, at the beginning and at the very end.

What is your favorite written work of horror fiction?
Casting the Runes, by M.R. James -- it just so happens that Curse of the Demon is based on this story. And, naturally, most of Stephen King's scarier stuff -- The Stand, It, Pet Sematery, and Needful Things spring to mind. I had to stop reading Pet Sematery halfway through; I finally picked it up two weeks later and finished it in one gulp just to get it done.

What is your favorite work of science fiction/fantasy?

I just finished G.R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series. I read all five (so far!) books in a row right after watching A Game of Thrones on HBO.

Who is your favorite monster?
I have a soft spot for Godzilla.

What was your favorite Hallowe’en costume as a child?
My favorite costume was actually one of my brother's costumes. He and his friend went out one Halloween as Laural and Hardy, complete with bowler hats. They were just great!

What’s the best Halloween party that you’ve attended?
My favorite Halloween party was one I went to in college. You were supposed to dress up as a concept. I was taking stage makeup at the time, so I created a tremendous, bloody wound down the side of my face and went as the Tragic Flaw. It was a great party! One of my pals came as the God of A Thousand Eyes, and we got to paint eyeballs all over him. That was fun!

What did you do for Halloween as a kid? 
We roamed all over the neighborhood.  My Pop followed us at a distance to make sure we were okay. After we got home, my younger sister and I would commence the Great Yearly Candy Trade, where we would try to barter icky yellow circus peanuts and homemade cookies for the much more desirable full size candy bars.

Given enough money what would be your fantasy Hallowe’en costume?
Elizabeth Taylor, complete with huge diamonds!

When was the last time you went trick or treating?
When SonnyeBoy was little. I think the last time I went as an actual trick or treater was when I was 13 or so.

What is your favorite Hallowe’en candy?
Candy corn!

Tell us about a scary nightmare you once had.
I was staying at a Hampton Inn on I-95 in Delaware, having just given a presentation at a meeting in Philadelphia. I dreamed that I was driving a car and being chased by an Evil Presence. I had little kids in the car and knew I had to get to safety before the Evil got us. But the Evil pointed a finger at me and a bolt of malevolent energy flashed toward me. I woke up screaming, and had to get up, turn on the lights, and walk around the room to shake it off.

What is your supernatural fear?
That I will somehow be buried alive.

What is your ‘creepy-crawlie’ fear?
Having spiders walk on my face while I sleep.

Tell us a time you saw a ghost or heard something go bump in the night
I've never seen a ghost, but Joe saw one at Antietam Battlefield. We were on the battlefield driving tour and stopped at one of the roadside stations. I was reading the sign, when Joe hollered, "Let's go!" About a mile down the road he told me that he had seen a soldier beside me, gazing into the battlefield. I believe him!

Would you stay overnight in a real Haunted House?
I have -- the General Grant Hotel in San Diego is supposed to be haunted. We've stayed there twice, but I never experienced any paranormal activity.

Ghosts or goblins? 
Ghosts. My favorites are the Kerbys, the urbane ghosts in  is Topper. (Thanks Bev!)

Are you a traditionalist or a creative carver of your Jack-o-Lantern?
Both - usually we are pretty traditional. When SonnyeBoy was a kid, though, he was enamored of a comic book character called The Punisher, whose symbol was a particularly spooky skull. I carved that into pumpkins for a couple of years. One year a little boy pointed to it and said, "That pumpkin is really scary!"

How much do you decorate the house at Hallowe’en?
Very little. I just don't have the energy anymore. We barely remember to get candy to pass out! Of course, we do have to perform a rigorous series of quality control tests on it before we hand it over.

What do you want on your Tombstone?
"I told you I was sick."