With Halloween season comes pumpkins, costumes, five extra pounds of Halloween candy binge eating weight, and reruns of classic horror movies. The first two are great, I’ve resigned myself to the third, but the fourth one makes me cringe.
I distinctly remember watching Interview with the Vampire when I was in middle school late at night by myself. Afterward I lay in my bed with the covers pulled up to my chin. I was petrified Brad Pitt was going to come out of the darkness and bite my neck. (Hmm…maybe I need to rethink this fear…that actually doesn’t sound so bad!) I kept the light on and my eyes open until my dad got up at 5:30 a.m. to get ready for work.
It’s totally irrational, and the logical side of my brain knows that. Unfortunately, my creative side takes over.
You see, I’ve always had an overactive imagination. And when I see a scary movie, it goes into overdrive. Heck, I don’t even have to see the dang movie! The preview for Red Riding Hood with Amanda Seyfried gave me nightmares. When my husband watches The Walking Dead and I have to walk past the room, I put my hand up to my eyes to create a blinder. It seems like a really cool series, so it’s a shame I can’t watch it, but I’ve learned my lesson. Scary stuff and I don’t mix well.
Luckily, I’ve found a way to incorporate my imagination into my day job. Seriously, you guys, being an author is the coolest job ever!
So as we close in on the most wicked holiday of the year, I’m wondering—do you have any irrational fears?
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