Wednesday, November 07, 2007

No More Horror

With Halloween over, I hid my horror films and put aside my horror novels. At least for a little while. For the next month I will be watching dramas, comedies, and chick flicks. I sat through "Eight Below" the other night and cried like a little girl with a hormonal abnormality.

Fiction? I'm in the middle of Steinbeck's "Tortilla Flat". When I'm done with this, it's "Cannery Row" and maybe "Of Mice and Men" again. Then....Dickens? Maybe "The Pickwick Papers".

I love horror. But a steady diet of it guaranteed to depress and give one shoulder acne.


Sidney said...

You know what I secretly try to sneak in during the holiday season - Ebenezer, I think it is, with Jack Palance in a Western version of A Christmas Carol.

It usually gets one star ratings, but I kind of like it. Then there's the movie with Goldberg, the wrestler, as an evil Santa. That's kind of interesting.

Vwriter said...

Of course, you could cheer yourself up by reading "Of Mice and Men," or you could just run right out and buy yourself a hair shirt.

What I do to cheer myself up is glare at the one foot high stuffed Clifford the Big Red Dog that sits on the corner of my desk. He's wearing a sign that says "I Get More Royalties Than You." The I read Dr. Seuss books for hours on end as a way of understanding current economic theory.

Charles Gramlich said...

You've got some good Steinbeck reading a head of you. Those were all great books. I vary my reading so much I never have a chance for the acne to grow.

SQT said...

I can't watch horror movies. I can read all kinds of horror but I guess the images in my head are more blunted and don't bother me as much as it does if I have to actually see it.

But I have a limit to that too. I have to go pick up a lightweight detective novel to smooth out the rough edges.

Emory Rundle said...

I love horror too, but I don't know if I could give it up for very long.

Don't tell anyone else this but I cried a little bit too when I saw "Eight Below". Not like a little girl, but probably close enough.

Leigh Russell said...

Hi Stewart,

I'm afraid you're exposing your masculinity here. Any woman will tell you there's nothing hormonally abnbormal in crying like a little girl - we love it! It's what we do in certain movies (or, as we say on this side of the pond, films). That's why we watch them. I guess it's like women and cricket.... I know it's non PC to say there is a gender divide, but let's face it, I don't get cricket, you don't get the crying thing. I'm impressed that you're trying, though. Shall we make a deal? You keep on crying, and I'll try and understand cricket. On second thoughts, I think your plan to raise your mood up to Dickens via Steinbeck is a MUCH better idea! I agree with vwriter that Mice and Men isn't exactly a laugh a minute. (Although considering vwriter's picture, I wonder if he/she had the same reaction as us to the dead mice? or did that just whet his/her appetite?) Now there's a book that can make me cry, never mind hormones. The first time I read it I could have rivalled Alice in Wonderland for sheer tear power.

I did wonder whether I'd need to take a break from writing my "creepy" murder stories ... but then again, if I start developing dark moods in real life, I can always blame it on my hormones...

Thank you for visiting my blog to comment on my cover design. Keep in touch, and enjoy a good chuckle at Pickwick.

Stewart Sternberg said...

Exposing my masculinity....waaaaaay too easy Leigh. Too easy.

miller580 said...

I agree. Too much horror does affect the personality. I get all dark and glum. I start thinking, that maybe it is best if the world just folded up and caved in to the dark forces. I think, what can us mere mortals do to stop the evil that lurks in the shadows. So I too will join Stewart and put aside the horrors of October. For the next month I swear off (even though I am hooked like a smack junkie) Air America. I swear off the Young Turks, Rhandi Rhodes, Tom Hartman and Detroit's own Mike Malloy.

In it's place I will listen to and learn from Huxley, Orwell, and Palahniuk. I will study the works of Campbell, I will learn of myths and I will try to exploit them in my own writing.

And if that doesn't work, then I too will resort to Dr. Seuss. I wonder what that crazy Sam I Am is up to today.

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