Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Gotcha where I wantcha. Now I'm gonna eatcha!

The Mexploitation horror blog is asking an interesting question: "What made you get into horror?" I don't remember a defining moment in my life; a couple of things combined to do the trick. One was an early exposure to classic horror films. I remember seeing the original King Kong on a big screen at my elementary school and Son of Frankenstein at our local children's museum. Occasionally a local TV station would run Creature from the Black Lagoon or another Universal monster film.

Even before those experiences though, was a love of scary stories. I loved collections of ghost stories and I loved those stories kids tell each other about babysitters in the house alone.

Alvin Schwartz has combined those two loves in a set of books called Scary Stories that collects spooky urban legends and folklore with disturbing illustrations by Stephen Gammell. I think it's cool that it's marketed under Children's Books. That and my Mexploitation-inspired recollections reminds me that a fascination with horror and being scared starts very young. As a parent and someone who's trying to write a kid-appropriate horror comic, that's good to remember.


Jason Copland said...

What happened to the new title?

Jason Copland said...

or did i dream that....?

Michael May said...

Not a Dream! Not a Hoax! Not an Imaginary Tale!

It was, however, wiped out by the Crisis on Infinite Blogs.

I was trying it on and decided it didn't fit. I don't know if you saw the post that explained the name change while it was up for that minute and a half, but the name was too girly. I tried to justify it, but couldn't.

I still want to come up with a real live name for this blog, but it needs more thought.

Jason Copland said...

Yeah, I saw the post. I thought it was kinda girly, too.

But hey, I'm ok with that if you are.... ;)


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