Thursday, October 14, 2010

you wanna see something scary...

... or TV influences from my youth that developed neurotic fears that still haunt me to this day.

Twin Peaks... there's a scene with Bob peeking through a stair railing. I ran past the staircase in my home averting my eyes for YEARS convinced Bob was lurking in every dark corner of our house.



Then there's that Tales From the Dark Side, Inside the Closet, which started a closet door neurosis where I can not sleep with the door open. What made this episode particularly horrific was the fact that in my room I had one of those small storage closets that opened up into the attic, like pictured below. Shortly there after, I learned to leap onto my bed from the other side of the room so the monster underneath couldn't grab my ankles.




And yes, I am still absolutely terrified of reflective surfaces. Ooo Ooo, and dinosaurs. Animatronic dinosaurs freak me the hell out.

Happy Halloween....

11 comments:

Karen said...

You're not alone. I'm afraid of the dark and I am under the impression that murderers like to lurk in the shower, behind doors, in closets and under beds. My husband thinks it's a riot and takes advantage of my fears by scaring me frequently. Even the kids think it's funny to scare me.

laurazim said...

The funny thing is, I've not seen those movies or shows, but I have the same fears. Sort of. There are times when I "feel" a presence creeping up behind me on the stairs or in the hallway. My dad used to chase me when I was a kid, and if he couldn't catch my hair or shirt, he'd grab for the ankles. Always to administer a beating.

In those days, I was afraid of the monster who actually DID live in my house.

These days, I attribute it to the demons of fear which continue to pursue my heart and soul, and immediately pray the St. Michael prayer. I also periodically sprinkle blessed salt throughout the house, all while praying the St. Michael prayer.

I *wish* it was because of Hallowe'en........

KBernadette said...

Tub drains... Thanks Gramma n Gampa for lettin me watch Freddy Krueger when I was 6.

Badger Catholic said...

A friend of mine who died when he was 20 in a car accident had told me he had seen red eyes in the corner of his room staring at him and swore up and down it really happened. Like the eyes were full of malice.

Kevin - "pax tecum" said...

I too used to jump into my bed for fear of the ankle grabber... I also thought that pulling my sheets up over my head would spare me from the vampire living in my closet... sheesh

Denita said...

@laurazim- I've been there. Try being afraid your dad would rape you..Fortunately it never happened. But he did try to molest me a few times. I still have nightmares. I'm praying for you. PS- I hate Halloween!

margaret said...

I too learned to leap from the door to the bed but in our house the problem was wolves.

The Watcher said...

You just need a fireplace poker for the monsters (they HATE iron fireplace pokers) and a blanket (preferably with cute fuzzy bunnies and duckies on it) for Boogeymen - throw it over their heads and they're helpless.

nazareth priest said...

Back in the mid '60s, when I was "wee lad"...it didn't take movies or tv to scare the crap outta me...
we had kidnappings and films in school about not taking rides from strangers...I was absolutely petrified...no kidding...even in the driving rain I wouldn't take a ride from a mom with a gazillion kids because I'd been programmed to "Just say 'NO'"...and then wondering if some creep was gonna come and get me while my parents were in the back yard, during a very strange time...when "Ellen Murphy" had been found burned in a barrel by some pervert...Northern Illinois...anyway...brings back memories, which I am glad the good Lord has healed...yikes!

The Digital Hairshirt said...

This is why I love you so much, Kat, because you understand me regarding the animatronic dinosaur thing.

I screamed like a little girl on the Jurrasic Park ride at Universal Studios.

I have nightmares where we are safe during the day, but when dusk falls everyone has to be inside because velociraptors will be coming out of the forest to roam the streets.

The Crescat said...

OMG. I have the SAME dream! They are horrible. ****ing dinosaurs.