Name something you wouldn’t want to run into in a dark forest or in an abandoned building.
A tree or the wall, that’d just be plain embarrassing.
Seriously though, a vicious animal of some sort. At least with a man or similar you’d have a chance of either reasoning with them or working out plan. With an animal it’s brute strength and probably better sight at low levels and greater speed and agility.
Share the creepiest thing that’s ever happened while you were alone.
When I was about 7 I was staying at my Nan and Granddad’s house and in the middle of the night I was woken up by the sound of people arguing in the distance. I wandered down the stairs and saw my Nan and Granddad dressed in black and arguing in the kitchen, I approached them and found the door was closed (they closed it at night to keep their dog in his bed) and as I went back up the stairs my Nan was standing at the top of the stairs in her nightclothes and curlers in her hair.
What would you like your last words to be?
I haven’t really thought about it. Much as I would like them to be poetic I have a feeling they’ll be along the lines of “Oh bugger” or “I wonder what the red button does.”
Do you believe in any ‘mythical’ monsters like chupacabras or shadow people?
I had to look up the Chupacabra as I didn’t know what it was, but then discovered that I did know what it was, having been a feature in episodes of Grimm and The X-Files. While I won’t out and out dismiss the possibility of it’s existence as it seems to feature in a lot of folklore, I have a feeling it is one of those things which has been badly observed (especially if it as at night) and has been twisted through multiple retellings.
Shadow people- I think that is more a case of overactive or exhausted people’s imagination interpreting shadows and getting away with themselves, especially considering how many multiple light sources there are these days.
My friend Katherine would no doubt disagree with me here, she identified as a Wiccan for a while (no she isn’t the sexy witch in the photos) and would often wear various charms to ward off spirits, put salt down on her threshold so demons couldn’t cross etc…
How long do you think you would last in a horror movie?
Depends on the type of horror movie. If was an anthology movie like The House that Dripped Blood or Tales from the Crypt I’d probably be dead already as that tends to be the nature of those films. In a conventional horror movie I would probably last 80% of the movie or survive it as I am not the sort of person who tends to be the victim or of interest to the killer in such films.
Are you afraid of or find clowns creepy?
Not really, but I understand why people do. The problem I had with the recent film of Stephen King’s IT! was they gave Pennywise “creepy clown” make-up as opposed to just clown make up.
In the zombie apocalypse, what would be your weapon of choice?
A series of traps that can be reset and activated without actually having to be there and as such reduce my risk of being turned, backed up with a well-stocked shot-gun of course.
Have you ever had your tarot cards read?
My sister went through a phase of this and was insistent that she do mine, and of course it was all nonsense with very vague “predictions” which were open to interpretations.
Anyone know the reason behind putting candles in jack-o-lanterns?
I think it was an idea about a man who lost a bet with the devil and was doomed to wander around using only a light in a turnip as his guide. I believe the roots of this stem from Will O’the Wisp folklore stories, mysterious lights seen over peat bogs.
Do you think putting special emphasis on certain holidays – like Halloween is ‘spooky’ for example — is a good idea or just more mindless entertainment for the masses?
A bit of both to be honest. It’s good to let everyone have a bit of spook out but it probably goes a bit OTT these days. I kind of miss the days of bin bag costumes and masks made with crayons and paper plates.
Share a positive thought or message or something that’s inspired you this week.
Having lost my camera on Holiday I was worried that my snaps would be gone, but a nice guy had found it and returned it to my B and B, I assume he looked through my photos to identify me or was staying in my B & B. Nice to see there are still honest people about.