To get everyone geared up for the upcoming Halloween season (NO IT IS NOT SATANIC), I've decided I'll write about things that scare me that aren't related to the Slender Man.
I babbled about this before, but I figured I should do it again
Now, this is the movie poster, but I'm talking about the book by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. This book seriously scared me. I was looking around corners and fearing the dark for a long time after reading it, keeping the flashlight right by my bed and leaving the lights on wherever I could. Preston and Child do creepy so well. They got the atmosphere perfectly. The setting is in a sprawling, creepy labyrinth-like museum, and the creature is never fully described. The build-up to each time Mbwun appears is perfect. The instinct you're being watched, the strange smell, and then WHAM. Before you can even blink. Most notable is when it is chasing Margo Green through the closed-off museum exhibit. In the dark. There's a reason the Kothoga called it "the mad god".
The movie's okay, but definitely, definitely read the book.
The Colour Out Of Space by H.P. Lovecraft. Lovecraft was a master at his chosen genre, and that's because, as I'll rant about time and time again, the key to horror is atmosphere. Furthermore, the scariest stories he wrote were about characters who had no clue what was going on. They weren't the scholars researching the arcane, they were simple farm folk suddenly beset by horror.
The colour is some sort of alien being that has taken up residence in someone's well. It slowly destroys everything around it, turning everything to ash. You see the family fall into madness and death, in a horrible way, and it's clearly a metaphor for nuclear radiation poisoning. The worst part? Lovecraft pretty much sets the town right in the area where a real-life water reservoir was made the same year. Bottled water comes from that reservoir.
Maybe we should drink from the tap.
The X-Files gave us some creepy stuff. Alien abduction, government conspiracy, monsters, and a very disappointing Jersey Devil. One that really creeped me out, however, was X-Cops. They were chasing what amounted to a Boggart, a creature that can become your worst fear-and it can harm you. It even turned into a disease. And a giant wasp.
Yeah. It was a nasty piece of work.
Straczynski got in on the creepiness in the Babylon 5 episode The Long Dark. A long-distance ship carrying two cryo tubes arrives. One has been damaged, and the guy inside has been drained and had his organs eaten. The woman is alive, and suffering nightmares. G'Kar keeps babbling about a Soldier of Darkness (pictured above), and a guy suffering PTSD keeps trying to chase the thing down. It's invisible, it will eat you, and it's hella hard to kill.
Sheridan: So, we're being hunted by an invisible organ-stealing being?
Garibaldi: I think I saw an ARG like that once.
Away out in Utah, there's this ranch, and aliens like it. I mean, really, seriously like it. I'm pretty sure there's an intergalactic bar somewhere around there.
Skinwalker Ranch is not only located on what the Indians consider to be forbidden ground due to being the favorite hang-out spot of Native American werewolves (NO NOT JACOB), but also known for its very frequent UFO sightings, cattle mutilation, and all-around weirdness. (Including something which sounds, oddly enough, like a Soldier of Darkness. And something else that sounded like a Shadow. Run.) It's actually rather creepy to read about, even if you're a skeptic.
And then you get into the dimensional portals and there's no Doctor around to protect you and it's just kind of scary.
Also, these aliens will not only abduct your cattle, they will troll you by moving your tools. No, seriously.
So there ya go. I have to go study now, but hopefully I'll have a beautiful little entry to wake up to tomorrow.
"Fear Of The Dark"