Happy Halloween Readers,
We are all morbidly fascinated with all the things that go “bump” in the night. If we had any sense at all we would put ourselves on a strict diet of unicorns and rainbows. That’s where the safe stuff is but where would the fun be in that?
Fear is a wonderful thing, in small doses that feeling the shortness of breath, heart in your throat It's not exactly a pleasant sensation. We spend most of our lives trying to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe, yet we often go out of our way to make ourselves scared or allow ourselves to be frightened. We seek out and enjoy rides at theme parks, read classic ghostly masterpieces or the latest spine-tingling film. People ride the ghost train into the darkness, knowing that eventually the doors will open and you will step out into the daylight once again.
Monsters embody the allure of danger, transgression, power, and much more. We want the horror. We want the thrill of a life-threatening force out to kill us. We also want to know we’re smart enough to beat the monster or at the very least, smart enough to escape it. Monsters, for the most part, allow us to fear but remain in control of the situation It’s reassuring to know that you’re still here, still safe. That nothing strange has happened. As we repeat to ourselves ghosts and such things that don’t exist, and even if they do, can do nothing to hurt us. Once it has been established that the monster can be anywhere, the audience is tense it triggers the brains fight or flight response.
We just love to be scared let’s be honest, how many times have you watched a horror film and had to turn the lights on, or wanted to visit a place because you’ve heard it haunted or has a mystery surrounding the location. I personally prefer 'real' monsters like serial killers or stories of real paranormal events such as haunting. I have honestly lost track the number of times that I’ve been listening to ‘and that’s why we drink’, ‘Haunted Places’ or ‘Serial Killers’ and I’ve had to turn the lights on or shut the door you know real stuff that’s going to save me.
N 2017 has seen an influx in Nessie sightings
N The Beast of Bodmin Moor
N Skunk ape
N Sea monsters
N The monster under the bed
Whats your favourite monster?