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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Things That Go Bump...




When I was very young, my elementary school held a Halloween Carnival every year. It was one of the most fun, highly anticipated events in the area, with game booths, trick-or-treating, cake walks and movies. I think my favorite part were the cake walks, because even though I couldn’t see well and had no “skills” whatsoever, I still managed to win a cake almost every year. Then we’d head over to one of the darkened classrooms and watch horror films.
They were usually old Hammer flicks, B-movies that were weak spin-offs of the old black and white classics. I do remember seeing Dracula, Frankenstein’s Monster and the Wolf Man in the mix. I don’t know…maybe that stuff all rubbed off on me because I certainly took the old tropes and over the years, spun them into my own mythos. But instead my vampires wearing formal wear and speaking in an Eastern European accent, they wear Dickies and coveralls, and are French, English and American.
My werewolves spun out of those movies as well, generally they’re working class men and women, more comfortable in auto shops, construction sites and police cruisers, though some journey out into space. And no matter the pack, under the watchful eye of their alpha, they tend to live in a communal fashion, their status earned and their bounty shared. As Blacque would say, “Damned Socialist Werewolves.
I haven’t ventured out into the land of the Modern Prometheus…yet. My mind just can’t find a sexy angle to zombies and undead creatures. But at some point, I’ll be sitting around, maybe looking at the moon and inspiration will strike.
Until then, you get my shifters and vamps and all the other paranormal creatures that inhabit Belinda Land.

So as my gift for the Howloween Blog Hop, I'm giving up a bunch o' swag...stuff I have reserved for RT. Some nice stuff here, guys! If you live outside of North America, I'll substitute the prize for your choice of 2 of my backlist e-books. So leave a comment to win! And I apologize for posting late, I have no internet access and couldn't post from my Android.

So, what's your favorite character from a scary movie?

Coming in December: What do you get when you throw together a young wolf shifter on a bad drug trip and an ancient fae assassin on a lethal deadline?
Silver/Steel…(was formerly Dream Hunter, and then Cold Steel. Let’s see how long this title lasts!)
Coming in December from Loose Id Publishing

15 comments:

mystichawker said...

Favorite scary movie character has to be early Dracula.

mystichawker said...

Geez then I forgot to leave the email address andy@amburns.com

Jyl22075 said...

I don't really have a favorite, but there are two that I find utterly creepy: Norman Bates and that little kid from Pet Cemetery.

JYL22075 at gmail dot com

Mary said...

The Brain That Wouldn't Die camper, but did its job. I always want to win the doll cake in the cake walks!

MFierydrgn@aol.com

Anonymous said...

FRED KRUGER
1....2 He's coming for u
3....4 Better lock ur door
5....6 grab ur crucifix
7....8 Stay up late
9....10 Never Sleep again

He's coming for u Belinda ....better sleep with one eye open jk

Bentdryer@aol.com

Belinda M. said...

SAMMI! Now I'm spooked!!
Mary, my grandma used to make doll cakes. I adored them. :)
Because I love dogs so much, Cujo always scared me too. And Vincent Price.

Sharon.M.Bidwell said...

I can't find a sexy angle to Zombies either and a certain editor has told me not to send them to her even if I do. LOL. Not so much a favourite monster but a favourite memory -- being a kid in my grandmother's house and the adults all sitting down to watch The Mummy (Boris Karloff). Mum told me I was too young and decided to read to me. Unfortunately, she chose a story that I know as The Juniper Tree (it's had other titles) by the Brother's Grimm. Murder and mayhem ensue. I remember looking at her saying was she sure I shouldn't have just been allowed to watch the film.

Sherry said...

I always like Michael Myers from Halloween he always scared me to death.
sstrode at scrtc dot com

Rush said...

Hello Belinda. How about Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Christian Slater, Antonio Banderas from Interview with a Vampire... Let's talk about YUMM!! LOL I think men with fangs are super Hott!!

taina1959@yahoo.com

hentaifangirl said...

Jason from Friday the 13th was my favorite character. Thanks for the giveaways.

raziya.harriat@gmail.com

Diane A said...

The one who successfully scared me was Freddy Krueger...he did give me nightmares!!!

Email is diall(at)shaw(dot)ca

Tawny said...

Favorite scary Character Antibus/Paul from Kingdom Hospital. A definite spooky antihero.
tawny@abra-cadabraalpacas.com

Anonymous said...

My favorite character is Frank from Donnie Darko..and true, maybe it's not exactly a horror movie...but it takes place on halloween at least! hahah

theblackabyss99@yahoo.com

Shadow said...

Happy Halloween!! Thank you so much for the awesome hop and giveaway! :)
shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com

Belinda M. said...

Sorry I'm so late posting a winner! I'm offline, have to go to McDonalds for internet access. My poor modem is shot and I'm still waiting on a replacement. :0

So the winner is Mysitchawker!