As a child, (call me weird) one of my favorite things to do was to watch horror movies. Of course I loved the popular Dracula, Frankenstein and Wolf-man movies but others I enjoyed were Village Of The Damned, Creature From The Black Lagoon, and my all time favorite, the 50’s version of Invasion Of The Body Snatchers.
It was during the mid to late 70’s that I discovered a character known as Bowman Body. This caped boogie man had a white face, black eyes and a silly looking band-aid atop his bald head. This want-to-be vampire hosted a television show called Shock Theater. At the beginning of the show, Bowman Body would rise from his casket and proceed to warn the audience of the coming horror that would soon invade their living room. He did this around midnight every Saturday and so I tried to keep my sleepy little eyes open until then. Once the horror flick began I had no trouble keeping my eyes open!
I still love horror, suspense and most things that go bump in the night, but I’m not a fan of gore. Blood is okay and good but not to the extreme. In my opinion a well written spooky story has no need for it.
As an adult I’ve carried this fascination over in the books that I read. I love nothing more than sitting down to the writings of Stephen King. Actually, I think, he just may be my all time favorite author.
This genre captured me as a child and it still has me prisoner.