Posts Tagged ‘fear’

Halloween Reality

Halloween Reality

“Shadows of a thousand years rise again unseen, Voices whisper in the trees, ‘Tonight is Halloween!’” – Dexter Kozen, American theoretical computer scientist and songwriter   You dare to return after the article on Halloween Fantasy?! You must be courageous, intrepid reader, or one of the many who actually enjoy being frightened, as revealed in [Continue]

Facing the Little Death

Facing the Little Death

“…I’m leaving’ on a jet plane, Don’t know when I’ll be back again. Oh babe, I hate to go.” -John Denver (but I recall the Peter, Paul & Mary version more)  I’ve written a lot about fear, no matter if it’s the allure of fear or conquring fear for various reasons. I even wrote an [Continue]

Ghostbusting & Dragonslaying

Ghostbusting & Dragonslaying

“You-you, sir, are playing a dangerous game! Keeping this much raw… ‘Viking-ness’ contained! There will be consequences!” –Hiccup, How to Train Your Dragon The fear was unexpected, but it was the fear which showed me that this moment was different. It hit me while sitting on a park bench at work, speaking to my dietician [Continue]

For Love of Fear

For Love of Fear

“Humans are the only creatures that actively seek out fearful experiences. We take roller coaster rides. We skydive. We go to scary movies. We even pay money to do these things.” – Dirk Eitzen The Society for Cognitive Studies of the Moving Image Like most married Americans, I watch television with my wife. We usually [Continue]

Behind the Red Nose (Part Two): Fear vs. Frivolity

Behind the Red Nose (Part Two): Fear vs. Frivolity

 “There is nothing laughable about a clown in the moonlight.” -Lon Chaney Sr. Clowns. The cultural love-hate relationship with these capricious tramps has been recorded almost to the dawn of the written word, as we discussed yesterday. Yet that relationship had a breaking point; a moment when the pengalum swung like a noose, and a [Continue]

Behind the Red Nose (Part One): Horror vs. Hilarity

Behind the Red Nose (Part One): Horror vs. Hilarity

Coulrophobia. It’s one of the top 10 most common phobias around the world. The BBC says it’s the third most prevalent phobia in Brittan, just behind spiders and needles. Symptoms vary from discomfort and wariness, high anxiety or to outright panic attacks. “I’m an educated adult, with irrational fears,” Kristine M. declared on one of [Continue]

Within the Deep

Within the Deep

My flash fiction tale, featured in the Terrible Minds Vacation Hell Contest is below. Skip to the Post Mortem section if you’ve already read it and just want to read the behind the scenes. For all, please remember that if you like this tale best, make your vote count in the contest, when the time [Continue]

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