A GOOD SCARE

Well it’s official. Fall is here. As such, I am getting more into macabre and creepy stories and things. I love a good ghost story. If you want an example of one, look no further than The Hook or the Clown Statue. Some horror stories are based on fact, which makes them even freakier…and more appealing to me. I have always had an interest in the paranormal.

So does Hollywood. Of course, not all paranormal stories or events are benevolent. Some entities have good intent. Either way, it’s enough to freak you out. Stories like Casper and even more modern movies like FrankenWeenie are good family movies. Some, obviously, are more disturbing. One of my favorite supernatural movies is a foreign movie (Swedish) called Let the Right One In. They actually made an American version called Let Me In. I prefer the original Swedish film. It’s darker. It is not a typical supernatural movie. It is a vampire movie dealing with a 12 year old child for the main vampire. It is creepy.

What is even scarier than this is the fact that some things Hollywood and fiction novels will probably be possible in the near future, if not already. Look at the classic movie Frankenstein. Regeneration is a real thing nowadays in the 2010s.

Moving off the subject of movies and books, history has its fair share of haunted stories, too. I have had the pleasure of doing several haunted history tours in Maryland, Gettysburg, and Williamsburg. Fells Point in the Inner Harbor in Baltimore is one of the most haunted places in the United States. I am actually really proud of that macabre fact. Bertha’s Mussels is one of the most haunted bars/restaurants in America. Actually, in Fells Point, almost everywhere you step, you are probably standing on a dead body.

Gettysburg is to be expected. I mean, the Civil War is probably the most famous war in US history. Gettysburg is the most infamous day in Civil War history. Antietam in Maryland is the single bloodiest day in the Civil War, but Gettysburg is the most famous.

It is spooky hearing real, legit stories from historians about the very real past.
Williamsburg is another “well duh!” haunted spot on the East Coast. Colonial Williamsburg is so historical it is expected some creepy stuff would happen after the war. I love stuff like this. I am a history buff so this is fascinating to me. To some, it is morbid and disgusting, but I love it.

Haunted houses are not my “thing”, having said that. I like “real” things. I like oral or written ghost stories. It makes it more real and believable to me. I think Halloween is so cliché to tell stories like this. I like a creepy story any time of the year.

So what do you think? Do you like spooky or creepy stories? That includes real or fictional. Let me know in the comments. Thanks all!

-Tom

Author: AuTom Spectrum Blog

I have Autism and am a self-advocate and public speaker. On the side I do stand-up comedy. I live in Baltimore County and have an AMAZING girlfriend

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