Monday, April 18, 2011

I'm Gonna Keep On Creepin' On

One of my favourite things to do is to try to scare myself and others. I have a hard time scaring myself though, even with all of the creepy things online to look up. I once watched Silent Hill and IT in the dark, by myself, and then went to bed with no lights.
Hello, kiddies!

I believe my fascination with the creepy began as a very small child. Tales from the Crypt ran from 1989 to 1996 and for several of those years I was enamored with the Crypt Keeper, whom I dubbed, "My Funny Man."

Not exactly the best bed time stories, but I don't ever remember being scared by it. The only time I ever remember being truly scared by a movie or show was after I saw Candyman.

In 1993, when I was five, Candyman came out on VHS. After seeing it, I got scared in the middle of the night and ran to my dad. In a decidedly insensitive move, he held me up in front of a mirror and said, "Candyman, Candyman, Candyman, Candyman, Candyman!"
I screamed bloody murder. (I'm freaking out just writing this.)

While I'm sure he was just trying to show me that nothing would happen, it terrified me and to this day I still haven't been able to watch the movie again. I like being creeped out, paranoid, and scared, though. I'm not sure why, but I'm sure there's some deep psychological reason that I couldn't give a crap about.

In the 4th grade, my classmates were starting to read the Goosebumps books, but I was already cutting my teeth on R.L. Stine's Fear Street series. It didn't take long before I was reading Stephen King and Robin Cook. I remember my 5th grade teacher being horrified when I presented a book report on Pet Semetary.

Most recently I've delved deeper into the scary and the supernatural. The show Supernatural helped remind me how much I love being unnerved. I started watching more scary/creepy movies and ended up joining a livejournal community called ontdcreepy where I have wasted many hours trying to scare myself.

(Image credits:Vivo (Ben) via: BoredPanda)
One of my favourite things to do is look through photos of abandoned buildings. Photos from Chernobyl are especially haunting.

This is a photo of the Pripyat Funfair. It was to be opened on May 1st, 1986, but was left unused after Reactor Four at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant suffered a catastrophic power increase on April 26th.

This April 26th will be the 25th anniversary of the disaster, and the town of Pripyat, Ukraine, is still abandoned. The radiation levels are slowly returning to normal, and the Ukraine is getting ready to allow tourists in to view the abandoned city.

Viewing Pripyat and seeing the devastation is something this creepy would love to do.

1 comment:

  1. i heard that wolf packs and wild animals are seen more and more often in the Chernobyl area. I'd like to check it out too. cheap rent! haha