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Daily Prompt: Fright Night

Daily Prompt: Fright Night

Do you like being scared by books, films, and surprises? Describe the sensation of being scared, and why you love it — or don’t.


Do I like being scared. NO!

No I don’t like being scared. I have never liked being scared. In fact the last person who tried to scare me ended up being punched. Ha!

I’m not a violent person, really I”m not. But I hate being scared. I think it’s because I feel out of control. I like having control, I need to have control. It probably has to do with my childhood.

My childhood would have scared the crap out of most people. Because of it, I’m a grown up adult who is afraid of the dark.  I must have a nightlight! Like a little kid I can not go to sleep if it’s completely dark. I have to see what is in the room. It is what it is and I’m too old to change now.

I don’t read horror books. The last horror book I read was ‘The Exorcist’ by William Peter Blatty. That book scared the crap out of me! I had nightmares for weeks. I read it and just had to finish it. Then the book disappeared.

It did. It disappeared and I never could find it again. Now you might think that someone in the family had taken the book to read it themselves. Um, not that I could find out about. My siblings are not known for reading. My older brother was off on his own, my older sister was married and out of the house. My younger brother doesn’t read books. My mom only reads magazines and my dad wasn’t into those kind of books.

It was a mystery that was never solved. Spooky don’t you think?

Also, I believe in ghosts. Why you ask? Well because I’ve lived with them, seen them, heard them. I know a lot of people would say, balderdash! Well, if people actually said balderdash! What is balderdash anyway?? Never mind, got off track for a second.

So no, I don’t like being scared. I don’t like the feeling you get from being scared. You know the one. Where your lower stomach is swirling and you think you are going to have to run to the bathroom. Then your heart is pumping hard and your breathing gets tight. Yeah, that feeling. I don’t like it.

I don’t watch horror movies either. The same reason I don’t read horror. I don’t like all that blood and guts and gore. Ugh. Now I have watched the really old horror movies. But come on, those aren’t even scary! I guess for the times it was, but I always thought  Frankenstein was kind of cute, in a mishmash way. And Dracula! Well what can I say? Bela Lugosi had such mesmerizing eyes!

Source: Bela Lugosi I suppose. Ha!
Source: Bela Lugosi I suppose. Ha!

Sure all those things are scary and I try to stay away from them. I’ll tell you what is really scary though! In fact I’ll show you! This is something that lives in my house, it’s always stalking me when I least expect it. Sometimes I think there are two of them! It’s scary, I tell you! Don’t believe me? Okay, I’ll show you then. I managed to catch it on film one day. I hate to do it to you, but you won’t believe me till I show you. Here goes.

Don’t say you weren’t warned!


Are you sure??



(c) JLPhillips 2013 Pouncer and Notwen plotting to take over the world!
(c) JLPhillips 2013 Pouncer and Notwen plotting to take over the world!


I enjoy reading, writing, and painting. I love animals and at present have one dog (Sam) and 2 cats (brother and sister, Notwen and Pouncer). I've lived in various places in the USA and now in Canada. I've always enjoyed watching life and people and have developed an appreciation for it all. My outlook is sometimes out of the normal.... but that's what makes things so interesting! I am always interested in the opinions of others. Everyone has their own outlook and it's always worthwhile to listen!

15 thoughts on “Daily Prompt: Fright Night

  1. This surprises me! Because you’ve shared your ghost stories, and you like to write with a supernatural flair, I always assumed you like the things that frighten. 🙂 I’m a scaredy cat. I steer clear of anything that might stick in my mind to give me the creeps later in the night. … Cute ending. 😉


    1. Maddie!! Well I like ghost stories and supernatural and stuff. As long as I’m writing it. hahaha! No really I like that kind of stuff, and suspense/thrillers, I don’t like horror, you know like the movies Halloween, the exorcist, things like that for some reason creep me out no end. I’m a bit of a scardy cat myself. 😉


  2. I read The Exorcist when I was about 12, and talked my father into letting me see the movie. I always have and still love to be scared. Halloween is so my time of year – I’m at every haunted venue out there! PS Wouldn’t be surprised if a tricky spirit made off with that book 😉


    1. I really like Halloween as a day and night of scary silliness. I don’t like the guts and blood and junk of those kind of horror movies.
      I always thought it was the resident ghost ‘Abe’ that took the book, he kind of looked after me. 😉


  3. Great post Jackie! I don’t like being scared either. I always remember when one very stormy Halloween night in D.C., I was coming late from work, walking home from the buss stop in the darkness and towards me runs…a skeleton! All I could see were the bones. That was my teenage son of course…but I didn’t like his prank on me!


  4. I didn’t read the Exorcise but I saw the movie and laughed hysterical through it. It might of heed the joint I smoked before going in the theater. Most of my family died at home and their ghost stayed. I could hear their footsteps at night. I don’t watch these new horrors though. Too realistic.


  5. Great story! I’m with you all the way. Have had several poltergeists in our homes. There antics frightened my son and our dog barked like crazy at them. I don’t watch or read scary. Night lights in every room and I’m old. I believe in everything. Just because we can’t see it doesn’t mean it isn’t there. I sometimes think we are too dense to see a lot. I love reading about the spirit realm, etc. Just don’t make it scary.


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