Welcome back! We are already on Day 8 of the Something Wicked Returns Tour. Are you up to date on all the great giveaways and posts? Need more? Here are today's stops:
Tressa@Tressa's Wishful Endings: Melissa Wright: Bound by Prophecy
Maja@The Nocturnal Library : Patricia Briggs: Mercy Thompson
I have another fantastic post for you tomorrow with author Jay Kristoff!
Today, though, I am doing a Tell Me Something Tuesday Post:
Tell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted here at Rainy Day Ramblings. It is a chance to share thoughts and ideas on a wide range of topics from books to blogs. If you want to particpate, grab the question, answer it on your blog and link up. If you have ideas for future topics email me or leave them in the comments.
This week's question takes up the month long theme of :
What do you fear?
It is only fair that I answer the same question that I am posing to all my guest authors this month. So far there have been some interesting answers from slugs, spiders, clowns and ghosts. For me, I grew up watching horror movies and reading Stephen King so the typical Halloween cheap thrill stuff doesn't usually raise the hairs on the back of my neck. I adore a good scary movie or book, not the gory violent type but the ones that get you with downright fear and suspense. Stephen King is the master of this and I adore his books. My all time favorite being IT. Books or movies usually don't make me want to sleep with the lights on but there are a few things that make me shudder:
1. Grasshoppers: I absoultely detest grasshoppers. They are ugly, gross and they hop up and get in your face and hair when you are least expecting it. Just thinking about them gives me the heebie jeebies. Thankfully, here in Oregon I don't see as many of the big gross ugly ones that haunted me in childhood. I don't know exactly where this fear started but to this day a grasshopper is my least favorite creature. I remember one time, I was driving down the driveaway when I lived in Idaho and it was a warm summer day near the end of the season. A huge grasshopper hopped in my car was jumping all around. It was awful!
2. Dark Scary places.....Something about being alone in a dark deserted place gives me the creeps! You would never catch me in a moldy old basement or lonely attic in the middle of the night. I can't stand wet, nasty, dirty spaces either. I am all about comfort and warm and dry.
3. Snakes....I think most women are born with an innate fear of snakes. I can't say that I have ever had a nasty encounter with one, and I have even picked up a couple, but there is just something about them.....they are sneaky and they slither around. The thought of one slithering into your house and getting into your toilet or washing machine or bed makes me shudder. I would be terrified to live in Florida where they have a rampant python population and yes it is true there have been reports of snakes in toilets, washing machines and all kinds of places you would not want to find a snake. I have been checking the toilet for snakes and alligators since I was a young kid because I heard the stories about snakes in the toilets and alligators in the sewers.
4. Illness......I hate to admit but as the years tick by and I get further and further from me youth, I am starting to fear a major illness. Cancer strikes fear into my heart. These days, I wake up with a new ache or pain which I would have dismissed without a second thought a few years ago, now I pause and ponder on the possibilities. Not only am I terrified of disease or illness for myself but for my kids. I am always frightened when one of my kids gets sick. I am just thankful that these days there are vacines for flu, chicken pox and most major childhood diseases. That reminds me... it is time to get my flu shot.
5. Being alone... by far the most terrifying thing to me is the thought of being alone, having my friends and family taken from me. It haunts my nightmares. I rely on the love and support of my husband, children, pets and family and the thought of having one of them taken petrifies me! I wouldn't last long alone on a deserted island!
So there you have my fears! What about you all? What terrifies you the most? Let me know in the comments!
Here is next week's question:
What are some of your favorite scary books and movies for the Halloween season?