by J.Q. Rose
It's my least favorite holiday probably because of trick or treating experiences as a child. How many of you at eight years old was dressed up like the jolly green giant with a balloon for his head? Yes, it was my mother's brainstorm to "design" the costume. Balancing the enormous cardboard body and trying to see through the tiny peep holes in its chest allowed me to trip my way to the neighbor's doors.
At 12 years 0ld my friends and I were racing from house to house in the cold rain. We froze to death because it was not cool in our clique to wear a rain coat and boots. And how about those old folks who invited you into their homes for cocoa and cookies and wanted to talk and talk and talk? They were as creepy as some of the monsters in my imagination.
I went to one scary movie with my older brothers--Abbott and Costello Meets Frankenstein. I think they told Mom it was Abbott and Costello so she thought it was okay and had them drag me along. I'm sure they loved taking their six year old sister with them. I spent the entire movie under the theater seat hiding from the scary scenes on the enormous screen and crying. Did my loving brothers offer to take me out and keep me safe? Ummm, no. That experience marked me for life. I never go to a horror show, and I don't like scary Halloween creatures (especially Frankenstein!)
Perhaps those escapades explain why I'm not a fan of Halloween. Isn't it ironic that the first book I sold was a mystery/horror story? MuseItUp Publishing released it in March 2011.
Mysterious deaths upset the Florida retirement community
interfering with their seasonal activities
and turning up more than dead bodies.
When I penned Sunshine Boulevard, I never thought of it as a horror story. A paranormal, yes. But 'fraidy cat me write horror? I laughed. However, I do remember not working on the manuscript before bed. I only wrote that book in the light of the day, never in the evening shadows or black nights.
Take a peek at the novella, Sunshine Boulevard.
What are some of your Halloween memories?? Post a comment and you could win an e-copy of Sunshine Boulevard in the random drawing. Winner will be announced on Saturday at 9:00 pm. Good luck!
Wishing you all a safe and happy Halloween!!