Judging from the crowd’s reaction last night, I hit yet another nerve in reading one of my chapters….”The Unwanted Visitor”. My brother barges in to his kitchen for a third time, trying to find out what was causing an unusual disturbance. As I narrated, he came face to face with a pair of red eyes.
So, what is it that makes us scream and yell in disgust? Our fears? After all, it is only nature. I am reminded of the Indiana Jones movies, where the main characters most feared animal is snakes. He usually mutters, “why did it have to be snakes?” His look of total horror is almost comical.
Is there a favorite animal that one fears the most? What is your favorite horror in the animal kingdom? Could there be more than one?
My book dwells on the topics of rats, bats, and ghosts….all written in a non fiction, “this is what happened to me style.” I imagine the reader has an interest in exploring different scenarios, in which all these unpleasant subjects are presented.
By the way, I was an avid hunter for many years, carrying on a tradition set by my father, uncles, and grandfather. It was only an occasional visit in the woods that would leave me with an uneasy feeling; several times in archery season I would have to traverse through the woods in the darkness. To my knowledge, I had a rather confident and mellow “feel” to the woods that I was in. Some of my chapters, however, deal with walking at night in unknown regions; that would give to anyone’s imagination that would slowly graduate into horror.
So, what’s your favorite natural horror? Maybe I can help you explore it a little more thoroughly!