Horror…My Plaything…

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Toy Story.”

What was your favorite plaything as a child? Do you see any connection between your life now, and your favorite childhood toy?

annex-price-vincent-bat-the_01As a child, (call me weird) one of my favorite things to do was to watch horror movies. Of course I loved the popular Dracula, Frankenstein and Wolf-man movies but others I enjoyed were Village Of The Damned, Creature From The Black Lagoon, and my all time favorite, the 50’s version of Invasion Of The Body Snatchers.

It was during the mid to late 70’s that I discovered a character known as Bowman Body.  This caped Bowman Shockboogie man had a white face, black eyes and a silly looking band-aid atop his bald head.  This want-to-be vampire hosted a television show called Shock Theater.  At the beginning of the show, Bowman Body would rise from his casket and proceed to warn the audience of the coming horror that would soon invade their living room.  He did this around midnight every Saturday and so I tried to keep my sleepy little eyes open until then.  Once the horror flick began I had no trouble keeping my eyes open!

1401x788-king_finalI still love horror, suspense and most things that go bump in the night, but I’m not a fan of  gore.  In my opinion a well written spooky story has no need for it.

As an adult I’ve carried this fascination over in the books that I read.  I love nothing more than sitting down to the writings of Stephen King.  Actually, I think, he just may be my all time favorite author.

This genre captured me as a child and it still has me prisoner.  At present I have several frightening tales playing out within my mind and something is pushing me to put “pen to paper” and try to create my very own horror classic!

14 Comments Add yours

  1. lifelessons says:

    I don’t enjoy scary movies but I loved Dracula for some reason, except for Bram Stoker’s Dracula (the movie) that I hated. https://grieflessons.wordpress.com/2015/06/22/empty-nest/

    1. I know there’s just something quite romantic about Dracula 🙂

  2. Capt Jill says:

    I used to love all that stuff as a kid too (still do). I remember wrapping a blanket around myself like a cape and chasing my little sister around pretending to be a vampire. I don’t do that anymore. 😉

    1. LOL…I did the same thing but with my cousins! 🙂

  3. Great take on the prompt. I think I may have watched that show, a remember a man getting out of a coffin to introduce the feature. And I agree with you about the gore. Good luck putting with your own story, I’m sure it will be a horror 🙂

    1. Thanks! Sometimes I think they throw in too much gore to make up for lousy writing and poor character building 🙂

      1. You are most likely right.

  4. I have been a horror/scary movie fan since I was a child. I can remember watching the Exorcist and sleeping with my mom for two weeks. LOL– Lucky for her I’ve outgrown the need to sleep with her and lucky for me I found a beautiful replacement “pillow”!
    I agree that there are occasional where the gore is too much! Generally too much gore makes the movie seem too fake or unreal. I want to believe that what I’m watching could really happen. Otherwise I have no desire to watch it!
    I recently finished writing a short (horror/scary) story – I am in the process of having it edited– Although it’s my first, I’ve gotten some positive reviews. I”ve considered sharing it and still may do so in the near future.
    Thanks for sharing!

  5. I watched the Exorcist too with my Mom….it scared the Be-Jeeeezies out of me. Then when Exorcist 2 came out she watched it but I was too scared. We lived in a small house so I had to sit in kitchen while she watched it in the living room. LOL That is so cool about your short story!! If you decide to share I would love to read it! 🙂 Hopefully, I’ll be disciplined enough to sit down and write one too soon. 🙂

  6. Arthur Brill says:

    You will be excited to know that new episodes of Shock Theater with Bill Bowman Body were filmed on August 8th in Ashland, Virginia! These episodes will premiere at the Ashland Theater on September 26th. The movies hosted will be House on Haunted Hill (Vincent Price) and Horror Hotel (Christopher Lee)


    1. SWEET!! Thanks for letting me know!! 🙂

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