Maybe it’s just how my mind works… How I always seem to take situations, comments, and things and make them into riddles and problems that my brain will work on till my subconscious discovers possible answers.
Recently I asked via social media, who enjoyed horror movies and what sort of horror films they enjoyed… The answers were somewhat fascinating. Most people that enjoy the varied and multifaceted genre have very specific types of stories they enjoy and other types they absolutely don’t… ie. One may love vampires and Frankenstein, but hate slasher films and the Wolf-Man… Or love erotic-suspenseful supernatural and comic/campy stuff, but hate anything with zombies or bacteria and viral infections… Or perhaps they love psychiatric thrillers, anything Hitchcockian and Sci-Fi monsters, but hate stories with religious overtones or torture porn…
It started to seem that everyone who that loves to be frightened by films, has their own very distinct way of wanting to be frightened. I then asked if there was a correlation between the love of being scared by horror movies and the love of thrill rides at amusement parks… And while I found the answers again interesting, there seemed to be more of a correlation between getting older and a non-love of roller-coasters.
I’m no expert on the genre, and wouldn’t consider myself a fan of horror for the most part, and reading books in the genre disturbs me even more… But, I will tell you that nothing freaks me out much as writing them.
When I saw “Children Of The Corn” as a teenager, my mind would roll the various situations around in my head, over and over, trying to makes sense of it all, as if I could save myself and others were I put in the situation… Every breeze flashed me back to moments of “what if,” and “what would I do now?”
After every “…Walking Dead” episode my mind races through and breaks down everything I witnessed, what the characters did that was smart, what was ridiculous, or what was forced by writers trying to make compelling TV. Let’s be honest if characters were always smart in that series very infrequently people would ever really be in danger, and it’d probably be a snooze-fest. For instance… Very early on the characters figured out that if they covered themselves in zombie flesh/blood/stink and walked slowly zombies seemed to leave them alone… Yet, they seemed to forget this simple rule… And Michonne showed them that if she had armless/jawless zombies with her, again zombies left her alone, let that was only repeated one other time. I mean given those two ideas, who wouldn’t constantly be taking zombie blood baths, and surrounding themselves with hordes of armless/jawless new best friends. BTW, this is not a pick on horror films, or “The Walking Dead” blog, as I’m a fan of the show, and honestly terribly disappointed I haven’t yet even been in to audition for the show, let alone been part of it… And no matter what the genre, I’m a fan of all well crafted writing…
Recently I’ve just watched The Ring and The Conjuring.
But like I already wrote, crafting and writing horror stories probably bothers me even more than watching them or reading them because, first, I start to notice everything around me with that spin…
Yesterday, while driving to an audition, five-pages into a brand new screenplay, I was dictating dialogue into my iPhone. Dialogue where one character warns another character about the power of God and demons… And, the very next second, in front of me is a blue PT Cruiser with the bumper sticker, stuck on the paint, “God Rules.” Now, whether that’s coincidence, a message of someone trying to get my attention, or encouragement to keep writing, I’m not sure.
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When I was writing the original story of “Sympathy for the Devil,” and then again while I was writing the novel… Several moments freaked me out. I believe I already wrote about them in the past… But at one point I was so disturbed I called a friend who was working as a chaplain, to get her opinion on whether or not I should keep writing.
Last night was no different, I went to bed around 10:30PM with the first 11 pages written, convinced I may have already hit a dead-end, before even finishing the first act, and then I woke up at 2:30AM and stayed awake in my bed till some time after 4:15 AM, my mind spitting out horrific ideas and my fingers pressing the record button, so I wouldn’t forget anything in the morning… At the same time, of my hyper-alert-and-yet- half-asleep-comatosed state I heard distant sounds of what might have been coyotes, and the nearby sounds of feuding raccoons, running under my windows.
And the second reason I might find writing these things terrifying is, knowing that these ideas can percolate inside of me, that they are somehow a part of me, and that I have a great capability of expectorating evil. Yeeks.
I have another horror film to watch today, “The Haunting,” as I continue to re-reexamine the genre, between crafting my own pages…Will I complete this semblance of a story? I don’t yet know… Besides “Sympathy for the Devil” I have completed three other horroresq screenplays, and started another two which are currently resting, unfinished in peace, along with some other dead ideas.
Someday I hope to have a few of them, along with other written genres, made into films that those that enjoy, can enjoy. I have never thought of myself as a “horror” writer, but as I’m writing this blog I’m now remembering how much I did enjoy making haunted houses when I was a kid and scaring the bejesus out of people.
LINK to book on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Sympathy-For-The-Devil-Kiesche/dp/1479213632
If you’ve already read “Sympathy for the Devil” and wrote a review, thank you… If you haven’t please consider it. The popularity of anything these days (YouTube hits, Twitter followers, Book sales…) these days seems to help in many ways (like getting on “The Walking Dead”). I promise, if one of my other stories gets sold and made into a movie, or I take another six months and turn one of these stories into another book, or if I ever do get on “The Walking Dead,” as an actor, those who subscribe to this blog will be among the first to know.
Alright, enough procrastination, I got to get back to the crafting of evil.
- Quiche Out
Post note: I will tell you that the 1st time I met Courtney Gains, who played Malachai in, “Children Of The Corn”… When we were both seated in a van, heading to set, in fields of high grass… It was a bit odd. BTW for those that don’t know, Courtney and I were cast as outlaw-brothers in a Hallmark TV Western entitled “Desolation Canyon.” Since that month of working together our paths have crossed several times.