monstergenesisredux asked: Do you have a favorite scary story?
No single story comes to mind…
It kind of depends on the ‘flavor’ of scary, if you will. Also my mood.
And the kind of story… Generally though, I prefer long, plot-driven stories.
So books like The Last Apprentice series by Joseph Delaney, Lord Loss and Bec by Darren Shan come to mind (didn’t really like the rest of the series, bit disappointing . The first few books in the Cirque Du Freak series were also interesting, if you’re into vampires.
In short story land I like some staple Poe things (The Tell-tale Heart, Fall of the House of Usher, The Gold-bug, Murders in the Rue Morgue, etc). He was kind of a crap poet though, imho.
Then I remember a book of several short stories that was really good. I wish I could remember the title, but I read it, like, 10-15 years ago sooo….
I think I remember a couple stories from it though.
One was about a boy and girl who grew up together and fell in love. The girl would wear a yellow ribbon around her neck everyday, and the boy would always ask why and blah blah blah she never told him.. until the night of their wedding, when he asked if he could take it off to see what her secret was. And she let him. And then her head fell off.
Another was about this kid who was digging in his backyard and found a toe. He took it to his parents and they decided to eat it in a stew (already ewww). After dinner they fell asleep, but the boy was woken up when he thought he heard a voice at the window. The voice gets closer and closer, moaning something about “Where is my toe?” and then when it sounds like the footsteps are right near his bed, the voice shouts “YOU’VE GOT IT!” and the story ends.
Except, I remember on the next page there was a note about an alternate ending where a creature climbs out the chimney and he and the boy have a very Little Red Riding Hood-esque exchange (why you got such big claws? to scratch your grave! why you got shuch sharp teeth? to chomp your bones! etc). And then it ends.
And then there are a bunch of creepypasta things that are just great.
If I go into films or television, I’ll never get out, so I’ll just end it there.