Happy Halloween!!! Today's object would have been on my list regardless but given that it's there, it felt appropriate to show it today...
It's my guilty pleasure. My love for horror. The photo shows a handful of my DVDs including my all time favourite and by far the scariest film ever made, The Haunting (the BW original that is).
When I was around 10, my parents took us on holiday to Italy. We stayed with friends and one evening, I did as I normally do, and looked over their book shelves. The one which grabbed my interest was The Rats by James Herbert. I didn't know anything about him or the book at the time, nor it's notoriety. I sat on the bed and got through about half of it before it was discovered what I was up to. There was much fretting as the adult whose book it was, showed concern for all the ahem, sexy scenes, in there. Thankfully, my parents were okay about it.
When I returned to the UK, I started to buy and read the other novels by Mr Herbert. Then I discovered Stephen King and it spiralled from there. At school, I was well known as the boy with the horror fetish. I knew where all the naughty bits were in books too and it gave me a little notoriety. Everyone wanted to read those pages lol. My English teacher was thrilled by the mountain of books I read. He just wished I would improve my taste. Plus, I was a teen when VHS came to the market & during the Video nasties panic where I had seen most of the banned films (which were pretty dire and of bad quality, rather than nasty). And I subscribed to an american magazine, Fangoria, which is still going today. I basically lived for Horror. Still do. I read, watched & kept scrapbooks on everything to do with the horror genre. I had ideas of becoming a special effects make up artist or an author.
I always thought I was a lone weirdo for this particular hobby of mine until one day, along came The League of Gentlemen, who just happened to film their creepy series where I lived, in Hadfield. These four guys, my age, grew up and watched and read and were equally addicted to horror. I've read or listened to interviews they've given and nod my head in recognition of their childhoods and inspirations. Yes, I shout at the radio, I used to do that too. Or I saw that at the same time. Yes I read that classic. I now know I was far from alone.
Nowadays, there's the Horror Channel on TV and I can begin most weekends, eating breakfast and watching a creature feature or serial slasher movie that I've previously taped. Ironically, in real life, I faint at the sight of blood, despite the bucket loads I've seen on screen.
If you've been following these telling objects this month, I hope it's been entertaining. It's certainly been fun to come up with them. It's been a good exercise in finishing something that I start. To be committed and not miss a single day.
It's been a blast. Tomorrow is a new month and different challenges await.
Till Next Time