I. Just. Can’t. Do. It. I don’t know why. Shapeshifters, no problem. Werewolves, who cares. Vampires, cool. Just don’t ask me to have anything to do with GHOSTS!
So I’m now in the middle of the second book in a year that I can’t finish because it creeps me out too much. My daughter would be so ashamed of me admitting this – since ghost stories are her favorite –but honestly I can’t make it through one.
The last one I tried was called Gravity, by Abigail Boyd. I didn’t even make it halfway through before it scared me too much and I put it down. This one is called Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board. I should have known from the book description on Amazon that it would be too much. Honestly I don’t know why ghosts scare me more than any other paranormal creature. I blame it on the movie Sixth Sense. Ever since I first saw that, however many years ago, I have lost all my ability to have a “good scare” and be done with it. That movie haunted me… I couldn’t sleep at night for I don’t know how long. So maybe that’s it.
Or maybe not. If we’re going with the premise that a scary movie will turn me off to a certain creature then I should want nothing to do with vampires. The first time I ever saw Interview with a Vampire I was so scared I couldn’t relax for a week. I saw it late at night and at the time had a newborn baby. Maybe it was the getting up in the middle of the night that kept me freaked out or maybe the pregnancy hormones were still surging through my body, but I could not get that movie out of my head for the longest time. (and for those wondering, I have read Anne Rice's book and it was good, but depressing... not at all scary though)
So why do I now have no problem with vampires but still can’t handle ghosts? Maybe, just maybe, it’s because deep down inside I have this nagging wonder if ghosts are sometimes real. I’ve never had that thought about vampires, werewolves, or any of the others… but there does seem to be just enough evidence about ghosts that the thought lingers in my head. And quite frankly that scares me to death!