Saturday, October 26, 2013


When you were a kid, did you go see the frightening movies shown around Hallowe’en? 

I was a major wuss, but one year my best friend and I braved our way to the theater. Since we couldn’t drive yet, that meant convincing my mom to drive us and then come back for us. My mom and dad went to bed as soon as the ten o’clock news was over. Convincing her and my dad to drive us there was not hard, but staying up to come after us took some convincing. 

The first scary movie I remember seeing was “Murders in the Rue Morgue.” It was old even when I was a kid, but we didn’t realize it. For one thing, we didn’t see that much for covering our eyes. I suspect we saw the 1932 version starring Bela Lugosi and Arlene Francis, which had little to do with the original Edgar Allen Poe story by that name first published in Graham’s Magazine in 1841. The 1954 version starred Karl Malden and Patricia Medina. Thinking back, I am pretty sure Bela Lugosi was in the version we saw at a cut rate theater.

The second feature was “Phantom of the Opera.” Yes, there was an earlier version.  Remembering the hairdos and filming, I think it was much, much earlier. ☺ It starred Lon Chaney as Eric, and I think it was made about 1925, but I’m not certain. It’s on YouTube in its entire 106 minutes, but the film is so dark and blurry that I couldn’t read the date clearly. I have to admit that I didn’t stick with the video to see if quality improved. Here’s the link if you want to try.

I guess I don’t have to tell you that I never went to see “The Excorsist,” do I? ☺

In more recent years, I remember once when my husband was out of town and my youngest daughter and I went to see “Sixth Sense.” Oh, my goodness, that was scary for me. I was thinking about going home in our very dark rural area to a dark house where I had forgotten to leave on a light. My husband traveled off and on for most of our married life and I was never afraid. Except that night. It had been bright sunshine when we went into the theater. It was dark when we came out. We turned around and bought tickets to the Steve Martin movie, "Bowfinger". After laughing for an hour and a half, I was fine to take my daughter to her home and go to mine.

I don’t like being scared, yet I watch some movies over and over. “Sleeping with the Enemy” is a nail-biter for me. That type movie is much more nerve-wracking than some guy with a chainsaw.  I suppose there are actual cases of beserk men chasing someone with a motorized murder weapon. More likely, though, is the psychologically vicious spouse who terrorizes and intimidates. Yep, for me, “Sleeping with the Enemy” is fright at its worst.

What is it that makes us volunteer to be frightened? Is it the same gene that makes people ride roller coasters and go bungee jumping? I guess I’m missing that chromosone or gene or whatever it is.  

What does this have to do with the Old West? So glad you asked. ☺ Actually, not a thing. Sorry, I am simply trying to be seasonally topical. Another of the Sweethearts of the West had already covered ghost towns, so there you are. 

Now, I will mention something about the Old West. I’m happy to announce that my next western historical romance, THE MOST UNSUITABLE COURTSHIP, will released October 30. It will be available in print and ebook.  

Here's the blurb:

Storm Kincaid wants justice; Rena Dmitriev wants vengeance.

When Storm’s best friend and the friend’s wife are murdered, Storm secures a temporary appointment as Federal Marshal so he can capture the killers. He follows them to twenty one year old Rena’s home, which is in flames when he arrives. She has survived by following her elderly husband’s strict instructions and watched in hiding while the men murdered him.  Storm intends to take her to the nearest town where she will be safe. She can identify the men who killed the person who had been her husband in name only and like a grandfather to her, and she vows to kill at least one of them. Whether or not Storm allows her to accompany him, she assures him she will go after the murderers.  She is the only person alive who can identify the evil foursome whose policy has been to leave no witnesses. Storm agrees to take her with him. She’ll be safer with him to protect her than she would riding alone.

As a powerful and passionate love blossoms, they unite to rescue three orphaned children, fight the elements, and encounter the killers. Will their love be enough to protect them?

Available at Amazon and Smashwords.


  1. Caroline--I've said many times--I am a natural born scaredy cat. Talk about a wuss--I'm pathetic. At a theater, I saw the previews the Exorcist, and it scared me silly.

    Big mistake, but in the 60s when Rosemary's Baby came out, my husband was taking a month-long workshop on computers in Houston--small town, can't recall the name. We rented a very small trailer house behind a woman's home, and I and our young son and daughter went, too. I had heard about the movie, so Jim drove me to the theater to see it alone--since he had to stay with the kids. It scared me so much, when he came to pick me up I was almost crying. I could not sleep that night. I remember sitting up all night on the narrow trailer bed. It still frightens me.

    I'm so proud of you for self-publishing. May I borrow your husband? Maybe we could trade for a while so he could help me! I adore your covers--so classy and eye-catching. Congratulations.

  2. Gorgeous cover, Caroline. I watched Psycho and for many, many years, I couldn't take a shower when home alone. Not until the kids went off to college and hubby was at the fire station did I garner the courage.

    I don't like most horror or slasher flicks. I do like the very first Halloween; it wasn't too slash and burn and the suspense rocked.

    I did read Rosemary's Baby when it first came out...but was forbidden to attend the movie by my parents LOL. I think I saw it once, years later, on cable.

    Good post today! xo

  3. I can relate, Caroline. I do not watch modern horror "slasher" movies. Have never seen a Halloween or Freddy Krueger film. Well, I did see The Shining -- which made me a nervous wreck watching that little boy ride his big wheels tricycle thru those hotel corrdors. But I like the film because of the plot, and think of iit as a suspense thriller. The first scary movie I saw was The Wizard Of Oz on tv when I was 4 years old. Seated in front of the tv I ran screaming from the room at the closeup of the witch in the crystal ball. My mom had to come and calm me down, and assure me the witch was not real, could not see me, etc. Now, that movie is my all-time favorite. My mom also introduced me to a movie that scared her as a girl. The Uninvited with Ray Milland. It was a wonderful film about a haunted house. A great, more recent one is The Others with Nicole Kidman. :).

    Thanks for the stroll down Memory Lane, and congratulations on The Most Unsuitable Courtship. :)


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