The Allure of Dark Paranormal
Lynda K. Scott
Have you ever stayed up late to watch a scary movie? Or read a scary book? Did your heart race? Was your breath short? Did you get shaky hands? Or a tingle down your spine?
That's part of the allure of dark paranormal - ghosts, goblins, vampires (the Nosferatu types), werewolves, warlocks…the list goes on. Now, a lot of these, particularly the vamps and weres, are pretty popular right now especially if they're smokin' hot and supernaturally ripped. But that's not how these types began.
They began as the Things That Go Bump in the Night. Things that prompted you to be leery about being out after dark. Or, heck, being alone after dark. They were on the order of morality plays.
Let's talk about Little Red Riding Hood. A mother sends her daughter on an errand to take some special food to her grandmother. Mother tells her - Don't go in the woods. Stay on the path where you'll be safe. The young daughter agrees that she'll stay on the path and go directly to Grandmother’s house. But, on the way, the wolf intercepts her and asks where she's going and why. Well, Little Red tells him because…why not? Mother didn't say not to talk to strange wolves. But she notices how pretty the flowers in the nearby woods are and the wolf sees his advantage. He tells her to stop, to take her time, and smell the flowers. So she did.
We all know that wolf had evil intentions toward both Red and her grandmother but Little Red was an innocent kid and what harm ever came from smelling flowers? She even picked a big armful to take to her grandmother.
And that gave the wolf time enough to eat Grandma and do the 'what big eyes' routine when the kid finally got there. He ate Little Red too in some versions. That was her punishment, and the story warning, for disobeying her mother. In the end, of course, the wolf was punished for his bad deeds and Little Red and Grandma were saved by the Huntsman or Woodsman depending on the version.
The original Dracula did pretty much the same thing. We knew he was evil. We knew his bite would kill us but oh, he was so seductive, he made us forget all our good sense. We had the adrenaline rush, the urge to run and the urge to throw our heads back to expose our throats.
While Little Red Riding Hood and Dracula are pretty old hat to us, they illustrate the two facets we want from our dark paranormal.
We want to be scared. We want to be seduced.
But, mostly, we want that adrenaline rush that causes the racing heart, the short breath and the shakiness in our hands and limbs whether it's from fear or excitement. That's the true allure of dark paranormal.
What are your thoughts?
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I loved the post. And I totally agree. A hundred years ago there was a period in writing about the end of the seventies when dark paranormals were written and published like mad.The Exorcist was one of them. About that same time was when I read In Cold Blood by Truman Capote not a paranormal but terrifying because it showed the dark side of human nature at a time we were still relatively innocent.
And your book Heartstone sounds great!! Wonderful blurb. I'll check it out.
The Exorcist was a book I had a hard time finishing. Darn thing kept making me check under the bed, behind the curtains and in the closet, lol.
But I admit I loved it even if it scared me half to death!
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Lacey, I think you're right. The tales were entertainment (campfire tales anyone?) and lessons for children to follow the rules, as in Little Red Riding Hood. I guess it boils down to - do you like to be scared? I do, lol
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During the war, it was the dark windows that scared me. I wrote s short story, "Faces in the Glass," that sold immediately to a new magazine that folded immediately. What is the reverse of the Midas Touch?
Don't feel bad. For a long time, I had the 'kiss of death' for magazines. They'd buy a story, then go belly up. I was afraid they'd send out word to all the other publishers to stay clear of me! ;-)
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