The Art of Darkness

Audience Participation

October 20th, 2015 by Cobwebs

Since we’re sneaking up on Halloween, this seems like a good time to do one of those open-up-the-floor-to-the-readers posts. Here are some spooooooky questions for you to answer in the comments. Or don’t. See if I care. Jerk.

1) What’s the creepiest thing that’s ever happened to you?

2) Do you believe in ghosts? Why or why not? (Also, how do you feel about UFOs, astral projection, mental telepathy, ESP, clairvoyance, spirit photography, telekinetic movement, full trance mediums, the Loch Ness monster and the theory of Atlantis?)

3) What’s your worst fear?

4) What’s the scariest book you’ve ever read/movie you’ve ever watched?

5) What’s your favorite Halloween candy?

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  1. Anna Says:

    You’re funny and you like horror. This is why I love your blog! :D <3 Now for these questions:

    1. Oh, that would be seeing a… ghost? Or something? in my classmate's house. I was in a room, changing clothes, when the skirt I had on suddenly swished to one side like someone just passed by. I looked up and checked. Windows were shut and not even the electric fan was turned on. Everything was still. I went back to changing and when I looked down, wouldn't you know. A pair of feet — decomposing, rotting — was inches away from mine. I didn't dare look up. I just stared at that pair of feet. Seconds later, I finally had to courage to look up and around. Nothing. I continued changing as fast as I can. Then I left that room.

    2. Yes, I really believe in ghosts. I have seen and felt a few of those. UFOs? Well, I guess I do believe in those but I don't find it too interesting. Same goes for the Loch Ness monster. All the other items you mentioned: I find them very interesting.

    3. My worst fear in terms of the supernatural? Demons / devils. Definitely those. *shudder*

    4. I'd have to say that "The Shining" is the scariest book I have read and that "Ju-on: The Grudge" (original Japanese) is the scariest movie I have watched. "Battle Royale" movie comes close, too. Really close.

    5. None, really. :D

  2. Pixel Pixie Says:

    1) Around the age of 16, half the family was on vacation and we had guests stay over. One of them was a little older than me, had a crush on me, and was super creepy (and not in that typical teenage way, like mentally unhinged and unmedicated way). I woke up one night and looked at the door frame and there was a shadow standing in it. It was the same shape as creepy guy, but two feet too short. My eyesight wasn’t so bad at the time, so I saw it pretty clearly. I was filled with an overwhelming sense of dread, just laying there and staring at it. I rolled over and felt like I was being watched. After what seemed like hours, the feeling disappeared. I rolled back over and it was gone.

    2) At the time of the previous incident, I believed in spirits and thought that was one. Now I think it was just a vivid dream. I don’t believe in the supernatural.

    3) I don’t really fear specifics things. Sensory overload can sometimes send me into a panic attack, and bein pressed into dealing with too many people.

    4) I read a book about a girl who wanted her little brother’s baby fat for a witch’s spell. There was some sort of witchcraft symbol on the cover and my mom snatched it out of my hands and made me return it to the library. That was the scariest book at the time.

    The scariest movie is The Dark Crystal. I had nightmares for YEARS.

    5) Peanut butter cups

    You gonna spill your answers?

  3. kaitlin michelle Says:

    1) When I was young (7ish) my parents were taking me to the carnival on Halloween, and when we were backing out of the driveway, a guy in a Micheal from Halloween costume was behind the car with a huge knife and then he just stared while we went past him in the driveway and he followed us down the street. It even freaked out my dad. LOL

    2) Ghosts are so real. My mom’s house is haunted. I call him Billy. (Also, how do you feel about As for the rest, I believe in aliens, and am open to the idea of everything else.

    3) I can’t out my worst fear, but I have another fear that if I put my biggest fears on the internet someone will read it, and come act it out, like out of a horror movie.

    4) The scariest movie I think was The Strangers, because it is totally realistic. People are nuts. and the scariest book was Desperation from Stephen King. (The companion book, The Regulators was good as well)

    5) Candy Corn for sure!

    now share yours!

  4. Cobwebs Says:

    Tsk; this is supposed to be audience participation, not blogger participation. Okay, okay, okay…

    1) The creepiest “real” thing that’s ever happened to me is documented here. We still occasionally hear the foxes scream at night, and even though I know perfectly well what it is it’s still unsettling. The creepiest thing that in retrospect was pretty surely some kind of waking dream was one night when I was about 12, and was up late reading. I glanced up at my doorway and saw what seemed to be a partial outline of a person. I nervously looked back at my book, and risked another look a few seconds later. The outline seemed clearer. This went on for several minutes, until I looked back up and found that the outline had developed a face with exaggerated features and was looking at me and smiling. Smiling or not, it scared the everliving crap out of me and I yelled until my dad woke up and blundered in to see what was wrong. That banished the whatever-it-was and I never saw it again.

    2) Nah. I’m willing to believe that some people may be particularly sensitive to electromagnetic vibrations that cause them to falsely sense something that isn’t actually there, but I don’t believe in ghosts-as-actual-entities. As for the rest of the list (which is what Janine in Ghostbusters asked Winston when he was applying for the job), also nah. (Well, I’m willing to believe in “unidentified flying objects” in the sense that occasionally people may see a flying object they can’t identify, but that doesn’t mean the objects are anything unusual; it just means the person observing it doesn’t know what it is.)

    3) Something happening to my kids. I have nightmares. I’m fortunate not to be plagued with any of the traditional phobias, like fear of public speaking or fear of heights, and seeing the paralyzing (literally) fear my mother-in-law has of rodents, I feel very fortunate indeed. However, since the prospect of even wildly improbable events happening to my kids scares me silly, it sort of evens out. (I mean, Bruno Hauptmann probably isn’t going to climb through a window and snatch my son, seeing as the dude’s been dead for 60 years. And a portal to Hell probably isn’t going to open in my daughter’s closet, since we got the anti-Hell-portal rider on our insurance. But such concerns occupy me from time to time. Don’t even get me started on probable dangers.)

    4) The Shining, although not originally. Over the years I’ve re-read it several times and always found it mildly creepy. Then, when my son was around six years old, I re-read it again and it scared the hell out of me. The protagonist, of course, is a little boy. All of the other times I’d read it, I could only put myself in his shoes; the last time, I put my son there. That makes a whoooole lot of difference (see answer #3, above), and I actually haven’t read it since. As for movies, probably “The House on Haunted Hill” (the remake), not because it was a particularly well-done movie, but because I vastly dislike startle scares and there were a lot of them. (Plus, my husband and I watched it at home, late at night. I went into the bathroom afterwards, and when I opened the door to come out he was standing right on the other side. My reaction–I twitched like a trout on amphetamines–amused him profoundly.)

    5) Either candy corn, or those little candy corn-tasting pumpkins. Not for the taste so much as because they’re a harbinger of Halloween and this time of year is the only time when it seems proper to eat them.

  5. Craft Says:


    1. Creepiest thing that happened was a Witch at my Christian Cult summer camp had a horde of demons following her around. Seriously. Saw the eyes glowing on the canvas walls of the tent. Very creepy. Hated church camp.

    2. Yes. I think that energy hangs around. Nothing ever dies, just changes form. Why not ghosts? The rest are a mixed bag. More to the universe than we can dream of, we only scratch the surface and it’s pure hubris (or self-preservation) to think we have any sort of handle on what’s out there.
    I am vaguely psychic so I feel there are probably others who are more tuned in. I can definitely tell when something is about to go down. Not always specifics but the feeling is undeniable and right 90% of the time.
    Crypto creatures, maybe. Seems less likely as our technology advances that we wouldn’t find more evidence of these things.

    3. Apocalypse as written in Revelations. Had unending nightmares about it as a child. Thanks Christian cult…

    4. The Ring. I know, it’s inconsistent and cheesy but there is something about the way she moves that creeps the hell out of me. Also I think being thrown down a well would be absolutely terrifying (maybe my fate in a previous life)
    A close second is the trash lady from Labyrinth and the Skeksis from the Dark Crystal. I know, weird.

    5. Twix mini chocolate bars! Anything chocolate really.

  6. WitchArachne Says:

    1. I have this huge list of the weird and creepy shite that has happened to me and every time anyone asks about it I forgot every single thing on that list. I guess the time that a friend and I were sleeping in her caravan in her parents’ back yard. We both woke up in the middle of the night and heard someone walking around the back yard. We assumed it was either weirdos (we were near the beach, so it happened sometimes) or her dad trying to freak us out, so we didn’t go outside, just made sure the door was deadbolted and went back to sleep. When we woke up in the morning the bricks she used as steps up to the van were piled up inside the caravan doorway. The door was still locked.

    2. Yup, I believe in ghosts. I don’t necessarily believe in ghost stories though.
    UFOs are (to my mind) misidentification of regular things that people might not be familiar with (the ISS, for example). There must be life out there somewhere though.
    ESP, I dunno.
    Phone psychics, no.
    Spirit photography, telekinises, mediums, no.
    Loch Ness – that shit’s deep, yo. But people have lived there for yonks and surely we’d’ve IDed a plesiosaur by now.
    Atlantis – legend that wasn’t meant to be taken seriously but people like that kind of thing so they ran with it. Probably backed up with stories from Crete and Santorini when their volcanoes packed it in.

    3. My worst fear is underwater caves. God knows why but I had nightmares about them all the time when I was a kid and never got over my fear. Reading actual caving articles is enough to send me into a genuine panic. I’m an idiot though, and keep reading them. Caves are also rad.

    4. I rarely get genuinely freaked out by stories and movies, but reading people’s true stories freak me out. One I saw recently on reddit about a woman who recorded a man in her bedroom in the middle of the night had me freaking out for days.

    5. As a skip, we never got Halloween lollies, but I tried candy corn a few years back and I could probably eat my weight in that stuff quite happily.

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