1. What is your favorite work of horror fiction?
I have no idea. I’ve never read any horror novels, though I’ve seen movie adaptations of some of Stephen King’s work.
I was talking just recently to someone about Rolf Stark. He was an artist published for a time by FantaCo. His work, some of which was more like horror fact than fiction, was quite disturbing.
2. Who is your favorite monster?
The monster of Frankenstein. Or Grover.
3. What horror movie gives you the most chills?
I still don’t remember the title. I was nine or ten at the time. The story involved this woman who was old and/or homely but became lovely through this potion. Men found her irresistible, but if they kissed her, she’d revert to her former self. She had to kill them, using some ring to the jugular, and blow some powder to return to her beautiful self. I was about 10 or 11, so this movie came out before 1964. The thing gave me nightmares for MONTHS. It was, quite literally, a pain in the neck.
4. Freddy versus Jason?
I ODed on Freddy. FantaCo sold Freddy gloves, Freddy masks. That said, Jason seemed like a doofus in a hockey mask. Probably Freddy, barely.
5. Ghosts or goblins?
Friendly ghosts like Casper.
6. What is your scariest encounter with the paranormal?
I don’t know that it was “paranormal” but I spoke in tongues once.
7. Do you believe in ghosts?
I consider the thought that people from beyond watching over me undisturbing.
8. Favorite Halloween costume?
9. If you had an unlimited budget, what would your fantasy costume be for this Halloween?
10. When was the last time you went trick or treating?
Seventh or eighth grade.
11. What’s your favorite Halloween candy?
Mark Evanier is convinced that nobody likes candy corn, and even posted a Lewis Black video from YouTube (alas, no longer available) to prove his point. He’s wrong, though this season I probably only had about a half dozen.
12. Tell us about a scary nightmare you had.
I had a recurring nightmare of being in the back of a large automobile, it crashing through the railings of a bridge, crashing into the river, and sinking to the bottom. The level of intensity depended on how open the windows were; it was usually a slow leak into the vehicle.
13. What is your supernatural fear?
I don’t have any.
14. What is your creepy-crawlie fear?
Snakes. don’t matter that there are probably none of the venomous variety around here. Oh, and rats.
15. Would you ever stay in a real haunted house overnight?
Sure, why not?
16. Are you a traditionalist (just a face) Jack O’Lantern carver, or do you get really creative with your pumpkins?
Well, this year’ pumpkin, carved by my wife, had two faces – a smiling face and a scary face.
17. How much do you decorate your home for Halloween?
Not at all.
18. Do you think Halloween is too commercial these days?
No, but I don’t want to think about it in August.
More scary things:
The New England Patriots are now 9-0, after their 24-20 win over the Indianapolis Colts.
The Writers’ Guild strike is underway. Or is it Writers’ Guilds, since there’s a WGA East and a WGA West. Most of what I know about this comes from Evanier, but it seems reasonable that writers should benefit from the newer technologies such as DVD and video streaming.