It’s nearly Halloween…

So, that time of year is almost upon us again. Like it or loathe it, the trick or treaters will be out in force in just a few days’ time. I’ve got a bag of treats ready in the hope I get some little visitors this year. Last year I didn’t have one caller, which was pretty sad as I love seeing the little ones in their costumes. I blame the fact it was a rainy, stormy night which, while perfect for October 31, didn’t help bring the visitors. So, that meant I had to munch my way through a whole bag of sweets, didn’t it? I mean, what choice did I have? no point keeping them for long, not with the sell-by date so close 😉

Anyway, Halloween. Just wondering…are you scared by the thought of things that go bump in the night? I’m one of those people who love being scared but in a controlled situation if that makes sense. Reckon I could do the ‘night in a haunted house’ thing as long as there were loads of other people around, but not sure I’d survive if I was alone though.

One of my earliest memories of being terrified of the unknown came via a book (surprise, surprise). All the kids at school were talking about it, so of course, I had to read it. At night. In bed. Alone in my room. I was never the same after, LOL. The book?The Haunting of Toby Jugg by Dennis Wheatley.

The Haunting of Toby Jugg (A Black Magic Story)

This wasn’t the cover of the book I read, the original cover had a huge black spider on it (which I had to stick brown paper over so I could actually touch the book!), but to protect any spider-phobics who might read this, I used this more generic cover.

Anyone read it? Did it scare the pants off you, too? I went on to read most of Dennis Wheatley’s other books, but this one stuck as the scariest amongst them. Well, you always remember your first, don’t you?

What’s your earliest scariest memory?

4 responses to “It’s nearly Halloween…

  1. I haven’t read it. Probably won’t, either. I’m not big on Halloween, or on being frightened. Right now, episodic tv has their haunted episodes playing. I watch them, but then my poor husband has trouble getting to sleep because I’m glued to his side. Lol. I didn’t see the movie Poltergeist until about 10 years after it came out. But….the worst scare I’ve ever had (not counting health, family, etc.) ? As a good teenage daughter with a driver’s license, I offered to take my younger brothers to the drive-in movie. Jaws. They’d seen it. I hadn’t. There’s a night scene in that movie where they are searching a drifting boat. I asked my brothers if something was going to happen. Straight-faced, they said no. I don’t think I spoke to them after that scene for a long, long, time. Lol. I love them now more than life, but then???

  2. Laurie so glad you mentioned Jaws. I remember when he jumped up at the boat. Scared me!! then the guy said “I think we need a bigger boat”. Of course it was on the big screen. I don’t think I would have survived imax.

    Recently and I doubt this qualifys —driving into Las Vegas yesterday day talk about scary. Oh and the movie Physco.

  3. I love Halloween. Not a fan of gore at all, but suspense is my thing! I haven’t read this one, but I am going to try to find it. Spiders don’t bother me so I had to laugh when you said you covered up the cover to touch the book. LOL – We used to get a lot of trick or treaters, but we don’t any longer. Lots of churches here do events called Trunk or treat where they give out goodies from the trunk of their cars, so there aren’t a lot of door to door calls. I miss them. Jillian

  4. I’m not a fan of Halloween but, as you know, I am fascinated by the supernatural and likewise, would readily spend a night in a haunted house if only to prove what really goes on. I did read the book in question although can’t remember much about it. I loved all Dennis Wheatley books, so I will have to hunt it out and read again. 🙂

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