Thursday, December 6, 2012

Guest Blog with Cherie Reich, Author of The Nightmare Collection, Talking about Fear

Fear: What Scares Me?

Thank you for having me on your blog today, Nicole!

Nicole asked me to talk a little bit about fear and what scares me. Everyone has different things that frighten them, and as a horror writer, I try to use various fears to create the scare factor. My biggest fear is the unknown. I like to know things and be prepared for anything, but there are things out of my control, things I don’t know. I think that’s why I have a fear of the dark. The dark itself doesn’t scare me, but it’s what I can’t see that does.

I really dislike most bugs too. They are more creepy than frightening, but I don’t want them to touch me, just like I don’t want to touch them.

Even though I wrote a space fantasy novella trilogy, I have a fear of aliens. This stems back to the unknown ... and watching Signs. Dude, that’s a scary movie because it makes too much sense! Aliens can be anything, look like anyone.

And I also have a fear of talking on the phone. I think that goes back to the unknown too. Why is the person calling me? What do they want? What should I say?

Thinking about fear has made me realize all my fears tend to go back to the fear of the unknown. And I often use the unknown in my horror stories. Anything can happen out there. Are you prepared? *shivers*

What are you afraid of?

Book Description:
A legend is hungry tonight.

A child monster will get its first taste of blood in Nightmare at the Freak Show. Four friend will enter the forest on December night, but only one can survive in Once Upon a December Nightmare. Almost ten years after Cassie's December nightmare, the monster awakens to hunt again in Nightmare Ever After.

Publication Date: November 17, 2012

Cover art by Nicemonkey at Cover design by Aubrie Dionne. Bookworm logo for Surrounded by Books Publishing created by Cherie Reich.

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Author Bio:
A self-proclaimed bookworm, Cherie Reich is a writer, freelance editor, book blogger, and library assistant living in Virginia. Her short stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies. Her e-books include the horror series Nightmare, a short story collection with authors Aubrie Dionne and Lisa Rusczyk titled The Best of Raven and the Writing Desk, the futuristic space fantasy novelette trilogy Gravity, and The Foxwick Chronicles, a series of fantasy stories. She is a member of Valley Writers and the Virginia Writers Club.

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PK HREZO said...

I'm scared of werewolves!! lol No really. It's a childhood trauma of my dad making me watch them. But I love them too. DOes that make me massochistic?? Not sure. Just don't make me spell massochistic again. argh!

Thanks to you Nicole for your warm wishes on my blog. :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Reality scares me. Losing my wife scares me the most.

Natalie Aguirre said...

The unknown really scares me too. I can so relate to that. Good luck with your book Cherie.

cleemckenzie said...

Getting lost is always a big scary thing for me. Of course, I'm always lost. I have absolutely no sense of direction.

Cherie Reich said...

LOL! I won't make you spell masochist again, Pk!

Aww, I can see why that would scare you, Alex.

Thanks, Natalie!

I'm worried about getting lost even though I do have a good sense of direction! Thanks for stopping by, cleemckenzie.

Thank you so much for hosting me today, Nicole! I really appreciate it!

Heather R. Holden said...

Um...did you hijack my brain? Because I have these same exact fears! I can't help but feel ecstatic that you're a fellow phone-phobe. Too many people give me funny looks when they find out how much I dread talking on the phone!

Cherie Reich said...

No brain hijack, but it's awesome we both have phone-phobia! I get the weird looks too, Heather! :)

Anonymous said...

I used to be terrified of aliens, too; I was sure I'd be abducted. Too much X-Files as a kid. :)

Great post! It's always interesting to see what people fear, and I definitely agree that most of those fears just stem from a fear of the unknown. "The Nightmare Collection" looks nice and creepy. Thanks for sharing!

Christine Rains said...

Bugs make me uneasy too, but I can deal with them if I'm alone. Ever since having a child, I have all these new fears related to him. And I thought I was so brave before!

Lynda R Young as Elle Cardy said...

Bugs are on top of the list after ghosts. *shiver*

Angela Brown said...

There are so many fears to consider. But my biggest fear is of snakes. I try not get in a position where I'll be around one - okay, the zoo is an exception - but it's still something that makes my skin crawl.

Cherie Reich said...

Same here about the X-Files! Thanks, mysticcooking!

I don't want to deal with bugs alone, Christine. I'd rather have someone around to get rid of the bug, so I don't have to.

Yeah, ghosts are pretty spooky too, Lynda!

Aww, snakes aren't too bad, Angela. Most are pretty safe, although I feel bad for the animals they eat.

Filia Oktarina said...

Ghost and Zombie movie,... i always scared to watch that two, but if vampire movie, never scared watch.

Cherie Reich said...

Ghosts and zombies can be really creepy and scary, Filia.