No, Thanks.

03 Mar
Cover of "'Salem's Lot"

Cover of ‘Salem’s Lot

Daily Prompt: No, ThanksIs there a place in the world you never want to visit? Where, and why not?

As I waited, ever so impatiently for the Daily Prompt to appear in my inbox on my email, I thought about all the things I’d want to do, what I’d like to write about, places I’d live to visit, but where I would NEVER want to visit didn’t come up. Yet, I know exactly where I would not want to go. Marsten House, from Stephen King’s book “Salem’s Lot,” or the house from his book “Black House.”  A quote from Salem’s Lot (book and movie),

 “The house was a monument to evil sitting there all these years holding the essence of evil in its smoldering bones.”

I’m a big fan of suspense, some horror, science fiction, fantasy… but I’m not a big fan of evil, scary. I don’t mind reading about it, but I don’t watch a lot of scary movies (not those fake ones that so many people seem to like that are more blood and gore and violence than real plot, but the ones that actually make you jump out of your seat: I watched the Exorcist when I was in middle school (It came out in 73 but I didn’t watch it until around 1980), which was very early 80’s–made me cringe and hold on to the blanket I had on my lap; or Ghost Ship (I think that was what it was called), that one scared me. Or the movie the Amityville Horror (1979, I read the book, which was better), or the Mothman Prophecies, or the Omen, or Signs, or 28 Days Later, or the Changeling (1980), or 1408, or Deliverance (1972), or the Mist, or Storm of the Century, or my very favorite “The Shining” (1980).

Many of those movies are from books by Stephen King…Hmmmm!

So the only other movie that I can think of that made me jump out of my seat was Jaws (1975). I have that movie on DVD, as well as sequels, and I own the book. When the shark jumps out of the water in that one scene, come on now, you know the scene, I jumped out of my seat–literally.

So going to Marsten House would definitely not be on my “Go To” list, nor would the house from Black House, or the house from Amityville Horror, though I think that house is beautiful.


Posted by on March 3, 2013 in books, DPChallenge


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11 responses to “No, Thanks.

  1. edgeledge

    March 4, 2013 at 1:20 am

    Reading Black House now, don’t think I want to go there either 🙂

  2. jwdwrites

    March 4, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    It’s funny how many of us love to be scared by books and films. I always liked horror but was scared of the dark for many years I wonder why!

  3. Lissa

    March 4, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    For me, at least, when I am reading I am into the story. I remember reading IT and being scared, same with the book Black House, but it wasn’t the same kind of scared like when I was a kid and the room was dark and I was SURE that there was a monster in my closet. I insisted that the door to the closet remain open so I could see inside, and I had a night light. Later on, I wanted to stop being scared so I began to sleep in the dark. No night light. And I closed the closet door. Reading books helped me conquer my fears. But I still wouldn’t want to visit the Marsten House, or the house from Black House. 😀


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