Five, six, grab your crucifix

5 October 2006

Dere I was, strolling home frum work, waaaandering up Talbot St., when wha did I spo, but the sexiest fucker in de w’rrld. A bloody ride so he was. Cause dere is nuttin more luvvly dan a fella, dressed in maoldy grey tracksuit bottoms scratchin’ at his balls as he walks t’wards ya, is there?

Carl has a Hallowe’en Meme that I may as well join:

What is your favorite work of horror fiction?
You know, I’ve read quite a few horrors, but don’t know if I have any one that is head and shoulders above the rest. Frankenstein was interesting, but I don’t really think it is a total horror. I really enjoyed The Monk when I read it for a gothic novels course, but never actually finished it. At the moment The Turn of the Screw is one that pops into my head.
What is your favorite work of science fiction/fantasy?
This is a tough one. Mary Gentle’s Ash: A Secret History always features among my favourites, as does The Lord of the Rings, and China Mieville’s King Rat. And of course the Wheel of Time series, which although now dragging on and on, I still enjoy. So I suppose I don’t have one.
Who is your favorite monster?
Hmm, category of monster? Then it’d have to be werewolf. Individual monster character? then it’d have to be Dracula. One of the versions anyway
What horror movie gives you the most chills?
Carl mentioned The Others, and I’d have to agree that it is very atmospheric, which I prefer to slash and gore horror film. i also really like Brotherhood of the Wolf, but I wouldn’t say it gave me chills exactly.
Freddy versus Jason?
Freddy. Cause even Jason has to sleep doesn’t he. I was a bit young for the whole Freddy phenomenon, but Brother #1 used to scare us on train journeys by recapping the plots of the various films, and teaching us the song.
What is your favorite Halloween treat?
Coconuts. Not that I really like coconuts, but just that it was such fun to get out the hammer and crack them open
Ghosts or goblins?
Goblins. Proper ones. Cause ghosts are just dead people
What is your scariest encounter with the paranormal?
Personal encounter? Never had one.
Do you believe in ghosts?
Not really. But anythings possible.
Favorite Halloween costume?
I haven’t dressed up for Hallowe’en in years and years, so I don’t remember which my favourite was.

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14 Responses

  1. NM says:

    What is your favorite work of horror fiction?
    Turn of the Screw scared me so much I've never been able to reread it. But my favourite is probably The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. Excellent book.

    What is your favorite work of science fiction/fantasy?
    Caught between Wheel of Time series which is truly brilliant in parts but over-long and overblown, and the couldn't-be-more-opposite-if-they-tried Earthsea books which are sparely written and seem like they are about small things and human nature, even when there are dragons and saving the world things going on. The Earthsea trilogy were also the first books I ever bought with my own money so they have a special place in my heart!

    Who is your favorite monster?
    Pennywise the Clown *shudder*

    What horror movie gives you the most chills?
    The Others. Or possibly The Ring. Except I've seen both of those more than once whereas I've never been able to rewatch The Blair Witch Project which I literally couldn't sleep after watching. So probably Blair Witch.

    Freddy versus Jason?
    Haven't seen either of them. But I find the whole idea of Freddy scarier. Isn't Jason pretty much just a fairly unkillable slasher? The whole can't-sleep thing scares the crap outta me.

    What is your favorite Halloween treat?
    Monkey nuts. I like cracking shells.

    Ghosts or goblins?
    Ghosts are scarier if they're pissed off. Sad ghosts wouldn't be so bad.

    What is your scariest encounter with the paranormal?
    Might have had some paranormal encounters, really not sure. But nothing scary, just sad.

    Do you believe in ghosts?

    Favorite Halloween costume?
    I rarely get the chance to dress up for Halloween :-( Last time I did, it was as a sort of princess of darkness thing – bargain basement black and red long-hanging-sleeves dress and my hair all mad and sprayed red and gold and masses of eyeliner and red lipstick. I looked pretty cool. Specially since my Beloved didn't want to dress up much so he wore a cape over a black suit and wore devil horns. So we matched up. Unlike the couple we saw at that party – a very pretty princess in pink whose boyfriend came as a droog! Looked hilarious.

  2. Carl V. says:


    Love Brotherhood of the Wolf, and The Ring. Both very good.


  3. Fence says:

    NM, monkey nuts came a close second :)

    And yes Carl, coconuts. It's tradition. Every Hallowe'en we'd get one. And it'd be sitting there for days beforehand tempting us. Til finally after the trick or treating we'd grab a hammer and nails and open it up.
    They rarely got finished, but of the Hallowe'en goodies coconuts are the best.

  4. anne says:

    Goodness, the sex bomb was in Paris right after you spotted him in Dublin. And yes, sex on legs, so he was.

  5. Carl V. says:


  6. sally says:

    Coconuts?????? Real coconuts? A tradition? Aren't they a little heavy to carry whilst trick or treating?

  7. Fence says:

    An international man of sex appeal Anne, damn! We're going to have to fight over him and his scratching.

    Yes Carl. Coconuts.

    Sally, real coconuts. We didn't get them while out collecting, but we'd always have one in the house. And only at Hallowe'en.

  8. NM says:

    Am I missing something? What is the problem with coconuts?

    We used to get one at Halloween and then we'd have to take it out to Dad's work-bench (which he masculinely built himself), stick it in the vice and attack it with various implements. Once I think we drilled holes in the end to drain out the milk, then sawed it open without the usual sticky mess. I like coconut.

    My dad has invented a new word and is waiting for it to start being used in the rest of the world. If you wanna help, use 'dodgic', meaning dodgy logic. Or insane troll logic for Buffy fans. Dodgic.

  9. weenie says:

    I can't get that trakkie-bottom- ball-scratching image out of my head…is that normal???

  10. Carl V. says:

    "trakkie-bottom"….reminds me of Bend it Like Beckham which I watched again this past weekend.

  11. Halowe'en is the best festival ever! It corners Christmas in the playground, makes it cry, and takes its sherbert dip.

    But I never dress up because I'm too shy.

    I would like to see a ghost more than anything else in the world. There's something terribly vulgar about people who don't believe in the supernatural. It's a pity I'm one of them.

    The only horror film that actually scared me (that is, made me wake up in the middle of the night and wish fervently that I hadn't watched it) was the Ring. Well, the only one since my balls dropped. Can I say that?

    And finally:

    Why do ghouls love demons?

    Because demons are a ghoul's best friend!

    I love it. Happy Hallowe'en everybody, living and dead!

  12. Premature as it is to wish it.

  13. Fence says:

    I think it may be a cultural thing bout the coconuts NM. We also used a vice at some stage, but I prefer the danger of hammering a nail in the coconut's eye while someone else holds it balanced. Much better…

    Weenie, all too normal from what I've seen.

    Carl, Bend It Like Beckham is one of those films that I've "taken agin" for some reason.

    Mal, nice new name :) I'm not even going to go there with that joke

  14. NM says:

    I love the new name too! But you've missed the point about dressing up – if only you'd watched Buffy, you'd understand! Halloween is "come as you aren't" night – you dress up so you can be someone you normally don't get to be, whether because you're too shy or conservative or life doesn't give you the opportunity. So shy people get to put on the mask of a wild and free person, for one night only.