Summer is the Perfect Time for Horror

Summer is the Perfect Time for Horror

Ah summer….most people associate this time of year with barbeques, the beach and taking life slow, but for me summer always meant one thing. Non-stop horror!

Every summer vacation I would inundate myself with enough ghoulish entertainment to fill a hundred Halloweens! Long, hot August nights were spent in front of a roaring window fan, eagerly devouring Ghost Rider and Son of Satan comics, as flashes of heat lightning blazed in the distance and fireflies blinked like a host of demonic eyes across the midnight enrobed landscape. Occasionally a gust of wind would trespass through the rapidly spinning metallic blades, causing the tempo of the fan to increase, and my heart to skip a beat. Gingerly I’d make my way through the garishly colored lurid pages, trying my best to avoid touching the fragile newsprint with fingers wet with precipitation from my ever present glass of sticky sweet lemonade.

But tales of demonic bikers and hell spawned occultists weren’t the only companions that joined me on those long nights. Many trips to the local library provided a never-ending supply of tomes presenting to me a universe of crypto zoological wonders and phantasmagoric yarns of macabre deviltry. I’d tear through classics such as Dracula, Frankenstein and the writings of Poe and Lovecraft, then move bravely to tales of Mothman, Bigfoot, the Jersey Devil, and a myriad of other demons, ghouls and specters that could possibly be right outside my window, just waiting to drag me down to the abyss in a maelstrom of claws, teeth and fury!

And then there were the movies. If there’s one thing that our sleepy little town had in its favor was that we had an inordinate amount of outrageously stocked mom and pop video stores, that for some reason felt it was their civic duty to; 1. Carry every obscure horror film imaginable, and 2. Rent said films to a kid that in all truth had no business renting them! It started with slashers and splatter, and quickly escalated to a whirlwind of Italian shockers such as Suspiria and Zombi. As great as these video nasties were, nothing could take the place of Channel 45, upstate New York’s clearing house for every bizarre Bowery gorilla, Mexican wrestler or crazy kaiju film ever made and summer afforded me the time to try and catch every single one of them!

Perhaps I can inspire you to experience a mid-summer nightmare of your own. Throw on the window fan (who needs AC!), pour a tall glass of lemonade, and journey into the realms of the bizarre with a demented film or a spooky good read. If you are looking for a good place to start, may I humbly recommend my novella The House of Thirteen Doors? Its available now on Kindle for ninety-nine cents, and I guarantee a delightfully ghoulish time will be had by all!

Daniel XIII

Daniel XIII: equally at home at a seance as he is behind the keyboard! Raised on a steady diet of Son of Satan comics, Kaiju flicks and Count Chocula, ol' XIII is a screenwriter, actor, and reviewer of fright flicks! What arcane knowledge lurks behind the preternatural eyes of the Ouija Board Kid?

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  1. I too, fondly recall staying up way too late during the summer, long after my mom went to bed (or when I was older, out of town) reading Lovecraft, King and others with nothing bu the light from the TV.

  2. I was thinking about this last night. We traditionally associate horror with Halloween, but how much horror is really Halloween. Just “Halloween”, its sequels, the Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and now Trick ‘r Treat. Most others (Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street, etc) are generic; they don’t have any time reference to them. Friday the 13th really could be considered a summer movie, as it happens in the summer (late spring?) at a summer camp, and I believe most of Stephen King’s It happens in summer as well. So good call. Use summer for regular horror and save Halloween for Halloweenish horror.

    I’ll be checking out the book.

  3. I know what you mean Carlos, I read all the time in the dark, with just the glow from the TV screen. I can’t believe I haven’t gone blind!

    And, Good point Doug! Not to mention, a lot of the Friday the 13th films were released in the summer as well as being set then. If you check out the book, please let me know how you liked it!

  4. Great post, Daniel! While my love of horror prompted me to watch tales of fright and fear all the time, it was Summer where I could just gorge myself on what my local video store had to offer. Assuming of course I could lay the NES controller down long enough. ;)

    I’ll certainly give your book a go!

  5. Thanks Vic! Believe me, the NES was never far from arms reach either! I’m glad you’re going to check out the book! Please let em know what you think!

  6. I agree summer is the perefect time for horror. I find when the weather warms I find myself pulling out my favorite well read horror books and stories and adding horror films to my Netflix queue. Great post.

  7. Ha! this could almost be a direct rebutle to a blog that I wrote for another website! Even though it disagrees with a personal philosophy that I spent minutes forming, Great Stuff!

  8. Thanks guys, glad you liked the to do some more!

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