TMT: I Ain't Afraid of No Ghosts (Ok, maybe just a little)

TMT: I Ain't Afraid of No Ghosts (Ok, maybe just a little)

October 29, 2013 Writing 18

I find it hilarious that last week was spiritual songs and this week (though apropos for the season) its scary songs. I’m hard to scare, and a horror writer to boot, so this was right up my alley.

The very first song that EVER terrified me I heard when I was 5. My mom had NO clue I was sneaking a peek at the movie she was watching. As it turns out, we took a trip to California to visit my grandpa at a later date, and they couldn’t sail with me aboard. To this day, whenever I hear this song, tingles run up my spine, goosebumps raise on my flesh, and my heart literally starts racing.

And so, to begin this scary mixtape, I give you…

I discovered this song through my best friend. I needed a “theme song” to my then novel-in-progress, which happened to be a horror story about a military man turning zombie from the inside out, and his pregnant journalist wife who happened upon a story that was out of this world. This song was such a perfect pick for it, that it immediately came to mind when I saw the prompt. The eerie sounds resonant with me long after the song has finished and I have to hear it again, and again.

I know I’m dating myself here (but I’m old anyway). When I was a teen, the hit horror flick for headbangers was a movie called “trick or treat.” Since it was all in good fun (and a forbidden pleasure for me), I offer you the video containing clips from the film. I find the lead singer a bit creepy anyway. Play it LOUD!

A google search for scariest songs ever had this song on several lists. I’d never heard of the band, but after hearing the song and watching the video, I’ll admit that the whole premise is just scary. Child predators are evil and Aphex Twin does this well.

This band is just all out creepy. I chose this one because the whole mob mentality thing is scary to me.

And here’s a bonus track for you. I told you earlier I’ve always been hard to scare (well, once I grew out of young childhood). I also had the privilege to grow up with the benefits of a private, Christian-based education. That meant watching movies that involved anything to do with Satan could be thought of “to really happen.” Thus, I give you a clip from one of the only movies ever made that STILL terrifies me, involving the man I would never want to meet in a dark alley (Alice Cooper).

Are you scared yet? I know I am successfully looking over my shoulder, and it’s broad daylight!

And that is another Twisted (and oh how twisted it is!) Mixtape Tuesday!


18 Responses

  1. Kir Piccini says:

    Oh yes, your list scared the cats out of me. I will be hearing that Slipknot song in my sleep (or my not sleeping!)
    however, you are so good at the horror and scary stuff that I understand where your inspiration lives. That’s cool.

  2. Dream says:

    Yeah, Jaws is the reason I no longer swim in water I can’t see through. Well done on your list!

  3. The creepy “Eat your soul” video was the scariest one to me! But the movie clip was also horrid. Now I’m scared!

  4. Er. That reminds me of the time I swam in the Coral Beach of Langkawi, Malaysia near a couple of sharks. Fortunately they were small! Scary enough though! Thanks for sharing, can never forget jaws!

  5. Louise says:

    I love that you started with Jaws. To this day, when I am faced with a large problem, every now and then I find myself thinking I’m gonna need a bigger boat… I really enjoyed the second song. As for the creepy-fest that followed – success on your end. Eeesh! Thanks for the chills.

    • SAM says:

      You are very welcome. Good luck getting Jem out of your head. You’ll find “I’m sorry, so sorry, I’m sorry it’s like this” popping up in your brain from nowhere.


  6. Quickstepp says:

    Love that Jem song. Was stoked to see it on the list! And it IS creepy. I never really thought about it.

  7. Jen says:

    I didn’t realize I knew that Jem song until I started listening to it. I have no idea how I know it, but it is creepy you are right. In a good way?
    So my sister “accidentally” watched The Deep when she was 6, she still can’t swim more than 5 feet into any ocean. EVER. She now won’t let her daughter either.
    Great list! Great premise, thank you!

    • SAM says:

      I admit that my heart gets to racing whenever my husband takes my youngest out further than I’d like. I tried to overcome this fear this summer but was unsuccessful.

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