March Madness: It begins!
Today’s Brew: All the coffee
You may or may not be relieved to find this post has nothing to do with college basketball. Julie’s husband came up with a great concept for the month of March: March Madness. Julie and I will be exploring all that is creepy–haunted stuff, insanity, mental institutions, deviants, and scary old buildings. On Manic Mondays, check in for short stories.
Julie and I were obsessed with this house when we were kids. It looks much better now than it did then. It’s previous owner had let it fall into disrepair to the point we thought they had abandoned it. You may have a hard time believing this, but we were bold little kids, and we had no problem going right up to the windows and sticking our faces in. Today we would realize the old owners were just hoarders, not the killers we assumed. We’d see yellowing newspapers and moldy boxes of Cheese Its. I don’t remember, but Julie says she say someone sleeping on a bed inside. (Side note by Julie: I was almost certain that person was dead. They so weren’t, of course, but I was convinced.) That didn’t stop us from peaking in, seeing what we could see. Both of us credit that house with our current fascination with abandoned buildings in disrepair. Sometimes I photograph them. I like to call them wreckage. Even more fascinating is that some of these dilapidated buildings are still in use! I stopped to take pictures of what I thought was a closed business in a neighboring town one day, shocked to realize that it was very much still in operation.
March Madness gives me a reason to play with insanity, a terror I hold near and dear. Kristen and I are excited to toy with the creative genius and their madnesses. The best works are reflective of the inner lunatic, I believe. I’ll work on insane vampire myths and stories, as well as plenty on asylums, which I am particularly psyched out of my mind for. I will be researching OCD this month, too, for my Trent from The Animal, so I will keep you updated. You may get to see something from my favorite vampire serial killer, Chris Lynch, also, if you’re lucky.
Strap up that straightjacket, friends, for some decadently dark stuff this month.