In all honestly, horror is only a different and grotesque view of reality. It is based upon a person’s perception of a circumstance. The human mind has a tendency to distort the reality of a situation — making something out to be more terrifying than what it really is. What frightens humans the most are typically the most benign. For example:
- The ghostly movements of your living room curtains is really your cat playing behind the draperies with a toy mouse.
- The silhouette of a man that can be seen through the kitchen window is actually a hedge that is in need of reshaping.
- The blood curdling screams from the other side of your wall is only your apartment neighbor yelling at his TV when the Steelers lose.
- The spider that crawls across the bottom of your tub — Oh my GOD! A spider! IT’S A SPIDER! Kill it! Kill it quick with fire!!!
*Ahem*… sorry, where was I — oh yes… It is all about one’s perception of a situation, where it can be malignantly distorted. However, there are certain times when something seems to be all sweet and innocent that it turns out to be truly dark and sinister…
Was that wrong of me? 🙂
2014Sept31 update: Disclaimer – no spiders were hurt in the writing of this post, and I truly do my best to not kill any living creature – even spiders.