Saturday, June 23, 2007

Another post that mentions a crazy hotel

I went to see 1408 today. It's based on the short story by Steven King. I've only read the short part of it that he put as a writing example in On Writing so I have no idea how it compares to his story. However, I can tell you that it was quite scary, at least for me. I get freaked out real easily so who knows for sure.
The guy's a writer investigating paranormal activities for cheesy haunting books. I do think it would be interesting to go to places that are supposedly haunted and see what happens. Not by myself of course but I would never have went into that room after hearing everything about it. No matter how good of a story it would make.
I used to work in a bar that I was convinced was haunted. I'd go into detail but everyone I tell thinks I'm off my rocker and I don't need anymore people believing that. I ended up writing a story about it but it was more a crime mystery than a horror story.
Someday I should try to actually write a horror story since I do like them. Of course, when I read Stephen King books, or most horror books, I have to sit with my back against a wall. I'm always afraid that something is going to come up behind me. And I'd probably only be able to write it during the day. Although, I do feel safer with Kreeg around but I'm not sure how he's going to do against evil spirits. Now if it were an evil squirrel, I'd have no worries.


D.B. Echo said...

Evil squirrel! Brilliant!

I could see it as an episode of an old "Tales Fron the Darkside": a guy gets fed up with a squirrel raiding his bird feeders and finally pops it with a lucky shot from a pellet gun. That night, he hears a scratching and clawing on his window screen, hears ragged footprints on his roof, and finally confronts the insatiable appetite of the UNDEAD SQUIRREL! The ending could be a surprising twist, as the police discover that the only trauma to his dead body is that some creature appears to have chewed off his n....naaaah, that would never work!

Anyone who has ever had a squirrel get into their house can tell you what sort of damade the hyperactive beasts can do!

Ashley said...

I've never had a squirrel in my house but I have had a chipmunk. I'm not sure whatever happened to it. It hid behind the stove in fear of Kreeg and I never saw it again.
Thank goodness I didn't try to kill it or I might have had an evil chipmunk to deal with.

whimsicalnbrainpan said...

When I saw the trailer for 1408 on TV I went and read the story. You can find the complete version in King's short story collection Everything's Eventual. I haven't seen the movie but from what I can tell it is close but there are a couple of big differences.

Ashley said...

Thanks Whim! I was wondering where to find the complete story. I'll have to check it out.

whimsicalnbrainpan said...

No problem. :-) I am a huge King fan.

tiffany said...

lets set up a date for a writing group.
aren't we myspace friends? i can't remember. if we are, we can set it up with messages there. if not...friend me already, silly girl!