Log in

No account? Create an account

Previous Entry | Next Entry

Surprisingly Scary

Question for the blog readers time — what are some things that freak or creep you out but aren’t traditionally scary (e.g., gore, horrific beasts, standard horror movie stuff)? Can be objects/animals, types of behavior, places, whatever.

(I may or may not be brainstorming for a new book idea. :) )

  • Share/Bookmark

Originally published at Megan Crewe - another world, not quite ours. You can comment here or there.



( 38 comments — Leave a comment )
Sep. 19th, 2009 06:47 pm (UTC)
Anything wormlike! Slugs, snails, tomato hornworms, maggots...

Also: driving over a very high bridge that is over water. *shudders*
Sep. 19th, 2009 10:32 pm (UTC)
Just coming back to add--my 11 year old is deathly afraid of mushrooms. When they have been cooked, they're okay. But growing outside--well. For some reason they are way too creepy for him.
(no subject) - megancrewe - Sep. 20th, 2009 11:06 pm (UTC) - Expand
(Deleted comment)
Sep. 20th, 2009 11:07 pm (UTC)
Yep, the news is pretty terrifying, good point. And the dark is always useful for scares, too. :)
Sep. 19th, 2009 07:02 pm (UTC)
Cancer, killer earthquakes, the old threat of nuclear holocaust (we had bomb drops when I was five years old, which boosted my anxiety into the stratosphere)--all stuff I have no interest in reading fiction about.
Sep. 20th, 2009 11:08 pm (UTC)
I'm more trying to get an idea of different sorts of things that scare people than trying to pick on thing in particular. So thank you!
Sep. 19th, 2009 07:50 pm (UTC)
I am a little creeped out by moths--I think it's their silence, and the way they'll fly right at you.
Sep. 20th, 2009 11:08 pm (UTC)
I can see that--moths are kind of creepy. Thanks!
Sep. 19th, 2009 08:11 pm (UTC)
For some reason the image or even idea of a meadow--a clearing in the woods--is always creepy to me. If imagine being there so far from any other people or civilization it creeps me out. I love the woods and the mountains and trees but it's something about this idea of an isolated meadow with wildflowers in the middle of a forest that creeps me out.
Sep. 20th, 2009 11:09 pm (UTC)
Interesting! I love meadows--the sun streaking down in the middle of the forest--it seems so peaceful. Funny how the same thing can give people such different reactions!
Sep. 19th, 2009 11:00 pm (UTC)
Hospitals. Also spiders. But don't write about them, please, because I don't want to read about them. I didn't read Charlotte's Web until I was 32. She was okay, but a scary one? Ugh.
Sep. 19th, 2009 11:03 pm (UTC)
And what do you mean by, "The owls are not what they seem" ? ;-)
(no subject) - megancrewe - Sep. 20th, 2009 11:10 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - megancrewe - Sep. 20th, 2009 11:09 pm (UTC) - Expand
Sep. 20th, 2009 12:34 am (UTC)
There are only two things that scare me--balloons and wax people. I may be a freak, but at least I don't run screaming when I see a spider? Hehe
Sep. 20th, 2009 11:11 pm (UTC)
Balloons! I don't think I'd heard that one before. You just don't like them in general or is there something specific about them that bothers you?
(no subject) - start_0ver - Sep. 20th, 2009 11:21 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - megancrewe - Sep. 22nd, 2009 01:39 pm (UTC) - Expand
Sep. 20th, 2009 02:00 am (UTC)
The Burger King.
Those commercials creep me out.
Sep. 20th, 2009 11:11 pm (UTC)
Heh, what about them? I don't watch much TV so I'm not even sure what the commercials are like.
(no subject) - 13r3asonswhy - Sep. 23rd, 2009 02:08 pm (UTC) - Expand
Sep. 20th, 2009 02:55 am (UTC)
I have a weird, instinctive fear of sloths. Not the sin, the animal. ;) There's just something about them that is seriously creepy.

Also, there are these giant rat-things called nutria. Here's a link. Click if you dare. I've never considered myself a scaredy cat when it comes to mice or rats, but the first time I saw a picture of one of those giant things, I got dizzy and almost fainted. So embarrassing.

There's also something really creepy about grocery stores in the middle of the night, when you're the only person there.
Sep. 20th, 2009 04:12 am (UTC)
OMG, yes! That's what I was going to say...any creatures with those naked wiry tails...eeugh!

Also, opening a Pilsbury can, anticipating the pop that never happens when you expect it to.

And closing my eyes in the shower - I rinse my hair super fast and open my eyes immediately.
(no subject) - megancrewe - Sep. 20th, 2009 11:13 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - sboman - Sep. 21st, 2009 05:56 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - megancrewe - Sep. 20th, 2009 11:12 pm (UTC) - Expand
Sep. 20th, 2009 04:12 am (UTC)
Oh, these are all good! What a fun question!
Sep. 20th, 2009 07:11 pm (UTC)
Raw Chicken. Ewwwww...
Sep. 20th, 2009 11:12 pm (UTC)
Yes, ewwww. Although I think raw ground beef is even worse!
Sep. 21st, 2009 03:02 am (UTC)
This is b/c of 9/11 and b/c I live in NY, but perfect sky-blue days w/the sun shining and not a single cloud. It's terrible, but when ever I notice a day like that, I unconsciously tremble for a moment or so. Like I can't quite trust it.

also, anything w/lots of legs makes my skin crawl (i.e centipedes) or things that twitchy like cockroaches.

Okay. I am forgetting about this post now!
Sep. 22nd, 2009 01:40 pm (UTC)
I can totally understand that clear sky feeling. :( And *shiver* at things with lots of legs!
(no subject) - boreal_owl - Sep. 23rd, 2009 03:12 pm (UTC) - Expand
Sep. 21st, 2009 03:28 am (UTC)
Spiders are a given as is the Jerusalem cricket/Children of the Earth bug thing. . . eewww!

Haunted houses, haunted mazes, whatever the heck you call them, it doesn't make any difference, they freak me out big time. I refuse to even go in the "kiddie" ones that aren't supposed to be terrifying. In fact, I don't even have to go in the dang things . . . a brother-in-law participated in one last year and I happened to be at his house when he was getting ready. When he came out in his specially made mask and contacts, it was all I could do not to run screaming from my sister's house.

Also, I hate mirrors in the dark (too many shadowy things to see there). I get freaked out if I have an open door in my room when I'm trying to sleep. I'm okay with it during the day, but when the lights are out, the doors have to be closed (again, it's a shadowy being thing). Along these lines, I refuse to enter a "house of mirrors" whether at night or during the day . . . no way! Regular mirrors in the bathroom are okay during the day or with a light on at night. When I go into the bathroom at night, I look at the floor until I get the light on. ;-)

On the other hand, I love watching shows about paranormal things (Ghost Hunters is one of my favorites) and even enjoy a good suspense movie now and then (though The Ring completely freaked me out). I don't watch blood and guts "horror" movies though.

And then there are just some people who freak me out when I first meet them . . . okay, I know I'm shy and all, but seriously, sometimes I get shivers when I meet certain people and I get a sense that there's something "wrong" or "bad" about them. It doesn't happen often, but when it does, I avoid further association with the person.
Sep. 22nd, 2009 01:41 pm (UTC)
I had to look up Jerusalem cricket--eeee! Not a fan of creepy crawlies here.

Mirrors in the dark--yes! Very creepy.

Thanks for sharing!
Sep. 21st, 2009 02:03 pm (UTC)
Um, well there's the standard stuff, like crocodiles and fire. Omg, crocodiles are the most terrifying beasts on the planet. No contenders. (Do not go to Berlin zoo if you have crocodile issues. Bad move.)

And then there's like, cockroaches, and toothpicks, and walking 3km late at night past a forest to your isolated house... Um, being in crowds, the idea of being suffocated, the gap between your bed and the floor. Broken things (like teeth - eugh.)

One of my friends can't stand people biting down on metal (I get freaked when I accidentally bite down on forks.) Two others hate cornflour - actually, that might apply to all flour? They can't stand the squeaky sound it makes. The same kind as when you pack cotton balls together.

Sometimes I get freaked at the idea of my own lungs. Something so - messy is inside my chest and omg omg get it out...

I hate that dolphins have hands. Trapped in their flippers.

Yeah. Giant bundle of neuroses here. ^^

And going back to the very first thing? This. Omg this, just the idea gets me choking. YOU PEOPLE ARE CRAZY.
Sep. 22nd, 2009 01:44 pm (UTC)
LOL, I love your userpic!

I had no idea crocodiles got that big. *shudders*

It's interesting how sound works--like so many people get the shivers from nails on chalkboard (I've never found it bothers me that much).

Thanks for sharing all of this!
(no subject) - alexwearspants - Sep. 22nd, 2009 03:25 pm (UTC) - Expand
Sep. 21st, 2009 03:31 pm (UTC)
I'm scared of doctors/hospitals. And, more interestingly, nonflowering plants. I can do ferns or herbs, but anything viney and twining totally creeps me out.
Sep. 22nd, 2009 01:44 pm (UTC)
Interesting about the plants! I can see how you'd find viney things creepy.
( 38 comments — Leave a comment )

My Books

Earth & Sky
(Earth & Sky #1, science fiction YA)
Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2014

The Clouded Sky
(Earth & Sky #2, science fiction YA)
Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2015

A Sky Unbroken
(Earth & Sky #3, science fiction YA)
Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2015

The Way We Fall
(Fallen World #1, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2012

The Lives We Lost
(Fallen World #2, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2013

The Worlds We Make
(Fallen World #3, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2014

Those Who Lived: Fallen World Stories
(Fallen World #3.5, apocalyptic YA)
self pubbed, 2014

Give Up the Ghost
(paranormal YA)
Henry Holt, 2009

Latest Month

May 2017
Powered by LiveJournal.com
Designed by Tiffany Chow