Holy hoppin’ hellhounds, is it time for Coffin Hop already?!
I suppose it is! Let’s kick open the doors of these dusty ol’ coffins and celebrate, boys and girls!
If you don’t recall the shenanigans that went on last year, well, I’m not going to go into too much detail, because I have yet to deliver on one of my prizes from last year. *facepalm* (Jason, if you’re reading this, I swear I’m going to abandon my insane ideas of sending you the handwritten mess and just type the damn thing. Before November hits and I get swallowed up by NaNo.) The lesson I learned from that? Don’t offer short bits of my own writing as prizes unless said writing is already complete. I mean, really. (And apparently, the postal service doesn’t appreciate severed heads, either.)
So, with these wise lessons behind me, what are we doing this year? I’m ever so glad you asked.
Last year, I kind of focused on fear itself. This year, we’re focusing on a specific aspect: psychological horror. What can I say? As someone who studied behaviour, I get my kicks—when it comes to terrifying people—out of messing with their heads. I want people doubting everything they thought was true, questioning their own sanity, wondering what scary ghoulie is going to come out of the night’s gaping maw and swallow them whole… and then I want to pull out the complete opposite of what they’re expecting.
Of course, I don’t do this on a regular basis. That, I’m told, is “unethical.”
(No, seriously… you guys know when I’m kidding, right?)
Here’s how the Coffin Hop is going to work. Along with a whole bunch of other writers, I’m going to post stuff and give you guys the option to win stuff. Like what? Well, for example, like an ebook copy of the new Death by Drive-In anthology, featuring scary stuff from several fabulous Coffin Hoppers! I’ve got a couple other things cooking, too, but, well, we need to keep some surprises, don’t we? How else am I supposed to scare your pants off, short of showing up first thing in the morning before I’ve brushed my teeth or hair?
I hope you guys are excited, because I sure am. I’ll be back a little closer to the weekend with more Coffin Hop and more things to win, but in the meantime be sure to visit the rest of the Hoppers —several of them are already offering prizes, and all of them are amazing. For now, I’ll leave you with this little video. If you’ve never heard of this web video, meet Lenore the Cute Little Dead Girl. She is based on Edgar Allan Poe’s Lenore, and she might just be my favourite cute little dead girl ever. This is one of my favourite episodes. I am, to this day, incapable of cooking/eating fish without announcing “Pook! Pook! Pook!”
(If you’re interested, the continuation of that episode is here.)
I just want to know one thing before I go: What gets right inside your head and scares the ever-lovin’ stuffing out of you?
… It’s entirely relevant, I swear. And comments count towards winning a prize!
Cheers and get ready to hop,