Happy Halloween and things that scare.

In the true spirit of Halloween I am listening to Radio 2 (I know I am old!!!!!) and they are playing songs on the theme of this, the spookiest of days. They have just played Blue Oyster Cult “Don’t fear the reaper” which has set me off thinking bout things that scare you. I am a huge Stephen King fan and his post apocalyptic book written in the late 1970’s called “The Stand” had this tune in the starting sequence and to this day reminds me of this book.
I love post apocalyptic literature. Being a child of the 80’s I remember spending my time being very very stressed about the very real threat of nuclear war. There is something about reading how people coped with the end of the world and the struggles to cope with everyday life once everything we take for granted has gone or no longer works. Most of all though I remember being absolutely terrified by these things.
I have just started to read “Swan Song” by Robert McCammon which I am happy to say is another post apocalyptic novel written in the late 80’s. once again I find myself becoming entrenched into the struggle between good and evil alongside just simply being able to survive day to day in devastated environments. Imogen has just asked me what I am reading as I have disappeared into a little place that I go when I am engrossed in a good book. I have tried to explain what it was like living in the 80’s with the threat of war ever present and bless her she does not get it. Do you know what her fear is?
This generation is dealing with another end of the world scenario but this one is a little more precise. December 21st 2012 to be exact. This day represents the end of the Mayan calendar and is being touted as the end of the world. Imogen is genuinely scared by this thought. The recent superstorm Sandy in the USA has been reported as being a once in a lifetime storm or the storm of the century and Imogen suggested that this was related to the end of the world. She did say this jokingly but as a child of the nuclear threat I detected a nervous undercurrent, of not being to sure if she believed it or not.
What scares you? What memories do you have that shape your fears?
Happy Halloween guys, have a lovely evening, be safe with whatever you do.


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