First, I’d like to thank my host for giving me this time to talk about one of my all-time favorite subjects, especially since I made a new one in my book. This is my top ten favorite Scary stories, myths and legends to share around the campfire.
Now, I was asked to write my top 10, yeah, that is a pain in the butt for me because I really love scary stories. Plus, I don’t want to just put the generic answers we always see. So, not in any particular order are my favorites and why:
1- The Escaped Asylum Patient: this is a classic. It’s been around longer than I have been alive and I still love it. It’s the one where the girl has a late night with her boyfriend and they over hear the radio talking about an escape convict in their area. When she goes home, she is about to turn on the light, but decides not to because it would wake up her roommate. But, in the morning, she finds that her roommate had been killed and there is a note on the wall that says, “Aren’t you glad you didn’t turn on the lights?” Yeah, that one freaks me out!
2- Following the same line, the story “Humans can lick too”, scares the daylights out of me.
- A girl is left home alone with her pet dog. During the night she hears that an escape insane asylum patient was in her area. When she goes to bed, she pets the dog, it licks her hand. At one point in the night, she wakes up and pets, what she thought was the dog, it licks her hand. Then, when she wakes up, she finds her dog dead and a note that says “humans can lick too”. Jeez! That one is freaky.
3- The classic “I was trying to warn you about the man in your back seat” is a good one. If you haven’t heard of it, look it up, it’s good!
4- The story of the original Native American Vampire is incredible to share. I don’t want to write too much about it right now, just know that it is coming up in my next Nightmare book.
5- Wendigo stories are amazing to share, especially out in the woods. If you start talking about wendigoes while you’re camping in the woods, good luck sleeping. The idea of people becoming cannibals and then turning into monsters is horrifying.
6- The story of the Baba Yaga - a hag from North-Eastern Europe. If you get your hands on the right legend, she is a horrifying creature! Even her chicken legged house (yes, that’s part of the legend) is a terrifying concept.
7- Skin walkers - Do I really need to say more? If you are a true fan of scary stuff, you need to know about skin walkers. They are crazy and dangerous and potentially one of the scariest things out there.
8- Gnomes - Now, when you read “gnomes”, your mind probably bounced to those cute little chubby guys who defend your gardens from bad things. Nope, there are myths that state that gnomes are some of the nasties of the little people. They are murderous little demons and I would make sure that I didn’t have a dwelling that these little monstrosities can live in. IF you have an old shack or shed behind your house and some sort of water, like a stream or a pond, burn the structure to the ground. You don’t want a gnome infestation!
9- Poltergeists- holy moly! If you have ever seen the movie, the stories are much worse. Poltergeists are a wicked spirit bent on torturing anyone who enters their haunt. This is no Peeves the Poltergeist, this is an apparition that is either going to: kill you, drive you into insanity, or make you do things you never wanted to. Want to talk about an ultimate mind game? Try dealing with an intelligent being you can’t see and can’t predict. They are nasty ghosts.
10- My greatest and most favorite stories I like to share are my own made up stories. I put a couple in my book, but, I have more to come. Whenever I have an audience around a campfire, I love to talk about my ghost experiences.
Maybe, one day, I’ll be lucky enough to sit down with you and tell you each of these stories in person. There is nothing better than sharing a good scary story with darkness pressing in around you and all that is keeping it at bay is the light of a slowly dying fire. I hope you’ve enjoyed my list and I want to thank my host again for giving me this fun guest blog. Hope we talk spooky again soon!