I'm now trying to finish the rule book for a new game system my brother wants to try, World of Darkness's Hunter: The Reckoning. Having spent the better of two weeks watching a great deal of Steven Moffat stories means that I will be a very scary storyteller, because I have a penchant for throwing my players against things I'm scared of, or find creepy.
In case of anyone wondering, here are some things I generally don't like because they are creepy:
- dolls (I am mildly pediophobic, actually)
- large taxidermied animals (I had to walk by a stuffed buffalo to clock in/out at a hunting convention job I did for three years. It was terrifyingly massive and always seemed to follow me with its gaze)
- giant squid (strangely okay with the octopus, though)
- cooked food that still has a face/eyes
- dark areas with mirrors (it feels like spirits are just waiting on the other side of the glass to grab me)
- eyeballs or lack thereof
- also sockmonkeys (did I mention the dolls?)
- disembodied organs
- dead things
I'm not sure now where I was going with that thought. Anyway, I guess I'm just trying to say that if I want a good scare, I'm more likely to delve into a tale of psychological thrills than other types of horror. Fantasy monsters are fun, and remind you to have manners and not take things for granted. Besides, I won't insult the creatures of the world-behind-the-world by implying they may not exist.
Another reason I started this post, is Sirenidi's newest game we put together. She calls it "Ghost Stories," wherein she jumps under my blankets with me on the bed, and we whisper as we hide from monsters. I always suggest we scare away the monsters, so after a count of three, I pull back the covers and we both yell into the room, which invariably always sends the monsters away. She is very fascinated by monsters, and "scary things," but I always explain that no monsters would ever live in the house or wait in the closet or under beds to frighten her, as her Auntie is much scarier than any monster. I may, though, start telling her that the Doctor got rid of all the bad monsters, and left only the good ones behind on earth. Her mother is already going to be cross that my brother and I introduced her to the likes of Dungeons and Dragons, so adding Whovian to the list isn't much of a stretch.