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Friday, October 28, 2016

Halloween - Scares and Lust Go Together

Elizabeth Black writes in a wide variety of genres including erotica, erotic romance, horror, and dark fiction. She lives on the Massachusetts coast with her husband, son, and her three cats. Visit her web site, her Facebook page, and her Amazon Author Page. 

Her new m/m erotic medical thriller Roughing It is out! This book is a sexy cross between The X Files, The Andromeda Strain, and Outbreak. Read her short erotic story Babes in Begging For It, published by Cleis Press. You will also find her new novel No Restraint at Amazon. Enjoy a good, sexy read today.

Halloween is my favorite holiday. Even more so than Christmas. I love the decorations, the candy, the parties, and the movies playing endlessly on TV all month long. I have recorded scads of Hammer Films and even a few Universal Pictures.  Today I'm going to watch "Horror of Dracula" and "Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed".

Here's what I do for Halloween – I bake. I make gingersnaps, pumpkin bread, maple candy, shortbread cookies, sugar cookies with sprinkles, pizzelles and more. I buy mead. I make hot buttered rum and hot cocoa, sometimes with a dash of cayenne. In honor of the Day Of The Dead (Mexico), I sometimes make candy sugar skulls. Fall is soup time so I make turkey noodle, chicken noodle, leek and potato, and oyster stew.

Here's what else I do for Halloween - I decorate. I have a "Biohazard Research Facility" plaque hanging on the front door. Skull and ghost candles are scattered about the house. I don't burn them. I keep them as is and use them as decorations. My Yankee Candle votive holder depicting ravens at the entrance to a cemetery looks very classy. I use festive dish towels and oven mitts. I even have a black cat on a pumpkin magnet on the fridge. My large terra cotta carved Jack-O-Lantern sits outside my bedroom window. I use an electric light that flashes so that it looks like candle flame inside the Jack-O-Lantern. You can see it front the street. I should buy mums to place around it to give it that extra special fall look but I haven't bought any yet. I get out my snow globes. I have snow globes depicting scenes from the movies "Halloween" and "Fargo". I'm especially proud of the "Fargo" snow globes. One depicts the car crash scene and the other depicts the wood chipper scene. The "Halloween" snow globe depicts heroine Laurie Straud sitting on the floor in front of  a couch reacting in terror to seeing Michael Myers standing over her behind the couch brandishing a butcher knife.

You may think horror movies have nothing to do with romance and sex, but oh boy do they ever! There was nothing more exciting than curling up on my boyfriend's arms in the movie theater when Christopher Lee homed in on a nubile victim. It was more fun to be scared with someone to be scared with. I later attended a horror film convention every year in my hometown of Baltimore. I flirted amid discussions of dismemberments and decapitations in the Australian zombie horror comedy "Dead/Alive" and debates over which Italian director was scarier, Dario Argento or Lucio Fulci. I voted for Argento.

I met my husband thanks in part to horror movies. I met him at a science fiction convention that included panels on horror. When we started dating, I made him watch "Dead/Alive". I told him if he couldn't get through this movie in one piece we weren't meant to be together. He loved it! Every year on our anniversary we watch it. He teases me about my love for horror movies, but he often occasionally relents and watches one with me. Then we cuddle and I pretend to be scared. Just like when I was in college.

Horror movies and books  have their place in romance. Sex, too. Science proves it. Dopamine levels rise when we're scared, even in an artificial setting like a horror movie. Dopamine's nickname is the "cuddle hormone". So the next time you want a romantic evening, ditch "When Harry Met Sally". Choose Hitchcock's "Psycho" instead. And enjoy the cuddling – and more!

UPDATE: This is a Halloween display I made about 10 years ago in front of the 200 year old house we were renting. I was into Asian horror movies, and I made a life-sized display of Sadako coming out of the well from the movie "The Ring". I stuffed an old white gown with newspapers and plastic grocery bags and made a head out of plastic bags and duct tape. I put a long wig on her head. She wears my white leather gloves. The well was made out of boxes spray painted to look like granite. I scared the little kids silly with that display. One little girl asked me, "Will that lady eat me?" I almost said, "No. She'll come out of your TV and chase you around your living room until she catches you and kills you," but I'm too nice to do such a horrible thing. LOL


  1. Love the sign, Elizabeth!

    I went to a Halloween party one year organized by a guy who worked for a pharmaceutical company. They had "bobbing for mice" in the bathtub. (Rubber mice, but quite realistic in appearance!)

    Happy Halloween!

  2. You just reminded me of a quote by one of my favorite writers, Dorothy Parker – "Ducking for apples. Change one letter and it's the story of my life." LOL

    That party sounds like great fun. I can imagine how everyone laughed about bobbing for mice. The most fun I had was working costumes for a haunted forest Halloween event about 20 years ago. It was outdoors in the woods complete with a haunted forest hayride. I also read palms for free as a fortune teller, and I was quite good at doing cold readings on people. It was the Sherlock Holmes School Of Observation method of fortune telling. I surprised myself how accurate I was. My line was miles long. Us free fakers pissed off the real fortune teller who was charging $25 per fortune. Good times!

    Have a very happy Halloween. I stocked up on Mounds bars and Hershey bars with almonds for the kids. Really. That candy is for the kids. I mean it. :)

  3. Cool stuff! My partner and I have some Halloween decorations we treasure (including a realistic-looking bat that can be hung from an overhead fixture), but we miss the porch we had in our rented house, pre-2000, which we used to decorate for the trick-or-treaters. We would make a life-sized witch out of black clothes stuffed with old newspapers, with a balloon covered by a mask for the head, topped by a wig and a witch hat. We sat her in a rocking chair, with candles and a jack-o-lantern nearby. Kids walked carefully around the witch, but they loved the ambience!

  4. I love the sound of that display! It sounds so festive. I think the best houses have displays like that. I just posted an update to my post with a picture of my display from the movie "The Ring". I had a blast making that display and it looked very realistic. It really looks like a woman climbing out of a well, especially the way the breeze caught her hair. I also hung sticks in the trees that looked like the sticks from "The Blair Witch Project". As soon as we live in a single family home again I'm making more Halloween displays. Right now we live in an apartment. I just love Halloween. My favorite time of year.

  5. Your woman climbing out of a well definitely looks creepy! Re decorating an apartment, a single candle or a jack-o-lantern in a window facing the street can be effective. :)

  6. Jean, I'd love to put a Jack-o-Lantern in the window but the cats would tear it apart. LOL I have a nice, large terra cotta Jack-o-Lantern I sit outside. It's lit with an electric candle that flickers so it looks like the real thing.


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