Well, the conceivable happened, and I fell behind on my 31-day horror project. No drawn-out equivocating here: A real writer makes deadlines, even the ones he sets for himself, and a real man doesn’t make excuses, but then there’s the whole matter of reality to contend with, and the way that each one of us handles our particular reality with a variety of temperaments. Life doesn’t stop punching you in the gut just because you took on a writing project in your spare time, and as I should have expected, life punched me in the gut a few days back and I didn’t much feel like writing about anything for a while after that.
But I’m getting back on that old gray horse and mounting up for a ride through the last week of this thing. Y’all will have your thirty-one, I promise it, and I may not even stop there, but don’t let me go making promises. The point is, I’m back on it. Good thing the subject is horror. It fits the mood. See, I think what horror aficionados know deep down is that this entire passion for the genre comes out of wrestling with the idea of death. I spend a lot of time looking for connections between stories, looking for the common themes and the deviations. Well the one thing you can always reckon on with a good horror tale, whether it be about ghosts or vampires or zombies or werewolves or man-eating animals or monsters of the more human variety, is that they all have something to do with death. Sometimes death is victorious at the end, and sometimes death is kept at bay. Either way, whether it’s sooner or later, that one truth is for damn sure: Ain’t none of us getting out of this thing alive. Best we can do is reconcile ourselves to that fact, enjoy it as long as we can, and watch a shit-ton of movies if that’s among the things we enjoy most. It is for me.
A recommendation: If you want daily updates and engaging commentary, please check out my friend Ryan McNeely at his site — he’s been writing about a movie a day straight through since January and it’s really great.
Now, coming in the next few days from me: