I’m excited to share with you one of my short horror stories. One of my favorite podcasts, Drunk In A Graveyard, was kind enough to feature it during their Podoween extravaganza, where they’re reading an original short story or creepypasta every day for the month of October.
I’d be honored if you could give my story a listen. And if you’re into horror movies, video games, and the like, go check out Drunk In A Graveyard and subscribe to their podcast.
The director of The Nun has childhood memories of visiting a great aunt who was a nun and taking her out for ice cream. For 43-year-old Corin Hardy, there is something about the hooded habit and the need to look beyond it to see good or evil that makes nuns a great horror trope.
“It comes down to the fear of the unknown,” he said in a telephone interview from Los Angeles, where he was preparing for The Nun’s premiere. “I think it plays with people’s rules. I guess, ultimately, if you are a religious person and you have strong faith, you don’t have that fear. But I think a lot of people are not sure and making a horror movie such as this makes it possible to create tension around that.”
“One reason for the popularity of the evil nun trope is simply that nuns are concealed,” said Kathrin Trattner, a German scholar of religion and film. “The nunnery is not accessible, especially to men, and their bodies are veiled. This brings forth fantasies of what potentially shocking secrets may be hidden behind these impenetrable walls.”
While working on
his book, author William Peter Blatty became convinced that demonic possession
was very real indeed.
Often cited as “the scariest movie ever made,” The
Exorcist, based on the 1973 novel by William Peter Blatty, brought the
Catholic Rite of Exorcism to the big screen with its unforgettable tale of a
possessed 12-year old girl, her mother’s desperate search for help and the
priests that eventually come to her aid.
What some may not recall from the film is the role a
Ouija board plays in Regan’s possession. Early in the movie, Regan’s mother
Chris asks her daughter if she knows how to use the family Ouija board, and
Regan answers that she plays with “Captain Howdy.”
“Who is Captain Howdy?” asks Chris.
“You know. Captain Howdy. I ask the questions and he
gives the answers!”
Blatty, who died earlier this year, acknowledged in a
1972 interview with British journalist Ray Connolly that
while finishing his book The Exorcist, he had a personal experience
with a Ouija board that convinced him that he was communicating with some kind