Q: What is your favorite scary story?
I’m not sure I have a favorite, however there is one sub-genre that truly interests if not frightens me. True Crime scares the shit out of me. While I will never take a shower after watching Psycho I know that Norman Bates will not try to stab me dressed as his mother because he is a fictional character However, novels like Helter Skelter and In Cold Blood creep me out because these crimes actually happened. Charlie Manson may be in jail but it terrifies me that people like him actually exist.
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Printed in angry block red letters the slogan gleamed out from the large white button like a neon sign. I carefully reread it to make sure I had not made a mistake.
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Meanwhile,the lamp itself had attracted a considerable personal following among cruising prides of pimply-faced Adolescents who night after night could hardly wait for darkness to fall and the soft, sinuous radiation of Passion to light up the drab, dark corners of Cleveland Street.
I’ve seen the movie and watched the play but I’ve never read A Christmas Story. It is such a cult classic and love the lamp scene no matter how perverted.A Christmas Story: The Book That Inspired the Hilarious Classic Film
Author Jean Shepherd
A beloved, bestselling classic of humorous and nostalgic Americana—the book that inspired the equally classic Yuletide film.
The holiday film A Christmas Story, first released in 1983, has become a bona fide Christmas perennial, gaining in stature and fame with each succeeding year. Its affectionate, wacky, and wryly realistic portrayal of an American family’s typical Christmas joys and travails in small-town Depression-era Indiana has entered our imagination and our hearts with a force equal to It’s a Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street.
This edition of A Christmas Story gathers together in one hilarious volume the gems of autobiographical humor that Jean Shepherd drew upon to create this enduring film. Here is young Ralphie Parker’s shocking discovery that his decoder ring is really a device to promote Ovaltine; his mother and father’s pitched battle over the fate of a lascivious leg lamp; the unleashed and unnerving savagery of Ralphie’s duel in the show with the odious bullies Scut Farkas and Grover Dill; and, most crucially, Ralphie’s unstoppable campaign to get Santa—or anyone else—to give him a Red Ryder carbine action 200-shot range model air rifle. Who cares that the whole adult world is telling him, “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid”?
The pieces that comprise A Christmas Story, previously published in the larger collections In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash and Wanda Hickey’s Night of Golden Memories, coalesce in a magical fashion to become an irresistible piece of Americana, quite the equal of the film in its ability to warm the heart and tickle the funny bone.
From the Hardcover edition.