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Day 30 – A Halloween foodstuff/cocktail/recipe

OK, pumpkin soup is a nice winter warmer. Use a pound or so chopped pumpkin, three small potatoes or sweet potatoes, a couple of mid-sized carrots, a red pepper, some red onion. All of these should be chopped up, then reduced further in a blender.

Chuck them all into a stock pot with a couple of chicken stock cubes, a cup of lentils and a cup of yellow split peas. season with sea salt, black pepper, garlic granules, paprika, a hint of nutmeg and some turmeric and ground coriander. Finally, a dash of worcester sauce.

Boil it up, simmer for a hour, and throw in some cream when you turn it off. Job done. Fiddle with the amounts for personal preference in taste and texture.

Day 31 – Are you guising/cosplaying/dressing-up, and if so, as who/what?

Not on Halloween but I am going to a halloween party on Sunday, so may do the War Doctor again…
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Day 29 - Favourite zombie movie.

Yeah... I probably *should* say Dawn Of The Dead, but I did use that in a previous day's answer, and I see it as more a proper standalone horror epic. But this is so much part of my teenage years I have to go with it, because it's got the mix of everything that a zombie movie is, and it invented the whole "brains" thing. And Linnea Quigley, obviously.


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Day 28 - Favourite horror-themed or spooky game.

Notice it doesn't say "videogame" (that answer would be Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem). The overall answer, of course, is Chaosium's pen and paper RPG, Call Of Cthulhu.
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Day 25 - A book that creeped you out: Not sure there is one, actually. Really not sure.

Day 26 - Favourite *bad* as in cheesy, crappy, guilty-pleasure, horror movie: That varies from day to day, but today... Lifeforce.

Day 27 – Where do you expect to end up when you die- Heaven, Hell, wormfood, or something else?: Personally I expect to regenerate as usual.
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Day 24 - Favourite horror movie based on actually historically verifiable real events:

Oh, so many options... Every other stalk'n'slash and serial killer flick is based on Ed Gein, there's always The Exorcist, and a good case could be made for The Entity, if it didn't jump the shark in the last reel. So I'm going to cheat and say... Ghostwatch, written by Stephen Volk. Yeah, it was for TV, but it's 90 minutes, so good enough for me - and obviously inspired by the Enfield poltergeist case. (Google it if you're unfamiliar with it.)
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Day 23- Favourite literary non-ghost horror story.

Think as far as vintage stuff is concerned I'm going to have to go with...

At The Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft
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Day 21- Favourite death scene in a movie - Damn, I'm gonna have nominate Alien again here, and Kane's (John Hurt) dinner party... Khan's self-sacrifice with the Genesis device in Star Trek II is runner-up...
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Day 20 - Favourite modern horror movie. Well, yeah, this one, today at least. I may be biased for several reasons.



If you don't count this as a horror movie, and think of it purely as an SF film, then a) you have a perfect right to hold that opinion, so long as you know it's wrong, and; b) there would instead be a three-way tie between Dawn Of The Dead (1978), Evil Dead 2, and Re-Animator.
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Day 19- A Halloween tradition that you have.

Watch horror movies, and read MR James, basically. In recent years I've carved a pumpkin for the window too - which means making pumpkin soup.
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Day 18 - A Videogame that creeped you out.

FEAR has some good moments in that vein - it's mostly a first-person shooter, but Alma's appearances are very effective that way...
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Day 17 - Scariest fictional character

This is an interesting question, because to me, most horror characters aren't really scary, and most scary characters aren't from horror. (You may have noticed there's a pattern of non-horror answers here this month, and it's not a conscious intention.)

I mean, when you think about it, the characters who'd be most disturbing, offensive, and generally terrifying to be around if you knew them in real life, are actually from comedies.

I'm serious - can you imagine Richie from Bottom as a real person? Or Roger from American Dad, or Peter from Family Guy?

Then there are the characters from regular dramas and cop shows... Even folks you love, like Johnny Gat in Saint's Row, would be utterly pants-wrecking.

That said, though, for my money the clear winner is this guy:

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Day 16 - Favourite movie villain.

Yeah, like I could pick just one. So here’s a selection of my favourites. There are many more.










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Day 15- Your greatest fear. To be honest, I don't know. I mean, I know I have fears - dentists, that kind of thing - but.... When it comes to what people would think of as a greatest fear - something, say, that keeps you up at night with dread, just to think about it - well, I have a slight problem in that the ones I can think of actually all pretty much already happened. Which sort of robs them of their power as fears, if you see what I mean.

So, I don't know, really. I more have greatest anger triggers or depression triggers, or stressors, than a greatest fear in that sense.
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Day 14 - A question you’ve always wanted to ask about a horror trope:

Well, what I had in mind actually started out as a specifically Buffy trope, but, post-Buffy, has become pretty commonplace in a lot of films and shows. And that is, how, why, and when do the dead miraculously get martial arts training? Especially vampires. I mean, I can understand them being able to put in the 10k hours over the centuries, with the whole immortality thing, but what gets me is the freshly-resurrected ones who have instantly got it, no matter what they did in life.

So, where does it fit in- brain death, rigor mortis, first dan...?
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Day 13- Favourite vampire movie. Well, there are plenty of fun vamps out there - Lugosi’s Dracula, Lee’s Dracula, but - unless someone makes a really good adaptation of Fevre Dream (which is my favourite vampire novel, and also still my favourite GRRM book) then the title goes to Katherine Bigelow’s 1987 classic…


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Day 12- A TV episode that creeped you out.

Plenty of choices here - especially in things like Sapphire And Steel ("Destroy every photograph of you; never have another one taken.") - but for really strong creeps I may have to go with the vampiric satanist episode of Luther (episode 3 of the first season.)
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Day 11- Favourite horror-themed TV show

Well, I haven't seen Walking Dead or American Horror Story (though I'd especially like to the see the latter if some channel would show it from the start), but that still leaves plenty of scope for the likes of The X Files, Buffy, etc...

But I'm going to go with Sapphire And Steel, purely for stories one, two, and four...
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Day 10 – Scariest *non-horror* book/movie/episode/scene

I don't know that I'd still see it that way now, but the random sniper episode of Homicide : Life On The Street was pretty scary back in the mid-90s.
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Day 9 - A personal spooky, Fortean, or supernatural experience

Apart from the back from the dead thing? Oh, well.... I have seen a couple of interesting things over the years...

Let's do the crop circle one. I've seen a crop circle actually form, right in front of my very eyes. Oh, just a rough one, no fancy pattern, but there was definitely no guys with boards and strings in the field at the time. Sadly there were no flying saucers or dancing faeries or anything either- just a stiff breeze, ripples in the wheat being blown, and then, suddenly, a patch of the wheat just twisted down in a rough circular patch.

So, you can definitely put me down as believing that there are such things as *natural* crop circles caused by localised momentary whirlwinds.

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