"Daddy, I had a bad dream."
You blink your eyes and pull up on your elbows. Your clock glows red in the darkness—it's 3:23.
"Do you want to climb into bed and tell me about it?"
The oddness of the situation wakes you up more fully. You can barely make out your daughter's pale form in the darkness of your room. "Why not, sweetie?"
"Because in my dream, when I told you about the dream, the thing wearing Mommy's skin sat up."
For a moment, you feel paralysed; you can't take your eyes off of your daughter. Then the covers behind you begin to shift…
- Bad Dream
There seems to be a subtle difference between terror and horror. There are lots of horror stories, films, games and comics out there, rightly considered to be finely-tuned and crafted pieces of work. But I can deal with horror. The concept of werewolves, vampires, zombies, and the like can provide certain amounts of scares, for sure. I loved the horror tales of Poe, Lovecraft, Machen, and the films of Carpenter, Dante, Miller and more. But they don't always stay with me in quite the way others do.