Friday, October 26, 2012

Freddy Krueger Moments

1 , 2, Freddy's coming for you,
3, 4, lock your door,
5, 6, grab your crucifix,
7, 8, better stay up late,
9, 10, never sleep again

I'm going to be upfront about this. It's been years since I've watched Nightmare on Elm Street. I had to go read the IMDB summary just to make sure I had all the facts straight.

Did you know Freddy haunts the children because he was murdered by their parents? You probably did! I, however, had forgotten that crucial piece of plotting in this Halloween classic.

Freddy's been at the forefront of conversation in the Garth household lately because a neighbor has an enormous Freddy Kreuger attached to a telephone pole as part of the front yard extravaganza that I refer to as their Halloween nativity scene. The kids thought it was a witch and I offhandedly corrected them, only to be peppered with a brutal and rapid-fire spray of follow-up questions.

But the real reason I'm talking about our manicure-challenged friend today is because last night I woke up from a terrifying dream. After I reassured myself that it was only a dream, I realized it was also a cool concept for a novel. I committed it to 2 a.m. memory then went back to sleep mulling over the main characters' names.

In the bright light of morning I thought about the idea again. Was the concept as perfect as it had seemed at 2 a.m.? I wasn't sure. I tend to be suspicious of those half-conscious lightbulb moments. Ideas and inspiration are cheap, it's the mining process in the form of hours at the keyboard that turns them into gold.

The question remains.

Will I be writing a novel about Isabel and Imogen Adams, twins who perceive changes in our world that are hidden to others. Then when Imogen disappears Isabel must confront the source of the changes in order to recover her sister? It's not really my genre. First of all, it seems like a kid's book. Second of all, in my mind it's also a horror/suspense book. I'm pretty sure there's not a huge market for kiddie horror/suspense.

Isobel and Imogen Adams; classic examples of my Freddy Krueger moments. At 2 a.m. they seemed inspired, but by the sane light of day I think they should probably be relegated to the blood-filled bathtub in my neighbor's Halloween nativity scene. 

Do you have any Freddy Krueger Moments?


jaybird said...

Freddy Krueger scared the crap out of me, when I was a kid. I think it was because I have very vivid dreams, and a many of them have actually come to pass. So the idea of someone being able to get to you in your dreams, yeah, still freaks me out, bad.

Kids love horror/suspense too. You could always make it upper YA-not MG and I believe the twins would be acceptable.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Maybe more young adult then?
The original Nightmare on Elm Street was a scary movie when it came out. You need to go watch it again.

Unknown said...

Freddy is my favorite screen killer. He was intended to be very scary. And there is a market for kiddie horror, I mean the horror film genre itself is littered with films about kids in very scary situations. But you might want to go YA. Great concept!

Anonymous said...

I'm not a fan of the Freddy movies. I'm more of an alien guy.

Emily R. King said...

How about upper MG? You could start a new genre! A new craze! :)

Morgan said...

Ewwwww! I can't even look at the pictures!!!

Neurotic Workaholic said...

I read on Wikipedia (I know it's not the most accurate source, but Wikipedia is a good way to waste time when I'm bored) that R.L. Stine is considered to be the "Stephen King of children's literature". Admittedly, R.L. Stine isn't as scary as Stephen King (nor should he be, since he's writing for children), but his success shows that children like scary stories too.
On the other hand, Freddy Krueger scared me; I was only a little kid when those movies came out, and I saw them when the older teenagers rented them. I couldn't even get through a whole movie!

nutschell said...

man that movie scared the living daylights out of me!

Johanna Garth said...

Jaybird, me too! I had nightmares after seeing that movie.

Alex, I'm afraid to see it again. Seriously!

Melissa, hmmm, maybe I should think about the idea some more.

Joshua, I was a big fan from ages 15-18.

Emily, I love the idea of starting a literary trend.

Morgan, I know!!

Neurotic, I haven't read RL Stine, but now I want to.

Nutschell, me too.

Shallee said...

I've never seen Freddy Krueger-- very much on purpose-- but I have had those midnight lightbulb moments that don't seem quite as bright once sunlight hits the pillow.

Unknown said...

I'm impressed that you even remembered you dream the next day. :)

I used to love being freaked out by the Nightmare on Elm Street movies as a teen. That and Friday the 13th were my favorites.

Tonja said...

So funny - "Halloween nativity scene."

John D. Nathan said...

It's funny that the pic you chose for the title screen happened to be the comically-terrible "A Nightmare on Elm Street" videogame for the NES. LJN make a crapload of those awful movie-based games.

The Bookworm said...

I'm wondering about Isobel and Imogen Adams! Sounds like a scary idea for your next story.
A Nightmare on Elm Street is one of my fav horror films. It's one of those oldies but goodies.

Ella said...

Freddy scared the hell out of me~
I know a guy back home that dresses up as Jason and walks the yard all evening long. It is as you said a Halloween nativity scene, lol. The latest episode of Dexter had me going this week. It sounds intriguing...go with it for awhile and see where it takes you~
Yeah, my teenager needs to see Silence of the Lambs and this one...I need to show her scary isn't just CGI related ;D

Carol Kilgore said...

I do have Freddy Krueger moments. I never know what to do with them. I'd forgotten about the parents, too.

Happy Weekend!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I remember when we saw this in the theater, the movie broke about two thirds of the way through and it took them a couple minutes to fix it. However, no one said a word - we all just sat there in shocked silence, waiting.

Talli Roland said...

I'm such a sissy when it comes to horror films! I have a lot of 2 a.m. moments. Sometimes the ideas pan out; sometimes they don't!

Jenny S. Morris said...

I have Freddie moments. And I watched a scene from one of the movies a few months ago and I laughed my butt off and how corny it seamed. I know it freaked me out when I watched it the first time.

Your idea sounds great. Kids love Goosebumps and stuff like that. Maybe upper MG or YA like some of the other people said.