I ran across the above while searching for something Stephen King once said in the forward to one of his books. While it does help set up what I want to say, it’s not what I was looking for. I know I’m mangling it rather badly, but here’s my best recollection of the quote I was looking for:
Anyway, back when I actually had real live people to talk to, some of them would ask me how someone who professes such a complete disdain for belief in the supernatural could still be such a big fan of horror stories. Not wanting to offend, I always offered up that Stephen King quote as an answer. The truth, however, is a bit more complicated. Too complicated, in fact, to be fully explained here. So I’ll go with the short version:
I’ve been a skeptic for as long as I can remember. When I was growing up there were lots of people around me that I thought of as dangerously crazy. The one thing they all had in common was the belief in the supernatural. As I got older, and the number of people I knew grew, I saw that this pattern continued – to the point where I was able to extrapolate it across the entire planet. That’s when I started thinking of our world as a Global Asylum.
Then, through research, I learned that the worst man-made atrocities in history have had belief in the supernatural, in one form or another, as the driving force behind them. It wasn’t much of a stretch to foresee a time when people with that same kind of twisted thinking would get their hands on some weapons of mass destruction – which they would use to literally create Hell on Earth, killing everyone including those I cared about.
So yes, I like being entertained by a good supernatural thriller. But beyond that, I’m hoping for insights into why it is that people believe in the supernatural, and how they could let those beliefs inspire them to do such crazy things. And yes, I admit to doing a little “rehearsing” too. But it’s not my own death I’m rehearsing. It’s everyone’s.
Anyway, I was thinking of all this while watching a marathon of Haven, based on Stephen King’s The Colorado Kid, that the Syfy Channel is running today ahead that show’s Season 3 premiere tonight. If you’ve never seen it, then you’ve been missing a really good one. You can check out these videos if you’d like to get an idea of what you’ve missed:
Besides all the incredible weirdness and great drama, the show also includes plenty of that beautifully haunting music I can never get enough of. It was hearing a couple of those songs again today, and knowing that I had collected the links for them long ago but never got around to posting them, that actually inspired me to write this post now…
I searched for “in context” videos for that last two but I couldn’t find them. Sorry.
I want ice water.
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