Friday the 13th

When I was a very young child of a very superstitious Irish mom I looked toward Friday the 13th with fear and anguish. We avoided ladders, broken mirrors, and black cats with a passion. We threw salt over our shoulders if it spilled. No hats on the bed seemed a silly rule, but I followed it. Then I got a little older and had new fears–horror movies.

In high school the original Friday the 13th with a very young Kevin Bacon hit the screens across America. As a teenager I loved the thrills and chills of a massive teenage massacre. A little nudity to entice, a hidden message that sex and drugs were bad for teenagers, and blood and gore. What’s not to love?

Well, like us all, I grew up. Got married, had a few kids, and things changed. I still love blood and gore movies and books too. The massive killing of teenagers; not so much. As a teenager you think you are invincible, so the scary movies are just that, scary. A little thrill, a little chill. When you grow up and have to send your children out into the world, you realize the world is more than just a little scary and bad things really do happen, not just in movies, and the young female isn’t always saved in the end.

I read a lot of romantic suspense; Allison Brennan, Karen Rose, and Jordan Dane. These ladies pull no punches. Sometimes bad things happen to good people. Sometimes awful, rotten, unimaginable things. This is the world we live in. This is the world they write about.

So maybe the scary movies and books are just for that reason. We may never know why a young child died or so many young women are still missing. But, in romantic suspense not only is the villain caught if not killed, we get to know why they do the evil things they do. Sometimes, we need to know why so we can sleep at night. And with romantic suspense we get true love and happiness as well. And the young female is not only saved, she is usually the one doing the saving.

Jill James, romance author and horror movie buff
ATimetoKillZombies 200x300(Not quite horror but my latest zompoc romance is available to preorder)


About Jill James

Jill is a self-published author with The Lake Willowbee Series and numerous other books in paranormal romance and zompoc romance. She enjoys reading just as much as writing. You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter @jill_james
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13 Responses to Friday the 13th

  1. ginaarditoauthor says:

    I’m not superstitious (got married on the 13th with 13 in my bridal party, and it’s been 30 years so I’m guessing this is the slooooowest bad luck on record), and I missed out on the Friday the 13th phenom. For me, it was the original Halloween with a very young Jamie Lee Curtis. (Jeez, I’m old.)
    One of my fave suspense writers is John Douglas, former profiler for the FBI and the inspiration for Jack Crawford in The Silence of the Lambs. He started out writing non-fiction based on the cases he handled (and anyone who writes suspense, murder mysteries, etc. should have his books in your reference library!) before moving into fiction. I’m always fascinated by the whys about these killers.
    Thanks for the fun post, Jill! Wishing you many sales on the new book!

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  2. Joan Reeves says:

    I’m not superstitious at all. I liked Douglas’s nonfiction. Much of it was unsettling because of the sheer randomness of horrific crimes. A split second makes such a difference in crossing paths with a psycho-sexual serial killer. In today’s world of too-real special effects, serial killer movies are just too scary.

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  3. Jill James says:

    Side note: WordPress said I’ve made 50 posts in Authors of Main Street!!!

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  4. Carol says:

    My son is the horror story lover in our family. I love suspense and some horror. Congrats on your fiftieth post!

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  5. I’m not superstitious. I have anxieties about other things—such as horror stories or films. Had to leave “Interview with a Vampire” for a few minutes to gain the courage to see the film to the end. I’d gone because I thought I should see something written by Anne Rice, and because Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise and Christian Slater were in it. I mean, how shallow is that? LOL


  6. leighmorgan1 says:

    Jill, I enjoy “spooky” stories more than serial killer type stories, but I get the allure of true crime. I’m not superstitious, but I do believe that there, “are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of” in my philosophy. 🙂


    • Jill James says:

      Leigh, yes I believe there is a thin veil and sometimes things poke through. I think I love serial killer stories because in books they are always defeated. That old battle between good and evil.


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