Happy Halloween and Happy Thursday!
I haven’t done a Thursday prompt all October and for that I apologize because I really really do apologize. It’s just been such a busy month for me. I’m super excited about this one because of course since it’s Halloween and the last day of the month it’s a creepy one. Let’s get into what the Thursday Discussion is first of all though.
The Thursday Discussion is a book prompt started by Ally Writes Things. Every other Thursday we get a different prompt to write about! This Thursday’s topic is
Best Spooky Settings
Let’s get twisted and haunted baby
Bloody handprints paint the walls, rusted hospital beds are nailed to the ground, a crushed doll’s head lies in a still forest.
You can have the premise, the characters, the monster but it’s the backdrop that defines it ultimately. The atmosphere creates the tension and heightens the senses. It lures us in and ensnares us and that is when it gets real baby.
That is what makes horror.
When I was 8 my family moved to a house that was literally a few blocks away from an abandoned psychiatric hospital. This wasn’t just one building, this was like a spawn of buildings. It took up at least 3 streets. Now when I say this hospital was creepy, I’m absolutely NOT lying. This hospital was beyond the REALMS of creepy. The first time we passed by I tapped my mother on the shoulder, looked her in the eye, and said: “We’re moving WHERE???”
She of course just laughed and told me not to worry.
We weren’t that nearby, she said. But we were lol. We really were. I could WALK to the goddamn place. My future dance classes were held in the college next DOOR to it.
Hospitals are terrible enough but abandoned hospitals are even WORSE. Especially if they are psychiatric hospitals. The treatment of people in this country with mental illnesses still isn’t great by a long shot and of course they were absolutely ABHORRENT back in the day. There are lingering feelings of sadness, anger, grief. Ghosts feeding on energy. The perfect setting for some haunts.
The abandoned hospital I lived by was Central Islip Psychiatric Center. I don’t believe the buildings are still there? I think they may have demolished most of them and built apartment complexes which DUN DUN DUUUN. I’ve provided the wiki link above if you want to read about it. It’s fascinating!
There’s something about being in the middle of a forest at night that’s hauntingly beautiful. The galaxy stretches out above you like a lush blanket and the river glimmers as though it’s made up of stars.
There’s also the Blair Witch ripping out tongues and wrapping parcels of blood and hair. She delivers it to your campsite faster than Amazon Prime.
FORESTS ARE CREEPY AS HELL. The desolation and the fact that you can easily become lost makes it the perfect setting.
I…don’t think I have to explain myself with this one.
The final resting place where many of us will one day lay. Even in the daylight, they’re pretty damn scary. Whenever I would drive by them with my parents I would close my eyes and chant nonsensical prayers.
Once I felt brave and sang Zombie by The Cranberries. Immediately afterwards I was horrified with myself and was convinced that the dead would arise and come after me for my cheek.
It’s funny because now I actually live right across the street from a small graveyard. It’s nestled right between a church and a Costco. That’s Pennsylvania for you though.
There we have it!! Thank you for joining me for this week’s discussion. What are some creepy settings you can think of?