08 August, 2012

What Was Your Childhood Monster?: A Blogfest

To celebrate the release of her new book Fearless, Christine Rains is hosting the What Was Your Childhood Monster? Blogfest.

From her blog:
I'll be hosting a blogfest that will go from August 7th to the 9th. You can post on any one of those three days. (I like it when blogfests give you an option of which day to post on!) For this blogfest, all you need to do is write about your childhood monster. Did you have a beast living under your bed? Or was the scary clown in your closet? 

By Daniel Govar, CC-BY-SA-3.0 via Wikimedia Commons
There have been various creatures that scared the heck out of me. For example, soon after the first Harry Potter movie was released on DVD/VHS (back in the days when there were tapes, people!) we got the video; I watched it and was terrified for weeks that people were hiding faces on the backs of their heads. But that didn't last as long as the other creature that I was sure was hiding under the bed.

When I was around eight (or seven . . . I'm not precisely sure) my mom read The Hobbit to me. Soon after we started The Lord of the Rings, which I finished on my own because I found I could get through it faster if I read it solo. The character that stuck with me was Gollum. I didn't want to put a limb off the edge of the bed, afraid he would hiss and drag me down to some pitch-black cave and then kill me. I've since gotten over that fear (when I watched the LOTR movies I barely batted an eyelid) but yeah, Gollum creeped me out.


About Christine's book:
Abby White was seven years old when she killed the monster under her bed. Now she slays creatures spawned by the fertile imaginations of children, and the number of these nightmares are on the rise. Neither she nor her guide - a stuffed hippo named Tawa - know why.
   When she rescues Demetrius from an iron prison, he pledges his life to protect hers until he can return the favor. She doesn't want the help. And how can she concentrate on her job when the gorgeous wild fae throws himself in front of her during every fight? No matter how tempting, she can't take the time to lose herself to him.
   To save the children and all she loves, Abby must be truly Fearless.

Purchase/download links:
Createspace (print copy)
Smashwords (free)
Barnes & Noble
Kobo (free)


But how about you, dear readersss? What were your childhood monssterssss? Have you got a copy of Fearless yet?

-----The Golden Eagle


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I'm sure seeing the movies added to that fear!

Old Kitty said...

The Undead!! The Undead scare me cos they should be dead and not frightening me!! LOL!

All the best to Christine and her Fearless book! Yay! take care

Andrew Leon said...

Gollum has always been a big one for my daughter, too.

Guilie said...

Great post! I'm quite a bit older than you, so the LOTR books came to me at a time when Gollum or even the orcs didn't make much of an impact, and I never thought about it much, but they *are* pretty creepy :)

Christine Rains said...

Gollum can be pretty scary! Just as long as you don't have his precious, you should be all right. Thanks for sharing your monsters with us and for helping promote my novella. :)

Bethany Elizabeth said...

I was never TOO creeped out by Gollum, but I didn't read The Hobbit until I was 11, so that's probably why. :) I was terrified for months after watching Jurassic Park that a velociraptor was living in my basement. :)

Summer Ross said...

Just got my copy on Kobo- I was afraid of scwally wagus who lived under the stairs with really long finger nails to snatch up those who misbehaved in my parents house.

Beth said...

Great post Eagle and good luck to Christine

Jocelyn Rish said...

I thought the actor did a wonderful job in the movie of making Gollum both terrifying and sympathetic.

I grew up watching a lot of horror movies, so I have a large list of things that scared me. :-)

M Pax said...

Gollum is pretty creepy. That makes sense to me. ;)

Pat Hatt said...

The troll from Ernest Scared Stupid was so scary haha

Gwen Gardner said...

Oh I can see the face-on-the-back of-the-head thing being scary. Definitely. But Gollum, yeah, he has that creepy way of speaking and slithering around. It's been a long time since I've been afraid of anything like that, but still...I wouldn't watch anything thing scary on TV at night if I was home alone....

laughingwolf said...

nice cover :)


Emily Rose said...

Your monsters are completely understandable.:)

Angela Brown said...

Gollum was creepy to read about and the actor that did his voice made him even creepier...him and that darned precious. "shudder*

mshatch said...

I think Dracula and Satan were the monsters I feared the most. Not sure who came first. Depends on whether I read THE EXORCIST or DRACULA first. They both scared the pants off me - along whatever lurked under my bed.

Charles Gramlich said...

Mine lived in the attic and was a product of my brother's stories.

Mina Lobo said...

Yeah, that Gollum was a pretty creepy dude. Reading about him always makes me want to go take a shower. Icky.
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Jamie Gibbs said...

I know someone who was terrified of the wyverns that the Black Riders rode in Two Towers. They refused to watch a lot of the Battle of Helms Deep because they were in it. It made for an interesting movie watching experience.

DWei said...

I didn't have any real monsters as a kid, the best I could describe them would be like, shadow people I guess.

michelle said...

Gollum sounds s-c-a-r-y!
Good luck to Christine! Awesome cover too!

Chris Fries said...

Oh yesssss... Gollum was a nasty, creepy beastie, wasn't he, my precioussss?

Bish Denham said...

Oh my presssscious, Gollum was scary indeed. I too had a fear of letting a hand or foot hand over the bed, but for a different reason....

Carol Kilgore said...

Gollum is pretty creepy.

Misha Gericke said...

Gollum really is creepy. I only read about him when I was at university, though, so he didn't really scare me.

Michael Di Gesu said...

When we first moved into our house, I was ten and it was the first time we lived in a two story. It was in the month of November, so the NE turned dark around 4pm.

For weeks it scared me to death to climb those stairs to my room at bedtime. I even dreamed about a murderer who would creep up the stairs, holding a candle under his chin, ready to murder me in my sleep.

IT was horrific. It finally ended when we got our dog in January. He'd sleep on the landing right outside my door. I felt safe and the nightmares ended.

Haven't read Fearless yet, but I will soon.

Madeleine Maddocks said...

Ah a monster from out of a book. Now that must have really caught your imagination to have affected you so much!

Your mentioning monsters under the bed reminds me of a brilliant children's book The Monster Bed by Jeanne Willis, Susan Varley & Jeanne Varley.

Anonymous said...

I could always identify with Gollum, so he never scared me. My kindergarten art teacher, however, was an entirely different story...

Allison said...

The two faces at the end of HP IS really creepy for a kid's book. I also understand about Gollum. Tolkien sure knows how to write evil characters well!

Allison (Geek Banter)

Christina Farley said...

Interesting! Yes, Gollum is such a great character! He's so multi-faceted.

Anonymous said...

Gollum sure is a scary creature... I can see why he's so scary.

Theresa Milstein said...

Oh my goodness, you were young enough to be scared of the first Harry Potter movie. I was old enough to my first child then. *sigh*

I remember taking my son to see the 4th movie. That graveyard scene in the beginning freaked him out. He jumped on my lap, and there he stayed for the rest of the film!

Lydia Kang said...

For me it was Black Agatha. I couldn't go into a dark bathroom alone for almost a year!

LynNerdKelley said...

Fearless sounds like a fun read. What a great idea, slaying monsters that haunt children's imaginations! First childhood monster i remember was The Blob, the original version. I saw it at the theater when I was six, had nightmares from it, so I wasn't allowed to watch any more scary movies. I'm still a big scaredy cat when it comes to horror.

Shannon Lawrence said...

Gollum is pretty darn freaky!

My monster: http://thewarriormuse.blogspot.com/2012/08/childhood-monster-blog-fest.html

Paul Tobin said...

I always felt sorry for Gollum, just a victim of the story, like Frodo.

Rachel Morgan said...

I saw that picture and knew it had to be Gollum!

scarlett said...

Gollum totally freaked me out as a kid, too! And the way they made him in the movie is exactly the way I saw him in my head. Cool cover on that book, best of luck to Christine!

The Golden Eagle said...

Alex: I saw the movies after I'd gotten over Gollum. He wasn't the reason I didn't watch them for so long (didn't know they existed, actually :P) but they had much less of an effect.

Old Kitty: True! It's disturbing to think something could continue moving around even though they aren't "alive".

Andrew: Guess I'm not along!

Guilie: Thanks!

I never really thought the orcs were scary. Well, somewhat, but not to the point where I felt like hiding under the covers or anything. :P

Christine: You're welcome! This was a great blogfest. :)

Bethany: LOL. I've never seen Jurassic Park--probably will sometime in the future, but I'm in no big hurry to do so right now.

Summer: That sounds like a scary monster to have in the house!

Beth: Thank you. :)

Jocelyn: I agree. Andy Serkis was excellent in the role!

I don't watch Horror movies, so I've managed to avoid most of those monsters.

M: Good to know I'm not the only one who found him creepy.

Pat: I've never heard of that character. The characters in a Google Image search are pretty freaky, though!

Gwen: Me, neither.

Laughingwolf: The stuffed hippo has a big role in the story. ;)

Oversized spiders don't really agree with me, either.

Emily: Glad other people can relate. :)

Angela: Precioussss . . . LOL.

Mshatch: I have to get around to reading Dracula at some point.

Charles: Storytelling run in your family? :)

Mina: He's disturbing, that's for sure!

Jamie: LOL. Sounds like it would be. (I actually felt a bit sorry for the wyverns.)

DWei: Like the ones from Spirited Away?

The Golden Eagle said...

Michelle: He is. :P

Chris: For ssssure.

Bish: It seems we all had our different monsters!

Carol: I was certainly scared of him back them. :P

Misha: When you're seven he's terror itself. LOL.

Michael: Aw, that's sweet about your dog. :)

It's a great read!

Madeleine: It did.

I've never heard of the book. Sounds like an interesting collaboration!

Milo: Your teacher sounds like a scary individual.

Allison: Definitely!

Christina: The part I found most interesting about him was his history, before he found the ring.

Tfwalsh: All that skulking and sneaking got to me. :P

Theresa: I'm glad I got the chance to grow up with HP; I don't know what I would have attached to if it hadn't been around.

That scene is very sinister!

Lydia: Haven't heard of Black Agatha before. But anything that hides in the bathroom can freak me out.

LynNerdKelley: It is a great story. :)

I don't watch Horror, either. Though I will read a few Horror novels here and there.

Shannon: Agreed!

Paul: True. He wasn't the nicest character before he found the ring, but he wasn't horrible.

Rachel: He's a distinctive character!

Scarlett: They really did a good job on recreating his character in the movies.

Tanya Reimer said...

Sorry I missed the fun! I didn't have monsters, just enemies, I was determined to win against. They were Get Smart type of secret agents! lol.

WOW! That books sound incredible! Thanks!

Rusty Webb said...

Weird thing about blogfests, I forget what posts I've read and which ones I've not. I was sure I'd read yours already. Sure of it. But I also recalled writing this thing in the comments about how Jaws freaked me out as a kid. I STILL refuse to get in the ocean because of that movie. It's been 35 years. Geez.

Anyway, either I dreamt I did it, or I made a similar comment elsewhere.

Sangu Mandanna said...

Ooooh, yes, Gollum is very creepy. Wasn't one of my childhood monsters, though. And I can't remember any off the top of my head now! Ooooh, wait. Chucky! Gaaah hated him.

Ciara said...

Great post! I'm hoping to download my copy today. My credit card is missing that my account is linked to, so now I have to fix the nightmare before downloading any books. :(

Deniz Bevan said...

Eek, no wonder you were scared! Gollum still creeps me out, especially when I think of Aragorn tracking him and then travelling with him for so long. At least Frodo and Sam could take turns sleeping!

Damyanti said...

I actually found Gollum cute most of the time :)

Talli Roland said...

Oh my, I can imagine how creepy Golum would be when you're only young! Thankfully, I didn't know about Gollum when I was that age!

The Golden Eagle said...

Tanya: Ha! Those sound like great enemies, though. :P

You're welcome!

Rusty: Hmm. Maybe it just got lost in the Blogger morass? I checked my Spam folder in case it had put your comment there for no good reason, but I didn't find it.

I've never seen Jaws . . . I don't know how to swim already, though, so I'm sure it would scare me off the water permanently. LOL.

Sangu: I've never heard of that character before, but the images I'm finding are disturbing.

Ciara: Thanks!

Oh, gosh. I hope you find your credit card!

(Though Christine's book is free on both Kobo and Smashwords, so I don't think you'd have to wait to download Fearless. :))

Deniz: Yup.

Damyani: LOL. Totally the opposite of my reaction, but good for you. :)

Talli: Yeah, that was probably a good thing, based on how I reacted. :P

Brinda said...

Gollum is pretty darn scary. :)

Alice said...

My childhood monster was wolf that stalked me in my dreams and hid under my bed.

The Golden Eagle said...

Brinda: Certainly freaked me out, at any rate! :P

Alice: It's scary when your imagination brings things from dreams into reality.

J.L. Campbell said...

Yup, that thing from the Hobbit does carry some scare factor. Can you believe I haven't watched the movie in its entirety. I keep watching it in bits and pieces.

Clarissa Draper said...

Wow, he is a creepy monster. I can see why you were scared.

Anonymous said...

I haven't read or watched LOTR, but I hope that pic doesn't haunt me tonight.

cleemckenzie said...

It's the things I hear in the night and can't see that scare me silly. Then there's snakes, of course, and they're always under the bed, so I can't let my feet dangle over the side.

....Petty Witter said...

What a great post, its fascinating reading the comments, I'm surprised how many people name Gollum - I always felt sorry for him.

My childhood fear? Apart from what may be lurking in the dark I was terrified of those china-faced collects dolls that were so popular at the time.

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

A face on the back of the head is a pretty gruesome thing to imagine.

Andrea Franco-Cook said...

Chiming in late here, but as a child of 5, I feared a Devil doll my mother purchased for me during the Basque Festival.

One day while taking a nap, I opened my eyes while turning over. What I saw has stuck with me to this day. The doll's red and white striped legs danced and moved like a marionette as it rose from my toy box, and drifted across the room. Just before landing on my dresser, it turned and looked at me with its black, button eyes and tipped it's pointy black hat.

When I awoke from my nap, the doll was on my dresser. I ran downstairs and reported what I saw to my mother. Having two superstitious parents, a Basque father and an Irish mother, they immediately tossed the doll in the trash dumpster and never spoke of it again.

Oddly, as I write this, I can still remember that image vividly. Whether or not it was a dream I cannot say, but it scared the crap out of me.

Krispy said...

I have to admit Gollum is pretty creepy. I think I was afraid of gargoyles and clowns. I'm still creeped out by the latter. :P

The Golden Eagle said...

J.L.: Go watch them! The trilogy is really good. :)

Clarissa: Not the happiest image to have in your head before you go to sleep. :P

Medeia: I hope it didn't, too. Didn't meant to creep anyone out with the illustration.

Cleemckenzie: Same here. If there are noises I can't identify in the dark I'll get very nervous.

Petty Witter: I can see why. Nowadays I do feel more sorry than scared for him, though I still think he's disturbing.

There's something creepy about doll faces.

Michael: Yup. Though it doesn't shake my love of HP. :)

Andrea: That is extremely strange. I would have screamed when I first saw it begin to move and been terrified of dolls ever since!

Krispy: LOL. I don't like clowns, either.

Anonymous said...

Monsters? Not really, actually. I used to watch scary movies with dad all the time, so ...nope. I watched Predator when I was 7 so...nope. Nothing.

Carol Riggs said...

What an awesome blogfest, as well as the subject of Christine's book--FEARLESS! I have to put it on my to-read list.

Hmm, not sure if I had a childhood monster. I remember feeling SOMETHING was chasing me back from the bathroom if I got up in the middle of the night, and I made sure to leap into my bed so nothing would grab my ankles once I got closer to the bed. :)