I'm not quite sure how old I was when I read Edgar Allan Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart. Maybe 8th or 9th grade.
Mackenzie read it this past week in school (8th grade) and she told me that, along with the story, they watched a YouTube video.
I laughed when I heard that. Watching it could be scary, yes, I could see that. We were old school, though - we listened to it.
And that was WORSE.
BaBoom. BaBoom. BaBoom.
Was 1000 times more scary than watching it.
Yet the sound increased --and what could I do? It was a low, dull, quick sound --much such a sound as a watch makes when enveloped in cotton. I gasped for breath --and yet the officers heard it not. I talked more quickly --more vehemently; but the noise steadily increased. I arose and argued about trifles, in a high key and with violent gesticulations; but the noise steadily increased. Why would they not be gone? I paced the floor to and fro with heavy strides, as if excited to fury by the observations of the men --but the noise steadily increased. Oh God! what could I do? I foamed --I raved --I swore! I swung the chair upon which I had been sitting, and grated it upon the boards, but the noise arose over all and continually increased. It grew louder --louder --louder! And still the men chatted pleasantly, and smiled. Was it possible they heard not? Almighty God! --no, no! They heard! --they suspected! --they knew! --they were making a mockery of my horror!-this I thought, and this I think. But anything was better than this agony! Anything was more tolerable than this derision! I could bear those hypocritical smiles no longer! I felt that I must scream or die! and now --again! --hark! louder! louder! louder! louder!
"Villains!" I shrieked, "dissemble no more! I admit the deed! --tear up the planks! here, here! --It is the beating of his hideous heart!"
It *STILL* gives me chills.
What is the scariest story you've ever heard?
Today I am thankful for asthma medication and an extremely competent allergist who is able to tell me what to do with my asthmatics in order to avoid multiple emergency room visits. Asthma meds are RIDICULOUSLY expensive, especially for 4 kids - but it beats an ER visit.