I love “The Call” stories. In fact, they’re pretty much an addiction at this point. Every Friday, I tune into Dear Author’s My First Sale stories because I like to read about the successes. There is enough doom and gloom on the road to publication, so it’s nice to see that someone has made it.
So, I’ve decided to do my own take on “The Call”, only this is one where everyone can participate, both readers and authors alike. I want to know when you received your call to the paranormal. What made you sit up and say, “Wow! Is there more of this stuff out there?”
My paranormal “call” came when my mother took me and my brother to see Dracula with Frank Langella. And before you ask, I was probably too young to see an R-rated movie, although there’s a huge difference between the R-rated ones now and back then. Besides, Mom couldn’t afford a babysitter and she had her heart set on seeing this movie. 😉
Anyway, I can’t really recall if I loved the movie or not because I think I spent most of the time with my hands covering my eyes. However, I saw enough to awaken my fascination with the supernatural. I thought that Frank guy was okay, while my mother and aunt pretty much salivated over his accent and delicious charms. I thought it was rather cool with how much he loved that fragile woman enough to bring her back from the dead. Although, she sure could have used a tan because her skin was little too pasty and sickly for me. ;) Oh, and I had a crush on the courageous and gorgeous Jonathan Harker, played by Trevor Eve. Now, he was a man who sneaked a blush or giggle out of toddler me.
It took me a few years to realize Dracula was a vampire. I didn’t know what to called him other than the Caped Man Who Liked to Eat People’s Necks. Still, that movie opened up a new world for me. Granted, it was horror, but it was one that fueled my excitement for the paranormal. It also taught me the lengths people will go through for their loved ones when their lives are in danger. Even as a kid, I was enraptured by the romance and understood the importance of that in adult lives.
So how about you? What was the first movie or book that called you to the paranormal and why?