My Big Sis

Sometimes during the holidays I think of that song Angels Among Us by the old country band Alabama. It gets a lot of play through Thanksgiving and Christmas every year and often I reflect on how true that song really is. I don’t think of God’s winged angels in the shadows keeping watch over us, I think of the kind people among us every day that we often overlook or take for granted. And sometimes, we recognize someone who is truly an angel among us and we know it. We cherish those people, people who are always trying to be positive, who are selfless for the ones they love, who make friends easy because of who they are and not who they know.

I lost my big sister, Melinda, to COVID on Dec. 17th. She was one of those people, an angel that walks among us. She was a loving mom and wife, a woman of faith that believed that God has a plan for all of us and was dedicated to her church. Faith, family and freedom was not a slogan for her, it was a way of life. Now, she was always a faithful woman and an awesome big sister and was nice to her little brother, well tolerated me mostly, haha. She battled cancer a few years ago, a very aggressive kind. Fortunately they caught it early, but the treatments were rough. Very rough! But as a family we all get by because we can lean on each other in times of stress and worry. I watched that sweet gal cry many times, so suddenly and unexpected (sometimes before a chemo treatment, sometimes after). It always caught me off guard, the deep fear and pain and worry. Not for her own life. Not at all, not even in those moments of battling cancer, not even when her hair had fallen out. Nope. Not her. She knew that the treatments she was going through would be devastating to her immune system. She did what she had to do. In those moments of fear and tears, she just wanted to live long enough to see her kids grown. She didn’t kick cancer’s ass for her sake, she did it for theirs. And for her family. She leaves behind a daughter aged 24, and a son aged 18 that will graduate high school this year, and her husband–her high school sweetheart.

One reason I’m writing this is because so many people have reached out to ask what happened. Sometimes there just isn’t enough time to have that personal conversation with everyone. It is personal, and one on one. But things move so fast during times like this that it probably sometimes comes across as rude not to share more than a brief sentence or two on a text or email, or a post on social media. And that is never the intention, and we’ve all probably been there. The other reason I guess I’m writing this is because maybe I need to for my sake. I’m not going to lie. Just typing this at my computer is gut wrenching. My eyes are burning from the hot tears that come and go. I’ve had to stop three times already. And still, how can I find the words to honor my sister properly? Maybe there aren’t words to do it. COVID came on quickly. She was diagnosed on a Tuesday and was gone on Thursday afternoon. She was stolen, like a thief in the night, or at least that’s how it feels. The same feelings I guess we’ve all felt before when I loved one dies has welled up in my heart…Why? Why not me instead of her? This isn’t fair!

And all of that is true. But Melinda lived a life that was an example and she’d probably smack the taste from mouth if she could whenever I ask that. Life is exactly the time we’re given, and we only have so long to try to make a difference in whatever way we can. Some people make a difference in big things. You know, like helping start a foundation and trying to change the community. (*Check, she and I started a small nonprofit—managed to give out a couple of local scholarships, held a small festival for local artists to promote their work. Nothing major, just small ball stuff, but it maybe made a difference to someone.) But the joys of life aren’t in the heavy lifting and I guess that lesson really burned in during her time fighting cancer. Burned in, bad choice of words there, but you get my point. I have two older sisters, and a brother (that I met for the first time just a few years ago). Growing up we had the usual sibling squabbles, like everyone else. But I can honestly say that they are two of my best friends. Always have been. They both share a similar quality…life isn’t about the big things. It’s the small things that matter the most. As for Melinda, I have more memories than I’ll ever be able to talk or write about.

When I was at that “annoying little brother” stage and wanted to go to a rock concert but too young to drive, but barely old enough to go…guess who insisted on taking her little brother along on the date to go see Huey Lewis and the News back in the late 80’s (and I’m sure the date didn’t really like that idea! She later married that date, heh!). Yep, my big sis Melinda insisted on dragging me along to that show and countless others over the years. We shared a love of similar music, movies, and yes…politics. She’d gotten more involved on that front in recent years on social media and even touched the lives of folks she’s never had the chance to even give a hug. She truly adored some of those folks. And she hugged everyone! She was a hugger. And a listener. And a patriot. And a volunteer. I wish those on social media that hadn’t met her personally could have had a chance to know her like I knew her.

I used to joke with her after she finished her cancer treatments. I went to every single one of them with her. Every radiation treatment. Every chemo treatment. I’d tell her that she was tough, too tough that even cancer ran away. She didn’t even miss a day of work through all of this. She loved her students and she loved her co-workers. I’d tell Melinda that she was my favorite superhero for beating cancer, for being strong, for living a life of example. She still is, and always will be.

Melinda is walking on better shores tonight. She’s in a better place and perfectly healthy. Maybe she’ll even spot our dad out there somewhere and they can have a few laughs together. After all, that’s about what ninety percent of our family gatherings are. Ninety percent laughter and ten percent good company and good food. She’ll be missed. I’m thankful that we could borrow this angel down here for the short time we had her. So if there is a message she’d want me to tell others that are reading this…go hug someone you love, make sure you tell them how important they are, lift up others, fight for what’s right in this world. There is overwhelming beauty in a world that sometimes seems so ugly. Be that light. Shine brightly.

The Curse of Lake Ronkonkoma

There’s nothing like a great urban legend, a hair raising story worthy of being told around a campfire. A story so harrowing that it demands its own movie! We’ve all heard more than our fair share of these tales and legends.

I’ve always heard a local tale about South Holston Lake that lies on both sides of the Virginia-Tennessee border in Bristol, VA/TN. It is a manmade freshwater lake that was built when the TVA built the dam several decades ago. In the valley (what is now at the bottom of the lake) they moved out all of the residents but supposedly forgot to remove all of the graves from the area. When they flooded the area to create the lake, it is rumored that several days later people began to see coffins floating on top of the water and dead and decayed bodies popping up, bones being found along the shore. That’s a creepy story that people still believe to this very day. Is it true? I have no idea. But it sure does make for the background of an interesting urban legend.

Have you heard of the curse of Lake Ronkonkoma? Lake Ronkonkoma (say that 3 times fast) is located on Long Island, New York. It’s a freshwater lake that was carved out during the last ice age and was vital to Native American tribes going back centuries. Well, this urban legend is a bit of a Romeo and Juliette kind of story with an angry curse that still lingers to this day.

As the story goes, two tribes lived along the shores of the lake. The tribes had a visceral hate for each other and had been at war off and on for ages. Despite the rivalry and bitter hatred, the princess of one tribe met and fell in love with the prince from the other. It was a passionate young love, both being teenagers. They kept their romance a secret for as long as they could. Eventually, members of both tribes found out about the affair and the chiefs forbade the lovers from seeing each other ever again!

Just like with Romeo and Juliette, the two could not keep away from each other. One evening they each secretly left their villages and met by the lake. They got into a hollowed out canoe and paddled to the middle of the lake in order to spend some time alone. But that’s when things got dangerous. A vicious wind whipped up out of nowhere and dark clouds came rushing in. In the midst of a violent storm the lovers were tossed about. The water opened up and swallowed them both and pulled them down to the depths of the lake. Their bodies were never found, but onlookers saw exactly what happened.

The leaders of each tribe took the story back to their respective villages. From that point on it was a cautionary tale to keep the tribes from intermingling. The gods were angry at their union and the angry lake swallowed them up for their sins! But the story doesn’t end there. To this very day, every year someone dies on the lake, and in every instance it is someone who is in a loving relationship. It is said that the princess is still angry and bitter and pulls someone down to the depths with her, still jealous of anyone in love.

The Gonzo Chronicles Podcast

I have to tell you folks, I’ve really been enjoying doing the podcast. I was hoping it wouldn’t feel uncomfortable, but it’s like having my own radio show and I have no time limit or commercial interruptions, no filter, and no censorship. We all get enough of that on Twitter and Facebook these days. Besides, as I’ve said on the show a million times, I don’t believe in censorship. In fact, after I record the show I upload it for you to listen to right away. I don’t even bother to edit the recording. Seems to me like that would be a bit dishonest. If I have a guest on the show and we venture off topic, I want to take the listeners there with me. The conversations (or rants) are all unfiltered and unedited. I hope that the listeners appreciate that fact.

The Gonzo Chronicles will soon reach 40 episodes. That’s a pretty big deal for me. When I started this show I didn’t know how long it would last, actually. I tried to have guests on with me as often as possible because it made me feel more comfortable. It’s a lot easier to have that conversation with another person, talk about topics with someone else. It felt more natural. Honestly, it wasn’t until about episode 25 or so that I felt comfortable enough to record without a guest. It was that episode where I talked about depression, the one where I literally poured out my soul to an invisible audience. Now I realize that even if I don’t have a guest I’m still having a conversation. It is with YOU. Thanks for tuning in. Many more shows to come. Cheers!

Top 20 Books You NEED To Read

Have you ever read a book that had such an impact on you that you felt you had to recommend it to others like close friends or family? Or a book that was so informative and motivating that you told your boss and co-workers about it? A book so wildly entertaining that you wanted others to read it and take that adventure with you? We’ve all read books that have made a profound impact in our lives. The Bible comes to mind for most, or a classic novel like Of Mice and Men by Steinbeck or powerful poetry by Lord Byron.

On a recent podcast I invited Kristi Slaughter on, host of the Kristi Slaughter show on SuperTalk Radio (www.kristislaughter.com). During her years hosting the Saturday morning show she has interviewed countless authors and is a voracious reader herself. We discuss the top 20 books we think everyone should read in this episode.

Click here to listen.

For those of you that didn’t take notes, here are the top twenty from each of us.

Cyrus’s list:

The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

The Art of War by Sun Tzu

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Steven Covey

Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut

Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac

Men & Dogs by Katie Crouch

The Winner Within by Pat Riley

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

Do Cool S**t by Micki Argrawal

The 10X Rule by Grant Cordone

The Catcher In the Rye by J.D. Salinger

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Cannery Row by John Steinbeck

Man’s Search for Meaning by Frank Hackl

The Power of Now by Eckert Tolle

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Tuesday’s With Morrie by Mitch Albom

1984/Animal Farm by George Orwell

Kristi’s list:

The Power of Now: Eckhart Tolle

Ask & it is Given: Esther and Jerry Hicks

The Four Agreements: Don Miguel Ruiz

The Dragon Doesn’t Live Here Anymore: Alan Cohen

The Power of Intention: Dr. Wayne W Dyer

The Shift: Dr. Wayne W Dyer

Change Your Thoughts Change Your Life: Dr. Wayne W Dyer

Think & Grow Rich: Napoleon Hill

Intentional Living: Choosing A Life That Matters:  John C. Maxwell

Katy No-Pocket: Emmy Payne

Gluten Free Baking Classics: Annalise G. Roberts

The Gentle Way: Tom T. Moore

The Burn Zone: Renee Linnell

The Lies We Tell Ourselves: How to face the truth, accept yourself and create a better life: Jon Frederickson

Nourishing Traditions: Sally Fallon

Pot of Gold: Cyrus Alderwood

Anne of Green Gables: L.M. Montgomery

The Process (3 Book Series) Elle Hari

The Plant Paradox: Dr. Steven R Gundry

Jack Canfield: The Success Principles (How to get from where you are to where you want to be)

What makes your list?

20 Books Everyone Should Read

Millions of people have had a lot of down time during this pandemic and especially during the lockdown. That sucks and I can certainly understand the desperation and worry of those that lost their jobs and are struggling as the economy tries to recover. I know a lot of writers were hopeful that they would see their book sales spike for a while during this time. I’m one of them, and trust me when I tell you my book sales aren’t anything impressive. I suck at marketing, even using social media. I’m still at the mercy of fate, it seems, if I want my books to be read.

During this time I have kept busy with some work for a non-profit that I have, but I don’t take any pay for it. I suppose that’s what a non-profit is about, even though some people use them for very lucrative ends. Call me a boy scout, I suppose. However, I’ve spent a lot of time reading during the past few months and I’m glad for every minute I’ve had to learn and grow. And yes, I have been writing some. I’m hoping to have the second book in the Grave Legends series out before Halloween.

I’ve also been podcasting. The Gonzo Chronicles (named after my book series) has been a lot of fun! On an upcoming episode I’ll be talking about the Top 20 Books Everyone Should Read. I hope you’ll tune into the podcast. It’s on iTunes and Spotify. Make sure to subscribe.

What makes your “must read” list?

20. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test—Tom Wolfe

19. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

18. The Art of War – Sun Tzu

17. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Steven Covey

16. Slaughterhouse Five – Kurt Vonnegut

15. Dharma Bums – Jack Kerouac

14. Men & Dogs – Katie Crouch

13. The Winner Within – Pat Riley

12. Lord of the Flies – William Golding

11. One Flew Over the Cukoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey

10. Do Cool Shit – Micki Argrawal

9.   The 10X Rule – Grant Cardone

8.   The Catcher In the Rye – J.D. Salinger

7.   The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

6.   Cannery Row – John Steinbeck

5.   Man’s Search For Meaning – Frank Hackl

4.   The Power of Now – Eckert Tolle

3.   The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho

2.   Tuesday’s With Morrie – Mitch Albom

1.  1984/Animal Farm – George Orwell

In 2020 We Woke Up In the Twilight Zone

2020! What a year so far! I mean, it started off great but then about early March we all woke up in the Twilight Zone. I know a lot of people have already shared their thoughts and opinions on everything from the COVID-19 pandemic and the shutdown to the protests/riots/BLM-Antifa stuff going on all over the country. Hell, after 20 minutes on social media even my head starts to spin. Like many of you, my brain and soul is absolutely exhausted and I worry about my country and about people going through similar things all over the world. I do hope and pray that things get better soon.

I can’t be the only one that feels that common sense is the new counter culture. These days I care less and less about anything coming out of Hollywood (movies and opinions) or the sports world. People living in a bubble telling the rest of us how to think and feel is pretty pathetic. People that listen to that noise, well, let’s just say I feel sorry for them. Social media has its purpose, I suppose. I do find more news that is accurate on Twitter coming from other users than I do from any of the mainstream media. You guys know I write some pretty far out stuff, but I don’t think that is a conspiracy theory to believe that we’ve been sold a bill of goods, a false narrative, from politicians, the media, and pop culture for a long time. It’s like people are waking up and finding out they’ve been lied to and whoever the powers that be are have decided to turn up the heat and burn it all down in 2020.

I’m not going to get political and tell you how to think (or try to influence you in any way). I’ve lost friends on social media for no other reason than having a difference of opinion on one issue or another. It’s a toxic environment. We’d all be better off turning off the news and avoiding social media for a while. Maybe read those books we’ve meant to get to for years, or go hang out with a few friends and learn a new hobby together.  

Do you ever wonder what the world would look like if we all wised up and became self sufficient and educated ourselves, sought out the truth for ourselves, became our own journalist without an agenda? I wonder that sometimes.

Anyway, I’ll avoid a rant. Let’s all make the world a better place. Do something nice for a stranger tomorrow. Hug someone that needs a hug. Listen to someone that needs a shoulder. We have a chance to live in a much better world, but I guess it starts with each of us. Kind of like that whole Michael Jackson “Man in the Mirror” tune, I suppose.

I’ll shut up and go back to writing books and short stories again. Thanks for lending me your ear…er, your eyes.

Cheers!

Gonzo Chronicles-Book Two

That’s right! The Gonzo Chronicles of Barry Dick is back. The Rougarou Blues will take you on a wild journey, as if the first book in the series wasn’t crazy enough.

There’s a blood moon over Bourbon Street. Super slueth of the supernatural, Barry Dick, is in New Orleans working on a dangerous case for a stump jumping gigolo who’s being stalked by a rougarou—the dreaded Cajun werewolf! The problem is this swampbilly has a long line of ex’s, all of whom would love to shove a spicy crawdad up his exit port.While Barry tries to keep this Louisiana lothario out of the hairy embrace of the rougarou he’s got a problem of his own–it seems that while in a drunken stupor he sold his soul to the devil! And while he can now play the harmonica like a puckered blues god, he’s got ol’ Scratch hot on his heels to collect his debt.

Fortunately Barry doesn’t have to depend on his wits because he also has the talents of his two jiggle-licious assistants, Chasey and Madison. Between the three of them Barry might have a chance to figure out how to reverse the curse of the rougarou while renegotiating his deal with Beelzebub, preferably to one that doesn’t include an eternity of hellfire!

It’s available on Amazon, $4.99 on Kindle, $12.95 in paperback.

The Gonzo Chronicles Podcast

I’ve been threatening it for a while, but I’ve finally done it! I started my own podcast to discuss all the weird crap that goes on in my head. I’m already a few episodes in and I greatly appreciate all of you that have tuned in and are following it online and on your iPhones.

The Gonzo Chronicles kicked off it’s first “official” episode with a special guest to discuss the #QAnon phenomenon that is taking the web, and politics, by storm. Although I don’t wade too deep into the political, this brushes heavily upon the realm of conspiracy theory and I’m certainly fascinated by it. My next guest and I discussed our top ten favorite dead comedians, her work as an actress and host of her own internet show. I’m just getting warmed up with this. Plenty of guests to come, plenty of odd things to talk about.

Topics will include UFO’s and UFOlogy, cryptid sightings (Mothman, bigfoot, unexplained creatures and phenomenon), hauntings, spirtualism, weird places I want to visit like Las Vegas, conspiracy theories, and plenty more top 10 lists. Have a few laughs and a few drinks with me, stop by and listen online or subscribe on iTunes.
https://gonzochronicles.podbean.com/

The #QAnon Phenomenon

Who in the hell is Q, you are probably asking. What the hell is QAnon? Great question, I’m still wrapping my head around this latest of great worldwide conspiracy theories myself. So let’s dive into this, shall we? After all, it’s a small world and WHERE WE GO ONE, WE GO ALL.

For those of you familiar with the Q phenomenon that is captivating the internet these days, you’ll see what I just did there. #WWG1WGA is a popular hash tag used by those following Q and Q believers online, especially Twitter and Instagram. A few months ago I was watching cable news and stopped on a Trump rally to watch a few minutes of it. I saw a couple of folks in the audience holding up signs that caught my attention. The only thing on the sign was a giant letter “Q” painted in red, white and blue. Hmmm, what the hell is that about, I thought? And like any good conspiracy theorist I jumped online and began to do enough web searching to probably raise a few red flags for some bored guy or gal in a cold dark room locked away in a basement reserved for the Illuminati. (That’s sarcasm, sort of.)

When I first saw the Q sign popping up the rally’s my first thought was, “Pay attention, 007!” Were they talking about the wily old gadget master from the James Bond movies? Nope, not even close. Q, or QAnon, is a secret small group of military intelligence that are secretly battling the deep state, those in government that operate a cabal of evil for their own wealth and power. To state it more bluntly, true believers in #Q think that the good guys in our own military intelligence are battling the bad guys that corrupt our institutions in an epic battle for freedom and decency, and that President Trump is the one leading the charge. After all, he said he was going to “drain the swamp.”

Now, it gets a bit deeper and bigger than just this. Believers in the Q phenomenon think that it is not just happening in America, but that this is a global “awakening” where citizens are waking up to the corruption that is all around them, evil that is in plain sight that infects our governments, our corporations, and yes…even our pop culture, claiming that they are Satanic and are responsible for a global operation of human trafficking and child sex rings.

It’s all kind of a big pill to swallow, to say the least. But, being the connoisseur of conspiracy theories that I am I’ll give it a listen. (Not that I believe everything I read, but I’m certainly interested in them and fascinated by them. If you’ve watched the Matrix you know what I mean.) In the era of the so-called #GreatAwakening we all know about Jeffrey Epstein and his pedophile island and how powerful people in business, politics and Hollywood have flown on his airplane, called the Lolita Express, and spent time at his tropical mansion where countless kids have been raped and molested over the years. Speaking for myself, this guy was scum and I do not believe that he killed himself. It was too convenient and I think someone powerful had him killed in prison. If you aren’t familiar with Epstein go look it up online. YouTube is a great place to start.

Whoever Q is, this person (or persons) started posting on the anonymous site 4chan back in 2017. Apparently this person has left clues about this behind the scenes civil war raging in the government. 4chan has since been shut down and Q now posts on a board on the dark web called 8chan. Now, here’s where I start to have questions that I’d love to ask a dedicated Q “expert.” Q has left cryptic messages that seemed to have foreshadowed events that actually took place. Events that no one would know except high level officials in the Trump administration or in national security, i.e. intelligence agencies.

Is this Q phenomenon real? I don’t know, but if you want to jump into the rabbit hole and find out for yourself I suggest you start with Twitter. Just search for the hash tags #Q, #QAnon, #WWG1WGA and you will find some incredibly interesting threads on the subject. If you’re on Instagram you can follow robotinteriors. I think her name is Makayla.

I am starting my own podcast called The Gonzo Chronicles and the topic of QAnon will be my first episode. I’m hoping to record that episode soon. I have reached out to “robotinteriors” both on Instagram and through snail mail to ask her to do the show. I want someone that can lay this conspiracy out clearly and make her case for why she’s a true believer. As a regular dude I have some questions that I’d love to ask, questions I’m sure anyone new to topic would have. I also reached out to another close Q follower, Jordan Sather. So far I’ve been ghosted by both of them, although in Makayla’s case I did ask her to let me know if she was interested being a guest on the show ASAP just out of courtesy. I don’t want to wait forever to get started. If I don’t hear from either of them I sort of have an opinion as to why, and I’ll lay that out on the show if they don’t return my emails/letters.

However, no matter what you think about Trump, QAnon, or the allegations they toss out there about a global evil cabal, don’t take my word or anyone else’s. I hate group think and blindly following along, believing what makes you feel better. Research it. Find the truth for yourself, no matter what the issue or topic…or conspiracy.

Cheers!

TOP 10 HORROR FILMS!

I love October. In fact, it’s my favorite month of the year. The temperature cools, the air is a bit more crisp, and the leaves change colors. I’m red/green colorblind. For the three weeks or so that the leaves hang around after changing colors I actually get to see something much different than the bland green color of the summer months…which I don’t see as green at all. It’s difficult to explain. For a couple of weeks I see an explosion of colors, or what I would consider an explosion of colors even though it’s very different from what most folks see.

The best part of the month is the non-stop horror movies on television. I’ll bust out my DVD collection (yes, I’m that guy) and stack up a couple dozen horror classics and swallow about two dozen bags of popcorn and more pizza than should be allowed. So let’s get this blog/show on the road. You didn’t come here to read about fall colors and pizza. You came here to see what movies I was dumb enough to leave out of THE TOP 10 HORRORS MOVIES OF ALL TIME!!! Insert evil laugh here!

So these may not be the greatest horror films of all time and are in no particular order, but these are a list of the ones that gave me a case of the willies! Just to be fair, this list is subject to change from day to day. Don’t forget to comment with what makes your top 10 list.

10. Salem’s Lot—Made for TV but damn this movie was good. This might have been one of my earliest experiences with a Stephen King story.

I’ve had nightmares about this scene!

9.  The Shining—Funny how Stephen King stories dominate lists like this. Heeeeere’s Johnny!

8.  Nightmare on Elm Street Part 3—Why part 3, you ask? Well, let me tell you why! This was about the time in my youth that I really started getting into horror. But, I’ve always have this weird sense of humor, too. Freddy started dropping one-liners in this one. Oh, and they brought Nancy back for this one.

7.  The Evil Dead franchise—Yes, the entire franchise. The first one actually scared the hell out of me. I watched it when I was a kid and the amount of blood and demon possession really freaked me out. I was a bit older when I watched the second one, but in that one I sort began to understand that Sam Rami and the others were trying to do with these movies. They were just having a good time. Everything was over the top. The blood, the gore, the demons…just thinking of Good Ash talking to Bad Ash and all of those laughing and talking objects in the cabin during that one scene. Oh, and let’s not forget the middle finger from the severed hand. Army of Darkness was the perfect end to the series.  

6.  Halloween—A classic. It was a classic from the instant it was made, always will be. I know some folks love the Rob Zombie version, but I’ll stick to the original. This movie just comes to show you that horrible things can happen, even on your street in your small town.

5.  Scream—This is likely the most unpopular choice for my list if you’re reading this. You’re thinking, “What is this guy thinking about. Scream was good…but top 10 good?” Well, to each their own. There was a serious dry spell of good horror in the culture at that time and when this came out it was an instant hit! Long live the Scream franchise, long live the 90’s, and Rose McGowan, if you’re out there…call me J

4. Friday the 13th Part III—Why Part III, you ask? Well, if you recall this is the episode where little Tommy Jarvis puts a machete into Jason’s head. Also, this is the movie where Jason tries on a well fitted hockey mask for the first time.

3. Nightmare On Elm Street—As good as Dream Warriors was, it’s hard to top the original. In my opinion, this movie defined and set the tone for horror throughout the rest of the 80’s. Jason and Freddy…BFF’s.

Great movie poster, too!

2. The Fog—Bet you didn’t see this one coming! I absolutely love this movie. History comes back to haunt the town and the heirs to the founders have to pay the price for the sins of their forefathers. This theme is so basic, but it is at the heart of many a great suspense and horror movie.

#1

Exorcist—Hands down the scariest movie I’ve ever seen. There is no need for anyone to try to do a remake of this one. Anyone would be foolish to try. Even to this day I get a bit nervous when this movie is on and I’ve seen it a zillion times already. Some scenes and some sounds you can never get out of your head.