Kate Brady is joining us today with her new romantic suspense and some 'scary' movies. Please give her a warm welcome!
Top Five Scariest Movies
Thanks so much for your interest in my top five scariest movies! And please don’t think I’m dodging the question by answering it in the pathetic way I’m answering…
But the truth is, I don’t watch scary movies. In fact, I hardly watch any movies at all. Seriously. I have trouble even naming five movies I’ve seen, let alone qualifying them as scary. And of the movies I have seen, my husband can tell you: I haven’t seen the end of one in twenty years. I generally fall asleep somewhere in Act One.
So I’m going back DECADES here. Bear with me. I don’t know how to answer this question without being brutally honest about my Scary-Movie-Quotient. Sorry.
The Sound of Music
Yeah. And not because the family is running from Nazis. I mean, it was based on a true story, so we all knew they wouldn’t be captured and would escape over the mountains. So, while that was an exciting part of the movie, it wasn’t the scary part.
The scary part was that there were children dressed like curtains hanging from trees. And there were yodeling goats. Goats, mind you. And there was a heartbroken father who almost fell prey to a downright cold witch—I mean, baroness. And there was the pull of God—God, who you must admit, makes for a pretty daunting influence—who might have convinced Maria to leave the Family Where She Clearly Belonged.
I told you I don’t watch scary movies.
This one makes the list even though I haven’t seen it. Why haven’t I seen it? Because it’s too scary. See, my daughter saw this with her grandmother years and years ago. And it scared my daughter so much that she made me promise to never bring it into the house. Apparently, Finding Nemo begins with his mother being killed. This traumatized my daughter so much that she never wanted to watch it again. (Which was, in a sick way, sorta sweet…)
But it was annoying, too, because somewhere along the line, this story came to be used in writer’s workshops as a model of story structure and sequence. I remember thinking, “I’ve got to rent that darn movie so I know what these clinicians are talking about.”
Okay, my daughter is eighteen now and currently doing a semester of study-abroad in London. So I could probably go out on a limb and watch it now. Except that my own childhood traumatic-movie-memory keeps me from doing it.
Bambi. Remember Bambi?
Here is a scary movie I actually watched. And not even on TV. My husband and I went to the movie theatre to see this. For us, that’s pretty amazing.
There is nothing more terrifying to me than: (A) a child in danger, and (B) a mother being told she’s crazy and not being believed when she KNOWS her child is in danger.
Those premises alone are enough to make me shiver.
Sleeping With the Enemy
Here’s another one that I actually saw. This one is a classic romantic suspense: The wife getting up her courage to leave an abusive husband and start a new life, the sweet new lover coaxing her from her shell into a new relationship, and the crazed husband finding her and trying to kill her. The fact that I (A) stayed awake and (B) still remember it (it’s been a long time!) is proof that it haunted me on some level. It had a sort of low-level simmer to the suspense that was downright creepy. And of course, a great romance to make it all okay!
Well, this is just classic. Scary in a way that sticks to your bones. Partly that’s because Glen Close is so brilliant in it. But also, it’s because it’s an everyday-situation-that-anyone-could-wind-up-in-after-one-terrible-mistake… And the fact that normal people, good people (if flawed) could wind up in such a terrifying circumstance just raised the fear factor higher. This was a seemingly nice lady friend. It was a nice couple, a nice family, in a nice home, with a nice bunny.
Now, having written this, I think I have learned a couple things about “scary” and about myself.
1 – I really need to get to the movies more often.
2 – “Scary” doesn’t necessarily mean warships or men-in-hockey-masks or creepy aliens. Turns out, even though I would never, EVER watch a bona fide horror movie, that there are plenty of ways to scare me in a movie. The notion of being watched. The notion of being ignored when you know there’s something wrong. The ticking clock. The threat that someone or something will come between the characters and their happy ending… All those qualify for me as “scary.”
Thanks for taking this (disturbing) peek into my (disturbed?) mind!
WHERE EVIL WAITS by Kate Brady
February 25, 2014; Forever Mass Market
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SHE'LL RISK EVERYTHING
Special prosecutor Kara Chandler is very good at her job, so good that a homicidal mastermind vows to kill her and everyone she cares about. Desperate to save herself and her son, Kara seeks out cartel hit man Luke Varón. The last time she dealt with Luke, she saw him beat the system and escape prison. But now, the most dangerous man she's ever met is the only one who can keep her alive.
HE'LL STOP AT NOTHING
Luke Varón isn't who he appears to be. After spending years in the criminal underworld, he seeks redemption . . . and revenge. Yet when he sees the fear in Kara's eyes, he can't walk away. People around her are being murdered, and only he can help uncover the killer's motive. Now as danger closes in, Kara and Luke must trust each other with their darkest secrets - before the evil in their lives destroys them both.
About Kate Brady
|photo credit K.C. Dean|
Kate Brady is a RITA Award winning author, choral director, university professor, wife, mother, and caretaker of a variety of furry, feathered, and scaly pets. She lives with her family in Georgia, where she is currently at work on her next novel.http://katebrady.net/
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