Monday, June 22, 2015

Guest Post: A Love for Horror Began with “The Green Ribbon”

Today, I'm excited to welcome blogger Cherie Reich as part of her blog tour for Once upon a Nightmare. Be sure to stick around after the blog to read all about Cherie and her book, which is a collection of short stories.
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A Love for Horror Began with “The Green Ribbon”

by Cherie Reich

“If you’re finished early, then you can go into the reading loft and read.” Mrs. Holt, my third grade teacher, said the magic words.

I turned in my test, shuffled through my desk, and clutched a library book to my chest. My prized possession. I climbed the ladder into the reading loft and sat in the corner. The well-loved library book had seen better days. I carefully found my page and prepared to read my favorite horror story again, “The Green Ribbon” from Alvin Schwartz’s In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories.


Although I don’t remember the other stories from that collection, I still remember “The Green Ribbon” and what happened to the girl-turned-woman once the ribbon was removed from her neck. The twist at the very end had me hooked on horror stories. So much beauty and tension as she found her love and withheld her secret of why she wore the ribbon around her neck until her deathbed. When the secret was revealed, I’m sure I gasped and touched my own neck. A perfect horror ending.

Until “The Green Ribbon,” I read a lot of mysteries, particularly Nancy Drew. Horror had elements of mystery within it, so perhaps it was a natural progression. Instead of discovering who committed the crime, I was delving into the depths of unnatural creatures and twists that could send any kid to the light switch at night.

I devoured what R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps books I could find. My favorites involved the mummy ones, A Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb and Return of the Mummy. I remember watching the Goosebumps show on Saturday mornings as well as Tales from the Crypt.

By high school, I had graduated to Stephen King and eventually wrote horror stories of my own, including my collection Once upon a Nightmare, but I will never forget the woman with the green ribbon around her neck and how that story started my spiral into the dark realms of what goes bump in the night.

Do you have a favorite childhood horror book/story?

Blurb:



A monster hunts us. After hibernating for a decade, it’s ravenous. We long to stop this nightmare, but the end of the road is far. There is no waking up once a legend sets its sights on you.

Purchase Once upon a Nightmare: A Collection by Cherie Reich at Amazon. From June 22-28, the collection is a Countdown Deal for only $0.99!




Bio:

Cherie Reich is a speculative fiction author and library assistant living in Virginia. Visit her website and blog for more information.





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62 comments:

  1. I'm hosting Cherie today as well!
    I don't think I had a favorite horror book. I did watch Tales From the Crypt though. Plus Twilight Zone, Night Gallery, and Tales From the Darkside.

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    1. It's interesting...it feels like the black and white of Twilight Zone made it creepier than Tales from the Darkside and other shows like it.

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    2. Twilight Zone is really good. I haven't heard of Night Gallery and Tales from the Darkside. Thanks for stopping by, Alex!

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  2. wait, so how much dark was it in the room? Like dark dark or dark dark dark? :)

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    1. I'll let Cherie answer that one!

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    2. I wish I could remember that particular story to be able to answer. It was dark, though, Dezmond. :)

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  3. I watched Tales from the Crypt, too, and I still enjoy some of those old Twilight Zone episodes. And I started reading Stephen King way before I probably should have. :)

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    1. I love the Twilight Zone. I was watching Wayward Pines and I told my mom, I LOVE the setup for shows like that (Lost, Twin Peaks, etc...) But they always get WAY too convoluted in their explanations. Same with Stephen King. The great thing about the Twilight Zone was that the payoff was always something simple. It wasn't some crazy explanation. If you're going to set up this intriguing mystery, you have to make the answer to that mystery something believable or you'll disappoint everyone.

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    2. I was reading King way before I should have too, Madeline. I jumped from kid books to adult by age 13. I don't think I read any real YA works until I was 19 or 20. Heh.

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  4. I never read horror but I LOVED Nancy Drew too as a kid. And I also had the teacher who let us read if we finished early. Man did I love her :)

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    1. That's my kind of teacher, too!

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    2. Teachers who let kids read if they finish early are the best! I still have a shelf full of old Nancy Drews from when my mom was a kid and when I was a kid.

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  5. I used to watch the goosebumps show, enjoyed it as a kid. Not sure I would now

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    1. I tried to watch it because I thought it would be a great show for a children's writer to watch. Nope. It's very cheesy!

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    2. Goosebumps is quite cheesy. I liked the books better than the show.

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  6. I just love that there are so many wonderful books coming out to capture the hearts of young readers!

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    1. I find there are never enough books, so it's good so many are coming out. :)

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  7. I've never been big on reading horror but I used to watch horror movies because I could be with people... it's been years since I've even watched... That book about the lady with the green ribbon sounds intriguing and scary...

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    1. I used to love reading horror. Now there's usually too much torture and violence involved, even in books.

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    2. "The Green Ribbon" definitely sticks with a person.

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  8. I'm a bit of a chicken so a lot of horror books freaked me out as a kid. I enjoy them now, but still keep the lights on :) Best of luck to Cherie!

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    1. There's nothing wrong keeping the lights on. After all, how can you read without them? :)

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  9. I will admit, I too grew into Stephen King, but my induction into the realm of horror came about with a short biography about Edgar Allan Poe. When I read that it was rumored he was mad, I began reading his stories. I wanted to know what a madman wrote about. Then I was hooked on horror. :)

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    1. I love Poe. I think I first read his work around 8th grade, although I had a book of his tales back in elementary school.

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  10. I kind of stayed away from horror, LOL, too vivid of an imagination, especially late at night :) Good luck to Cherie though on her book!

    betty

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    1. Thanks for the luck, Betty! My imagination is quite vivid. It is great with being a writer, not so much when you want to get to sleep at night.

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  11. If it didn't have a horse in it, I didn't read it. lol Pretty much true. Although, I did read Nancy Drew. Loved her. I read Amityville Horror in hs, which scared the piss out of me. It was pre-Stephen King days.

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    1. You've reminded me that I still need to read Amityville Horror. I've enjoyed the movies and have the book, but I haven't read it yet.

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  12. I'm into the oldies too. Twilight Zone was one of my favorites. Then there was Alfred Hitchcock. Oh those old black and white ones were frightening. Never missed a one either.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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    1. Twilight Zone was awesome! I love catching one of the old episodes. Hitchcock's work is classic.

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  13. Thank you so much for hosting me, Stephanie!

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  14. I had no idea there were early reader horror stories!

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  15. I remember "Outer Limits" from TV days. Those were super scary. I'm not sure if "Twilight Zone" was out then. Always loved Stephen King's stuff. I refused to swim in the lake after reading, "The Raft."

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    1. Outer Limits was fun. I remember catching some of them in the summer when I could stay up later.

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  16. This looks great, Cherie. Many, many congrats.

    Hi, Steph:)

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  17. Congrats to Cherie. I have some of her books, and I am sure that this will at least match them.
    My wimpy self doesn't do horror well though. Mysteries yes. Horror not so much.

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  18. I was such a fan of horror stories in my youth - even comics, like Tales From the Crypt! I'll still dive into a good one. Sounds like this might be my next read, Cherie!

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    1. I forgot about the comics of Tales from the Crypt! Those were fun. If you do read my collection, I hope you enjoy it, Cherdo!

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  19. Ooh, that sounds like a great young reader's book. I remember reading a series like Goosebumps but it was called Twilight (NOT the sparkly vampire Twilight! *LOL*). One of the books in the series was called The Vicious Circle about a ghost of a young boy who was killed by his parents and was trying to get another boy to help him find justice. It was chilling and sad.

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    1. The other Twilight (not the sparly vamps one) sounds really good. I hadn't heard of that series.

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  20. I'm not a horror fan. At all. But it seems like horror is really huge right now, especially with the younger generation.

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    1. I think horror is typically one of those genres that you either like it or not. There doesn't seem to be too much middle ground.

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  21. You jogged my memory...I loved that ribbon story. I think one of my teachers had the story on a record--this was the '80s.

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    1. Wasn't it an awesome story?! I think I came across it late '80s or early '90s.

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  22. I was hooked on Dick Tracy detective story books and the Twilight Zone TV series and I didn't read much horror books. I was too busy being with my friends when I was young and spent a lot of time outdoors in the country.
    Hugs,
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    1. Dick Tracy was a ton of fun, and I love the Twilight Zone. I didn't read much when I was little because I was out playing with friends. When we moved to the country, I had no friends close by and turned to reading a lot.

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  23. Congratulations on your book, Cherie. It looks spooky. I wasn't a reader as a child so have no favorites. I did enjoy listening to fairytales on the radio. Nothing scary or I'd have nightmares.

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    1. Thank you, Beverly! And fairytales can be quite scary, especially the ones where they are cutting off toes and trying to eat children.

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  24. Hmmm that sounds like a neat book you read when you were a kid. Funny what motivates people. I never read horror books because I would have nightmares. I did always like ghost stories. I recall reading a book about a boy who helps this female ghost that lives next door and it turns into a murder mystery from what I can remember but I don't recall the name. I believe Disney made a movie about it. Like Alex, I watched "The Twilight Zone" and "One Step Beyond"

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    1. Ghost stories are a lot of fun. They can be scary, more mysterious, and even funny.

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  25. Congratulations to Cherie on what I'm sure will be a hugely successful book.

    A big fan of horror stories as a teen I find that as I'm getting older I'm more afraid of the 'boogeyman under the bed' than I ever was.

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  26. The first horror story I read as a child was Stephen King's Different Seasons, a collection of novellas. Even though The Body (a.k.a. Stand By Me) and Rita Hayworth & The Shawshank Redemption were great stories, it was Apt Pupil that really stayed with me. Even today, that one disturbs me.

    Great interview! Congratulations and good luck with your release!

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    1. I haven't read Apt Pupil by Stephen King yet. King definitely knows how to produce some disturbing reads.

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  27. Nice to meet you Cherie.

    Like Liz, I was never interested in the horror genre. Probably my friend's parents taking me and some friends At a very early age to see Amityville Horror at the movies (my parents had no idea), resulted in too many nights sleeping with the lights on.

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    1. Nice to meet you too! There's nothing wrong with sleeping with the lights on. I did for way too long, even though I loved watching/reading horror. I think I see horror books/movies as a way to face the unknown and come away with the knowledge of how to escape. :)

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  28. So fun to learn how it all began, Cherie! How cool that you still remember the book that got you into horror. I don't remember ever reading that one. I used to love horror movies growing up and still enjoy reading horror now. :)
    ~Jess

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    1. I was thinking back to what I used to read, and that story comes to mind. I'd love to read it again one day. It had a fantastic twist at the end.

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