"What is this that stands before me?"
Greetings, I am a new user here. I came here to see if I can get my bones shaken. As an insomniac and an agnostic, I am afraid of little. I am not a stranger to the sounds of the night, and the things which I do not know exist cannot startle me. I have also seen death in my life, and I know that I am not afraid of death, and that the fear of death is illogical. Death is not to be feared, - death is a release into either an unknown existence or nothing at all - the fear of dying is rational.
I'm not sure how good I am at horror. I have more of a hand at comedy. I do know that the key to horror is subtlety. You don't what's going to hit you, or if what you fear is worse or better than what actually is. Gore is not horror; it is, at times, an element of horror, but is not horror itself. My favorite film, Eraserhead, is not technically classified as horror, although there was nothing that would make the viewer scream at the top of his or her lungs; it was bad trip scary, and the horror is caused by the uneasiness and uncertainty as to what happens next in Henry's utterly unpredictable fantasy world. Lynch's labor of love, I think, is the perfect example at my theory of subtlety.
I have joined Creepypasta because I am a member of virtually every other major wiki in existence.