Today I have author Nicky Peacock visiting the blog to talk about our reactions to fear and being afraid. She’s also telling us about her new book, Bad Blood. Please help me welcome Nicky to That’s What I’m Talking About…
Embracing the Fear.
When I was a little girl I relished gory movies, horror books and ghost stories. Something in me would just come alive – couldn’t explain, although it hasn’t been till now that I actually wanted to.
So what makes us like to be frightened? Why are horror movies and books so popular? I believe it’s down to safe scares; after all a book can’t really hurt you (unless someone clocks you with it!) and horror movies show us scenes that, thankfully, most of us will never experience in our real lives. This is taken further by supernatural horrors – the more fantastical the threat, the less likely it is to actually happen. Vampires, werewolves, zombies, mutant ninja turtles (come on, they had weapons, they’re scary!) the odds of any of these creatures being real are slim to none. Serial killers on the other hand are very real – personally I find movies and books like: The Silence of the Lambs, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, House of 100 Corpses, Exquisite Corpse – soooo much scarier. In fact in a study back in 1998, it was found the ‘seven deadliest movies’ were: The Shining, Scream, Halloween, Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, The Exorcist, and Poltergeist. 5 out of 7 had serial killers/ mass murderers in!
Part of the appeal of horror is that you also get the relief when it’s over – it’s the sense of ‘I made it’ which can spur you on to put yourself through such blood curdling ordeals in the first place. When you first start dating someone new a horror movie is a popular venue choice as it also creates a bond with the person you’re with; a kind of shared semi-traumatic event which links you together.
From a biological perspective, the fight or flight response will kick in if you feel fear, but if your brain decides that there’s no physical danger then all you’re left with is an adrenaline rush – no wonder pop up Halloween attractions do so much business!
Also I think that the era you’re in affects the notion of scariest. Here we are in the 21st century and hasn’t everything be done? Aren’t we just re-hashing and re-developing old movies and book ideas that have gone before? From the list of the 7 deadliest movies 3 of them have already been re-made, 2 have countless sequels and all of them have been spoofed in some way. When you think back to when The Exorcist came out, they were carting out faint-hearted movie-goers from the theatre straight to hospital – could you see that happening nowadays?
Part of my research for my YA horror, Bad Blood, was on people’s reactions to fear, and well basically something bad and unexpected happening. In a world where zombies are being hacked apart by vampires, I at least wanted part of my book to be based in fact; to have human reactions in a very in-human situation. If you feel like have a safe horrifying adventure with a group of human survivors, led by a couple of bickering vampires all hip deep in a zombie apocalypse, then pick up a copy of Bad Blood today and feel free to drop by my blog and tell me how you would react if put in this situation; let’s survive it together. http://nickypeacockauthor.wordpress.com/bad-blood/
About the Book:
Title: Bad Blood
Author: Nicky Peacock
Publisher: Noble Romance Publishing, LLC — Noble Young Adult, LLC
Genre: Young Adult, Horror, Paranormal
Theme & Special Content: Zombies, Vampires, Violence, England, post-apocalyptic
Release Date: May 2013
Length of book: 170 pages – print 119 pages – eBook
Heat rating: n/a
Purchase & Excerpt Link: https://www.nobleromance.com/Books/458
“I am Britannia. I am your protector. I will fend off the hungry hordes of undead hands that reach toward you. I am your steadfast defender. I will stand between you and the zombie masses as they try to taste your flesh. I am strong, unyielding, and dedicated to your survival. All I ask from you… is your blood.”
A five-hundred-year-old bloody game of vengeance will need to be put on hold if vampires are to survive the zombie uprising. Britannia and Nicholas, bitter enemies and the only two surviving vampires left in London, have to work together to save un-infected humans and deliver them safely to a vampire stronghold in the Scottish Highlands. Unable to drink the zombie “bad blood,” the remaining vampires need the humans to stay alive. But will the vampires tell the survivors who they are and what they want from them? Will Britannia be able to hold back her vengeance for the greater good? Is survivor Josh the reincarnation of Britannia’s murdered true love? And can she bring herself to deliver him to the “safe” hold?
Survival instincts run deep, but bad blood can run deeper.
Nicky is an English author living in the UK. She writes both YA and adult horror and paranormal Romance. In her spare time she runs a local writers’ group and can be found online through the links below:
Amazon Author page: http://www.amazon.com/Nicky-Peacock/e/B007UH2ACW/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_4
Face Book Page: https://www.facebook.com/NickyPeacockYaBooks
Good Reads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/list/4958833.Nicky_Peacock