Thursday, March 11, 2010

Mystery obsession

I read this last night until I couldn't stop looking over my shoulder and jumping every time the house creaked. Reading mysteries at midnight might not be the best thing for one's nerves.

I've been on a Hitchcock bender lately, too. Every evening when the kids are in bed I get out my super secret knitting project and knit to the dialog of "The Lady Vanishes," "The 39 Steps," "Foreign Correspondent," "The Most Dangerous Game" and "Number 17." Most are older movies (1930s and early 40s) with crackly sound and a lot of dark shadows and close ups of sinister hands. Excellent stuff. I'm not sure what it is that draws me to all things eerie and creepy and slightly macabre, but I do enjoy a tingle up the spine now and then. Next on the agenda: "Saboteur" and The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag.

For now some advice: "Don't open that door!"

1 comment:

Sayschnicklefritz said...

Ooh, mysteries are fun. Since he died last fall, I've been on a Dominick Dunne kick. Sex, murders, drugs and scandal: something for everyone!

When I was in high school, I read a lot of books about sereal killers (don't ask). Helter Skelter was so scary that I could only read it during daylight hours. Onece I became so caught up in the drama that I read until well after dark. Totally had nightmares that the Manson Family nuts were chasing me around my house. So be careful!