I’m stepping in for Amy for the next couple of weeks. One of the Novella brothers (we’ll call him Schmeve) is unable to sleep through the night without his blankie because he’s convinced his house is haunted. He asked, in confidence, for the Skepchicks to help. We sent Amy to investigate. I cannot divulge any more information about this super-secret ghost hunt. And you didn’t hear it from me. Act like you know nothing.
Speaking of ghosts and skeptics, this week is a rough week for skeptics who own televisions. Every single show on every single channel is Halloween-themed. There’s always a skeptical character who is trying to ruin everything for everyone, and at the end of every show that skeptic has to concede that something, if not everything, they thought could be explained away is still unresolved… and therefore, very probably, supernatural. The only shows that don’t do this are for kids 4 and under. So I spend my days maintaining my skeptical sanity by watching PBS Kids (which, BTW, is an excellent skeptical resource for kids year-round.)
But I like a good horror story with a totally supernatural explanation. A story where the skeptic is wrong because the evidence is clear that here, everyone is dying of supernatural causes. I have no issues with a story taking place in a world that’s just like ours except that there’s murdering ghosts everywhere. I love a story that brings me to the point where I want to hide under the blanket but I’m afraid of what may happen if I look away… even to blink. But when the story is over, I don’t have to sleep with the light on… my scare-away-demons light is skepticism.*
Do you like scary stories? Do any scary stories actually scare you? What are your favorite ghost stories? What makes your spine tingle? Or do horror films bring out the raging pedantic skeptic in you?
How do you cope with skeptic-bashing week on TV?