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Guest Blogger: Cindy Carroll
Friday, September 13th, 2013

Friday the 13 – scary or just like any other day?

My pen name was supposed to be blogging today about her erotic paranormal short story collection but I muscled in because it’s Friday the 13th! A day synonymous with horror, especially the series of movies by the same name, and my current release is a horror short story.

I love Friday the 13th. Weird, I know, since most people stay away from anything with 13 in it. But I was born on the 13th. And I do love horror movies. And when the 13th happens on a Friday I want to cozy up on the sofa with my fiancé, with a big bowl of popcorn, the lights turned off so the only light is the flickering of the images on the TV, and watch a few of the Friday the 13th movies. I loved the first one. Really liked the second one too. They were still sort of fresh back then. And slightly (slightly) plausible. The killer in both had a believable motive for killing over-sexed camp counselors. With each sequel they just got ridiculous though. But still, I watched them. Because if there’s something better than a really good horror movie, it’s a really bad horror movie.  :mrgreen:

Although I’m against remakes (there are too many brilliant new screenwriters trying to break in to be reusing old material) I did watch the remake of Friday the 13th. And no it wasn’t just because Jared Padalecki was in it. Okay, well maybe it was a little because of that.  😀  But I did want to see how they redid the franchise and if they could breathe some new life into the movies. I was disappointed. Of course if a franchise is working, Hollywood will keep making movies so eventually there will be a Friday the 13th Part 13. Do I think it will be horrible? Yes. Will I watch it anyway? Of course. 🙂

What about you? Do you like horror movies? Will you be watching any of the Friday the 13th movies tonight?

My current release isn’t a Friday the 13th wannabe but it is about a group of friends who end up in the wrong place and end up fighting for their lives.



Stay away from the mirrors

A road trip without a plan sounded like a good idea when Lena and her friends hit the road. A mini vacation and support for Steve, recently dumped, have the friends travelling through small towns and back roads. After hours of driving in the heat in a cramped car they’re all ready for something to eat and a good night’s rest.

Reflections Inn looks perfect for the group of friends. Though a little run down, it hides a supernatural horror.

Don’t read the curse

Everything looks normal when they check in, except an old woman yelling about a curse. Intrigued, some of the friends decide to investigate. Some stay behind and learn about the curse first hand.


A curse that replaces people with their repressed alter egos forces the friends to fight for their lives. And they realize they didn’t know each other as well as they thought.

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About Cindy: Cindy Carroll is a member of Sisters in Crime and a graduate of Hal Croasmun’s screenwriting ProSeries. Her interviews with writers of CSI and Flashpoint appeared in The Rewrit, the Scriptscene newsletter, the screenwriting Chapter of RWA. She writes screenplays, thrillers, and paranormals, occasionally exploring an erotic twist. A background in banking and IT doesn’t allow much in the way of excitement so she turns to writing stories that are a little dark and usually have a dead body. She lives in Ontario, Canada with her fiancé and three cats. When she’s not writing you can usually find her painting landscapes in oil or trying space paintings with spray paint.

9 comments to “Guest Blogger: Cindy Carroll”

  1. Angel Shaw
    · September 13th, 2013 at 9:43 am · Link

    Yes!!! I love horror movies!! And Yes I will be watching all of the Friday the 13th movies today, but its also my birthday so I’ll be having fun while I do it….and of course eating cake!!! 😛

  2. Anne
    · September 13th, 2013 at 10:11 am · Link

    I’m not into the gross ones with all the blood. I’m more into the original Fright Night with William Ragsdale and Rodney McDowell. A little humor, and some scariness, not too much gore. Planning to finish season 2 of Suits tonight, so no horror for me.

  3. Cindy Carroll
    · September 13th, 2013 at 10:19 am · Link

    Thanks for stopping by, Angel. It’s my birthday too! We had cake yesterday at my sister’s place. Brought the leftovers home so we’ll be having cake tonight too.

    Anne, I really liked the original Fright Night! I watched the remake and was disappointed.

  4. Ilona
    · September 13th, 2013 at 11:56 am · Link

    I once ‘watched’ a horror movie with my hubby and mostly saw his chest, as I hid there throughout 😀 I also got turned off reading horror after reading Stephen King’s Pet Cemetary and having nightmares.

    That’s not to say I don’t like some so called horror books, like Laurell K Hamilton and Sherrylin Kenyon stuff, but I still won’t watch horror films at all!

  5. Renee
    · September 13th, 2013 at 4:15 pm · Link

    Nope, don’t do scary! I’m the kinda girl who watches with her hands over her eyes while peeking every now and then. lol!

  6. Mary Preston
    · September 14th, 2013 at 4:50 am · Link

    No horror movies for me. I’d never get to sleep.

  7. sharon chalk
    · September 14th, 2013 at 10:10 am · Link

    I watched parts of Friday the 13th and have never watched any of the others,I don’t like scary or horror movies and the only ones I watch are the Underworld series and I used to watch all The resident evil movies but the last one was nothing but blood so I won’t be following them anymore.I also hate zombie movies but I might maybe make an exception for world war z because Brad Pitt is in it LOL

  8. Cindy Carroll
    · September 15th, 2013 at 10:26 pm · Link

    Ilona, I heard Alien hiding behind the sofa cushions twice before I actually saw it.

    Renee, I used to watch them that way too. But I still love them.

    Mary, I only had nightmares when I watched The Walking Dead for some reason. I do check all the locks three times before I go to bed. 🙂

    Sharon, I want to watch World War Z because Brad Pitt is in it. 🙂

  9. Janet Fishman
    · September 17th, 2013 at 9:53 am · Link

    I don’t watch horror movies, but I especially hate suspense! The music gets to me. On a side note, I love Friday the 13th. I turned 13 on Friday the 13th! 13 years later, I turned 26 on Friday the 13th, and so on!

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