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Scaring up good stories

By Kristen Tribe | Published Saturday, October 14, 2017
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I have a love hate relationship with Halloween. Mostly hate.

When I was little, I couldn’t even walk down the Halloween aisle at Walmart with all the masks staring at me from every direction. It was terrifying.

Kristen Tribe

Kristen Tribe

I’ve never been through a haunted house, never worn a scary costume and only occasionally watch horror movies.

So, you can imagine my husband’s surprise when one night I suggested we watch “World War Z.”

We were scrolling through Netflix looking for a mindless escape when I tossed out the idea.

I thought it was an epic end-of-the-world action flick; he knew otherwise.

“Really?” he said.

I couldn’t figure out why he was so perplexed. I like action/adventure, and this seemed to fit the bill. All I really remembered from the preview was a scene with hordes of people clamoring over a large wall. Looked good to me.

So we started the movie.

The opening scenes are quiet, but an underlying sense of urgency slowly builds. People are trying to escape a city. The main characters are in a vehicle, leaving as part of the mass exodus. It’s relatively orderly, and I was fine, not even nervous.

Then out of nowhere a zombie at break-neck speed crashes through the car window head first, gnashing teeth and making guttural, horrible noises.

It took my breath away.

I gasped and clamped my hands over my mouth.

“Are you OK?” my husband asked with a laugh.

I couldn’t speak. The shock had almost stopped my heart.

I finally managed a negative head nod.

“I didn’t know this was about zombies!” I said, slightly hysterical.

By this time my husband can’t breathe either, but it’s because he’s laughing so hard.

“How did you not know this was about zombies?” he asked. “What did you think the Z stood for?”

“Well, it’s obvious now,” I said, still trying to regulate my breathing.

He offered to stop the movie, but we continued, with me anxiously waiting for the next jump scare.

All of that being said, even though they terrify me, I love a good ghost story and we want to hear yours.

Do you know of a haunted location in Wise County? Have you had an encounter with a ghost? If so, email your story to me at ktribe@wcmessenger.com.

We want to hear your haunted tales and possibly share them with Messenger readers.

Everything, that is, except zombie stories. Keep those to yourself.

My heart can’t handle it.

Kristen Tribe is editor of the Messenger.

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